Tru Vue | Apogee Enterprises, Inc.
I am passionate about manufacturing because it provides the satisfaction of working on a tangible product, allows a platform for innovation and enables you to work with a wonderful team of people with varying skill sets and strengths.
As president of Tru Vue, Inc., Jane leads the manufacturing of high-performance glass and acrylic products for custom picture framing, fine art and engineered optics markets. When the company was faced with a declining market over a decade ago, Jane developed and implemented a strategy focused on new product development and expansion into adjacent markets. This innovation meant that even as the company’s core glass sales declined, it achieved nearly 20 percent compound annual growth rates across new market segments. Jane’s leadership has led Tru Vue to achieve remarkable profitability, consistently delivering operating margins over 25 percent and return on invested capital of nearly 35 percent.
Jane is an inspiring leader who strives to recruit and develop top talent in her organization, including mentoring fellow women in the workplace. She has successfully shared her knowledge and experience with other female business leaders, and supports building a strong community through not only her own volunteerism but also encouraging community involvement among the employees of Tru Vue.
Jane has engaged female talent and mentored professionals in business and marketing communications. She also was featured in a podcast for the Women Worldwide group to share her perspectives on leadership and contribute to a culture of pride, innovation and ownership of one’s work.
Jane has long been a leader and supporter of school programs in the Chicago area. She volunteers in a school service program, which educates young children on the needs of the community and encourages them to get involved. Events from the program have served the needs of veterans, the elderly and those living in poverty. Also under Jane’s leadership, Tru Vue launched a volunteer program. Each quarter, employees participate in volunteer opportunities during work hours, which have included food pantry assistance, packing school supplies and building neighborhood playgrounds.