Dennis G. Ruppel is a graduate of Fordham College, with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, and the
University of Michigan with a Doctor of Laws with high honors. Since 1978, he has been partner
with Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, a Tampa Bay law firm. Dennis has
concentrated his law practice on major real estate, financing and commercial transactions and
serves as outside general counsel to several clients. His real estate work has focused on the
development and finance sectors with projects ranging from shopping centers, condominiums,
residential and mixed-use subdivisions to industrial development and with conventional and tax
exempt bond financing.
Dennis is a General, Managing Partner or Manager with various entities, each with ownership
of a number of real estate and other assets, including the Press Hotel in Portland, Maine. He is
currently a director of the Sembler Company, Chairman and Member of the Executive,
Compliance, Loan, and Audit Committees of Freedom Bank, and Chairman and former CEO of
AmCap Insurance, a commercial property insurer.
Dennis served multiple terms on the Fordham University Board of Trustees over the past three
decades, and today is a Trustee Fellow. He is also past Director and past President of Pinellas
Village, Inc., and has served for over 30 years as a Director of R’Club Childcare, Inc. and the
Louise Graham Brown Regeneration Center, Inc. He was the single parent of two young
children during his law school years and learned firsthand the extreme importance of quality
childcare. This is the continuing catalyst for his mission to help R’Club Childcare provide the
best possible services in our community.