Jeff Gau

CEO

Marco Inc.

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Jeff Gau didn’t found Marco, a provider of outsourced IT services, but he’s so dramatically changed it that it might as well be his. He has a keen sense of where the market is going and acts decisively. Since Gau joined the company in 1984 as a sales rep, Marco has been unstoppable, posting average annual revenue growth of 36 percent. Since 2010, annual profits have jumped an average of 84 percent. That’s been a boon for workers at the employee-owned company (just weeks ago acquired by Norwest Equity Partners). But it’s not just about the cash: Gau says he promotes a culture that values family time. “We don’t give out awards for most hours worked,” he says.