Roberta "Bobbie" Ruch
Former Chief Executive Officer, Acloché LLC
1953 – 2009
Roberta (Bobbie) Ruch, former principal and guiding visionary of Acloché, was a leader in developing workforce solutions.
Bobbie’s parents, George C. Ruch, Sr. and Betty Lou Ruch, founded the company in 1968 and Bobbie took the helm in 1986. Under her leadership Acloché evolved from a temporary employment company to a full-service human resources consulting, staffing and training organization with an impressive client roster of national and regional corporations.
Bobbie was the recipient of countless recognition and honors, but what she really cared about was making a positive impact on a person’s life. She believed that the mission of Acloché was to benefit the individual, the employer and the community through meaningful employment. She was instrumental in the expansion of central Ohio’s business community and the growth of Columbus to a vibrant and creative commercial center.
From her mentorship of women professionals, to her leadership in business and humanitarian organizations, Bobbie proved that high expectations coupled with determination and commitment would create a solid foundation for success.
Bobbie’s was named one of the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in the nation by Working Women Magazine; was positioned as the second largest staffing service in Central Ohio by Business First and Columbus CEO Magazine; was named a Leading Edge Company by United Way; and was honored by Business First as one of the area’s Fast 50 and one of the top 100 privately held companies in central Ohio.
Bobbie served on the board of The Woman’s Fund of Central Ohio and The Greater Columbus Arts Council. She was a founding member and former treasurer of the national Women in Family-Owned Businesses organization. She provided organizational and fundraising leadership for a number of community organizations including The Literacy Initiative of Central Ohio, the Wexner Center for the Arts, The James Cancer Center, the United Way and the Columbus Museum of Art.