Gary Alexander Byrd is a native New Yorker and holds a B.A. degree from Howard University, as well as an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

He has worked at CBS-TV and PepsiCo, in addition to serving as Project Director and Vice-President for the Queens Minority Business Development Center.

Presently, Mr. Byrd serves as a Business Consultant and is owner and President of Elan Management, a management consulting firm that is committed to providing a complete package of business and economic development services, including financing and budgeting; strategic and business planning; management and technical assistance, in addition to operational management preparedness and readiness.

More recently, Mr. Byrd is also an ordained Minister, completing a Masters of Divinity (MDIV) in 2014. In 2007, Mr. Byrd authored Keys to the Kingdom; The Year 2012; Countdown to the Apocalypse.