ACC Client Spotlight – Gayle

Gayle Tauber

Gayle Tauber describes herself as a person who brings a driving passion to everything she does. She has been involved in entrepreneurial businesses for more than 40 years.

Since 1971, Gayle has been a founder of startups concentrating in health and wellness, social responsibility and the preservation of capital. Her most recent past business, Kashi Company – a producer and marketer of institutional and retail consumer cooking and ready-to-eat cereals and cereal based products – was sold to the Kellogg Company in 2000, and Gayle stayed on under the Kellogg umbrella through 2001.

Founded in her home in 1984, Kashi Company grew to become an international company with sales and distribution to all levels of trade of the food industry. In her capacity as Founder, Gayle was involved in all aspects of the business: product creation, strategic positioning, production, distribution, sales and marketing, planning and implementation, human resources, and financial planning.

In 1979 at Los Angeles’ well-known Vince’s Gym, Gayle became involved in the marketing and sales of legendary bodybuilder, Vince Gironda. It was at Vince’s Gym that Gayle took part in the introduction of women to bodybuilding in the United States, making Vince’s Gym the first coed bodybuilding gym in the United States. It was also during this time that Gayle learned the importance of nutrition to health and well being not only for men but also for women through the sale of high protein foods, complex carbohydrates, and nutritional supplements. The experience was transformational as it taught her the correlation of good nutrition and fueling the body to athletic performance. It was from this experience that she and her husband developed the Kashi line.

From 1971 to 1978, Gayle developed startup business California Specialties, a leader in popularizing live interior foliage plants in the United States. These were exciting years in a new and unknown industry, and Gayle spent her first years experimenting and developing her street sales and marketing skills. Her company’s success afforded her many opportunities for creative growth both professionally and personally. Over the course of the eight years, California Specialties dealt in all aspects of the indoor plant industry from wholesale and retail sales, plant and tree rentals, to plant maintenance services. California Specialties developed containerized shipping for indoor foliage and was responsible for bringing indoor plants into the grocery sector. The company was sold in 1978.

At the present, Gayle is CEO of Seedling Fund, a family investment company that takes positions in small first stage companies She is co-founder/co-president of Women Give San Diego, whose focus is on economic security and self-sufficiency for low-income women and girls in San Diego County. Gayle is immediate past president of The Trusteeship, a Southern California chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an international organization that advances women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents. She remains a board member. Gayle is a past board member of the Women’s Foundation of California, an organization that focuses on low-income women and girls in California, the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and the San Diego Women’s Foundation.

Gayle has been married to her husband and business partner, Philip, for 43 years. She is an artist who specializes in character face studies, an avid gardener, and a devoted athletic enthusiast. She has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

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