Gary is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1964 with a BS in Business Administration and later received a Masters in Business Administration majoring in Real Estate from the American University, Washington, D.C., 1968. Sam S. Schahet & Company developed its first Holiday Inn in 1960. Throughout his career with Schahet Hotels, Gary has worked both in the field and office in all phases of hotel development and operation. He has been involved in the development, management, upgrading and renovation of all Schahet Hotels’ properties. Over the years, Schahet Hotels has developed several hotels and currently operates Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels with several projects currently under development. The company has received high marks for development and modernization, as well as excellent operations over the years.
Gary’s involvement with the International Association of Holiday Inns (I.A.H.I.) began in the early 1970’s. He served on various committees including the Scholarship Committee and Food and Beverage Committee, and chaired the Marketing Committee as well as the Reservations Committee. In 1990, he received the I.A.H.I. Award of Excellence for outstanding service as a Member and Chairperson of the Reservations Committee. Gary has had the honor of serving as President of the IAHI. In addition, he spent several years chairing the Multi Franchise Organization.
Gary has served on various civic and charitable organizations including a Special Task Force for United Way, Board of Directors of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet, Board of the Indianapolis Jewish Welfare Federation, and Broadmoor Country Club. He has also served on the Board and is Past President of the Board of Jewish Education and as Past Chairman of the Jewish Welfare Federation Annual Campaign. He has served as a Member on the Board of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and the Board of the Indiana Hotel & Lodging Association. He served as a member of the Methodist Health Foundation, chaired the Grant and Allocations Committee, and co-chaired the Critical Care Campaign Planning Committee. Gary has been active for many years in AIPAC for the State of Indiana. He is the past President of Tamarisk Country Club. He also currently sits on the Contemporary Arts Council for the Palm Springs Museum of Art and was recently elected to the Board of the Palm Springs Symphony. Gary was recently elected to the board of the friends of the Palm Springs philharmonic.