For over 25 years Russ has successfully demonstrated the ability to develop strategy, communicate direction, and implement plans leading to positive results in the medical device industry. Russ finished his 19 year career at Valleylab Inc as President from 2002-2003 where he completed integration of manufacturing facilities resulting in $4 million first year efficiencies and increased operating profit by 15%, all while boosting employee moral through promoting a vision focused on customer and employee satisfaction. His vision and leadership as Valleylab’s VP of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development from 1998-2002 resulted in the successful launch of the LigaSure product family (world’s first vessel sealing technology) and achieved double digit sales growth. Russ’s career spanned all aspects of the Sales, Marketing, and Business Development functions at Valleylab including VP Sales 1996-1997, and Director of Marketing from 1994-1996. Russ holds a B.A. in Marketing from California State University, Chico, and a M.B.A. from Saint Mary’s College.
From 2004 to 2010 he formed and operated several very successful small businesses during which time he significantly increased revenue and profits.
Russ is one of six founders of JustRight Surgical, LLC, a company dedicated to the development of right-sized technology for the surgery market. Over the past 5 years, JustRight Surgical has raised funds to develop two breakthrough technologies, achieved FDA clearance and CE Mark on both, and commercially launched these products in the US and Europe.