Tricia Ruby

Principal, Group Director

"I love that I get a chance to take what my father created and build an enduring company with our incredible people. It is wonderful knowing that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing – even though this was never part of the plan!"

Tricia steers the Ruby ship. Her industrial engineering background allows her to see the big picture, set a direction and build an effective team to get it done. Over her many years at Ruby, she has performed or managed all of the key business functions – everything except the structural engineering. She leaves that to the supremely capable engineering staff at Ruby.

Mostly, she enjoys building a strong culture at Ruby that includes great people, trust, laughter, respect, and food. Lots of food. And maybe some beer too.

Tricia is passionate about industry and community involvement. In 2023, she was installed as the Construction Association of Michigan Board of Directors Chair, only the second woman in this position. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ACE Mentor Program of SE Michigan. She also served on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Code of Standard Practice Committee. She served as a Board Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies(ACEC)/Michigan, and was Chair of the ACEC National Small Firms Council. Tricia was also Co-Chair for the Construction Association of Michigan Building Connections event, benefiting the Boy Scouts of America. 

Outside of the industry, Tricia is former Chair of the Board of Trustees and serves on several committees for the Judson Center, a local non-profit human services agency serving children and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, developmental disabilities, and mental health challenges. She also served as Chair for the 2018 Go Red Goes STEM event in Detroit, an American Heart Association initiative aimed at empowering girls to take control of their health, and to consider STEM careers.

In 2016, Tricia was honored with Vistage Michigan's Soaring Eagle Award, the top award given within the chief executive membership group.  She was selected by dBusiness Magazine as a member of their 2017 Powered by Women class, and she was nominated and selected for Leadership Detroit's Class XXXIX, a diverse pool of professionals from across Southeast Michigan. In 2018, she was selected as an honoree by the Rhonda Walker Foundation as a Powerful Woman of Purpose in STEM, and she was honored as a Salute to Diversity Business Leader by Corp! Magazine. In 2019, Tricia was honored by Crain's Detroit as a Notable Woman in STEM; by the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan as Tough Enough to Be a Girl Scout, and she received the National Community Service Award from ACEC.

Tricia holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.