Ian Ruzow


Ian Ruzow founded his first business while still attending F&M College.

Ian Ruzow has worked as an entrepreneur for many years. Not only is Ian working on exciting projects in the Lancaster, PA and Lititz areas, he is a devoted community member as well. Though originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Ian is happy to call Lancaster County home. Ian is likely best known for serving as the COO for Clipper Magazine, which he and a few fellow colleagues and classmates founded in 1983. He is now a Partner with Oak Tree Development Group, a premier real estate development group in Lancaster County.

“I love the creation process; seeing things develop from concept to reality.”

-Ian Ruzow, on his experience being an entrepreneur.

Ian Ruzow has a deep love for his community. He has spent the entirety of his career committed to creating experiences for his fellow community members to be proud of. After he and his business partners sold their ownership of Clipper Magazine to Gannett Co., they decided to take on a new venture in real estate development as part of Lancaster, PA’s booming real estate division. Ian Ruzow, along with Bob Zuckerman, Rob Liss, and Steve Zuckerman- the original founders of Clipper Magazine- partnered with Michael J. O’brien and Eric Scott to combine years of real estate development and local business development talent to take on the challenge of bringing rustic, industrial spaces to the area.

Real estate development has been a prominent factor in Lancaster County. However, Ian Ruzow and his business partners are tried and true entrepreneurs, so just one project was not enough to satisfy their curiosities! The group of four manage several other companies in addition to Oak Tree Development Group. These include an advertising and promotional company called Jaxxon Promotions; a unique vintage pinball arcade called Silverball Museum in the Jersey Shore; and Opening Day Partners, an entertainment company that focuses on operating and directing minor league baseball teams and stadiums. Ian’s work with Opening Day Partners has included working with teams such as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Lancaster Barnstormers, Sugarland Skeeters, Camden Riversharks, and the York Revolution.

Ian Ruzow is a proud graduate of Franklin & Marshall College. It was here that Ian Ruzow and his fellow classmates began the idea for Clipper Magazine. He and his business partners had the honor of being recipients of the 1995 Lancaster County Up & Coming Business Leaders Award. In the year 2000, they also received the Central Pennsylvania Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for “Information Services/Advertising.” Then, in 2008, the group received yet another prestigious local award, the Junior Achievement’s Hall of Achievement Laureate Award for Central PA.

For more information on Ian Ruzow, his business ventures, and the entrepreneurial spirit, stay tuned to Ian’s blog.