Jack H. Schron, Jr. is the president of Jergens, Inc., a company that opened its doors in 1942 and began its journey to grow into one of the world's largest manufacturers of standard tooling components, vises and other workholding equipment. Schron became president of Jergens in 2007, after nearly 30 years of service at the Cleveland, Ohio based company.
Schron is also a co-founder and former president of the Tooling University LLC (Tooling U), the original online training component of Tooling U-SME, which had its beginnings as a division of Jergens, Inc. In fall of 2001, with Schron as acting president, Tooling U launched its first 30 classes and a proprietary learning management system, training on topics including metal cutting, CNC, shop math, print reading and workholding components.
Earning academic accolades at Florida Southern College (BS), Ohio Northern University (Juris Doctor) and Army Command and General's College, Schron also served the United States military with three years active duty in the United States Army JAG Corps, 28 years through the United States Army Reserves and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is licensed to practice law before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court and United States Court of Military Appeals.
A native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Schron has held a variety of elected positions in the Greater Cleveland area, including Cuyahoga County 6th District councilman, Cuyahoga County executive, Cuyahoga County economic development commission member and vice chairman, Cuyahoga County investment advisory board, and held the offices of president and vice president on the Chagrin Falls Board of Education.
Dr. Berg is fourth-generation president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Vita-Mix Corporation (Vitamix), a 96-year-young, family-owned manufacturer of high-performance blenders for the consumer and food service commercial markets.
After holding leadership positions – including director of quality – for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, she joined Vitamix in 1997 with the directive to lead the company's overseas expansion. Under her leadership, Vitamix experienced several years of double-digit percentage growth, and its products now are available in more than 140 countries around the world.
Dr. Berg also transformed the organizational structure of the company and its corporate vision, mission and culture. She expanded distribution and defined and elevated the status of the brand, and continues to provide oversight and strategic focus for the company's future.
Prior to her tenure as president and CEO, Dr. Berg served as director of Vitamix's international, household and commercial divisions. She was named executive vice president in 2007, president in 2009, and CEO in 2011.
Vitamix has earned a long list of awards under Dr. Berg, including being named Best in Class Overall beverage blender by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine for the eighth consecutive year. Dr. Berg herself was recognized as the Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award winner by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) in 2016, and as a national EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Berg's research on purpose and employee engagement has been published, and it earned her a Ph.D. in management from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.