I think it’s fair to say that the least favorite part of most leaders’ job is terminating people. We’d rather focus our attention on recruiting, hiring and growing talent. It is much more fun and rewarding.Read More
Jeff Gau, Chief Executive Officer
A destined leader, Jeff joined the U.S. Air Force out of high school. While focused on earning money to go to college, Jeff received a series of prestigious promotions – well before his time. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in three years and immediately took his charismatic leadership and relentless work ethic to his first sales position at Marco in 1984.
Since taking the helm at Marco, Jeff has led the company through aggressive growth and opportunities. He has transformed what started as a small typewriter dealer in 1973 into a rapidly growing technology company with offices throughout the Upper Midwest. He believes in high performance, sustaining a fun workplace and keeping score. Jeff was named a Most Admired CEO by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2016 and recognized as an EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest in 2015. He was also named one of the 100 People to Know by Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2017.
In the book Looking Out for #2, author Bruce Miles writes: “Spend some time with Jeff and it’s clear that Jeff has a presence about him. His spirit is engaging and his leadership is inspiring. He’s honest, genuine and not afraid to expose his faults. When he walks into a meeting, people notice. But it’s not because he holds the title of CEO. It’s because he knows how to listen, quickly build consensus and, when needed, make the hard decisions.” Read Jeff’s blog on leadership.
Education: United States Air Force 1978-1981; Bachelor of Science, University of North Dakota, 1984.
Awards: 100 People to Know by Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2017, Most Admired CEO by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2016, EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year for the Upper Midwest in 2015 and 2014 Community Impact Awards Good Leader Finalist from Minnesota Business Magazine. Marco was named as a Great Place to Work and Fortune Best Medium Workplace for 2014 and was recognized as a Top Workplace by Star Tribune, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and Minnesota Business for the last several consecutive years. The company was also recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in Minnesota (Fast 50). View more awards.
Community Involvement: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board, Sharp National Dealer Council Board, Cisco Channel Advisory Board, CentraCare Health Board, CentraCare Foundation Finance Committee, CentraCare Health Executive Compensation Committee and Greater St. Cloud Economic Development Corporation Board of Advisors.
Joined Marco: 1984