Russ is a senior consultant and culture leader.
Education & Experience
Russ is a Senior Consultant and brings more than three decades of local, regional,and national experience from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. In addition to being a retired Air Traffic Controller, he combines 20+ years of personal leadership experience and the development of dozens of new leaders with many years as an internal, then external consultant, to FAA/NATCA cultural modernization. The combination of having been both a key decision maker as well as a consultant to executives during a time of enormous change gives Russ a rare perspective into the blended leadership culture of air traffic professionals.
Russ combined studies in sociology, organizational leadership, and psychology into an undergraduate degree from the National Labor College. He is a lifelong learner and reader and watches even basketball and football with an eye for team culture. He and his wife Lynne enjoy scenic, quiet places, and playing with their first grandchild.
For 3+ yrs before joining OAS, I worked for other consulting firms supporting the FAA, always in organizational culture concerns. Prior to that I spent 30yrs in the FAA, the last several as a national Lead of multiple Collaboration initiatives launched by executives of both the Air Traffic Organization part of FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, its largest union.
I was raised to be a feminist - still very comfortable with that label - and was going to women's equal rights marches as a kid back in the 60's and working in related political campaigns as a teen in the 70's. Although it doesn't come up much in work conversations, I am definitely quite passionate about women having authentically equal opportunities to those routinely afforded to men. My oldest friends would laugh - they know this about me going way back - but maybe my newer ones wouldn't.
I love to watch basketball and college football. I also love our National Park system and the many beautiful natural spaces America has protected. I look forward to visiting more of them soon, and pulling a camping trailer with me.
I have an uncommon capacity for listening to people, even hearing what they're not saying. It comes naturally to me plus I've refined that strength for decades. As a result I've been able to have many much deeper conversations with all types of people during my life, which of course reinforces the habit of "super" listening.