Gary Heiman, a native Cincinnatian, received his undergraduate degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and completed post-graduate work at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Saurer Institute in Arbon, Switzerland.
In 1973, he founded Arad Textile Industries, Ltd., an integrated and vertical textile manufacturing company, located in Arad, Israel. Today, the company supplies leading hospitals and prestigious hotels in Europe and the United States. In 2001, Heiman was awarded the "Industrialist of the Year" prize by the president of the State of Israel.
He returned to Cincinnati at the end of 1986. In 1988, he became president of Standard Textile Co., Inc. and in 1994 chief executive officer. Standard Textile is the global leader in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art medical, hospitality and industrial textile products and management systems that serve the largest healthcare, hospitality and industrial supply organizations in the USA and Europe. The company products are manufactured in facilities around the globe; including the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Cambodia and China.
In 1998, Standard Textile was the first American company to build a manufacturing facility in Irbid, Jordan in a joint venture with Century Investment Group in Amman. The successful investment supported the U.S. government's efforts to bring the economic benefits of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel to the people of Jordan where unemployment stood at 40%. Today, the joint venture operates two plants in Jordan employing hundreds of workers.
Gary Heiman is chairman of the board of The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Directors of Medpace, Inc., an officer and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, a vice-president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and an officer of the Israel Policy Forum. He has also previously served as a member of the Board of The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.