Joyce Rettura is the controller and accountant working primarily at the Uniontown branch of Laurel Highlands Insurance Group LLC. She started to work for the agency part time in 2011 then full time in 2013, but she ended up in the insurance business by default. Joyce was raised by a family who ran a nursery business, so she learned a lot of what she knows about business by helping out with that. Her body was beat up and she was burned out of agriculture by 2011, which was when her parents retired and her husband, Joe Rettura (president of the company), asked her to work for his insurance agency. With a love for the outdoors, Joyce was unsure if she would be able to keep herself busy being cooped up in an air-conditioned office, but with her family’s growing success in their insurance business, they bought more branches and got busier. Joyce stays busy in her current position, being responsible for all of the accounts payable, payroll, taxes, bookkeeping, and administration of the company. She also fills in for customer service when short staffed. The best part about coming to work for Joyce is the reminder that she has a good team of employees working with her, as well as a lot of genuinely kind clients that she has the privilege of caring for. She also gets to do what she finds fun, which is dealing with numbers.
When Joyce has free time at work, she can be found researching locations to go on trips with her loved ones. And when she’s not at work, she’s still expressing her love for outdoor activities. Joyce loves to swim, garden, hunt, travel in her motor home, ride side by sides, or even just sit outside with a glass of wine. Even through all of this, Joyce is still spending time with her family, the most precious aspect of her life. Her favorite activity to do with them is to sit down to a nice meal and talk. “When you’re with your family, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing”, she said. That is why working with her family is a piece of cake. Coming to work is like coming home because she works with her husband and son but also brings her dog, Dakota, in to spread positivity around the office.
Joyce learned a lot of her professional strength from her grandma. She was an educated and wise woman long before it was culturally accepted for women to be so. She taught Joyce that you can be strong and independent but still be a supportive and loving wife, mother, and business partner.