Suzanne Landeros began her education thinking she’d be a teacher, “but I kept thinking about the first bookkeeping course I took at 19. I realized I was better suited to the structure and order of accounting and changed my major to business.”
Her tenure at Masterworks began in 1998 when she joined the accounting department of the cable and circuit-board manufacturing company.
“When I joined Masterwork, it was still relatively new and growing,” she said. “It has been exciting to witness the transition from the early, lean years through our current, phenomenal growth.”
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: bookkeeper, Chromagraphics, 1991–1998; accountant support, Masterwork Electronics Inc., 1998 – 2005; chief financial officer, Masterwork, 2005–present.
EDUCATION: Sonoma State University
Originally I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. While pursuing a Liberal Arts major at SSU, I kept thinking about the first bookkeeping course I took at 19 years old. I realized I was better suited to the structure and order of accounting and changed my major to business. I was excited to join the Accounting Department at Masterwork Electronics in 1998. Masterwork is a contract manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies and cable harnesses.
Our corporate offices in Rohnert Park support our manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico. When I joined Masterwork, it was still relatively new and growing. It has been exciting to witness the transition from the early, lean years through our current, phenomenal growth.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE PAST YEAR OR SO
In the past year, a second manufacturing company, Masterwork Metals, Inc., was created for the formation of sheet metal into enclosures which house the PCB assemblies manufactured by our electronics company. The process of beginning a new company was something I had not done. Working out the logistics between our metals and electronics companies continues to be an exercise.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY?
Managing our growth is my primary focus this year. The electronics company is projecting an incredible 30 percent growth in 2016.
WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Honest, loyal and trustworthy.
AS A SUCCESSFUL FEMALE PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES YOU FACED AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Honestly, I have not experienced gender based obstacles. I have found education rather than gender to be a basis for any obstacles.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A YOUNG WOMAN ENTERING YOUR PROFESSION OR THE WORK WORLD TODAY?
Dismiss negative chatter, especially if it originates in one’s own head. Self-doubt is often our worst enemy.
Every situation that didn’t go as planned should become a intro to a conversation that begins, “What could I have done differently?”
WHO WAS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MENTOR?
I give credit to two people. Robert Weed, CEO of Masterwork, promoted me after my predecessor left 10 years ago. Rob believed in me before I believed in myself. I am honored by the trust he puts in me.
My daughter Katie Gauntlett inspires me. I am amazed by the success she has in her young career. I am always learning from her practical and analytical approach to situations.
TYPICAL DAY AT THE OFFICE: There is never a typical day!
BEST PLACE TO WORK OUTSIDE OF YOUR OFFICE: I am interested in people. When I retire, I plan to serve wine at any Sonoma County tasting room. People come to Sonoma County from all over the world, and they all have a story to tell.
Chief financial officer
Masterwork Electronics Inc.
630 Martin Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Residence: Santa Rosa