Women in Business 2014: Marla Jeffrey, Gusmer Enterprises

President, Gusmer Enterprises, Inc., 640-D Airpark Rd., Napa 94558; 707-224-7903; gusmerenterprises.com

Age: 55

Residence: Windsor

Professional background: Commercial banking and investments

Education: B.A., College of William and Mary, Virginia; MBA, Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

Staff: 200-plus

Tell us about yourself and your company: Gusmer Enterprises, Inc., manufactures and resells processing aids, instrumentation and equipment for fermentation, filtration and food applications. Today, we sell to a wide range of customers in the beverage (wine, brewing, distilled spirits, juice/cider), oils and food, pharmaceutical, and other industrial markets.

Gusmer was founded by my great-uncle and grandfather who emigrated from Denmark, and I am a member of the third generation of the family that owns and manages the company. We are proud and honored that so many people who were not born into the family have joined our team and continue to dedicate their professional careers to help Gusmer achieve our goals through "commitment, creativity and collaboration."

I worked in finance and management prior to joining Gusmer 25 years ago, and my external work experience and education helped increased my understanding of how successful businesses should operate.

What is a major accomplishment in the past year or so?: Gusmer Enterprises, Inc., celebrates 90 years in business this year. We are proud of the "Service With Knowledge" that we seek to provide our customers, employees and vendors alike.


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