Stephanie Kruse grew up on a farm in a small Iowa town with 1,000 people. It’s a part of the country where there are lots of churches and everyone’s taught that you do the right thing by helping your neighbor. Being raised in the bible belt of Iowa with great morals, values and work ethic is what defined her life.
Fast forward a few decades and Stephanie Kruse is now the President & Chief Strategist of KPS3, a full-service marketing, communications and digital agency. She started as a nurse, then immediately earned a second bachelors degree in Journalism. After completing an MBA, she opened her own firm which has changed and grown with new partners.
The partners at KPS3 include Stephanie Kruse and Rob Gaedtke who is the CEO and Creative Director. They do reputation management, crisis communications and overall strategy for a variety of clients out of their Reno and Las Vegas offices. Some of their current clients include REMSA, Dermody Properties, The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Dickson Realty has been a client with Stephanie Kruse for over 25 years.
This year Stephanie Kruse was recognized as the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The first from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the second from the American Advertising Federation of Reno.
These awards are about creative excellence and making significant industry contributions. Stephanie Kruse is a person who is intrinsically motivated to reach her highest potential. She maximizes her gifts, talents and abilities and has poured that ethic into her life’s work.
When I asked Stephanie Kruse her number one tip to consistently perform at a high degree of excellence, she listed three:
Never stop learning
There are a variety of ways to learn, ranging from professional education to being constantly self aware in meetings with clients or colleagues, and in each opportunity it is important to be present. Value is found when you know how to absorb information and make changes from what you learn.
Unwavering work ethic
There are days that you don’t feel like hacking away at the same thing, but you have to work long, hard and smart. In spite of difficult situations, you must have the desire to always do the right thing and get the job done.
Know your weaknesses
Get to know yourself and what your style preferences are in the workplace. Learn what direction you tend to go under pressure and then work with team members or partners that compliment your style.
In the last 25 years, Stephanie Kruse has infused her Iowa ethics into all she’s done, ultimately furthering industry standards in both advertising and public relations in the state of Nevada.