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    Tribute to Rachel McLean

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-03-13

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize Rachel McLean for being named a 2013 Forty Under 40 honoree by the award-winning central Iowa publication, Business Record.

    Since 2000, Business Record has undertaken an exhaustive annual review to identify a standout group of young leaders in the Greater Des Moines area who are making an impact in their communities and their careers. Each year, forty up-and-coming community and business leaders under 40 years of age are selected for this prestigious distinction, which is based on a combined criteria of community involvement and success in their chosen career field. The 2013 class of Forty Under 40 honorees join an impressive roster of 560 business leaders and growing.

    Rachel McLean currently serves as the Vice President and a consultant for Ruan Companies in Des Moines. The daughter of John Ruan III and Janis Ruan, Rachel has found her talents and expertise uniquely suited for leading the family business. Previously the director of communications and ultimately Vice President of Communications at Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Rachel was tasked with managing the communication processes among Ruan's 4,500 employees. Mrs. McLean now hones those experiences as she oversees charitable giving for the Ruan Family Foundation, conducts quantitative research to maximize the company's performance, and manages the customer satisfaction initiative for Ruan Transportation. Outside of work, Rachel is heavily involved in the Des Moines community through her involvement in the Des Moines Founders Garden Club, Linden Heights Neighborhood Association, and Harkin Institute of Public Policy. Mrs. McLean also serves on the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Community Playhouse and Youth Homes of Mid-America. Rachel and her husband Ben are kept busy at home with their son, set to turn two later this year. In all facets of her life, Rachel is a shining example of hard work and service that our state can be proud of.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent leaders like Rachel in the United States Congress and it is with great pride that I recognize and applaud Mrs. McLean for utilizing her talents to better both her community and the great state of Iowa. I invite my colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Rachel on receiving this esteemed designation, thanking those at Business Record for their great work, and wishing each member of the 2013 Forty Under 40 class continued success.


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