John Ruffin, Jr.

He was employed in the Corporate Retail Industry for 20 years where he retired as Corporate Vice President of Pantry Pride, Inc.

In 1984, John and his wife Dorothy formed a partnership with The Paradies Airport Shops, and have owned and operated concession shops in several airports. As an Entrepreneur Mr. Ruffin has done business locally and internationally including Ghana where he has been enstooled as a Chief/Nana. Most Notably, Mr. Ruffin and friend Reese Marshall, Esq. became the owners of South Florida’s first Black-Owned Radio Station in 1986.

He has been recognized with many awards in Florida and nationally for business, civic, and educational volunteer services. He served as Vice Chair of The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees, Founding member of the Board of Governors of the Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Nova and led the UNCF Fundraising Campaign in South Florida for 25 years, raising several million dollars.  A $100,000. John Ruffin UNCF Endowed Scholarship has been established in his honor.

Mr. Ruffin is married to Dorothy Walton-Ruffin, and they have two children, and two grandchildren. They spend their time now between Coral Springs, Fl., and Chatham Co., NC.

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