Can you please give us a brief introduction of who you are and your current business?
I am Alto Gary, and I am a Raleigh native. I grew up in local dance studios and performing magnet programs of Ligon Middle School and Enloe High School. I graduated from East Carolina University with a BSBA concentrating in Marketing and a minor in Dance.
My 20+ years professional background is in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, where I developed entertainment programs and collaborated with sponsors in WCW Wrestling, the NBA, and the NFL. I organized two Super Bowl TV appearance events and the halftime for the MLS All-Star Game. I have also created content for Paramount, Turner Broadcasting, MTV, and TBS. Specializing in talent development, I launched the career of Stacy Keibler and worked with World Champion Simone Biles and many other celebrities such as Ric Flair, Vanilla Ice and Bell Biv Devoe.
Why did you join BPW?
I am currently seeking a career change. I joined BPW to get out of my shell and network with other vital businesswomen. I want to learn and see other businesswomen’s perspectives and experiences.
What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of work?
My favorite hobby and interest outside of work are exercising and relaxing. I know they are the opposite of each other, but that is what interests me. I believe in self-care and personal energy to take care of oneself.
What is your favorite superhero and why?
My favorite superhero is Wonder Woman. I watched the TV shows when I was young, and the combination of her beauty and strength was captivating.
The current movies disappoint me because I would like to see her invisible plane and for her to go off to the side and twirl to change into her suit. I’m nostalgic about this character.
What chores do you hate doing?
I hate folding clothes. I don't know why, but it is the one thing I severely procrastinate on.
There is a machine that folds clothes for the residential consumer, but it costs too much now.
When it gets down to "normal people's price," I will be the first to purchase it.
What did you want to be when growing up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a dancer and choreographer. I did achieve that goal, but I dreamed of taking it further. I fell into the other side of the world of entertainment, and that is management.
I enjoyed being behind the scenes and making moves. I never dreamed that dancing could take me to the different places I have been.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could learn to do anything, it would be carpentry. If I could go back in time and take a woodshop class in high school, my life could be totally different. I enjoy creating things. If I knew then what I know now. I wish I had the skill to make things and update my home myself.
How do you define Success?
I define success as achieving the goals you have set for yourself and to be happy with what you have accomplished no matter how small or big.
Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational phrase?
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“Your new life is going to cost you your old one.
It’s going to cost you your comfort zone and your sense
It’s going to cost you relationships and friends.
It’s going to cost you being liked and understood.
It doesn’t matter.
The people who are meant for you are going to meet you
on the other side. You’re going to build a new comfort
zone around the things that actually move you forward.
Instead of being liked, you’re going to be loved. Instead of
being understood, you’re going to be seen.
All you’re going to lose is what was built for a person you
no longer are.”
― Brianna Wiest, The Mountain Is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery