As a graduate of the University of Georgia, Gary Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration. Both undergrad and graduate degrees reflect Gary’s knowledge of personal selling and marketing strategy along with advanced financial investment and accounting systems. After completing his degree requirements in 1987 Gary began his career with Service America as a Staff Accountant. Promoted to Area Accounting Manager in 1990, Gary oversaw twenty-three different vending facilities generating over $13 million annually. Responsible for all financial reporting, budgeting, tracking, and accounting program development, Gary set the standard for the Atlanta, GA district. In 1991, Gary was promoted to Regional Controller for Service America. As Regional Controller, Gary oversaw a $45 million region and manage all budgeting, strategic planning, financial analysis, new business financial approval, and financial reporting.
In 1992 Gary shifted from financial accounting to operations management for Service America’s Inmate Commissary Division. In this position, Gary was responsible for all aspects of the inmate commissary operations nationwide in which he dealt specifically with software maintenance, support, and both operator and client control.
In 1993 Gary Smith and Mike Evancho partnered to create Oasis Management Systems Inc. With his financial background and business experience, Gary stands at the forefront of Oasis’ technological advancements within the commissary industry. Today, as a result of his extensive commissary and accounting software expertise, Gary is recognized as one of the industries most knowledgeable automated systems application experts.