Russ joined Trez Forman Capital in 2018 as Managing Director of the firm’s Atlanta office.
Russ has held senior level executive positions at numerous banks in the Southeast United States and New York, leading the origination of over $6 billion in commercial loan transactions. In addition, Russ was Chief Financial Officer of a private REIT in Miami.
As Chief Lending Officer at Union Bank, Russ led a strategy to grow the loan portfolio by over 50% annually. Russ also served as Chief Banking Officer and Chief Lending Officer of Seacoast Bank where he played a key role in the re-capitalization and stabilization of the bank during the financial crisis and later developed and executed a commercial banking strategy generating over $350 million in new commercial relationships, supporting the bank’s return to profitability.
In Atlanta, Russ led the commercial real estate finance team at Bank of America and later served as Chief Credit Officer of SouthCrest Bank where he developed the bank’s credit processes, positioning the bank for growth in the metro Atlanta market. Most recently, Russ was Chief Credit Officer at Fieldpoint Private in New York where he was responsible for the credit consumer and commercial credit functions of an ultra-high net worth bank serving the Northeast United States and Florida.
Russ began his career with KPMG New York after graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in accountancy.