Central Florida’s leading Family-owned Warehouse Specialists

The Ruthvens – Lakeland’s Distribution Warehouse Experts

To learn about our experienced real estate team, simply select their names to read more about each individual.

Joe P. Ruthven

Founder and Owner
Joe Ruthven

Joe Ruthven


Founder and Owner


Our founder Joe P. Ruthven was born and raised on a farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina where he learned about hard work, honesty, respect for one’s country, and the importance of community involvement.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1957 Joe P. moved to Lakeland, Florida to open a tire business. Soon after he recognized the need and demand for warehouse space, subsequently founding The Ruthvens, a real estate development company.

A registered real estate broker and “warehouse specialist”, Joe P. remains active in the family business and was instrumental in turning it into one of Central Florida’s most respected and successful companies.

He has remained true to his small-town values regarding community involvement, serving as City Commissioner and Mayor of Lakeland, as well as a wide variety of local and statewide leadership positions.

Joe P. is a generous supporter of Florida Southern College, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, Polk Museum of Art and First Presbyterian Church.

In his spare time, Joe P. enjoys traveling with his wife, Judy, and is an avid reader and historian of WWII. He also enjoys spending time with his family including numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His leadership contributions include:

  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Board of Trustees
  • Enterprise Florida Board of Directors
  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Polk Museum of Art, President
  • Florida Southern College, Board of Trustees Member
  • Platinum Bank, Advisory Board
  • Polk Community College, Board of Trustees Chairman
  • Lakeland Boys Club, President
  • Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, Commodore
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Thunderbird District Scouts, District Chairman
  • Barnett Bank of Lakeland, Director
  • Lakeland Lions Club, President


  • Honorary Doctorate of Public Service- Florida Southern College
  • Tampa Bay Real Estate Hall of Fame – National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • George Jenkins Award – Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
  • Dick Pope Sr. Award – Central Florida Development Council
  • Jaycee Good Government Award – City of Lakeland

Contact Joe P. Ruthven at:

Office: (863) 686-3173
Email: jpruthven@ruthvens.com

Greg Ruthven, CCIM


Greg Ruthven, CCIM




Born and raised in Lakeland, FL Greg started working with his father in 1982, primarily responsible for leasing warehouse space. Today, he serves as President and is a real estate broker and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). Greg enjoys “Making the Deal” by finding the right space or negotiating a build-to-suit and watching his clients grow. Greg is also responsible for arranging financing with financial institutions, as well as managing tenant relations and investor partnerships. Still, his biggest thrill is learning and working side-by-side with his father.

An avid Seminole, Greg graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Real Estate. He stays informed of local and statewide real estate development. Greg has served on the Executive Board of Central Florida Development Council, FSU Real Estate Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Partnership board, and the Lakeland Economic Development Council.

Married with two children and three grandchildren, Greg spends his leisure time boating and staying abreast of politics.

  • Leadership Lakeland Graduate
  • Past regional & state president of CCIM
  • Polk Museum of Art Board of Trustees, past President
  • Southeastern University Leadership Forum, Servant Leadership Award
  • Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, past President
  • Lakeland Downtown Rotary Club, past President, Paul Harris Award

Contact Greg Ruthven at:

Office: (863) 686-3173
Cell: (863) 581-4639
Email: greg@ruthvens.com


Joe L. Ruthven

VP Operations/New Construction

Joe L. Ruthven


VP Operations/New Construction


Joe L. Ruthven has served as Operations Manager since 2000, and is responsible for property management, maintenance, and new construction of all Ruthven properties. Prior to joining The Ruthvens, he worked for Shell Oil Company for 25 years as a Project Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Manager in various industrial plants, including Louisiana Refinery and Petrochemical Plant, Saudi Arabia’s Shell Petrochemical Plant, and Shell Wood River Refinery in Illinois.

Joe L. earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and served as a U.S. Naval Engineering Officer for three years. He is also a graduate of Texas A & M’s Construction Management Program.

Married, with three grown sons who have served their country as an Air Force fighter pilot, Navy Special Forces officer and Peace Corps volunteer, Joe L. enjoys travel, sports, reading and spending time with his eight grandchildren.

  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Chairman
  • Historic Polk Theater, Board of Directors
  • Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, Past Board of Directors and Board Chair
  • Lakeland Downtown Rotary Club, Director and Member
  • Leadership Lakeland Graduate

Contact Joe L. Ruthven at:

Office: (863) 686-3173
Cell: (863) 581-4638
Email: jlruthven@ruthvens.com


Matt Ruthven, CCIM

VP Sales/Leasing

Matt Ruthven, CCIM


VP Sales/Leasing



Matt Ruthven joined the company in 1998. As a leasing specialist and real estate broker-sales associate, his responsibilities include maximizing buildings with the right tenants and leases, dealing with current client leases, and negotiating with potential clients and brokers. His professional mission is to help make each Ruthven tenant successful.

Matt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Citrus/Business from Florida Southern College and achieved his Certified Commercial Investment Member designation (CCIM).

He has served on the Lakeland Realtors in different capacities, including President, Treasurer and was voted Realtor of the Year. He also served as District Vice President for the Florida Association of Realtors.

Married with three daughters, Matt is an active member of First Presbyterian Church. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

  • Polk Manufacturers Association, Board Member
  • Lakeland Kiwanis, Past President, Servant Leader Award
  • Salvation Army, Past Board Member
  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Past Board of Directors
  • Peace River Center, Past Board Member
  • Leadership Lakeland Graduate
  • Leadership Lakeland Alumni, Past Board Member
  • Lakeland Realtors, Past President, Past Treasurer
  • Florida Association of Realtors, Past District Vice President

Contact Matt Ruthven at:

Office: (863) 686-3173
Cell: (863)-581-4637
Email: mruthven@ruthvens.com



41 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801
• Central Florida Commercial Warehouse Leasing Company

Located in Lakeland Florida (Central Florida) with easy access to Tampa, Orlando, North Florida and South Florida.