Gary was born in 1952 and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. From there he went to the American Graduate School of International Management ("Thunderbird") in Phoenix, Arizona where he received his Masters degree in late 1975.
Immediately after graduate school, Gary went to work for an investment firm in Dallas, Texas, and he has remained in the financial industry ever since. In 1977, Gary began to write a bi-weekly newsletter for his growing number of clients. Initially, the newsletter focused strictly on the investment markets. Yet over the years Gary realized that many external events affect the investment markets, so he broadened his newsletters to include information about the economy, interest rate trends, geopolitics and politics and other topics of interest to investors. The newsletters have always been especially popular with ProFutures' clients.
One of the things Gary learned early-on was that the investment markets are very diverse and it is impossible for one to be an "expert" in all areas. As a result, Gary has continually looked for outside sources of information. These include some very expensive subscriptions to various research sources and a wide-ranging network of contacts in the financial industry. Gary shares this information with his clients through the newsletters and periodic Special Reports and more recently, via his "Forecasts & Trends E-Letter."
Another thing Gary learned early-on is that most people are frustrated with their investment results. Most people who have money to invest have been successful in their primary business or occupation. However, when it comes to investing, most people find that it is a lot more complicated than simply picking a few stocks or mutual funds and hoping they go up in value.
Just as Gary relies on outside professionals to give him valuable information about the economy and the markets, he believes most investors should look to proven professionals to assist them in making investment decisions. This is what ProFutures is all about.
In 1984, Gary decided to leave the ranks of the big brokerage firms and start his own company that could be independent and better serve his clients. He and his assistant, Debi (later to become Mrs. Halbert), formed ProFutures in 1984. Since that time, ProFutures has been dedicated to finding successful money managers to refer to its clients.
In 1989, Gary and Debi decided to relocate the business from Dallas to Austin. They reside in a home they built on the shores of Lake Travis where they and their two children are avid water enthusiasts.
ProFutures has grown significantly over the years. After starting with just a few people in 1984, the firm now has hundreds of clients who live all across America, and even some who live overseas.
One reason for the firm's continued growth is Gary's access to his clients. Unlike most firms where it is difficult or impossible to speak to the president, Gary continually makes himself available to speak directly with his clients. If you call and ask for Gary, he will take your call at the time, or call you back very shortly if he happens to be on the phone with another client. He welcomes all feedback and ideas from clients.
Above all, Gary and his staff at ProFutures know that their growth and good fortune is entirely due to their hundreds of loyal clients, many of whom have been with them for a decade or longer.
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