About Russell

“Don’t be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity.”

—Dr. E. Paul Torrance

Russell drives business results through customized talent solutions. He is an award-winning Talent Development and Applied Innovation Strategist with a proven track record of increasing revenue, customer satisfaction and employee engagement in technology, finance, banking, consulting, retail and global outsourcing environments. Russell is a Senior Global Sales & Technical Enablement Program Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector.


Prior to joining AWS, Russell was the Vice President of Learning Architecture and Innovation at Effective Sales Strategies. He provided consultative services to custom design, project/program manage, implement and evaluate instructor-led, blended and eLearning presales and post sales primarily for global and US-based technology organizations in fast-paced, high growth and merger/integration environments. 


Russell is one of only about 600 people worldwide with the recognized credential in Innovation and Change Leadership from the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY – Buffalo State. His unique expertise in designing and delivering innovative, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills for organizational development. Russell is an expert in leading people and groups to clarify, ideate, develop and implement unique solutions and lead change.


Russell is an award-winning ATD Atlanta Leader who served in two Vice Presidential roles – Communications and Technology, and also selected to served on the ATD National Chapter Recognition Committee.


Over the previous 20 years, Russell held various sales training, customer service learning partner and talent development roles with North Highland, Synovus Financial and SunTrust Bank (now Truist).


Russell earned a Master of Science degree in Innovation and Change Leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from SUNY Buffalo State.