Russ joined RBG in 2023 and serves as director of the Financial Institutions team. In this role, he provides assurance and consulting services to financial institutions of all sizes, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit associations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics along with a Masters in Accounting from Rhodes College in Memphis.
Russ’s wife, Chelsea works in Marketing at FedEx and they have been married for 3 years. The two have a baby boy, Sully, who turns one in May. Russ has four younger siblings who all live in Memphis except for his comedian brother, who lives in Chicago.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Honestly, I would probably still sleep because I love it but maybe a little less and spend some extra time running and playing basketball.
What fictional place would you most like to visit?
The Grizzlies championship parade down Beale Street.
What is a new skill that you would like to master?
I have taken up golf as an adult and have accepted I will never master it, but I would like to at least get to average.
What do you wish you knew more about?
In another life I may have tried to do something in music. I have Spotify on all day and love all types of music, but I know very little from a technical standpoint.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
I did a Maymester in Antwerp for a month and traveled to Brussels, Reims, Paris, and Amsterdam. I loved every minute but that is the only time I have ever been out of the country.
What question would you most like to know the answer to?
Probably just everything that did not get answered at the end of Game of Thrones.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I used to wakeboard a lot and was never great but could hold my own.
What was the best compliment you’ve ever received?
I play a lot of basketball and anytime someone on the other team tells their teammate that they have to actually guard me I blush a little bit.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am going to have to go with the honest/cheesy answer of being a dad.
What is your favorite smell?
Would definitely have to go with coffee.
If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to?
Probably the start of BBQ Fest. I am a member of team Grill N Grind and look forward to it every year.
When was the last time you climbed a tree?
Probably when I was 25 to jump off the waterfall in Pickwick Lake. That may be my last time ever as well.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
I hate to admit I do not have a good answer for this.. Probably just sushi.
What was your first job?
I have a lot of younger siblings and cousins so I would have to say babysitter/chauffeur.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think teleporting would be pretty cool.