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Chris Rugh is a successful entrepreneur with an irrepressible passion for business and life. In 1997 Chris launched Custom Toll Free, the nation’s leading vanity telephone search firm. Chris is an award-winning speaker and a tell-it-like-it-is blogger at chrisrugh.com. Chris believes in working hard, playing hard, and enjoying the journey every step of the way.
Chris Rugh is a successful entrepreneur with irrepressible passion for business and life. He launched Custom Toll Free (www.customtollfree.com) as a DBA of Rugly Holdings Inc. (www.rugly.com) in 1997. Custom Toll Free has since become the nation’s leading vanity telephone number search firm. Fortune 500 companies and well recognized brands such as 1-800-CONTACTS, Comcast, and Best Buy are among the company’s valued clients. Revenues at Custom Toll Free have escalated dramatically every year since launch and during the worst recession in history they grew 30%. The company employs seven team members and dozens more through outsource arrangements.
Engaging Speaker, Tell-it-Like-it-Is Blogger, and More:
In addition to his leadership of Rugly Holdings, Inc, Rugh is also an engaging and award-winning speaker and a tell-it-like-it-is blogger (www.chrisrugh.com) who believes in working hard, playing hard, and enjoying the journey every step of the way. Chris has been refining his speaking talent since 1995 with Toastmasters. He is a long-standing member of the prestigious Entrepreneurs Organization (www.eonetwork.org) and serves on its board as well as runs the local chapters accelerator program helping smaller company’s produce over one million dollars in revenue. He is a founder and board member for BloopCamp (www.bloopcamp.com), a non-profit artist collective where he has done fun and interesting things like build an electric car from scratch. He is also a strong advocate for social justice and a lifetime member of the ACLU.