Gary ThompsonGary Thompson, CPA has had a career has ranging from accounting to sales to economic development. He began his career as an accountant in public service and then private industry for several years before he began to work in sales for a large architectural and engineering firm in Toledo, Ohio. Gary was recruited to an architectural firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he worked in business development. Returning to Ohio, he joined the Oregon Economic Development Foundation where he worked for five years.

In 2012, Gary was recruited to join the Regional Growth Partnership as executive vice president and manage the JobsOhio program for the Northwest Ohio Region as its director. He is the past marketing chair of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED) and past chair of the Toledo Metro Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) Communications Committee. Gary currently serves on the board of the Ohio Economic Development Association.

Gary is married to Dawn, an educator, and together they are raising three young men, Alec, Owen and Evan. Gary is a graduate of the University of Toledo.