John W. Ruffin, Jr. is Chairman & CEO of J. D. Ruffin Associates, Inc., located in Coral Springs, FL. In 1984, John and his wife Dorothy formed a partnership with The Paradies Airport Shops, and have owned and operated retail concession shops in several airports for 30 years. John has done business domestically/internationally and now in Africa and he is enstooled as Chief/Nana in Ghana. John also became the owner of South Florida’s first Black-Owned Radio Station in 1986.
Dorothy Ruffin, fondly known as Dottie, is one of three founding members of The North Broward County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. In May 1995, the group was chartered as a chapter of The Links, Incorporated, one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations, of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Ms. Ruffin also has been in a leadership role in the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and fundraiser, bringing renowned speakers each year.
John serves as Vice Chair of The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees. He also is a Founding Member of The Board of Governors of The Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. John has led the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Fundraising Campaign in South Florida for 25 years, raising millions of dollars, and a "$100,000 John Ruffin UNCF Endowed Scholarship" was established in South Florida.
Dorothy and John W. Ruffin, Jr. are exemplary examples of citizenship and inspiration of community engagement, and deserve recognition in the Senior Hall of Fame.