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MINNEAPOLIS-Ryan Cos. has won the International Association of Administrative Professionals Award for Excellence in the small company category for companies with less than 1,000 employees. “We have implemented several new initiatives to enhance the jobs of these employees,” says CEO Jim Ryan.

In October 2000, Ryan Companies began a new professional development initiative for the administrative staff. It is based on the results of an employee survey, which identified specific needs of Ryan’s administrative staff.

This initiative includes encouragement to join professional organizations such as IAAP, participate in the Certified Professional Secretaries and Certified Administrative Professionals programs and attend quarterly staffmeetings for all Minneapolis administrative employees. Ryan Companies also encourages the staff to attend Ryan University, an employee program offering professional course curriculum, and participate in Ryan’s administrative mentoring program. Ryan’s main goal is to provide moreopportunities, increase recognition and promote better communication among the administrative staff.

“The performance of our administrative staff, which represents 25% of the company’s employees, has been enhanced significantly as a result of these programs,” says Cindy Gross, administrative manager for the Ryan Cos.

The IAAP Award for Excellence was created in 1992 to recognize an employer organization that has established policies and programs to encourage and support the advancement and effectiveness of administrative professionals. Ryan Companies was nominated by the Minneapolis Chapter of IAAP for this award. The IAAP is a not-for-profit professional association with 40,000 members and affiliates and 700 chapters worldwide. The association works in partnership with employers to promote excellence.

Ryan offers integrated design-build and development as well as asset, property and facilities management services to customers. In addition to its Minneapolis office, Ryan has offices in Chicago, Phoenix, and CedarRapids, IA and Des Moines, IA.

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