A native of Indiana , Russ Duvall graduated from Wabash College with his degree in English and Speech, and holds an MBA-With Distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
During seven years of Navy Active Duty, he graduated with honors from Officer Candidate School and was the first Supply Corps Ensign selected for the POLARIS submarine program. Graduating as the top Supply Corps officer from Sub School, he was assigned to USS VALLEJO, 40th of the original "41 for Freedom" ballistic missile carrying submarines, where he earned his 'dolphins' - as Qualified in Submarines (Supply).
He served at the Pearl Habor Naval Shipyard where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his role in the record-setting repair project on USS ENTERPRISE after she had suffered severe fire and explosion damage while preparing to deploy to Vietnam.
Following his Navy service, his civilian business career centered on logistics and general management assignments and included serving as President of REACH Electronics. In that role, he spent nine years in China, helping to open that country to the West. His career was focused on 'turnaround' management situations and 'one of a kind' challenges. Of note, he directed the design and implementation of a unique Central Receiving and Distribution system at the Indianapolis International Airport, that played a significant role in that airport being named "Best Airport for Customer Service in North America", five of the last six years.
In addition to his Public Speaking activities, he is an author and serves as a Logistics Consultant for commercial clients.