There is not enough room on this page to truly do justice to the work that Gary Streit has done for the Cedar Rapids community over the years. A true “officer of the court and a man of his word,” he has been an exemplary model of what it means to be a servant-leader. Since coming to Cedar Rapids, Gary has been a faithful steward, respected attorney, and friend to many.
Born in 1950 in the northwest town of Sibley, Iowa, Gary was the first in his family to attend college. After graduating from Iowa State University BS degree in Industrial Administration, major in Accounting and Minor in Economics in 1972, he pursued his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. After graduation in 1995, Gary took a job with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll P.L.C. and moved to Cedar Rapids.
Since starting at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll as a young attorney, both the firm itself and Gary’s career have had plenty of success. Within the past 41 years, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll successfully integrated 6 lateral attorneys in 1998, worked through the issues with the Flood of 2008 when the firm actually had an increase in profit despite the destructions caused by the flood, and celebrated its 150th anniversary year. In 2002, Gary took over as president of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll and has been a “catalyst for business growth” ever since, said John Bloomhall, Chairman of the Board at Diamond V.
Laurie Dawley, Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, notes that “He is the busiest guy in the office but he always has his door open and will stop to help you.” His compassionate leadership style carries all through Shuttleworth & Ingersoll. He has implemented unique employee benefits such as “no pay” if you did not take your two week vacation and requiring community involvement, all under the umbrella of his passion for doing what is right and giving back to the community.
On top of all of his work within Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, Gary also managed to find time to be a highly active volunteer not only within the local community, but for the state of Iowa, the Midwest, and the nation as well. The American Cancer Society, United Way, and Foresight 20/20 are just a few of the many organizations he has given his time to over the years. Gary also serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Law School Foundation. He has done so much civic work, his “middle name is community service,” remarked Jack Evans, President of The Hall-Perrine Foundation.
Gary first became involved with the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 1977, and hasn’t stopped since. In the past 39 years, he had numerous and varying leadership roles within ACS, including serving for over 30 years on the Linn County Board of Directors, President of the Iowa Division, and serving as the Chair of the National Board of Directors. Gary recently became one of the top five fundraisers in the United States for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life after walking for 12 hours virtually uninterrupted. When talking about his work within the ACS, he describes it as “all consuming and incredibly gratifying.”
As a man with a full time job and heavy leadership presence within the community, one would think there isn’t time for much else, but that’s not the case for Gary. Gary’s most proud achievement, by far, is his family. He and his wife, whom he calls his greatest mentor, Susie, have been married for 34 years. Together they have two daughters: Elizabeth and Cory, and three grandchildren: Emma, Ava, and Jack. He also manages to find time to be a master woodworker building furniture for both of his children and numerous pieces in his own home. He is also currently working on a custom altar for his church.
Gary plans to continue to lead Shuttleworth & Ingersoll for many years and continue to pursue his passions within the community and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.