Russ has been around the Fleet Feet community since 2008 when he began working in the Sacramento, Calif., store. He then moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., to help the team operate the Development Company stores as senior manager of retail operations.

When he’s not making Fleet Feet the best it can be, you’ll find Russ cycling or taking a morning run in the woods while training for his next race—or he might be watching “Ronin” again. But his mind never wanders far from how to make each person here successful.

Russ is married to Tina and is the proud father of two sons: Jake, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and Ben, a student at Carrboro High School.