Noran Eric Ruden
I am a third-generation Tucsonan and I love Southern Arizona: the weather, the culture, and most of all, the people. I grew up in Tucson as an East-sider and attended Sahuaro High School. I own two successful businesses in Southern Arizona, and for 10 years I volunteered as a softball coach helping high school kids reach their collegiate dreams.
Like most Southern Arizonans, my family was hardworking but far from wealthy. I started working at age 14 for my grandmother, cleaning abandoned homes. She taught me how to use a hammer and what it was like to put in a hard day’s work.
My big break was when I got a job that paid $6.00 an hour as a helper in the pest control industry. I soon realized how much I enjoyed helping people. This led to a life-changing career. With a strong work ethic, I advanced rapidly in my company and became Vice President of a local company managing more than 100 people. I soon went back to school as a working adult and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis on Project Management.
Eventually, I leveraged that success into buying my first company 12 years ago. Having employees provides a unique responsibility of providing for others. The challenges were numerous: rising health care costs, surviving a deep recession, burdensome government regulations, and providing for my employees.
I believe my experiences as a struggling young person, business owner, coach, and volunteer have prepared me to serve Southern Arizona. I bring a variety of skills to the table: a strong work ethic, problem-solving, mentoring, negotiating and advocating for hard-working people. Most of all, I can understand complex problems, simplify them, and come up with practical common-sense solutions.