Craig Ruppert, founder and chief executive of Ruppert Companies, was recently among the 2021 Laureate class inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Greater Washington.
This year’s class of distinguished honorees was celebrated for their professional and philanthropic contributions to the quality of life in Greater Washington through the private sector economy. Ruppert was inducted alongside three additional 2021 Hall of Fame Laureates:
- Virginia Ali – Owner, Ben’s Chili Bowl
- Russ Ramsey – Chairman and CEO, Ramsey Asset Management
- Deborah Ratner-Salzberg – Principal, Uplands Real Estate Partners
The 2021 Hall of Fame was a hybrid experience dedicated to connecting the best in business to inspire the next in business through a full day of programming. The virtual experience included a town hall moderated by Leon Harris of NBC4, a series of master class presentations led by business and community leaders, and a virtual Laureate Induction Ceremony. Attendees gathered to personally congratulate the 2021 Laureates at a Laureate Celebration Reception at La Vie located at the District Wharf. Over $1.25 million was raised to support Junior Achievement’s work to prepare young people to be future-ready.
“I am very honored to be sharing this recognition with Virginia, Debby and Russ — who each in their own way have helped shape their respective industries — and am grateful to be following in the footsteps of past laureates who have made their own indelible mark on this region’s business community,” Ruppert said. “Most of all, I want to commend Junior Achievement and their volunteers for all they’re doing to inspire students and prepare them with the tools and experiences they need for a fulfilling and productive future.”