Ruan started his career in the hospitality industry after working for two years for a chartered accounting company, then moving from Pretoria to study Hospitality Management at the International Hotels School, Cape Town. After studies, he was recruited to the opening team of the luxury Taj Cape Town Hotel in 2010, and for two years played an integral part implementing a huge variety of controls and processes.

Ruan has continued to assist the Taj in all matters of finance, overseeing of audits, training, consolidating of financials and corporate reporting, while starting his own financial consulting business, working in various boutique properties and adding great value to all his clients.