As the President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute, Gary J. Borgstede is the published author of two leadership books, a national speaker on business leadership principles, a teacher of faith-based team values, and an experienced leader in business and ministry with more than 20 years of diverse professional experience in financial management, strategic operations, human resources, information technology, customer service, and leadership development. As a former System Vice President of Ochsner Health System, Gary helped to lead the largest healthcare delivery system in the Gulf South region with 7 hospitals, a 600-plus Physician Medical Group Practice, and more than 1.2 billion dollars in net patient revenues. At Ochsner, Gary led the Clinical Divisions of Radiology, Primary Care, Women Services, Pediatrics, and Hospital Medicine as well as the ancillary business Divisions of Elmwood Fitness Center and the Brent House Hotel.
In 2009, Gary left Ochsner Health System to join the executive leadership team at Church of the King as the Chief Administrative Officer and an Associate Pastor. In his leadership role at Church of the King, Gary is helping to build the organizational infrastructure to support the church’s four campus locations and growing membership base of more than 7,000 members with an average weekly attendance greater than 4,000. In addition to his leadership gifting, Gary’s pastoral heart inspires his passionate pursuit to equip, engage, encourage, and empower business leaders in marketplace ministry. Besides his professional experience as an effective leader in business and ministry, Gary also possesses a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana State University, and he is also an inactive Certified Public Accountant in the State of Louisiana.
The leadership books and articles that Gary has written and are published include:
The Make It Happen Journey: Creating A Culture Of Empowerment That Reaches People & Unleashes Their Extraordinary God-given Potential, Charisma House, June 2010
Kings Come Forth: The Call To Awaken Business Leaders To God’s Kingdom Purpose, Charisma House, February 2011
The Make It Happen Moment ® Faith-based Leadership Messages, Faithwriters
A Winning Combination: Technology and Human Resources Achieve Bottom-Line Results, Group Practice Journal, September 2001
And lastly, some additional fun facts about Gary is that he is the Board Secretary of the New Orleans Dream Center, Board member of Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the 2006 Team Recipient of the Ochsner Spirit of Leadership Department of the Year Award for Elmwood Fitness Center, the 2006 Recipient of the Ochsner Spirit of Leadership Community Service Award, a certified team finisher of the 3,005 mile bicycle Race Across America, a certified finisher of the Florida Ironman triathlon with a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run, and a short-term missionary to the nations of Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Native Islands of Alaska, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Egypt. And most important of all, Gary is a loving husband and father married 22 years with 5 wonderful children.