Russ joined Hattiesburg Coca-Cola in 1987 soon after graduation from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Health/Science. He has held many positions in his career including Youth Market Specialist, Fountain Rep, Business Development Manager, Cold Drink Manager, Home Market Manager, Sales Manager, Sales Center Manager and is currently the On Premise Sales Manager, Mississippi Division.
He has always been involved in the Hattiesburg community and has served as Secretary -Treasurer of the Noon-Day Optimist Club, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Jr. Auxiliary Board, American Red Cross Board, Jr. Achievement Board, YMCA Board, Hattiesburg Public Schools-Education Foundation, Pacesetter Chair, Campaign Chair and Board President of the United Way, Chair for American Heart Association Walk, Grand Marshall for the USM/Coca-Cola Rodeo. Russ has received many awards throughout his career such as Optimist of the Year, Sales and Marketing Award, Humanitarian of the Year, and in 2014 was selected as Hattiesburg American’s “One of Twelve Who Make a Difference” in Hattiesburg.
Russ and his wife Jean have 3 sons, Russ, Ryan and Matt (Abbie) and one granddaughter, Madi. They are active members in their church, St. Fabian Catholic Church. In his spare time, he enjoys running and has completed a marathon, playing billiards and reading.