Elmer Gates retired from General Electric in 1982 to enter the turnaround business. He led an LBO of Fuller Company (Bethlehem, PA) in 1986 and, as President and CEO, took it to a global leadership position in 1990 when he sold Fuller to its most formidable competitor. Since then, he has been a mentor to many, from start-up entrepreneurs to CEOs of significance. He grew up in modest circumstances in a rural Adirondack mountain area of New York State and graduated from Clarkson University (NY) in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in the Korean War and spent his final army year in a series of military hospitals. He was married to his wife, Betty, for 55 years. She passed in 2008. He was honored with the Clarkson Golden Knight Award in 2010; was inducted into the Clarkson’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in 2011; and was inducted into the Lehigh Valley (PA) Executive Hall of Fame in 2012. He has two daughters and four grandchildren.