Mr. Wilson, a qualified Professional Geologist, is the owner of GEAR. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1975-1981, and, latterly, he served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1981 to 1986 while attending the University of Florida where he earned his BS degree in Geology. Professionally, Mr. Wilson has worked with Soil & Material Engineers, PIECO, Metcalf & Eddy, and MACTEC, as well as the owner of his first company, Gator Environmental, from 1994-2001. He earned licenses as Professional Geologist, Building Contractor, and Pollutant Storage System Specialty Contractor in 1994. In 2007, Mr. Wilson incorporated Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration (GEAR), and, with his service-connected disability, qualified GEAR as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in 2010. In 2014, Mr. Wilson was honored by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) with the inaugural Veterans of Influence award by demonstrating leadership, honor, and active community service.