Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager.
Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson of Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. His career in public relations started with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he was responsible for the communication efforts of a number of state representatives. Ruffner’s background also includes several years in broadcast journalism, first with Johnstown, Pa. NBC affiliate, WJAC, as an anchor-reporter and in leading the news efforts of Renda Broadcasting’s radio stations in Indiana and Punxsutawney, as Regional News Director.
“Being on both sides of the communications industry, in public relations and broadcasting, Nick knows how to drive a message,” said Ryan Sheetz, assistant vice president of brand strategy for Sheetz. “We are so happy to have him join Sheetz and to be part of the next chapter of our company’s story.”
“Having grown up in western Pennsylvania, I have witnessed the growth of this company and seen, first-hand, the positive impact it has made in communities across the region,” Ruffner said. “I am so excited to get to work in communicating the message of Sheetz, our employees and our consumers.”
Before starting his career in communications, Nick Ruffner earned a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.