Gary moved to Texas from South Carolina in 1979. Arriving in Texas with less than $10 in his pocket he immediately started a new job as a door to door salesman selling storm windows and doors.
He married Kathy Morey and has now been married 33 years. In 1981 he and Kathy opened their first retail store selling decorating products. Today Leland’s Wallpaper is not only still in business, but is the largest wallpaper store in Texas.
By 1991 Gary & Kathy’s business was included in the SMU Dallas 100 Awards as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Dallas, Texas.
In 1996 everyone told Gary that creating a website to sell wallpaper was not only crazy, but stupid. One manufacturer even went as far as to tell him ” No one will ever buy wallpaper on the Internet.” So he created his first e-commerce website that same year and it was an immediate success. As Gary always says “Free advice is worth what you paid for it.”
During the 90s Gary and Kathy were featured in several decorating magazines for their marketing efforts of using the internet, and in home sales to grow their business.
In 2000 Gary created SoftballJunk.com which was the first website for women’s fastpitch softball equipment. He coached a softball team for his daughters and had a hard time finding equipment for the team, so he created his own store.
Gary had no idea that moving into the world of softball equipment would change his life forever. He not only became a celebrity in this niche, and the softball videos he has edited and produced for Fastpitch TV have been viewed Millions of times.
Due to his involvement in softball Gary ended up serving as the Director of Social Media for the 3.5 million member United States Sports Specialty Association.
In November of 2004 he heard about a new technology called podcasting, and produced his first sports podcast by December of that same year.
By 2006 Time Magazine included Gary’s podcasting website in their list of The 50 Coolest Websites on the Planet. In 2007 Podcast Pickle won the Podcast Peer Award in the Best Podcast Directory Category.
In 2010 Gary was Interviewed on The Fox News Channel about his video podcast & website for the Fastpitch TV Show
The videos he has edited and produced have been viewed Millions of times on You Tube.
Gary was one of the first 100 podcasters on the planet, and was a cofounder of Podcast Movement which has become the largest Podcasting conference on the planet.
Gary is involved in the Dallas Ft Worth Area Meet Up Groups as co-founder of Podcast Dallas. His is the largest meet up group for podcasters in the country. He is also the founder of The Arlington Social Media Marketing Group.
Gary still produces several podcasts for himself, as well as running the Podcast Repairman Website to help others produce podcasts.
Selling and marketing by any means possible is what Gary does, and knows best. If it is a new type of media Gary has probably already experimented with it, and incorporated it into his marketing program.
Between Gary’s brick & mortar stores, his e-commerce sites, all his blogs, podcasts, and videos Gary knows how to sell, and market almost anything.
Gary’s goal is to share his 35 years of retail, e-commerce, and marketing experience. To help you succeed in your own business.
Now Gary has moved into the world of Home and Garden TV (HGTV) with his two newest podcast the Fixer Upper Podcast and the Hometown Podcast. Both of these podcasts help him market his wallpaper store, and decorating websites. They are tare taking off like a rocket.
Gary has been on the speaking circuit since 2005, making appearances from coast to coast. Gary makes himself available to any group that is interested in having him make an appearance.
In 2017 Mayor Williams, and the Arlington, Texas City Council proclaimed March the 1st as Gary Leland Day in honor of Gary’s podcasting and Entrepreneurial endeavors.
In March of 2017 Gary started serving on the Board Of Directors for the Arlington YMCA. Gary’s grandfather was very involved with the YMCA back in the 40s and 50s so it seemed like a perfect place to volunteer his time.
Gary was also added to the list of 50 Social Media Marketing Influencers to Follow in March of 2017.
He now produces the Gary Leland Show where listeners can ask him questions, and discuss them with him live and in person. Gary truly cares.
As Gary says “I have been very fortunate to be a success, and now I want to help others do the same”