As the current leader of the Rudd Foundation, Darrell Swank shares his vast experience as a highly successful business leader and financial executive with the Foundation board and staff. Darrell not only brings a wealth of business and financial knowledge, but also a passion for the Foundation’s mission and various charitable endeavors.
Born and raised in the state of Kansas, Darrell is particularly committed to supporting charitable organizations focused on the support and aid of Kansas residents and businesses and has steered the Foundation’s support of these local organizations throughout his years serving as a Foundation Board member. Darrell is also passionate about supporting young Kansans in their journeys through higher education. His support has impacted the growth of the Foundation’s scholarship program.
Darrell has worked with the Rudd Foundation and Rudd portfolio of companies in a variety of leadership roles, including as CFO and President, since 2006, and now serves as the President of Leslie Rudd Investment Company, Standard Beverage Corporation and numerous other related businesses. Darrell has also served on the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board of the Rudd Foundation since 2017. Throughout his tenure with the Rudd businesses, Darrell worked hand-in-hand with Leslie Rudd until his passing in 2018, and now Leslie’s daughter, Samantha Rudd, in developing business and financial strategies throughout the Rudd investment group and is now a trusted steward of the Rudd family estate and trust portfolio.
A husband and father of two daughters, Darrell is also a lifelong athlete and avid sports fan who is particularly passionate about University of Kansas basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball. In addition to golfing in his free time, he enjoys hiking with his wife and daughters, who together have conquered many mountain trails throughout Colorado and the western U.S.
Prior to joining Leslie Rudd Investment Company, Darrell served as a Chief Financial Officer for a variety of large multi-national public and private companies, including Savista Corporation, Imperial Sugar Company, Purina Mills, Inc. and a division of Koch Industries. Darrell holds a B.A. in Economics from Bethany College and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin – Red McCombs School of Business.