Calgary’s Speedpro Signs NE wins third national Franchise of the Year honour

It was the “hat trick” for Calgary entrepreneur Joanne Ruston whose franchise captured the national award for the third time in last five years.

Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013

  clientuploads/13 Speedpro Signs 2 Cropped.JPGSpeedpro Signs NE owner Joanne Ruston and Joe Yee Production Manager show off the 2012 Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year Award.

It marks the third time in five years that Ruston’s franchise has won the national honour.


“I never imagined that when I started this business in 2001 that I would achieve national recognition for being the Franchise of the Year let along win that honour threetimes in the last five years,” says Joanne Ruston, owner, Speedpro Signs Calgary NE.  Prior to winning Speedpro Signs’ Franchise of the Year award for 2012, Ruston received the honour in 2008 and again in 2011.


The Franchise of the Year honour, Speedpro Sign’s highest award of achievement requires the franchisee to demonstrate leadership in a number of categories. These include sales volume and growth, ethics, innovation, employee satisfaction, financial results, cooperation within the Speedpro network and community involvement.


“Under the direction of owner Joanne Ruston, Speedpro Signs Calgary NE has exceeded expectations in every category and is a worthy recipient of our Franchise of the Year award,” explains Stuart Burns, president of Speedpro Signs of Canada. 


“Receiving this award is a great honour for me personally and one that I share with our employees and customers,” says Ruston.  “It is truly a team effort and a testament to the dedication, energy and creativity of our staff and to the loyalty of our clients.”  


Ruston who has more than 25 years of sales, service and marketing experience launched Speedpro Signs business at 1935 32 Avenue NE in 2001.  Today, she is active in several community organizations including Executive Women International; Business Network International (BNI) Elite Chapter; where she is currently serving as President; e-women, Calgary Chapter; and the Airways Business Association.  In 2009, Ruston was named one of Calgary’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” by Business in Calgary Magazine.


About Speedpro Signs of Canada

Speedpro is the largest sign franchise in Canada (and the industry leader in sign design innovation), celebrating 21 years this year, with 49 locations. Speedpro provides a wide range of interior & exterior signage, banners, trade show displays and vehicle graphics to businesses large and small. Speedpro offers full service from the idea stage to installation


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Speedpro Signs Calgary NE is an independently owned and operated franchise of Speedpro Signs Canada. We are a full service, professional sign company that designs, manufactures, supplies and installs a wide variety of signs and graphics. At Speedpro Signs Calgary NE, we are experts at creating sign solutions for business, retail, commercial, property management, vehicle graphics, banners, tradeshows, storefront, directory boards as well as safety and pylon signs.