Ronald E. Ruff was born and raised in Lancaster, OH, graduating from Fairfield Union High School. He attended Ohio University part time, and in 1986, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, while working full time in the accounting department at American Electric Power where he worked for seventeen years. He received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1991.
Ron had operated a part-time, home-based tax preparation business since 1983. In 1995, he formed a partnership with C. Woodson Winfree and in 1996, opened the Lancaster office of Winfree, Ruff & Associates, Ltd. Since 2015, Ron has operated the business as Ruff & Associates CPAs, Inc.
Within the Lancaster office, Ron began a financial planning business in 1997, where he is a Registered Investment Advisor and is licensed in several states for insurance and registered for securities, holding Series 6 and Series 7 registrations.
Ron has also continued his education pursuits by completing numerous advanced tax courses, as well as continuing education classes required for his CPA, insurance, investment and securities registrations.
Ron's professional affiliations include membership in Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Society of Tax Professionals, Million Dollar Round Table, and Professional Insurance Agents.
Ron has served as treasurer for various state and local political affiliations and is also very involved in his local community.