Russell C. Collett has over three decades of experience protecting U.S. presidents, world leaders, our nation’s 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. The AIC located in downtown Chicago is the second largest art museum in the United States housing a world-renowned encyclopedic collection of approximately 300,000 works of art that spans centuries and the globe, two libraries, a learning center, three restaurants, and two museum shops. The AIC is visited by approximately 1.5 million people each year, was rated the #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor travelers in 2014 and hosts over 1200 special events and 30 exhibitions each year.
Mr. Collett also served in the United States Secret Service for over 25 years as a special agent and high-ranking official and planned successful security for seven U.S. presidents, visiting world leaders, and our nation’s critical infrastructure and key assets. Russ served personally on the prestigious Presidential Protection Division for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush and managed complex protective operations involving intelligence and risk assessment, high-level negotiations, strategic planning, and logistics at the White House, in international and domestic environments and worked collaboratively with foreign governments planning presidential visits to over 40 countries. Mr. Collett also directed the Service’s financial, cyber, and electronic crime investigations in Chicago, one of the agency’s largest field districts.
As Chief Operating Officer for an international security company, Russ also 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.
Russ also 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 including k-12/higher education, healthcare, retail and commercial, public venue, stadium, hospitality, and manufacturing.
Russ earned a Bachelor of Arts 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.
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