Striving for continuous improvement

Never willing to settle, Ann Zell pushes her team toward greatness.
Never willing to settle, Ann Zell pushes her team toward greatness.

Ann Zell, controller for Great Lakes Roofing Corporation (GLRC) and a staunch advocate for pushing past one’s comfort zone, fosters growth by identifying root issues and creating long-term solutions that will move a company from surviving to thriving. Her mantra: better, faster, stronger through continuous improvement.

Before her tenure at GLRC, Zell experienced the challenge of being a parent working outside the home. In her leadership position at GLRC, she honors work/life balance by offering flexible schedules and developing roles that maximize individual’s strengths. As a change-agent with an intrinsic drive to excel, she knows stagnation is not an option if one seeks to drive company growth and earn more income. 

Pursuit of success forged Zell into a master at voicing her ideas, one who isn’t afraid to be wrong or told “no”. Still, she never allows others to diminish her worth or her integrity. Zell is guided by two principles; stay true to your core values, and act/think like an owner, but recognize you’re an employee.

Her advice: “If your ideas and growth are being shut down every time, find somewhere else to work that will value you.”

As Zell continues to push for the next major accomplishment, she is encouraged by GLRC’s owners to recognize (and celebrate) how far she and the company have come. She encourages all leaders to do the same with their teams.

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