2001 Distinguished Service Award: Jane Mandula

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Jane R. Mandula
Co-owner & Vice President
Gen/Tran Corporation
BSISyE ’87

With aptitude and interest in both music and the engineering basics, Jane R. Mandula arrived her freshman year at UW-Madison with scholarships in both fields. In the end, she decided engineering would be the more rewarding career.

The Milwaukee native earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1987 and worked as an industrial and manufacturing engineer at ROLM Systems, while at the same time, pursuing a master of business administration from Santa Clara University, California. In 1989, she became a management consultant for Deloitte & Touche and, when the firm reorganized its internal structure, she managed a large operating budget and the consulting end’s day- to-day service-line activities. Later, she led a Deloitte internal-development team that wrote, published and trademarked a business-process reengineering methodology called, “Reengineering for Results.” The methodology was widely publicized in the consulting industry and Mandula received notoriety in a number of print sources, including the Wall Street Journal.

In 1999 she joined Gen/Tran Corporation, the family business her father started in 1982 to manufacture transfer switches and accessories for portable generators, and in 2000 the company was selected as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Atlanta. Now vice president of finance for the firm, Mandula works a couple of days a week in the Gen/Tran office and devotes the remainder of her time to her family and other business ventures, which include a horse farm and a vineyard. She and her husband, John, a vice president in the company, have three daughters: Michele, 8; Megan, 6; and Madison, 3. They share many interests, including wine-making, horseback riding, Thoroughbred racehorse breeding, antique automobiles, water and snow skiing, weightlifting, hiking and backpacking.

Mandula is a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society and a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.