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Jeff Gau

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.
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Boomerang Employees: Keep the Door Open

March 14, 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side” and sometimes it is natural to feel like that at work. People leave their jobs for a variety of reasons – a better...

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I’m Not a Business Book Reader

March 1, 2019

During a recent meeting of an executive group that I am a part of, I listened as various leaders shared books they read or plan to read to help in strategic planning for their businesses. They...

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Why Quit Now?

February 14, 2019

After I turned 60 this year, I was often asked, “When are you going to retire?” I ask myself the same question and my response still is: Why quit now? I love what I do and I still look forward to...

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It’s All About People and Money

January 31, 2019

Sometimes I think we overcomplicate leadership. We create expectations for ourselves and others that can overwhelm even the best of us. Some people seek higher degrees or certifications, others...

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Reining in Windbags

January 17, 2019

We spend a lot of time in meetings. When they go well, we feel energized and can make significant headway for our organization. But they also can feel like they are sucking the life right out of...

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Does What You Wear Matter?

January 3, 2019

There’s a move you can make to better position your personal image and brand. No matter your age or title, you can step up your dress. Most people do this pretty well, but there are a lot that...

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Top 10 Highlights of 2018

December 18, 2018

As we look to the New Year, we spend a lot of time talking strategy and what’s next. But it’s also important to reflect on where we’ve been and celebrate the wins.

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Leader Worth Following: Chris Pudenz

November 29, 2018

Before we hired Chris Pudenz as Marco’s Chief Financial Officer last year, I didn’t realize we needed him because Marco was performing so well. However, as we grew and were purchased by Norwest...

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Reaching a New Milestone

November 8, 2018

We reached another milestone in Marco’s history last week as we completed our most significant acquisition since our first one in 2005. Marco bought a company much like our own in terms of...

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Sequoia Strong: Building a Resilient Business

October 25, 2018

On a recent walk through a canopy of 2,000-year-old trees in Northern California’s Sequoia National Park, I was struck by their strength and resiliency. These towering trees have endured storms,...

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