Ruppert was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County.
Laytonsville, MD – Ruppert Landscape, Founder/CEO Craig Ruppert was honored by the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County (CBN-MC) as the 2013 Catholic Business Person of the Year at its annual Gala on Friday, November 22 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
“Craig Ruppert’s professional and civic contributions reach deep into and far beyond the Montgomery County community and epitomize what it means to be the Business Person of the Year,” says CBN-MC Board President, Gerard McLoughlin. “We are excited to celebrate such a distinguished, accomplished professional, and a genuine good guy, at our annual gala.”
From small neighborhood beginnings in the 1970s where he started the business out of his father’s garage, to the commercial, Mid-Atlantic present day operation, which employs nearly 900, Craig has been responsible for the overall vision and the development of the landscape company and other related entities including Ruppert Properties and Ruppert Nurseries. As chief executive officer, his responsibilities include financial management, personnel growth and strategic planning with an eye on the development of future business opportunities.
“It is a privilege to be recognized by the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County, and I humbly accept this award on behalf of the entire team at Ruppert Landscape,” says Craig Ruppert. “CBN-MC does a tremendous job of not only connecting local professionals, but their charitable work in helping to make Catholic education affordable and accessible is something to be celebrated, and a cause I believe in.”
Craig credits the company’s employees with the hard work that enables the company growth and allows it to support the community in numerous ways. "As a leader in the company, it is often me who receives the accolades," he said. "But I want all of the employees to know how much I appreciate and value what they do in this organization every day."
In addition to his role in the Ruppert organization, Craig is involved in numerous professional and charitable organizations that support the communities he serves, including Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, Food for the Poor, Sandy Spring Bank, St. John’s College High School, Associated Builders and Contractors Leadership Development Program and The Community Foundation of Montgomery County.