Family ties: Gary, Jim, Sandy, and Gail in recent times.
The McRae females played a role in the early days of the business. Gail and Sandra did production work during high school summer breaks, and Lorraine served as secretary, purchasing agent, and payroll clerk.
Passing the torch to the new generation
Jim’s son, Jay, is the plant maintenance supervisor for McRae Footwear. Gary’s son, Branson, has a business and law degree and serves as the operations manager and compliance manager for Dan Post Boot Company. He also serves on the McRae Industries board of directors. Gary’s daughter, Stephanie, has a degree in history and a postgraduate degree in art history. She is the product development manager for Dan Post Boot Company. “Just as Jim and I weren’t pressured to join the family business, we did not coax our kids into it, ” Gary says. “They enthusiastically chose to join us.”