Marc Blackman is Gold Eagle’s Chief Executive Officer. He received a BS in Business Economics from the University of Arizona Tucson. Marc came to Gold Eagle in August of 1993 after working 10 years for the E&J Gallo Winery—last serving as the Rocky Mountain Division Manager in charge of sales, field marketing, and distributor management. Marc viewed Gold Eagle as an outstanding opportunity to grow and join a family business with family values.
Today, as CEO, Marc’s current responsibilities include everything from sales and marketing; to purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution; to customer advocacy, finance, and IT. Marc attributes Gold Eagle’s success to its people. “We have a committed culture at the company that is very much focused on the customer and focused on quality. I would put our team up against anybody,” he says. “We have a group of people that are very determined to generate results within the framework of a family-owned business that maintains high ethics and integrity. When you combine the quality standards, the service standards and the ethical standards your customers recognize and appreciate it.”
Marc’s many current and past community and industry volunteer activities include serving as a board member for the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona, the DuPage Children’s Museum, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, the Green Lake Association, the Automotive Specialty Products Alliance and the Automotive Sales Council; the founder of YPO’s Global Automotive Network, and Chairman of the Category Management Committee for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.
When it comes to serving Gold Eagle’s customers, Marc believes it’s paramount to understand and meet their needs. “It’s really about being a true advocate and consultant, not only to provide our products and facilitate ordering and delivery, but in a sales, marketing, and technical advisory role to help them with their business. We want to grow our mutual business. When you treat your customer that way, you can more effectively work together toward a common goal.”