An international speaker, trainer, and management consultant, Ruth has worked exclusively in the building supply industry for the last 20 years. Prior to entering that industry, she worked for the Japanese Government and US multi-national corporations assisting them with international business development. She has lived and worked in Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico and Spain and she speaks five languages. With extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, and process improvement, Ruth assists companies with strategic growth, performance and process improvement, succession planning, and mergers & acquisitions. A recognized LBM industry expert, she is a popular industry event speaker and writes for several industry publications, including her article, The Power of OTIF (on-time and in-full), as a way to measure an organization’s performance on getting customers exactly what they want when promised.
Ruth earned her undergraduate degrees in History and Foreign Languages from Lake Erie College, and also graduated from the University of Tennessee with a MBA. Ruth’s served on Hancock Lumber’s board since 2011.
“Serving on Hancock’s board excites me for two main reasons. First, the people. It’s an extraordinary leadership team and everyone brings so much to the organization. Second, being part of a process that’s redefining work for our industry and others. We’re doing things people think can’t be done–I’m honored and humbled to be a part of it.”