Russell owns and serves as president of C-Sharpe Co., a general contracting company specializing in building restoration. Russell has been in the construction industry for over fifteen years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Science from Auburn University. He began his career with the Birmingham-based company Brasfield & Gorrie where he served as a senior manager and partner. He currently serves as the chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation Board and as a director for Merchants and Marine Bank. Russell and his wife, Mary Lafitte, live in Fairhope and have five children. Their oldest three children attend Bayside: William (4th grade), Caroline (2nd grade), and Elizabeth (kindergarten).