Based: Johannesburg & USA
Gary Bailey is an MBA-qualified Professional Speaker, a well-known soccer expert, an ex-Manchester United, England and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper and a former World Cup Ambassador.
Gary grew up in Johannesburg and won a scholarship at Wits University where he studied Civil Engineering and played soccer for Wits in the first division. At the age of 18, he was chosen to represent South Africa and shortly after that, Gary was signed by a ‘small’ club in England called Manchester United, where he stayed for 10 cold years, playing nearly 400 games for the club.
During this time, Gary was selected to play for England. However, at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he injured his knee and was forced to retire from the professional game.
Gary returned to South Africa and played part-time for local glamour side, Kaizer Chiefs for 2 years, before retiring for good. Since then, Gary has added to his physics degree, by completing an MBA from Henley in Oxford.
Since retiring, Gary has focused on his TV career and with the ‘Supersport’ broadcast throughout Africa, he is a household name on our continent. He has also been one of South Africa’s top speakers for the past 12 years and was one of the Senior Consultants who put together the Sasol Amagluglug Sponsorship of the U23 team, recording the best-ever return on investment for a sports sponsorship in South Africa. Gary was asked by Danny Jordaan to be one of South Africa’s Official Ambassadors for the World Cup Bid and Gary spent much time with Danny, touring the Far East. He was present at the World Cup Bid announcement, in Zurich. Gary has since linked with one of the leading Future Strategists, to offer companies an in-depth look at what possibilities the 2010 World Cup is going to bring to South Africa. With his contacts in local soccer, his knowledge of the World Cup event and his business background, Gary is the ideal person to present you with ‘Gameplan 2010′ – an in-depth look at how you can leverage the 2010 World Cup for the benefit of yourself, your company and South Africa. Gary also presents the latest and greatest leadership thinking with examples from the best in their game, in his presentation called ‘LEAD’. This is your opportunity to learn leading edge leadership skills from a man who has lived these principles!
Some of Gary’s Clients Include:
Sony, Siemens, Castrol, Xerox, Deloitte and Touche, Glenfiddich, Nike, Pepsi, Liberty Life, KPMG, Old Mutual, Investec, Sasol, 3M, Momentum, Pick n Pay, Tourvest, Illovo Sugar, Imperial Bank, FNB, Debswana, Standard Bank, University of Windhoek, Sappi, MTN, ABSA, Pam Golding and Spar.