Russ is a Huntsville native. He attended Auburn University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Athens State College. He also obtained his M.S. degree in Management Information Systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He has been married to his wife, Nanette, for 25 years and they have 2 sons, Blake and Chandler. Russ has been in the Real Estate business for 10 years and he also is an IT Consultant. Russ is an active member of First Baptist Church where he spends time rocking babies in the nursery and serving on the nominating committee. Russ enjoys spending time with his family and friends and Auburn Football.