In 1981, Marvin Johnson & Associates decided to expand into Ohio. Russ was hired to head up that expansion. He was the first non-family member to join the agency. A graduate of the University of Akron, Russ has been in the truck insurance industry since 1977. He is a member of the Ohio Trucking Association. Russ and his wife, reside in Barberton, Ohio with their two daughters. He is currently a member of the Barberton School Board.