I first met Ken Russell in 1999 when I began working with his family business. Ken impressed me early on as being wise beyond his years. He possessed a maturity and vision that made it possible for a team of over one hundred-forty world-class employees to be deployed to various countries. The negotiations were often challenging but Ken possessed the focus and confidence necessary to deal with executives worldwide to make the promotions a win-win for all involved.
During my time with Russell Promotions I observed Ken change gears effortlessly as priorities dictated, managing staff, overseeing all aspects of manufacturing, production, shipping and distribution of the international company. Ken led without seeking recognition, taught the proprietary elements of the company's services with patience, made fiscal decisions that supported the local and international staff and kept the multi-million dollar budget on track. I recall pondering how he managed the weight of his responsibilities with such professionalism, ethics and grace. All working with Ken were given the opportunity to avail themselves of unique opportunities to experience success and personal growth. He had high expectations of all of us, but he also gave more than he expected. He led by example and his standards were high.
The day-in, day-out work with Ken enabled me to enjoy his lighter side. He was an astute business man with a refreshing sense of humor. While he fostered an appreciation of the job at hand, he also encouraged keeping things in perspective, maintaining a steady pace and taking time to laugh. It was clear to me from my first meeting with Ken that he has a reverence for life, the earth, and other cultures. His world view is comprehensive and global. I have no doubt that as a City Commissioner he will bring these values to the job at hand. His innate business sense will benefit Miami fiscally. His strength of character will inspire the community to rally around worthwhile and meaningful undertakings.
Diane Towry, Former Global Marketing Manager for Russell Promotions, Inc.