Ann Ringlein

Ann Ringlein, store manager at Lincoln Running Company, sits among a mountain of running shoes in the back room. COURTESY PHOTO


Who has inspired you?

Over the years I have been inspired by so many people! The first being when I moved to Lincoln – Jim Lewis. He recognized that I had some talent running and in the workplace, and he helped me with both. Just by knowing he believed in me, I know I achieved more. The other is JoAnne Owens-Nausler. What a woman and what an influential person in the fitness world – here in Lincoln and all over the United States. Lastly, my family – from my husband, who is so smart and keeps me calmed down, to my two daughters, who are really amazing. They make me want to be a better person!

Whom do you hope to inspire?

I would like to say I would want young women to engage in running and competitive running – but that is happening! So really, I would like to inspire people to get out and move. It adds so much to life, and I would love everyone to be able to experience the fun of being physically active.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leaders come in many forms and have many styles. I feel the best leaders lead by example. I see that in a lot with different leaders I have been involved with. They don’t have to say a lot, because their actions speak loudly.

What is your favorite quote or motto?

“Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

How would you describe a great day at work?

Wonderful, satisfying, motivational! This is what I get from the people I work with, the customers that come in the store, and the running groups I work with through the YMCA.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?

“Never sit when you can stand. Never stand when you can walk. Never walk when you can run.” – Ralph Ferebee (my dad)

What’s the highlight of your career (so far)?

Every day is a highlight, from the people I work with to the customers that we help. They all make my day – every day! With my coaching the men and women at Nebraska Wesleyan, again every day was a highlight. You could never have a bad day when coaching. Once you got around those kids, everything that happened during the day disappeared! Now, the running groups I work with through the YMCA – wow! These people are so inspirational, and I have learned a ton from them.

How have you changed over the course of your career?

A lot! Because the industry changes so much, I have had to learn to go with the ebb and flow of retail. Being entrenched in the running community has helped, and being here in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been amazing for a small running store. The loyalty from our customers is really something and has helped keep me grounded here.


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