Biography

Based in Houston, Gary Skarke serves as a Partner with Allen Austin. Gary is a versatile business executive with a proven track record of business transformation using leading-edge technology, robotics, and automation. He has expertise in leading the integration of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), digital transformation, and smart connected products. Gary is equally capable of building and managing high-performing project teams or working independently to enhance performance, boost competitive advantage, and increase bottom-line gains. He is an engaging communicator, forging strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, and helping people and companies transform their ways of working and technologies to improve organizational success.

Gary is focused on helping organizations and people improve their performance. He has worked extensively with industrial, energy and energy services, healthcare and medical technology, real estate, utility, and public sector clients. He has cultivated long-term clients that included Chevron/Texaco/Unocal, Weingarten Realty (now Kimco), Owen Healthcare/Cardinal, Schlumberger, Valero, PG&E, and Florida Power & Light.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Strategic & Tactical Planning
  • Organizational Development
  • Talent Management
  • Sales Management •
  • Business Process Improvement
  • Training & Development
  • Change Management
  • Project Planning
  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Operations Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Gary has a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.

He has been active with professional and community boards including Mental Health America of Greater Houston, The Living Bank, St. Francis Episcopal Day School, and Institute of Management Consulting Houston.

Gary and his wife, Sally Anne, spend a lot of time with their five married children and 9 grandchildren with two more on the way. He delights in entertaining, planning creative menus, and having dinner parties for friends and family. To counter that, he likes to regularly exercise at the gym and take hikes.