Gary Vela, born September 7th, 1982, is a Peruvian-American entrepreneur and Internet marketing specialist. Born and raised in the jungles of Peru, Vela emigrated to the United States at an early age. He is best known as a web developer, digital marketer, and founder of the leading Florida Digital Marketing Agency, Web Daytona.

Vela was born in Pucallpa, Peru, where he discovered his love of business at an early age. Raised by a single mother in the Ucayali city, as a child Vela began buying and selling mangos in nearby cities. Always an entrepreneur, he would collect and sell bugs to American tourists visiting his city; bringing home an income through his savvy business work.

In 1999, Vela successfully emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Still a native Spanish speaker at that point, he immediately started a two-year process of learning and perfecting English. This gave him the skills needed to excel in the business world.

After two years, Vela began pursuing a career in software engineering. From there, Vela moved on to freelancing. After earning a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management, Vela became the first Hispanic graduate from Daytona State College’s program in Business Management.


Digital marketing, SEO, Business, Entrepreneurship.

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How did you get involved with WordPress? After spending months messing with HTML/CSS it was time to make a change to something more stream lined. I learned how to make my first basic theme – all these back in 2006.

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