As a founding partner at Midwest Growth Partners, Russ fills a variety of roles ranging from due diligence analysis to direct portfolio company management and oversight. After a long and successful management and operational career at Caterpillar, Inc., Russ was a founding partner at Top Tier Holdings, LLC, a small, closely held private equity fund. At Top Tier, Russ was responsible for the administrative oversight of Top Tier's investment portfolio, serving as CFO of the shared services group, which centralized back office function and responsibilities for more than two dozen unique P&L's. Most recently, Russ worked within a Top Tier portfolio company as CFO of Iowa Steel Holdings, LLC.
Russ received his BBA from the University of Iowa and his MBA from Bradley University. He is also a certified six sigma black belt.
In his free time, Russ enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy and their three grown daughters, son in-law and grandson. Russ is an avid reader and enjoys watching sporting events - football, in particular. Russ is also active in his church and supports many community outreach programs, including serving as a volunteer financial counselor administering the popular Dave Ramsey "Financial Peace University" program and habitat for humanity home building volunteer. Russ and Tracy make their home in West Des Moines, Iowa.