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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet Commissioner Ken Russell at Rotary luncheon

The guest speaker at the next Coconut Grove Rotary luncheon is Ken Russell, newly elected City of Miami Commissioner for District 2. 

Commissioner Russell is an International Business Executive and has done business in over 40 countries. Born at Doctor's Hospital, Ken went to school in Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne.  While in high school he went to the National Junior Olympics for pole vault and still holds the school record.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After college he went into the family business.  His father developed the modern yo-yo and Ken was responsible for international sales. Currently, he is the co-founder of a wholesale distribution company that sells water sports gear. 

An activist for a better quality of life, he led the cleanup efforts for Merrie Christmas Park and founded an event that raised $125,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. His priorities include forward-thinking transit solutions, smart development, reducing homelessness, prioritizing green space, and developing affordable housing initiatives in the City of Miami.

Commissioner Russell lives in Coconut Grove with his wife and three children. He will discuss his plans for the future of Coconut Grove. 

The luncheon is Thursday, January 14, at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club (2990 South Bayshore Drive) at 12:15 pm.  The cost for lunch is $20.

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