Key Staff

Our talented team offers decades of experience in non-profit management and operations. Their hard work and expertise has helped NAEIR successfully provide efficient inventory management solutions to businesses and much needed support to schools, churches and non-profits for over 35 years.

Gary Smith - President/CEO -NAEIR

Gary C. Smith

Board Member

Gary is the son of NAEIR founder, Norbert Smith. Before officially joining NAEIR, Gary spent seven years working in various management positions at the Austin Company. In 1980 he accepted a position as NAEIR’s Warehouse Manager. He was appointed Vice President of Membership/Corporate Relations in 1983 and took over as NAEIR’s President and CEO in 1999. Gary has served on various non-profit boards including YMCA, Galesburg Chamber of Commerce and Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He was the Chairman of the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association from 2010 to 2012 and even served as the Mayor of Galesburg from 2005 to 2009.

Gary lives in Galesburg with his wife Stephanie, where he is an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He has three children, Autumn, David and Bennett.

Robert Gilstrap - Vice President CFO - NAEIR

Robert B. Gilstrap

Vice President/CFO

Bob started working for NAEIR in 1991 as Manager of the direct mail programs for the Marketing Department. In 1994 he was promoted to Controller and, in 1996, took on his current position as Vice President and CFO. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bradley University. Bob is currently pursuing a Doctorate at St. Ambrose.

He and his wife of 27 years, Paula, are the proud parents of two children, Leslie and Colin. Bob is an accomplished pianist and enjoys reading and traveling with Paula whenever he gets the chance.

Paula R. DeJaynes - President of Corporate Relations - NAEIR

Paula R. DeJaynes

Vice President of Corporate Relations

Paula was born and raised in the Galesburg, IL area. She joined the NAEIR family in 1990 as the Corporate Relations Secretary, and within four years, was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the President/CEO. In 2005, Paula became the Supervisor of Corporate Relations while maintaining her function as Administrative Assistant and, in 2009 she was named Director of Corporate Relations. She is now NAEIR’s Vice President of Corporate Relations and an officer of the company. She still resides in her hometown of Oneida, IL with her husband Rob, two sons and a stepdaughter.

Marvin H. Dahlberg - Vice Chairman of the Board - NAEIR

Marvin H. Dahlberg

Chairman of the Board

Marvin H. Dahlberg is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he also received his MBA and he received his CPA from the University of Illinois.

After a college teaching career, he began a banking career where he became Regional President of First Bank managing the operation of twenty seven banks. After retiring from banking, he was elected as Treasurer for the City of Galesburg, where he currently serves.

Mr. Dahlberg also serves on the board of directors for Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, the Rotary foundation board and is President of the Credit Bureau of Galesburg. He has served on many local not for profit boards including as President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Galesburg Rotary Club and Chairman of the United Way of Knox County campaign three times.

 Jerry J. McCoy - Board Member - NAEIR 

Jerry J. McCoy

Vice Chairman of the Board

Jerry’s affiliation with NAEIR began in 1977 when he helped found our organization. He officially joined NAEIR as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2011. He is an independent attorney in Washington, D.C., specializing in charitable tax planning, tax-exempt organizations and estate planning. He holds law degrees from Duke University and New York University.

A Member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel, Jerry is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, and (for twenty years running) The Best Lawyers in America. He is also the co-author of the Family Foundation Handbook and the editor of several charitable newsletters.

Jerry and his wife Alexandra have three children. He originally hails from Pennsylvania, but has lived in D.C. for 40 years.

 Mary S. Austin - Board Member - NAEIR 

Mary S. Austin

Treasurer / Board Member

Mary is a lifetime resident of Knox County, currently living in Abingdon, IL. She is a graduate of Abingdon High School and attended Browns Business College.

From 1988 to 2012 she was an employee of NAEIR working most of her tenure as a supervisor in the Membership Department training new membership employees, attending conferences and working in telesales.

Mary has three children, Christine, Michael, and Karen. She is also proud of her three grandchildren and one great-grandson. She loves to spend time with family and likes to keep busy with her many interests.

 Robert E. King - Board Member - NAEIR 

Robert E. King

Board Member

Bob is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (BA) and the IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law (JD).

Bob started his career in banking with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago before moving to Galesburg to head up the trust department at F&M Bank in Galesburg. Bob later joined the Office of Advancement at Knox College, serving as the Senior Director of Major & Planned Gifts and currently serves as the Director of Gift Planning at the University of Houston. 

Bob and his wife Liz are the proud parents of two children, Tommy and Emily King.

John Hattery - Chairman of the Board - NAEIR

John J. Hattery

Chairman of the Board/Emeritus

John J. Hattery was Chairman of the Board of NAEIR from 2011 through 2014 and was a Director of the organization starting in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa (BA) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (JD). John began his career in banking before practicing law in Galesburg, Illinois for over 30 years. He became Managing Partner of Hattery, Simpson and West and was counsel to NAEIR for ten years before joining the Board. After retiring from practice, he was engaged in the studying of trombone and Geography at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and was a certified Rule 31 Civil Mediator in Tennessee.  John currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida with his wife Trish, who is also a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law.