Gary Michaels is the managing partner of Summa Solutions LLC. (https://summalcp.com/ ) an agency dedicated to helping businesses and K-12 schools across the country contract with fiber Internet carriers. He is also the managing partner of Summa E-rate Solutions, (https://summae-rate.com/ ) a sister agency which helps schools and school districts write technology plans and identify and complete USAC forms for Internet access discounts.
Summa Solutions is also a leading technology services company specializing in providing a broad suite of telecom, connectivity and cloud value-based solutions to ensure its portfolio of financial, retail and hospitality companies’ success.
Gary Michaels understands hard work and what’s involved with running a business because he has been in the private sector most of his life. One only succeeds by providing quality service. His background allows him to identify and empathize with those who deal with unexpected circumstances because he works in a similar environment.
His business experience comes from two industries: broadcasting and cable and the telecommunications industries. He has held managerial marketing and administrative jobs which are complex jobs requiring high organizational skills. He has also held entrepreneurial jobs requiring trade openness, risk taking and creativity. He is trained in nonprofit and public accounting and has corporate and independent experience marketing to local, state and federal governments and private and public schools.
The convergence of media and data during the past several years is how Gary Michaels began his career in the broadcasting and cable industry and moved to the data communications industry.
In the early 1980s he moved to Los Angeles and began a regional career in broadcasting and cable with media properties including Gene Autry-owned KMPC AM 710 Hollywood, KPIX-TV (CBS) San Francisco and KPMR-TV (Univision) Santa Barbara County. He has worked in both creative marketing and creative production.
He attended public elementary and high school near Chicago. Having a high school graduate mother and a blue-collar laborer father, having Polish spoken in his home, he can relate to the challenges confronting ESL and economically challenged students.
He started performing at age 16 performing on stage in Chicago community theaters and dinner theaters in musicals such as The Sound of Music and Cabaret, before heading off to college at New England College Arundel, Sussex, England to perform as a stage actor in dramatic plays ranging from John Brown in John Brown’s Body, to The King in William Saroyan’s The Cave Dwellers, to John the Witch Boy turned human in Howard Richardson’s Dark of the Moon.
Although a theater arts student in England, he changed majors and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from New England College in Henniker, NH. While at NEC he worked on the Ronald Reagan presidential campaign, represented the school at the Harvard Model UN and was president of the college senate.
He was the first in his family to go to college. He also has received an Academic Certificate in Accounting from UCLA, he is currently serving on the Santa Maria Bonita School District Measure “T” Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and is on the Board of his home-owners association.
He has lived in Santa Maria since 2005 and is active in central coast charitable activities and community events. He enjoys sailboat racing, scuba diving, golf and fitness.
With his decades of corporate and entrepreneurial experience he is uniquely qualified to play a role in the economic recovery required to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is FISCALLY and ENVIRONMENTALLY conservative. He promises to not be the most conservative with making sure the government is responsible for expenditures. He will always try to figure out how to get the best value for the taxpayer. At the same time, he promises to liberally fund projects necessary for his constituent’s continued growth.