Gary was born in 1970 and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa in a Jewish community. He remembers South Africa as a great country in terms of nature, geography and climate. Gary also recalls his first trip to Israel when he was 6 years of age. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, Gary went to college for a business degree and then went to army for a year before he started working for his father in retail. His family moved to Dallas in 1993 because of the increasing crime and riots in South Africa.