Founder and President of Gary D. Foster Consulting, a
marketing and management consulting service specializing in helping
religious product companies and ministries discover and optimize new
revenue streams and to better leverage existing ones. His goal
with clients is to help them to strategically move from good to
In addition to providing savvy professional counsel
to numerous religious product companies in various marketing,
product development and management roles, he has been an executive
with Focus on the Family where he managed their award winning book
publishing operation and $110 million direct mail fund raising
division. He also spent 12 years with the Christian
Booksellers Association where he served as President and CEO of CBA
Service Corporation, published CBA Marketplace - the premier trade
journal of the Christian product development and retailing industry
and led numerous marketing related seminars for both product
companies and retailers.
He also served in executive product development and
marketing positions with David C. Cook, Moody Press
and Moody Magazine. In addition he has extensive experience in
product development, strategic planning and direct marketing.
Gary has over 30 years of successful publishing,
leadership, marketing and management experience, holds a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Business Administration from LeTourneau University
plus completed numerous professional marketing and management
seminars including American Management Association's Executive
Course. He believes God has called him to model and apply
sound management and marketing principles within Christian
businesses and ministries. He also publishes the highly
respected marketplace intelligence newsletter, The Foster
Letter--Religious Marketplace Update twice monthly.
Residents of the Colorado Springs area for 28 years,
he and his wife Pat recently relocated to western central Ohio to be
nearer family and are active in a local evangelical church.
rich in people! True wealth.
express thanks for Gary Foster. He introduced me to Jerry Jenkins,
one of the best selling Christian authors of all time–he’s
written over 180 books and sold 70,000,000 books. One list of
Christian Best Selling Christian authors includes his name with C.S.
Lewis, Charles M. Sheldon and John Bunyon. How many books they sold
is unknown but what is even more immeasurable is the lives they
touched. I got to hang out with Jerry at his office, see his
baseball memorabilia and get a peek into the operation of one of the
great Christian writers of all time. Gary made it possible.
believed in my book before I did. He adds ideas, knowledge and
experiences to my life that help me succeed. It occurred to me
today that he is a man who makes other people successful. He
consults publishers, book stores and writes his newsletters that
help people figure out how to be profitable in a business where
their accomplishments benefit the authors who write the book and the
readers who buy the books. He’s quiet and steady as he works behind
the scenes to clear the path for many of us to take to make it to
the Big Leagues and has an immeasurable impact.
made me think how many others have quietly made an impact in my
life–a countless list. My wife Susan, my Dad and Mom, my brother
Jim, Darrel, Carl, Charley, John, Doug, JP, Thom, Ron, Bill, John,
pastors, colleagues, parishioners, friends, publishers/editors,
readers, colleagues… They keep my dream alive and stoke in me the
fire that my life matters. None of them would think of themselves
as heros but as I think of the power of people in my life, they are
in my Hall of Fame.
Gary. Helping me achieve my dreams and in the process of being
thankful for him, the value of others increases!
Source: Dan Hettinger’s Blog 11/24/13