Continuing the tradition of a family-run business, Ruckel Properties announces that Marion Ruckel Skalicky became chairman of the board and son Stephen “Steve” Ruckel became president when Founder, Owner and Chairman of the Board C.W. (Walt) Ruckel passed away in April of 2012.

Marion Ruckel Skalicky is a Niceville native. After earning her undergraduate degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, she moved to Los Angeles to work at a talent agency. After a couple years, she returned to Florida and accepted a job with a Chicago-based talent agency, which allowed her to work from her home in Pensacola. She graduated from the University of West Florida with a BS and MBA in management.

In 1996, she became sales manager for a flooring/home decorating store. In 1998, she earned her real estate sales associate license and sold residential property in Perdido Key, Fla.  In 2006 she obtained her real estate broker’s license, and has served on the board of directors of RPi ever since.

Steve Ruckel earned an A.A. degree in management from Okaloosa Walton Community College and a BS in finance from Florida State University.

He spent more than 20 years in banking and real estate. He was the president of Vanguard Bank, Inc. before moving from Niceville to Virginia Beach, Va., to attend Regent University where he earned his Masters Degree in Practical Theology. He was ordained as a pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship in Chesapeake, Va., and as executive director at Kempsville Presbyterian Church in Virginia.

In 2011 he and his wife moved back to Niceville to open a home health agency. When Walt Ruckel died they closed the agency so that Steve Ruckel could join Ruckel Properties.

Ruckel Properties, Inc. opened its doors for business in the summer of 1955. Residential communities, such as Rocky Bayou, Fairway Woods and Swift Creek, are testaments to the high quality and preservation of nature that makes a Ruckel Properties community a place where neighbors enjoy living for generations.

Ruckel Properties also has commercial entities that have become an important part of the community such as Palm Plaza, the Ruckel Airport, and Heritage Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home.

Marion Ruckel Skalicky and Steve Ruckel are continuing the vision of community building with an exciting plan for the last major undeveloped land in Niceville. At just under 1,100 acres, the project is designed to be a mixed-use traditional neighborhood with more than  2.1 million square feet of commercial and approximately 4000 housing units. The project is as a multi-generational project.