Leo founded Pride in 1983. Pride focused on providing IT services to financial institutions. Over the next 10 years, Pride became one of the largest minority-owned IT providers in the country with 25 branches and over 1,000 people nationwide. In 1997, Pride sold its distribution business to MicroAge of Tempe, Arizona. Pride then began to focus exclusively on providing IT services to Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies. Pride targeted a full range of IT services from help desk solutions to high-level placements within large corporate accounts. In 1999, Pride launched an advanced IT solutions practice, which encompassed sophisticated project management and contract CIO assignments.
In 2000, Leo was named the CIO and Executive Vice President of Young & Rubicam, one of the largest publicly traded advertising firms in the world. In this position, Mr. Russell was responsible for all decisions regarding the company's information technology strategy as well as software and hardware standards.
From 2001 to 2003, Leo Russell acted as a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers in the Venture Capital group. Leo Russell served on several boards and acted as principal in a number of investments made by Lehman Brothers Private Equity Group.
Leo Russell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting from Claremont Men's College. Leo Russell also attended the OPM Program and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.