Gary Chartrand is the Executive Chairman of Acosta. Acosta is a leading full-service sales and marketing agency, providing outsourced sales, merchandising, marketing and promotional services to manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods industry. The company employs over 35,000 associates and operates 100 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Chartrand has been the pivotal force behind quadrupling the company’s geographic coverage, transforming Acosta into a leading full-service sales and marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. Chartrand received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida in May 2001, and he has been an extraordinary leader in his industry and his community. From 2003 to 2009, Chartrand was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful leaders in the grocery industry by Supermarket News. Chartrand also has a passion for educating our children in Duval County. In April 2007, he led a community effort to help bring Teach For America to Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville was the second city in Florida to have attracted Teach For America to its community. In June of 2009, Chartrand and his wife, Nancy, made a pledge gift to KIPP schools of Jacksonville to help bring the first KIPP school to Florida. Because of his passion for education, coupled with his business and leadership experience Governor Rick Scott appointed Chartrand to the Florida State Board of Education in 2011. Chartrand currently serves on the board of directors for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation; as chair of the board of the KIPP schools in Jacksonville, Fla., and as chair of The Stem.2 Hub of northeast Florida. Chartrand is the author of Unreasonable Leadership, a business book focused on achieving extraordinary results through a dynamic leadership style. He and his wife are executive producers of a 90-minute feature documentary “Messenger of the Truth.” Chartrand is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., with his family.