Meet Gary Morton, author of "Commanding Excellence"

Monday, October 2 at 6:30 PM

Reservations Requested. Please call (269) 982-1110 or email to reserve your seat.

Truly engaging people is not about commanding them to do something; it is about getting them to command themselves to do it. West Point distinguished graduate Gary Morton knows how to deliver exceptional results while doing just that. As a platoon leader and tank commander in Army Task Force 4-68 and, later, as a young vice president at medical device manufacturer Stryker, Morton learned under two legendary leaders who, despite different styles, followed nearly the same steps to achieve results most considered unattainable. Fred Dibella of Army Task Force 4-68 and John Brown of device maker Stryker invisibly orchestrated thousands of individual actions into a cohesive masterpiece resulting in the stunning success. They harnessed every ounce of creative energy toward achieving the goal. Through the numerous inside stories readers will feel the purpose, passion, and ingenuity that drove such unmatched results. In the end, these organizations achieved the impossible. Commanding Excellence reveals how you can too.




Gary Morton graduated from West Point with honors and had a five-year career as a tank officer, the highlight of which was being part of an extraordinary unit that achieved unprecedented results at the US Army’s grueling National Training Center--the only unit to ever win every simulated battle it fought. Gary completed a master’s degree, also with honors, from the University of Southern California, and transitioned out of the Army to medical-device manufacturer Stryker, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in project management, engineering, R&D, operations, and leadership, including twelve years as vice president and general manager of the EMS equipment business. EMS was an innovative juggernaut that he cofounded and that grew to become the global leader in patient-handling equipment for the ambulance market. His team introduced game-changing products that have redefined how paramedics handle patients in emergency situations throughout the developed world. Today he is retired from Stryker and lives with his wife in southwest Michigan, where he writes and invests.




Event date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
312 State Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085

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