Mr. Russo is a licensed architect and MBA with more than 27 years’ experience in the architecture and engineering, real estate and construction industries. He has a consistent history at winning new work, developing successful client relationships and managing challenging projects profitably. Phil has managed offices here in the USA and international offices in the Middle East and China. Additionally, he worked in southern Afghanistan as a civilian contractor designing and master planning base camps for the US Military. His special skills include managing large, remote multi-site, multi-phase programs. He has hands-on project management experience encompassing many industries in all phases of design, construction, site selection, qualification and development.
Phil has held senior leadership and Director level positions in several engineering companies in Chicago. He has chaired several local and national industry related committees and has been an active board member for their former 200-unit, 20-story high rise condominium association.
Phil has worked on hundreds of project properties and was responsible for developing thousands of housing units over his career. Most recently, in China and the Middle East where he developed or helped develop over 1,200 Villas, 9,540 apartments units and created about 11,500 worker labor camp accommodations in Afghanistan.
Dr. Russo has maintained an interest in housing and real estate since 1986 when she interned for the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging, Subcommittee on Housing. Her early interest focused on Senior Housing in both public and private facilities and she volunteered in Philadelphia for the Queen Village Neighborhood Action Committee to renovate the Southwark Plaza Public Housing Project. Her interest in senior living complexes was the primary reason she met her husband, who had come to her office at Temple University to research continuing care retirement homes and soon found himself helping her renovate a townhouse in the historic district of Philadelphia.
After marrying and moving to Chicago, Victoria attended Loyola University Chicago to complete a doctoral degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Aging and Life Course. As an active board member for their 200-unit, 20-story high rise, condominium association, Victoria Russo served as Board Vice President and Finance Committee Chair. The annual operating budget for the condominium complex was nearly $2,000,000.
Presently, Dr. Russo is the Vice President of Southport Management Group, Inc. and Adjunct Professor in Gerontology for Concordia University Chicago Graduate Gerontology Program. Her strengths include market and demographic research, fund raising and investor relations. As a sociologist and ethnographic researcher, Victoria has been trained to look for social and economic clues in everyday surroundings; a skill that is very useful for recognizing trends in emerging markets.
During her time working in the non-profit world of aging services and volunteering with the Junior League Chicago, Victoria developed strong project planning, management, presentation, and fund-raising skills. Dr. Russo is well versed in fair housing laws, tenant relations and property management.