Tracy Pearson

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Tracy Pearson

Tracy Pearson
Senior vice president & chief financial officer, Regal Ware Inc.
1675 Reigle Drive, Kewaskum
www.regalware.com
Industry: Specialty cookware sales and manufacturing
Employees: 325
Family: Husband Dan, son Daniel and daughter Alison

Tracy Pearson
Tracy Pearson

What was the smartest thing Regal Ware Inc. did in the past year?
“Developed and started investing in a plant upgrade plan to support future sales growth and product innovation.”

What’s new at your company?
“Virtually everything except our commitment to family as represented by both our Regal team members and our customers. 2015 is going to be the biggest growth year the company has had in over a decade. With that growth we are bringing in new equipment, new customers, new people, new systems and lots of new ideas. It is a really exciting time at Regal Ware.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“Yes to both! So far in 2015, we have hired nearly 70 new employees, with many openings still being worked on. We have accelerated our above mentioned plant upgrade plan and will likely continue to accelerate our capital investments through 2016 to support our growth and new clients.”

What will be Regal Ware’s main challenges in the next year?
“Staying ahead of the growth opportunities, both domestically and internationally.”

How does Regal Ware distinguish itself from competitors, locally and nationally?
“We make the highest quality, best performing cookware in the world (period).”

Do you have a business mantra?
“Never ask people to do anything you are not willing to do yourself.”

What has your experience as a female executive been like in a male-dominated field?
“Honestly, I really don’t think it’s been any different than any executive. I have been blessed to work with great people throughout my career and never really felt my gender played into my opportunities and experiences as a finance leader.”

From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“John McNeice, former chairman and CEO of Colonial Group. He showed me that having a personal connection with people and in everything you do makes life and work so much more fun and rewarding.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
“Love what you do, be true to who you are and keep smiling. Life is too short not to enjoy the ride.”

What do you like to do in your free time?
“Spend as much time with my family as I can and cook!”

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