The Highest Rung of the Ladder

Achieving the American Dream

by Deane May Zager



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/25/2015

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781480815575
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781480815582
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781480815599

About the Book

Deane May Zager and Diana Turner were two young women with a dream when they opened the first data processing service bureau in Orange County, California, in June 1962.


Within twenty-four hours after the idea of a business was conceived, they had a small office. John Dewey said, “The highest mark of intelligence is to recognize and grasp a genuine opportunity.” They did. 


Using the slogan “Accuracy Is Our Key Word,” they included their home phone numbers on business cards, pledged not to miss a call, and vowed never to date anyone in authority to award contracts because it wasn’t good business.


As executive women in the data processing field at that time, they were an anomaly, but they earned respect and built a booming business a man’s world—all while enjoying an active family and social life. 


Their story is filled with laughs galore at some their unorthodox business adventures. It demonstrates the value of friendship and confirms that with little more than a dream and determination, anyone can blaze a trail in business and reach The Highest Rung of the Ladder.

About the Author

Deane May Zager was president of Orange County Data Processing Inc. for thirty years and taught school for ten years. She was honored as the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 1991 by the American Business Women of America, Orange County California Chapter. She currently resides in Winchester, California.