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Gary Tyner Jr. is President of KD Conservatory, a subsidiary of KD Studio, Inc., which is one of only a handful of nationally accredited colleges between California and New York offering Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in Motion Picture Production, Acting, and Musical Theatre. Raised in the Dallas area, Mr. Tyner has had the opportunity during his career to gain multidisciplinary experience in the fashion, film, and television markets.

Mr. Tyner has been active in the career school sector of education for more than 20 years and has served on numerous boards and committees at the municipal, state, and national level.

Mr. Tyner served as Chairman of the Board for Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) based in Austin, TX and previously served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors.  As Chairman, Mr. Tyner represented CCST in Washington D.C. regarding the state of the industry, the strategic changes occurring, and the resulting impact on the association on a national level. CCST provides resources on regulatory and legislative matters and knowledge about pivotal issues and opportunities within the sector.

Mr. Tyner also served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee where he worked to close the gap between legislators, regulators and the sector in both the Texas House and Senate. Mr. Tyner helped to co-author and pass legislation to improve the sector in order to protect consumers. He currently sits on the legislative committee for CCST, and has formerly served as Chairman of the membership, and conference committees.

He is an active member of the board of the Trinity River Arts Center (T.R.A.C.), a not-for-profit arts center whose mission is to expose at-risk youth to the arts. He serves on the advisory board of the Lone Star Film Society which showcases some of the best in American independent cinema, and is the Co-Executive Producer on A Higher Power, My Brother’s Keeper, Bullied, and Missed Connection all filmed in Texas.

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