- START-UP INVESTOR - REAL ESTATE INVESTOR - ENTREPRENEUR - PHILANTHROPIST -
Gary is a Serial Entrepreneur, Start-Up Investor, Philanthropist and Real Estate Developer based in the Seattle area. Having started and sold 2 companies, as well as acquired and merged 5 companies, including selling ATGStores.com to Lowes in 2012 for $100M +. Since 2014, Gary has over $17M invested in over 80 companies ranging from Wearable Technology to Cosmetics.
A career of leadership roles such as President/CEO of ATG Stores.com, as well as a VP for Lowe’s. He now serves several Board roles for ColdStream Wealth Management, University of Washington and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
Gary founded Rubens Family Foundation and has donated over $30M so far to Washington State Non-Profits focused on educational opportunities for low income underprivileged students, to achieve a 4-year high demand STEM and Healthcare degrees as well, Rubens Family Foundation supports teen and early learning support programs. Garys grants will help over 7000 students attain a college education and high demand career, over 70% are first time college attendees in their family.
Most Recently, Gary acquired Athlete Intelligence, a Kirkland, WA based company focused on Data Analytics for Athlete Performance and Safety, helping coaches, trainers and athletes measure athlete performance as well as identify head impact for concussion awareness.
Gary views everyday as a new opportunity to change the world in some way, his goal is to be a positive and inspiring addition to people’s lives.
WHAT I DO
Alonso Chehade - podcast - Beyond the Surface
Beyond the Surface with Alonso Chehade. This podcast talks about Gary's life's highs and lows, his passion for education, the valuable lessons he learned during his journey to building a $120 million dollar business, and why he recently decided to go back to school to get a college degree.
Joe Wallin - podcast - Startup Law
Listen in to a podcast interview with Gary Rubens, Joe Wallin, and Mike Schneider as they discuss the startup world and Gary's mission to bring awareness to the causes he is most passionate about.
"Gary is an authentic individual who cares about the companies with which he works. As an entrepreneur himself, he's able to offer hard-earned insights to the companies he invests in, and genuinely wants to see the founders he partners with grow and succeed."
BRYAN COPLEY / CityBldr / FOUNDER & CEO