Russell C. Collett is the Vice President of Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago and responsible for museum operations including facilities, physical plant, security, safety, 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. The AIC is visited by approximately 1.7 million people each year and was rated the #1 museum in the world by TripAdvisor travelers in 2014.
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 Protective Division for Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. 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 a 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 for the Illinois Security Professionals Association and is an active member of ASIS International, APEX – Asset Protection Executives, the Smithsonian Conference on Cultural Property Protection, the International Foundation of Cultural Property Protection, the Association of Former Agents U.S. Secret Service, ASIS Chicago, and the City of Chicago’s Hotel, Entertainment and Tourism community.