Award-Winning Builder and HOPE International Founder to Speak at Cedarville Series

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio- Jeffrey C. Rutt, founder of both Keystone Custom Homes, Inc., and HOPE International, will speak at Cedarville University on Monday, April 3 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The program, sponsored by the CU Department of Business Administration, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Stevens Student Center Theater.

Located in Lancaster, Pa., Keystone Custom Homes has been awarded the National Association of Home Builders' and Builder Magazine's “America's Best Builder” recognition three times - a feat never accomplished by any other home builder in America. In 2005, Keystone, which focuses heavily on customer satisfaction, built 333 homes, generating more than $100 million in revenue. Their projections call for 365 more homes in 2006. Along with leading Keystone, Rutt has also served as president of the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County (Pa.).

But Rutt's interests go beyond his building business. In 1997 he founded HOPE International, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides micro-loans to families in Third World countries ( HOPE's micro-loan program that began in Ukraine has now expanded into nine countries and has provided more than 50,000 loans, enabling families to learn to “fish for a lifetime” instead of being given fish to eat for a day.

HOPE also provides Awana children's clubs and Bible camps in those same countries. In Ukraine, the children's program has grown to include more than 8,000 students.

Rutt's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Cedarville University Department of Business Administration at 937-766-7910.