Mr. Klein lives and works in the United
States of America. Specifically, he can be found in the
of Oregon. If you are concerned about geographical accuracy, you would probably
want to know that his home
is in Marion County. And his employer
is located in the city of Salem, just
across the street from the
State Capitol building.
Between 1993 and 1995 Gary was a panelist or presented papers at several annual
conferences, including the Ohio chapter of ACRL, the Ohio Library Association,
Ohionet, the NOTIS Users Group, and the American Library Association.
Gary has served several terms on ALA's Wilson Indexing Committee (1994-1997
and 2002-2006), which is a special unit of RUSA that works with the H.W.Wilson
Company in New York City assisting the firm in selecting journals for inclusion
in their subject oriented indexes & databases.
In 2003, Gary co-authored an article with Larry R. Oberg appearing in the quarterly
publication of the Oregon
Library Association, titled "Gay Themed Books in Oregon Public and
Academic Libraries: a brief historical overview."
Prior to becoming a librarian, he was employed in banking as a marketing
researcher and site locations analyst for eleven years, while living in Buffalo,
New York. The bank went through a
number of name changes, (Erie County Savings Bank --> Erie Savings Bank -->
Empire of America Federal Savings Association --> Empire of America Federal Savings Bank --> Empire of America FSB)
while always being headquartered in Buffalo. Throughout that same timespan, the bank's nicknamed remained The Big E,
as Gary moved up the corporate ladder. Gary started working for
The Big E as a student intern, while still working on
his bachelor's degree. Gary gradually moved up the ranks, taking on increasing levels of responsibility, leading
to his title as Vice President of R&D, running a 10 person department, with project responsbilities running across 125
banking offices, in 3 time zones.
Gary also had work experience with 2 other banks that were headquartered in Buffalo: Marine Midland Bank's world headquarters
(before it was absorbed into HSBC Bank), and also Erie Federal Savings & Loan Association (which had its own
history of changing hands & names: East River Savings Bank, then the Buffalo area offices were sold to
Dime Savings Bank of NYC, which later sold the offices to Anchor Savings Bank of NYC, which sold the offices to First
Federal Savings & Loan of Rochester, which was later merged into HSBC Bank).
Gary also was involved with the founding of the Buffalo Community Cooperative Council Federal Credit Union in 1979-81, and volunteered on several of its committees
during its formative years.
Gary's early interest in business & consumer affairs stems back even further in time, to when he was working for a collection agency,
while he was still attending high school in NYC. Although Gary first began reading business newspapers & magazines
when he was 13 years old, he did not begin to invest in Wall Street's stockmarkets until he was 19.
Since making his initial investment in corporate stocks in 1973, Gary has been diligently reading reams of
corporate annual reports and SEC documents every year. He has also attended over 100 shareholder meetings of
publicly traded corporations and grilled corporate executives about the way they have run the companies that he invested in.
Gary began pursuing a Masters degree in UT's Geography & Urban Planning department on a part time basis in 1994.
Upon being denied tenure, Gary began looking for jobs elsewhere, before his job at UT lapsed in June 1995.
He also had a back-up plan, of becoming a full time graduate student, which he was pursuing at UT that summer.
His graduate degree plans were interrupted when he received a job offer that he simply coupld not refuse!