Gary has spent nearly 30 years in the healthcare industry — from managing home infusion sales to running hospitals to founding hospice companies in four states. This experience has taught him the importance of strategically building and leveraging High-Return Relationships to achieve success in business and beyond. Moreover, his work with terminally ill patients has convinced Gary that, at the end of the day, nothing is more important than the people around you and the experiences you create together. His desire to improve quality of life serves as his motivation for his entrepreneurial endeavors, philanthropic work, and multimedia outreach efforts under the umbrella of Apex Lifestyle Design. Gary holds a master's degree in hospital and healthcare administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Andrea Rowland strives to engage readers with an entertaining narrative style that blends scholarly research with enlightening anecdotes. Like Gary, Andrea’s background offers her an illuminating glimpse into the human condition and the myriad factors that influence quality of life. As a daily newspaper journalist from 1998 to 2005, she documented all manner of struggles and victories in the areas she covered — and earned an Associated Press award for feature writing in the process. After five years as a regional magazine associate publisher on the East Coast, Andrea and her family moved to the beautiful American Southwest. She now focuses her time and talents on exciting writing projects and healthcare communications. Andrea holds a master’s degree in the humanities from Hood College.