Co-founder Joe Ruffolo had a long distinguished career of executive level experience in the international, franchise, finance, production, transportation and government arenas. He was a Founding Director of Tower Bank and served on the Board of Directors of Steel Dynamics, Kitty Hawk, Inc., Beltmenn Transportation Group, Parkview Health Corp. and DeKalb Plastics. Joe was president and CEO of North American Van Lines from 1988-1993 and held executive positions at PepsiCo, Squibb Corporation, and Reynolds Aluminum. In 1994, Joe was selected as a consulting executive to assist Russia in efforts to privatize government-owned industries. Joe was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and he served on the faculty of the Graduate Business Program at Indiana/Purdue University in Fort Wayne. Throughout his life, Joe was a community activist, and he held many community leadership positions, including the Chairmanship of the Fort Wayne Park Board. Although Joe Ruffolo passed away in December 2011, the firm continues to reflect his vision.