"My philosophy is simple. Always be honest and open with people. I believe that everyone has something to offer and I always have something to give. Therefore, it is my duty to respect and honor all people for their contributions and their potential."
"My vision is to be a leader in the field of motivational speaking and to write best-selling inspirational books for people of all walks of life."
Gary A. McAbee was born and raised in the inner-city neighborhood of Greenville in Jersey City, NJ. During his formative years, he witnessed the struggles of many who were caught in the cycle of violence, broken homes, and a lack of education. However, his surroundings did not limit his determination to succeed. Gary refused to be another statistic and vowed to make something of his life and have a positive impact on society. In order to accomplish this goal, Gary left Jersey City for the steel city of Pittsburgh, PA to attend Duquesne University. There, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Marketing. However, he never lost touch with his hometown or the needs of the struggling community he left behind.
During a stint in the retail industry, Gary became a district trainer and mentor to many of his employees. At this point, one of them suggested that Gary should consider teaching. This suggestion hit home because he always had a passion for education as a means to give hope to those who felt hopeless. After much deliberation, Gary left the comfort and security of his job to pursue his Masters Degree in Secondary Education. Additionally, he laid the groundwork for creating his first company, ABE! Sports and Entertainment Management.
For the next few years, Gary would vacillate between pursuing his dream to use education as a means to help people improve their lives or continue to move up the “corporate ladder.” Being in limbo opened the door to self-doubt and several obstacles to accomplishing his goals. It took moving back to his hometown to re-energize and refocus. His inspiration was a neglected, trash-laden, vacant Jersey City lot that served as a painful, yet potent visual reminder. As a result, Gary became a teacher and counselor on the secondary, community college, and university levels. He has made a positive impact on the lives of numerous and influenced many to use education as a tool that can lead to a better life.