Family-owned companies are classic examples of companies that could benefit greatly by utilizing outside expertise. However, bringing in an outsider is often a concept that is difficult for a family-owned company to swallow.

Gimbal’s Fine Candies isn’t one of them. The candy company has called San Francisco home for more than 100 years. Founded in 1898 by Alexander Gimbal, the company is still making candy four generations later.

Lance Gimbal, the company’s current president, ultimately purchased Gimbal’s from the founder. Although he’d spent his career at the company, he primarily was involved in production. A new host of responsibilities came along with ownership, and Gimbal decided to seek expertise from outside.

“Knowing when it’s time to bring in experts, and not letting ego get in the way, has been extremely valuable to me and my company,” Gimbal said.

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