Russo, Jr., CFE
Senior Vice President for Business Development and Client Relations, Global Spectrum
Frank Russo, Jr., heads a division that secures new management and consulting contracts, renews existing contracts, and maintains positive, on-going relations with all Global Spectrum clients. He also serves a member of Global Spectrum's Executive Committee.
While focusing primarily on North American business, Russo is actively involved in pursuing a growing number of international management and consulting opportunities.
Prior to joining Global Spectrum in the company's founding year
(2000), Russo spent 12 years as Vice President of Sales for New
York City-based Ogden Entertainment, which managed over 70
public venues throughout the world during his tenure. He also
served as Ogden Entertainment's Vice President of International
Operations, overseeing venue management accounts in England,
Germany, Brussels, Australia, South America, and Thailand. While
with Ogden Entertainment, he also held two interim positions:
Executive Director of the 20,000-seat Target Center (NBA
Timberwolves) in Minneapolis (1990) and Executive Director of
the million-square-food Jacob Javits Convention Center in New
York City (1991).
Executive Director of the 20,000-seat Target Center (NBA Timberwolves) in Minneapolis (1990) and Executive Director of the million-square-food Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City (1991).
From 1987-88, Russo served as president of Monitor Productions. The Hartford, CT-based company provided consulting services to public assembly facilities as well as promoted and managed sports and entertainment events, public trade shows, corporately sponsored events, and professional boxing.
From 1974-83, Russo was Executive Director of the Hartford Civic Center with the responsibility for its 16,500-seat coliseum and 95,000-square-feet of convention, tradeshow, and meeting space. He scheduled over 600 event days per year, and in his last year with the Center, achieved a $1.2 million operating surplus. During the 1979-1980 periods, Russo also served as Acting President of the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau and was named Civil Employee of the Year in 1979 by the Greater Hartford Jaycees.
His six years experience in municipal management includes positions as Assistant to the City Manager of Hartford and as a Municipal Services Specialist, providing management and financial consulting to various Connecticut cities and towns on behalf of the State of Connecticut Department of Community Affairs. He taught a course in Public Assembly Facility Management as an adjunct professor for the Departments of Sports Studies at the University of Massachusetts and University of Connecticut.
Russo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT, in 1968, and his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1969. He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Glastonbury, CT, and have two daughters, Gina and Kara, and three grandchildren, Steve, Nicholas, and Mia.