An energetic leader with the ability to envision and create successful outcomes in complex situations, Russell founded 4e Ventures to enable emerging businesses to establish goals and achieve maximum results.

He works directly with companies to evaluate and/or identify strategic milestones, and develop plans to reach them. He serves as an extension of the client’s team with accountability for plan implementation.

Russell’s diverse expertise includes:

  • Developing New Business
  • Facilitating Strategic Alliances
  • Raising Capital
  • Growing Revenue
  • Leading Change
  • Team Building and Coaching
Russell has broad-based experience in operations, business development, finance, real estate and economic development.

In 2006, he was recruited as a key member of the start-up team for SC Launch, a cooperative program of the South Carolina Research Authority, Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina. This organization provides entrepreneurs with key tools for success, including mentoring, seed funding and access to a powerful resource network.

Russell also has experience in the development of public-private partnerships to foster economic growth and job creation.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and is active in the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association. Russell is a 1983 graduate of Wofford College and is a Certified South Carolina Economic Developer.