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Chad Ruston

Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer

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Cell: 312-208-5999

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In addition to continuing his leadership of the Regional Partnership’s business attraction and economic development initiatives, Ruston will oversee all internal and financial operations for the organization, ensuring alignment between all programmatic, charitable and marketing initiatives. Ruston joined the Regional Partnership in 2017 with over 20 years in the medical device industry.

“After two years at the Regional Partnership, I realize the importance of the role I play in creating a more prosperous region for our residents. I’m honored to be positioned to lead the team’s operations to ensure we’re strategically driving economic development results to reach our tenacious goals by 2030,” said Ruston.  

In this role, he is responsible for attracting new businesses to Northeast Indiana. Chad leads the development and execution of the overall business development strategy to maximize lead generation for the region and contribute to the organizational strategic planning process.

He joins the Regional Partnership with direct experience in business development, most recently with Hollister Incorporated where he led a team of nearly 60 people focused on sales and marketing. 

Chad holds a Bachelor's degree in both Finance and Japanese from Indiana University Bloomington. Chad also studied abroad at Nanzan University in Japan.

While living in Japan, Chad climbed Mt. Fuji and often recalls the old Japanese proverb, “He who climbs Mt. Fuji once is a wise man; he who climbs twice is a fool."

Chad's top five strengths in CliftonStrengths are:

  1. Communication
  2. Activator 
  3. Strategic
  4. Discipline 
  5. Responsibility

Did You Know?

  1. Chad and his wife, Cambi, have two kids, 12-year-old Stellan and 9-year-old Hensley. 
  2. He is an avid road cyclist and participated in the Little 500 while attending Indiana University.
  3. Chad is a born Hoosier and grew up in Evansville. However, he spent about five years living and working in Japan.