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Jane Blain Gilbertson

Jane Blain Gilbertson
Jane
Blain Gilbertson

President and CEO
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Jane Blain Gilbertson is President, CEO, and sole owner of the 43 Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan and Blain Supply, Inc., headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. The family owned companies were founded in 1955 and currently employ 4,400 associates.

Jane is a Janesville, WI native. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing from Miami University (Miami of Ohio) in 1983. After graduation, she took a buying position with Macy’s in Kansas City.

When Jane returned to the family business in 1985, she became the children’s apparel and giftware buyer. She grew to assume responsibility for the marketing, merchandising, buying, e-commerce, and store operations teams over the next several years. After the passing of her father and uncle, Jane and her brother bought out the remaining family shareholders in 1998. Jane and her brother ran the business together for 16 years, until 2014, when Jane bought her brother out, he retired and she became Sole Owner, President & CEO.

Jane is married and they have two daughters, ages 29 and 21.

Speaking in:

Friday Jan 10
4:05 - 4:35 PM
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Sixth Floor: Broadway Ballroom

Jane Blain Gilbertson, second generation owner and CEO of Blain’s Farm and Fleet stores, shares her perspectives of growing her 65 year old family business into a professionally...

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