2017 Commencement Speaker
President, NFS Leasing
Owner, Worcester Railers Hockey Club
Cliff Rucker, owner of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club and president of NFS Leasing, will deliver the keynote address at Becker College’s 229th Commencement ceremony, on Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m., at the DCU Center in Worcester.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Rucker represents the entrepreneurial spirit that Becker endeavors to instill in every graduate. Rucker is the founding president of NFS Leasing, a multidisciplinary equipment leasing firm, as well as the founder of NEXL, a provider of IT services. Most recently, Rucker has focused his entrepreneurial skills on transforming Worcester. He has brought professional hockey back to the city with the formation of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club. To support the team, Rucker is building a 100,000 sq. ft. facility that will house the Railers and local teams from all levels – including Becker’s own men’s and women’s ice hockey teams—the Hawks. As part of an ongoing revitalization effort to create social impact in Worcester, the Railers facility will also be home to a restaurant, exercise science workrooms, retail shops, and other venues for civic engagement.
Besides business and development, Rucker is a trustee at The Pingree School, former Trustee of The Brookwood School and on the advisory board for Citizens for Adequate Housing and Kids Kicking Cancer. He is a significant supporter of the Wellspring House, Beverly Bootstraps, EMARC, Haven from Hunger and many other not for profit organizations. Rucker received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and lives with his wife and five children on the North Shore of Massachusetts.