Russ is the President of O’Brien Heating and Air Conditioning in Drexel Hill, PA. His company is engaged in residential and light commercial service and installation, as well as indoor air quality. He repurchased the business from a consolidator in 2003, after the original family business had been sold in 2000. Serving his industry, Russ was President of the Philadelphia Suburban Gas Association from 1998-2000.
Outside of work and Rotary, Russ is very active at Advent Lutheran Church. He served on church council for two terms and as President for four years during pastoral transition. Currently, he is chairman of their stewardship committee as well as serving as an assistant minister.
Raised in Springfield (Del.Co.), PA, Russ graduated from Villanova University in 1981. He now resides in the East Goshen portion of West Chester, PA. He has been married to Dawn since 1983. She is a software consultant and works part-time in Russ’s business, as well as also being a Rotarian. They have two daughters, Nicole 20 and Yvonne 16. Nicole is a junior at Cornell University and a member of Rotaract. Yvonne is a junior in high school and Charter President of West Chester East Interact. Russ, Dawn and their daughters are all Paul Harris Fellows. Russ is also a Gundaker Fellow.
His interests include travel, photography,
trains, and electronic gadgets. Most of all, he is looking forward to
being the first father-son District Governor “duo” in our