In Swift Succession - The Dirt

posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in The Dirt


In Swift Succession

“It started with a business card and a pickup truck,” says Jim Russell, founder and CEO of Russell of Davenport, Iowa. “It was the middle of a recession, so the only way was up.” And upward he went, and continues to go, in large part due to the female talent making up over 30 percent of the company’s team.

With women at every level of the company — from boots on the ground through the C-suite — Russell is well ahead of the curve when it comes to leveraging the skill set females often bring to the table. “It was short-lived, but my first ‘hire’ was my mom. She helped with some administrative items early on but was really the inspiration. She set a great example of what a strong, intelligent, and hardworking person looks like. Seeing that spirit live on through our team is very rewarding.”