Welcome to my world of resilience, determination, and boundless possibilities

I’m Garrett Gilkey, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my life, it’s that challenges are merely opportunities in disguise. From battling health issues to overcoming bullies, from the NFL gridiron to building a successful company, my journey has been a testament to the power of the human spirit and the relentless pursuit to keep moving forward.

As a child, I faced a formidable opponent right from the start – Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. This condition meant I couldn’t participate in sports like other kids, leaving me feeling isolated and different. However, it was during those trying times that I discovered the true essence of kindness and the strength it holds. I made a promise to myself that I would always approach adversity with a gentle heart, transforming it into a catalyst for growth and empathy.

My life has been a series of underdog stories, and high school was no exception. Finally able to play sports, I made the most of this opportunity by immersing myself in the game I loved. Though not on the same scale as Division 1 athletes, I was determined to show the world what a Division 2 player could achieve with unwavering dedication. Little did I know that this drive and skill would pave my path to the NFL.

In 2013, I received that life-changing call – drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Representing an underdog team in the league, I felt a sense of purpose and responsibility to prove myself. Playing in the NFL was a dream come true, but even the most extraordinary dreams sometimes face a rude awakening. A career-ending knee injury abruptly halted my time on the field, leaving me at a crossroads.

Yet, in every setback lies the seed of opportunity. I decided to turn my focus towards education and personal growth. With the same tenacity that drove me on the football field, I pursued and earned a Master of Engineering degree and started my Master in Business Administration, expanding my horizons beyond sports. But I didn’t stop there; I took my passion for construction and obtained a General Contractor license, a step towards fulfilling another lifelong dream.

This led to the birth of my first company, HGC Design Build, which has grown beyond my expectations and is now embarking on a national expansion. At HGC, we don’t merely build structures; we forge meaningful relationships with our staff, our clients, and our partners. Each season of my life has taught me the value of relationships, and I carry this principle into every aspect of my business.
Beyond personal growth and professional success, I believe in giving back and creating positive change. Collaborating with organizations that share our vision allows us to transform lives and inspire hope. Witnessing the transformative power of our work only further motivates me to continue pushing boundaries and breaking barriers.

Throughout my journey, I’ve had the honor of sharing my story with others. Speaking engagements have become a platform for me to inspire and empower individuals to embrace their underdog status and use it as a catalyst for greatness. My experiences have shown me that everyone has the potential to overcome, to thrive, and to build their dreams from the ground up.

If you’re searching for a partner who understands the value of resilience, the importance of relationships, and the spirit of determination, then look no further. My life’s journey has shaped me into the person I am today – an individual who thrives on challenges, embraces the underdog spirit, and finds joy in helping others succeed.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my life’s adventures. Together, we can transform challenges into stepping stones and create a world where dreams know no bounds. Let’s connect and embark on an exciting journey of growth, discovery, and triumph. I look forward to working with you and sharing in the magic of turning adversity into opportunity.


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February 29th, 2024



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