Chris Rugh began his career as a young, naive kid who thought he knew all there was to know about business, but didn’t have a penny to his name. He graduated from Grand Valley State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising. However, after several business failures, he realized he was doing something wrong. This was a hard realization for him, but he made the changes and the necessary improvements to help him become the successful entrepreneur he is today.
Chris 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 the launch. Even during the worst recession in history they grew 30%. The company employs seven team members and dozens more through outsourced arrangements.
However, Chris didn’t stop there. Now he is an accomplished entrepreneur, business owner and CEO, and public speaker and private consultant. Chris has over twenty years experience and became an award-winning speaker. He is also recognized through the Entrepreneurs Organization and serves on the board.
Although this seems like a busy agenda, and the list goes on, mind you, Chris sets aside a lot of time for play. He believes that life isn’t all about work, even though it’s an extremely important part of it. It is important to take time for yourself and be yourself, which is one of the important topics he preaches about. Without loving yourself in life, you’ve got nothing. Chris has taken the necessary time to become the success he now is, as well as taken time for himself, and that has made all the difference in his life. This can happen for you too.