William Ruh


William Ruh

Position: Director

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY

Education: Bachelor of Science – New York Maritime College; MBA – Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Experience

Professional Experience:

  • Cairn Capital Management – President, 2016 to Present, Merchant Bank
  • Ruh Advisory Corp. – President, 2005 to Present, Financial Advisory Services
  • CCM Capital Opportunities Fund – Co-Founder and Managing Principal, 2014-2015, FinTech focused Private Equity Fund
  • Castle Creek® – Co-Founder and Managing Principal, 1994 to 2013, Banking/Financial Services focused Private Equity Funds
  • Mabon Securities Corporation – Vice President – Investment Banking, 1992-1993
  • First Chicago Corporation – Assistant Vice President, 1990-1991, Commercial Banking
  • Merchant Marine Officer, 1982-1985

Current Board Memberships:

  • Figg, Inc., 2020 – Present, Card-Linked Online-to-Offline Commerce Platform
  • Empyr Incorporated, 2015 – Present, Card-Linked Online-to-Offline Commerce Platform
  • Buy It Mobility Networks, 2018 – Present, Payment and Commerce FinTech Platform
  • nCino, Inc., 2013 – Present, Worldwide Leader in Cloud Banking

Volunteer Experience:

  • San Diego Yacht Club, 2017 – Present, Chairman of the Investment Committee and Member of Finance Committee
  • Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, 2008 – 2016, Chairman of the Board 2015-2016, Member of Finance, Investment and Executive Committees
  • Rancho Santa Fe Eagles Lacrosse, 2006 – 2009, Co-Founder and Board Member
  • Rancho Santa Fe Association, 2005 – 2006, Member of Finance Committee
  • Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation, 2003 – 2007, Member of Executive Committee and Treasurer

Achievements

  • Director of the Hood Racing Division – 1986 to 1988
  • Member of three America’s Cup teams
    • Freedom Campaign 1982-1983
    • Heart of America 1986-1987
    • America3 1991-1992 Successful Defense of the America’s Cup
  • Raced in five Maxi World Championships
    • Matador 2 1991 1st Place
    • Boomerang 1996 1st Place
    • Boomerang 1999 1st Place
  • Raced in three International 50’ World Championships
    • Carat VII 1991 1st Place
  • Raced in nine Bermuda Races o
    • Boomerang 1996 1st Overall, 1st to Finish, New Course Record
    • Stark Raving Mad VII 2014 1st Overall, 1st in Class •
  • Raced in two Fastnet Races
    • Nirvana 1985 1st to Finish, New Course Record
  • Raced in eight Chicago to Mackinac Races
    • Windquest 1994 1st Overall, 1st in Class, 1st to Finish
    • Windquest 2007 1st Overall, 1st in Class, 1st to Finish
  • Raced in five Port Huron to Mackinac Races
    • Sassy 1984 1st to Finish, New Course Record
    • Windquest 1994 1st Overall, 1st in Class, 1st to Finish
    • Windquest 2006 1st to Finish, New Course Record
  • Raced in seven SDYC Hot Rum Series
    • Raving Madness 2015 1st Overall, 1st in Class
    • Stark Raving Mad VII 2016 1st Overall
    • Stark Raving Mad VII 2017 1st Overall, 1st in Class
    • Stark Raving Mad VII 2018 1st Overall, 1st in Class
  • Melges IC37 Class
    • Pacific Yankee 2020 1st Overall – Winter Series
    • Pacific Yankee 2020 1st Overall – National Championship

Statement from William Ruh

As an avid racing sailor, the combination of my maritime, professional sailing and business experience provides me with a unique insight regarding the US Sailing Association, Foundation, and myriad of issues facing the sport of sailing. As a Board member, I continue to provide input to the executive team of US Sailing with regards to fundraising, financial and operational performance, governance, and outreach to the sailing community.

Currently, the United States is at a distinct disadvantage as compared to other nations with well-funded Olympic sailing teams. As a Board Member of the US Sailing Association and Chairman of the US Sailing Foundation, my goal is to help improve funding for the US Sailing Team and the Olympic Development Program. With enhanced financial support from US corporate sponsors and our sailing community, we can dramatically improve the prospects for Olympic medals through superior coaching, enhanced physical and mental conditioning, advanced technology, and the application of modern sports science to help our athletes reach the pinnacle of their sport.

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