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Russ Smith was born in Chicago and grew up in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota where he met his wife Judy of 43 years. Russ and Judy have three children and 8 grandchildren. In 1981 Russ signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings as a linebacker.
Russ has over 41 years of experience as an accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with a successful history of building and achieving operational performance excellence. 

Russ has been a corporate officer with Travelocity and Vertical Alliance and played a key role in developing, implementing and executing business strategies. Russ is currently Senior Vice President portfolio lead with TTEC and a board member for TTEC Canada, TTEC Bulgaria and TTEC financial services. Russ has global responsiblity as the business and strategy leader for a portfolio of accounts across the communications, media, entertainment, transportation, travel & hospitality industries. Responsible for expanding and managing portfolio growth, P&L ownership, portfolio strategy, portfolio brand management and ensuring we exceed client expectations. 
Russ co-founded Video Update a movie rental retail chain in 1982. Russ was instrumental in developing, implementing and executing a business plan that grew Video Update into a 50 store national franchise chain. Russ has been involved as an entrepreneur in the e-commerce, restaurant, night club and commercial development sectors.

Russ worked with his wife Judy to launch her business venture Scratch n Sniff Pet Sitting a business focused on offering a variety of pet care options including companionship within the client’s pet’s home environment and comfort zone.

Russ also has an equity position in Dentures Online, Inc. (Where the Consumer has the ability to purchase dentures online! --- affordable - convenient - quality)