Russ started his career as a Third Mate for the Interlake Steamship Company after graduating from NY Maritime College with two BS degrees (BS in Oceanography and BS in Meteorology), a Third Mates License from the US Coast Guard and commissioned as an Ensign in US Naval Reserve. Russ spent several years at sea and after coming ashore Russ became the CEO of a third generation family insurance agency. It was during his time as CEO he hired his first Executive Coach and became passionate about the benefits derived from working with Executive Coaches.
Russ joined TEC (now Vistage International) based in San Diego, CA in 1997 as a CEO Group member and ultimately was hired by TEC in 2000 as a Group Chair and Coach. In 2012 Russ left Vistage International to join a former Vistage Chair in forming a new CEO Roundtable organization called COMPELCEOS, LLC. In 2015 Russ started an additional business called Sales300 which is a peer to peer group for professional salespeople. These groups are open to all salespeople and the meeting emphasis is on prospecting, sales process and consistently hitting sales goals.
Russ is a Certified Executive Coach, Peer Group Facilitator and trainer. His primary focus has been individual CEO Mentoring/Coaching and facilitation of CEO peer to peer roundtable discussions involving all facets of business including Leadership Development, Finances, HR, Sales, Marketing, Organizational Development and Communications. He has helped most of his clients over the years achieve consistent double digit growth.
Russ was sponsored by Vistage International in 2005 as an MBA candidate in Organizational Development and Leading Change across global, multi-cultural companies. He graduated from the NYIT School of Business in 2007. Years ago Russ brought in Judith Glaser as a guest speaker to one of his CEO groups and has been following her work ever since.
Judith created the Conversational Intelligence® Enhanced Coach Program in January 2016 and Russ just completed the inaugural C-IQ Certification Program in December 2016 and is one of the first certified Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) coaches worldwide. He believes trust based relationships are the key to professional and personal success. These relationships are built on our ability to have meaningful, effective conversations and Conversational Intelligence© is the foundational process in learning how to have those conversations.
Russ lives in Nissequogue, NY with his wife and daughter. He is an active EMT and Volunteer Firefighter currently serving as 1st Asst. Chief with the Nissequogue Fire Department and a lifelong Rotarian.