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Calgary Speedpro Named Franchise of the Year

March 24, 2015  By PrintAction Staff

Stuart Burns (far left), President of Speedpro Signs of Canada, and Jim Wernham (right), National Director, present the Franchise of the Year Award to Joanne Ruston, owner, and Joe Yee, Production Manager, of Speedpro Signs Calgary North East.

Speedpro Signs Calgary North East, owned by Joanne Ruston, has earned the parent company’s Franchise of the Year Award for 2014. This marks the fourth time Ruston has earned the company’s top award. Ruston also received the Al Crow Memorial Sales Award for achieving the top sales in the country.
“Under the management of Joanne Ruston and Joe Yee, Speedpro Signs Calgary North East has exceeded expectations in every category and is a worthy recipient of our Franchise of the Year award,” said Stuart Burns, President of Speedpro Signs of Canada. Some of the categories used in determining Speedpro’s Franchise of the Year Award winner include sales volume and growth, ethics, innovation, employee satisfaction and community involvement.

“We move beyond order taking into a consultative role with our customers,” said Ruston, “ensuring they end up with the type of signage that will satisfy their needs and objectives.”

Burns continues to point out that Speedpro Signs Calgary NE also set new record sales for an individual location en route to its Al Crow Memorial Award. “By creating fantastic client experiences, Speedpro Calgary North East has developed rock-solid loyalty. This is a real team effort in which everyone in this location has played a part in earning.”
Ruston entered the sign industry in 2001, following a 20-year career in the service industry. In 2009, she was named as one of Business in Calgary Magazine’s Leaders of Tomorrow.


The Speedpro parent company is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and began franchising in 1991. Today, the company has 49 franchises from Victoria to Newfoundland.

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