Russell is a San Diego native, having grown up in Oceanside and graduating from Vista High School in 2004. He earned his degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2008 while playing on the Aztec Football team.

After a standout career as a Linebacker at San Diego State University, Russell signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. He went on to play 5 years with the Jaguars and became a full time starter before suffering a career ending injury in December of 2013. After his playing career he and his wife Alison moved to Portland, OR with their two young boys (Parker and Levi), where he began his insurance career with IES.

Despite being based in the Pacific Northwest, IES had been writing business in CA for 20+ years and saw an opportunity to invest more deeply in their existing CA relationships and to establish new ones.

As a result, in April of 2017, Russell transitioned his family back to Carlsbad to open the IES Southern California office. He is thrilled to bring a company that he believes so strongly in to a community that he has always loved.