Ken Ruff

Ken Ruff

Beam Suntory |

During college, Ken began his career with a marketing internship on the  campaign, then at night it was off to evening jobs bartending and waiting tables. After college, he moved worked in sales for Johnson & Johnson, which lead to various sales positions at the number one distiller, Seagram’s.  After sales positions in NJ, MA, and NY, Ken was assigned as GSM of Seagram’s Colorado. After three years, Ken joined a 191-year old start up that later became Beam Suntory.  This exciting company grew as brands were acquired and new product innovation started to kick in. At Beam Suntory, Ken’s positions included State Manager of Southern California and Nevada, Regional Specialty Brands Manager, Sales Manager, Central Region, and both VP of Imports and Specialty Brands and National Accounts.  Today, he continues to work as the VP of National Accounts On-Premise. Ken has been married 33 years to his wife Lisa, a Special Education teacher.  He has two daughters Katie (30) and Jillian (20). Ken is the proud founder of the Holiday Meals for Military program run by Operation Homefront, a program that has provided a better holiday meal to over 60,000 families, and is on the advisory board of the National Restaurant Association “Marketing Executives Group”.