Leslie Rugaber

CEO

Leslie-Rugaber

Leslie has been with Worktank since 2001 and, as our CEO, she is responsible for the Company strategy, specifically offerings, growth, and direction. She also takes care of Worktank’s culture, one of those intangible things that, if unchecked, can really hurt a company. As she points out, we spend a third of our lives at work, so when that environment isn’t supportive and congenial, it’s a pretty awful way to go through life.  

If length of service is any indication, Worktank’s culture is thriving. In fact, Leslie is really proud of the tenure of her teammates and notes that they share many of the same values, and truly enjoy working together. That also translates into a better experience for Worktank’s clients, because when employees are happy and healthy, they tend to work harder and produce their best work.

As a big picture person, Leslie is quick to admit she’s not much for details, but she does have a sixth sense for reading people. She knows when a conversation is going south – and what needs to happen to make it go smoothly – and is good at navigating a touchy situation when both sides need to be heard.  

What is one thing you wish clients knew about Worktank?
That every damn person at this company is crazy about animals.

How do you like to spend your time outside of the office?
Gardening, and learning about medicinal and herbal uses for plants. I also enjoy house designing and remodeling.

My two teens don't really qualify as a hobby, but I learn a ton when I'm with them, and laugh a lot, too, so it's kind of like a hobby.

What is your favorite book of all time?
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg.

How many pets, if any, do you have? What are their names?
I have four cats - three tuxedo and one solid gray. Their names are Floyd, Cleo, and Gus. The fourth kitty is a feral rescue; we're waiting to get to know her more before we name her.

What's the most unusual pet you've owned?
I’m not sure if this is “unusual”, but we were lucky enough to live with an Irish Wolfhound for almost five years. I had no idea that having one meant we could never go for a walk without getting stopped for photos, questions, and, in general, “wow is that a horse” statements. It gave me a sense of what being with a celebrity must be like!