Joanne Ruston - Biz owner - Traveler - Leader - glass ceiling breaker
Joanne Ruston's smile is constantly coming on. She just naturally a comfortable person to be around. The biggest force that shaped her we discovered was being the first born. It was fascinating to see how that nurturing, inclusive leadership roll shaped her journey. At the high school job search Travel Agent seemed to fit her future vision. It was a perfect fit, she was amazing at, loved to travel, still does. Then suddenly she took a leap into basically an all male industry she knew nothing about. Feet first as a franchise owner. It was a struggle the first year but her makeup is one to succeed,
She shaped her little company into on that not only shattered glass ceilings but broke records, a lot. Her belief in giving back with leadership roles on boards, perfecting the life work balance. It is all here. I think you will enjoy Joanne Ruston's chat with me.
Joanne Ruston Bio
Speedpro Signs, Calgary NE
www.speedpronorth.com * 403 239 2169
After working in the Corporate Travel Industry for over 20 years, Joanne opened the Speedpro Calgary NE franchise in in 2001, the week of 9/11 to be exact.
With no background in the sign industry, Joanne applied her customer service and sales experience and adapted it to the Sign Industry.
Being a mostly male dominated industry at the time, it was a work in progress. Fast forward almost 20 years, and many awards later, Joanne has grown the business into one of the top producing stores in the Speedpro Franchise.
*Speedpro Sales & Marketing Achievement Award – 2007
*Awarded Business in Calgary Magazine’s “Leader of Tomorrow” – in 2009
(This award recognizes individuals who are leading their respective industries and are positioned by attitude, desire and accomplishments to lead into the future. This award is nominated by customers, business associates and staﬀ as ﬁrms that will lead their sector and the city in the future.)
*Awarded Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year -5 times
*Awarded Speedpro’s Al Crowe Memorial Cup Award for highest sales in Canada – 4 times
*Named 3 Best Sign Companies in Calgary by “Three Best Rated” – 5 years in a row (This is awarded after checking extensive customer reviews, ratings, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.)
*2021 – written up in the Canadian Franchise Association Magazine – as a “Female Franchise Leader” in Canada amongst Canadian Franchises
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