By profession, Glenys Reeves is a nurse. By heart, she’s a businesswoman. By July 1, 2015, she was the new executive director of the Regional Business Accelerator.
And from nurse to RBA head honcho, it’s been a long journey for Reeves.
“Business was always part of what we did in our home and so I think that rubbed off on me,” said Reeves. “My father owned and operated a business college in Lloydminster for numerous years and then it was bought out. Reeves Business College is Reeves College now, my dad was the founder of Reeves in Lloydminster.”
Reeves has accumulated close to 30 years of professional experience. For 14 of them, through most of the 1990s and early 2000s, she ran her own consulting firm.
She went on to spend two years as a business manager for Harley-Davidson Lloydminster and six years with Prairie North Health Region in various business leadership roles.
Most recently, she had spent the past year and a half owning and operating Coleman Coaching and Consulting and also working as a consultant and coach for Western Management Consultants, before the RBA came calling.
“The RBA is a really exciting place to work because it really is around helping new entrepreneurs take a look at their businesses and how they can grow. And then also to take a look at existing businesses and assist them if they’re looking at growth and doing things in different ways.”
Innovation is right down Reeves’s alley. She’s a big proponent of lean methodology, a management strategy that preaches efficient business practices, and believes the RBA can lead many of its entrepreneurial partners down that prosperous road.
“I think sometimes when the economy shifts, it’s an opportunity for people to look at how they can do things differently,” she said. “That’s certainly where the RBA comes in because we’re really around that innovative thinking.”
For now, Reeves is still getting her feet wet with the RBA. She says she’s spent the first weeks of her new job meeting with many of the RBA’s current partners and forming relationships with prospective ones.
“Part of what the RBA does is take a look at our community and regional needs, because we’re not just Lloydminster, we’re the region as a whole. Getting out there and saying, ‘Hey, what services do you think are needed, what could we offer that would be good for our business community?’”
Reeves succeeded Marya Pettigrew, who left the RBA at the end of May, as the RBA’s executive director.