With an eye toward the future, JM Family Enterprises is turning to an executive with the company for the past 24 years to be its interim chief financial officer.

Taking on the CFO role temporarily as well as continuing to be group vice president and treasurer is Eric Gebhard, who now will oversee all financial operations for JM Family and its business units.

JM Family highlighted in a news release distributed this week that Gebhard has a deep understanding of the company's businesses, including how the finance organization helps support their growth and ongoing success.

“Over the years, Eric has built strong, effective relationships both internally with associates and leadership teams and externally with rating agencies, banks and auditors,” JM Family president and chief executive officer Brent Burns said. “Eric’s wealth of experience positions him well to lead our organization’s financial teams and strategies.

"Additionally, with plans to retire in the next few years, Gebhard will assist the company in seeking a long-term CFO, playing a crucial role in the recruitment and onboarding of JM Family’s future selected successor,” Burns continued. “We appreciate Eric's dedication to our company and are confident in his leadership.”