Charles met his Dutch wife, Herma, the American soldier exchanged his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the small town of Nijeveen, in the Dutch province of Drenthe. He served honorably for 20 years as a Battalion Sergeant Major, subsequently retiring as a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy.
During his free time in the military, he also earned Masters Degrees of Public Administration
& Business Administration. These skills helped fine-tune his natural talent for linking
(networking) common interests among diverse individuals.
This background provided the support necessary for the creation of The NetworKing BV. Ruffolo is an Internationally known Speaker, Author and Trainer that has given lectures in many countries, presenting over 150 times each year and has licensed his NetworKing concept into China, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, the USA and Netherlands. He is an active member of various business clubs and serves on numerous business clubs and boards (Membership Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, President of the Amsterdam American Business Club, Connect International and Founder of the Giving Back Foundation).
He has enriched our business environment with his talents as a professional networker. In fact, he has developed networking into a new science and the foundation of a flourishing company. In addition, he provides training courses in this field to many different groups and Fortune 500 companies. As a result of his knowledge of networking, which is one of the oldest professions in the world, and due in large part to his inspiring enthusiasm, he is in great demand as a guest speaker. Charles has used the power of Internet technology to demonstrate that NetworKing is truly a business of daily necessity by exemplifying this notion with the creation of (The) Network Clubs which consist thousands of members located around the World.
Charles has arranged for the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of The United States to visit The Netherlands several times. Additionally, he was successful in personally bringing together the Dutch Postcode Lottery with President Clinton’s Foundation which has committed to donate 1.5 million euro per year for five years.
He has also established and developed the partnership between the Dutch wind energy company, Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT) and the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2007, he successfully negotiated a Primary Sponsorship of the Annual meeting in New York City on behalf of EWT. Not only did he succeed in a Sponsorship, but he was also instrumental in the formal commitments made by the future partnership between President Clinton and EWT. Additionally, he was successful in bringing together General Wesley K. Clark and EWT into a working business relationship.
Charles also used his professional networking skills to bring together Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) and Henk Keilman (RIG Investments) to construct a working relationship focused on sustainability.
Another success story is the business relationship created with Stedman Graham, the life partner of Oprah Winfrey. Stedman has a splendid career as an internationally re-known diversity and leadership expert. Charles worked hand-in-hand with the Netherlands organization The King Foundation/DutchVersity, to build a unique partnership with The Martin Luther King Center (Atlanta, Ga.) and Stedman Graham. As a result of this partnership, Ruffolo was able to establish the Stedman Graham Nyenrode Giving Back Scholarship for a deserving student in the Netherlands every single year.
More recently, Charles has established The NetworKing Academy. A professional networking course which is taught in a classroom setting at the top business school in the Netherlands, Nyenrode Business University. This is the first NetworKing Academy of its kind anywhere in the world. The three month program enhances and individual’s personal skills while developing their capabilities to Network.
Ruffolo’s philosophy about Networking is a ‘give and take’ process to engage people
with whom you have a direct or indirect relationship. Mutual interests support this process
and finding the common ground is the key to Networking. Networking enables you to go
directly from A to Z and skip the usual path from B to Y.
Charles has written a book on Networking – “Network Your Way to Success” and has
created a NetworKing card game called the “Ruffle Shuffle”.
Charles and Herma have been married for thirty (30) years.
NetworKing is not WHO you know that counts, but WHO KNOWS YOU!
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