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Executive Profile , Pam Gaffen

Pam Gaffen, president and chief operating officer of Gafcon Inc., a construction firm in San Diego, has been in business for 20 years. Gafcon provides construction, project management services and claims support in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties.


Name: Pam Gaffen.

Company: Gafcon Inc.

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Titles: President and COO.

Education: Dental Nurse, R.D.A.

Birthplace: South Africa.

Age: 51.

Current residences: San Diego and Los Angeles.

Family: Married with a 25-year-old son who graduated from UC Berkeley and a 22-year-old daughter who graduated from UCLA.


Essential business philosophy: Build a strong team while keeping them happy.

Best way to keep a competitive edge: Diversity and quality.

Guiding principle: Strive for perfection.

Yardsticks of success: Happy employees, growth and profitability.

Goals yet to be achieved: Taking my experience at Gafcon and applying it to my new venture, SharePoint360 LLC, and making it as successful.


Best business decision: Starting Gafcon.

Worst business decision: Being less engaged in company affairs a few years ago.

Toughest business decision: Growth management.

Biggest missed opportunity: Not responding to rapidly changing operational and technological issues sooner.

Mentor: My dad.

Word that describes you: Energetic.


What you like best about your job: Taking on challenges.

What you like least about your job: Those who do not take responsibility for their actions.

Pet peeves: Missed deadlines and poor quality of work.

Most important lesson learned: Think things through thoroughly before communicating.

Person most interested in meeting: Nelson Mandela, and I have.

Three greatest passions: Interior decorating, cooking and dancing.

First choice for a new career: Opening a restaurant.


Favorite quote: “Work hard, play hard.”

Most influential book: None, I don’t have time to read.

Favorite status symbol: My African art collection.

Favorite restaurant: Cut in Beverly Hills.

Favorite place for business meetings: My private conference room in my office.

Favorite vacation spots: Italy for shopping, Africa for beauty.

Favorite way to spend time: At my home in the desert with family and friends.

, Andrew Schweizer


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