James G. Gerstley, MSAE

Title: President
Company: D & G Models
Location: Santa Monica, California, United States

James G. Gerstley, MSAE, President at D & G Models, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace engineering and model railroad administration.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1959, Mr. Gerstley continued his education with a Master of Science in astronautical engineering from the same school in 1960. From 1961 through 1999, he found much success with North American Aviation, North American Rockwell, North American International, Rocketdyne and as a rocket engineer with Boeing. During this time, he worked with NASA and the United States Air Force, ran engine tests worked with lasers and retired with a top-secret clearance.

Mr. Gerstley has assembled and sold model railroad products since 1969. Currently, he is president of D & G Models, a premier distributor of model railroad passenger trucks in Santa Monica. His professional memberships include Stanford University Branch, American Rocket Society (now American Society of Mechanical Engineers) where he is a past president, as well as the National Model Railroad Association and American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc.

Mr. Gerstley and his business partner were both interested in railroad passenger trucks, which were not available in HO gauge, and started D&G models and began advertising in the magazines, successfully building a solid reputation as the company that makes the best model railroad passenger trucks. Railroads have always been a passion for him even before he learned how to walk. His parents would often take him on the train from Los Angeles to visit his grandparents in San Francisco several times a year. When a friend offered him an opportunity to own a railroad truck, he could not resist.

As a career highlight, Mr. Gerstley cites being able to provide solutions to extremely difficult aerospace plane heating problems presented to them by NASA in the 1990s. In the coming years, would love to do more traveling with his wife of 36 years and continue with his photography hobby, which he thoroughly enjoys.

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