Jenniffer D. Deckard
President and Chief Executive Officer, Fairmount Santrol

jenniffer_deckardWhen BrownFlynn co-founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn set out to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their consulting firm, they embarked on a book project that’s purpose was to give further voice to women leaders.

The result was Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), which captures insights and advice from 25 of the nation’s most influential and accomplished women business leaders.

Featured in the book is Jenniffer Deckard, the president and chief executive officer of Cleveland-based Fairmount Santrol, one of the largest providers of high-performance sand and sand-based products used by oil and gas exploration and production companies to enhance the productivity of their wells.

Jenniffer’s insights came from not only her experience as a prominent leader within her industry, but also from being raised by a family who taught her the importance of community responsibility.

As she shares in the book: “We always had an extra person in the house. We didn’t have a lot of money, but if anybody was in need, my mother put a roof over their head.”

Jenniffer joined Fairmount Santrol (then Fairmount Minerals) in 1994 and was soon named chief financial officer, serving until 2011 when she was named president and subsequently chief executive officer in 2013.

In October 2014, Jenniffer and the company’s leadership team led Fairmount Santrol to its initial public offering and the company is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange (FMSA).

Jenniffer has been recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in its annual “Forty Under 40” list, and she was named the 2008 “CFO of the Year” for large privately held businesses in Greater Cleveland.

She currently serves on the Weatherhead School of Management’s Visiting Committee for Case Western Reserve University, and actively serves on the advisory boards of the Cleveland Foundation and RPM International Inc.

The Deckard family is actively engaged in multiple educational and civic programs and have both opened their home and provided resources to help serve children within the Geauga County and Greater Cleveland Foster Care System.