Russell H. Stall
Russell is a boomerang, one of those people who grew up in Greenville, left, and didn’t come back after 16 years because he didn't think Greenville was cool or progressive enough. However, Greenville changed and became a place where Russell wanted his family to grow and transform.
As the founder of Greenville Forward, Russell is an active public speaker and motivator, telling the story of Greenville's transformation from the "Textile Capital of the World" as a "milltown to a willtown" with a diversified economy built through collaborative relationships, community engagement, and creative partnerships. In the last few years, Russell has told this story to over 425 groups and 30,000 people.
Prior to founding Greenville Forward, Russell owned ResearchWorks, a strategic marketing research firm that focused on community development and customer satisfaction research. He has also worked for Mercer Management Consulting/Temple, Barker & Sloane, Coca-Cola USA, and Ralph Lauren Home Furnishings.
Russell has an MBA from Emory University's Goizueta School, and a BA in psychology from Washington and Lee University.
Russell has served on teh boards of St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Cancer Society of Greenville County, Project Host Soup Kitchen, Greenville University Center,, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Greenville Zoo, Metropolitan Arts Council, The Warehouse Theatre, the United Negro College Fund, and Junior League Advisory Council. He is going to be President of the Rotary Club of Greenville during their centennial year.
He has been the volunteer class facilitator for Leadership Greenville for seven years, was named at 2013's Leadership Greenville Alumni of the Year, and has been named as one of Greenville's Most Influential People by Greenville Business Magazine three times.
His sons Hampton and Harrison attend Davidson College and the IB program at Southside High School, respectively.