Russo, a graduate from Charleston Southern University with a BA in Marketing and MBA in Business Administration started his international career in 2003 with the South Carolina World Trade Center (SCWTC) when he was named the Education and Trade Services Manager in August of that year. During that time, he worked closely with numerous companies with diverse product lines, which include everything from pecans to metalworking. He was also responsible for the US Department of Agriculture’s Export Readiness Training Program that was sponsored by the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) for the State of South Carolina. He also authored the SCWTC Import/Export curriculum-The Nine Steps of Import/Export.
In November of 2005 Russo started a hybrid trading company, TradeHub International, where he integrated suppliers/buyers, logistics and storage options for clients. THI opened its first international office in March of 2008 in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It is a not-for-profit focused on immigration and trade projects. THI has completed contracts with organizations such as CCPIT in China, Nova Scotia Business Inc. in Canada, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) in New York and Mexico Caulidad Suprema/ProMexico in Mexico.
In June of 2006, Russo was named the General Manager of Trade Development for the WTCA headquarters in New York. In this role Russo brought WTCs from across the globe together leveraging their strengths in order to develop trade and trade related projects in the areas of import/export, logistics, education, staff training, and research. Russo worked on projects around the world in Germany, Russia, China, Canada, Algeria, and Lebanon to name a few.
Russo continues to work on economic development, education and market entry project across world. He again joined the WTCA team in October of 2022.