Russ has over three decades of experience protecting U.S. presidents, world leaders, our nations’ critical infrastructure, iconic institutions, and premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations.
Most recently, Russ served as the Vice President of Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago and was responsible for museum operations including security, safety, facilities, physical plant, customer service and visitor experience.
He’s served in the United States Secret Service for over 25 years as a special agent and high-ranking official, where he planned successful security for seven U.S. presidents, visiting world leaders, and our nation’s critical infrastructure and key assets.
Serving on the prestigious Presidential Protection Division for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush he managed complex protective operations involving intelligence and risk assessment, high-level negotiations, strategic planning, and logistics at the White House, and in international and domestic environments. Mr. Collett also directed the Service’s financial, cyber, and electronic crime investigations in Chicago.
As COO for an international security company, Russ led 6000 employees and a best-in-class security and customer service program at their 450 commercial client properties located throughout the United States and England owned and/or operated by Fortune 500, multinational Real Estate Investment Trusts, and property management firms.
He served as Director of Strategic Business Development for a start-up software company and provided leadership over the development, sales and implementation of a cutting-edge integrated technology solution used to enhance operations, enterprise risk management, and compliance in multiple verticals.
Joining Compass in 2021 as the Vice President Security Solutions, he will develop, organize and execute the implementation of all security programs across the Eurest Services business portfolio.
Russ holds a Bachelors’ degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed graduate course study at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Security Professionals Association, is an active member of ASIS International and the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service, and was twice named to Security Magazine’s Security 500 Rankings.