Mr. Ruppen received his B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Capital University. He continued his career with United States Steel Corporation. He then entered the Harvard Business School completing his MBA in 1982. Mr. Ruppen has worked with some of the most influential international companies in the world, including Kellogg, General Electric, Benjamin Moore, Kraft, and Colgate-Palmolive. He was a global manager for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency. Beginning in brand management he continued to work his way into private consulting. In 2007, He created Forward Associates, LLC through which he offers companies his business and problem-solving skills in order to analyze and improve business models and company production. He is very active within the business community as well as his local community, participating on many committees and boards.