PWN Featured Member: Trudy Claassen, Manager, MODE

I moved to Cedar Rapids 30 years ago to be a clothing buyer for a retail chain called, Seifert’s/Mark Henri; prior to that, I had managed stores in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, and Phoenix.

After the closing of Seifert’s, I focused on raising my three children and then eventually started working for the Cedar Rapids Community School District as a Paraprofessional.

It was one year ago when Danielle Rings (Franchise Owner at MODE Cedar Rapids) called and asked me if I would like to manage her new business MODE, a women’s designer clothing discount store. I was thrilled to get back into the field of women’s retail. Working here has given me the opportunity to help women find updated, quality apparel at a great price for their work and leisure lifestyle. It is nice to be back in a field that I love!

At MODE, we take pride in being great at customer service, which is a lost art these days with all of the on-line shopping. I know I have done my job well when a customer leaves our store with three pairs of designer denim jeans and a smile on her face.

I am excited to be connected with PWN as it gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by women in all different professions. If you are in the market for some great news clothes, I am always available to help with your apparel needs.