Education: Bachelor of science degree in marketing at Findlay University, where he met his wife Anne
First job: Started working at Ruscilli Construction when he was 12 years old
Career moves: Sold Cutco knives door-to-door; worked for Hancock Asphalt & Paving as a sales rep; began working at Ruscilli as sales manager, then promoted to general manager, then CEO
Boards: The University of Findlay Board of Trustees, OSU Knowlton School of Architecture Board of Trustees, COSI, Diabetes Association and Columbus Chamber of Commerce
What was your greatest challenge in business, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge was convincing my father to train associates outside the family to run projects. My father felt that someone named Ruscilli had to run every project in order to give the quality we wanted.
When Dad retired at 55, he was frustrated when I began training other associates. He was never convinced it would work until several years after he retired. Then he saw that we were doing well, and we were still in tight control.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
I can't really single out any one person. I was a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and after the age of 50, the World Presidents Organization. The forum still meets, and these are entrepreneurs and leaders who have had a profound effect on my business and my social life for the last 25 years.
Guys like Jeff Keeler, Jeff Wilkins, David Lauer, Tom Casto and Bob Walter -- we've been meeting for 25 years and sharing everything.
What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
I'm learning it every day. I've learned several lessons that have become Ruscilli doctrine -- the Ruscilli Way. We keep promises to associates and clients. We treat people the way we want to be treated -- those are a big part of it.
Adherence to those principles has had a lot to do with our success. In 2003, we received an ethics award, and those principles have a lot to do with it.