Gayle Pekkola directs the strategy, development and execution of JumpStart’s overall marketing, public relations and communications efforts. She leads a talented team of professionals responsible for advancing the organization’s mission through branding, messaging, programs, campaigns, events and sponsorship activities that serve JumpStart’s many entrepreneurs, donors, investors and partners.
Gayle brings more than 20 years of experience in working with high-growth and entrepreneurial companies where she has held leadership roles in marketing, communications, vendor relations and client services. Prior to joining JumpStart, Gayle served as VP of Marketing for private equity-backed OnX Enterprise Solutions, a global IT solutions and services provider, where she built and led teams responsible for brand development, marketing strategy and planning, digital marketing, social media, B2B demand generation, partner programs and sales enablement.
Prior to that, Gayle worked for MCSi (formerly DREHER Business Products), an Ohio based IT value-added reseller, in various leadership roles overseeing marketing, vendor programs and customer support. Her background also includes experience in retail marketing and management, working for DeBartolo Corporation, Forest City Enterprises and JoAnn Fabrics.
Gayle enjoys bringing marketing, technology and customer experience together while working with organizations to build and drive cohesive and effective marketing initiatives that accelerate growth. She is also committed to developing and enabling professionals to reach their full potential.
Gayle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster and her MBA from Cleveland State University.