A native of Atlanta, Gearon started the successful telecommunications enterprise Gearon Communications in 1990 at the age of 25. After growing the site acquisition company into a multi-million dollar business with more than 150 employees in five years, he sold his company to American Tower, one of the largest providers of communications towers in the world, in 1998. A graduate of Georgia State University, Gearon is an avid lifelong Hawks fan. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and three children.