18 Questions With Doug Russ, Our Newest Financial Services Professional

We are proud to announce Doug Russ has joined our group of Financial Services Professionals in our Brentwood office! Doug brings a wealth of experience and insight to this role and with access to our broad product line, service and tools, he can help you build solid financial solutions for today, tomorrow, and years to come. Doug graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy, along with an M.A. in Philosophy from New York University. He and his wife Leslie live in Spring Hill with their 12-year old triplets: Austin, Madeleine, and Aidan. We are excited to welcome Doug to the Capital Financial Group Family and we sat down with him to get to know him a bit better.  

  1. Why financial services?

I was a professional chef for over twenty years, during which time I worked in several restaurants and owned a catering business. I was passionate about the hospitality industry because it allowed me to serve others and bring people together through food. When my wife had our triplets, I chose to be a stay at home dad for their first five years. While I wouldn’t trade that time for anything, once they started school I was ready to pursue a new career with new challenges. Financial services spoke to me because I saw that it would give me the opportunity to serve people in another meaningful way, through helping them build a sound and sustainable future.

  1. What philanthropic efforts, organizations or titles are you involved with?

I am an active member in both the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station, a volunteer with Second Harvest Foodbank of Middle Tennessee, and a Volunteer Leader with Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts of America.

  1. Where are you from originally? What do you like about it?

I’m originally from Newport News, Virginia, but I have lived in North Carolina, New York, and Ohio as well.  One of the best things about Newport News is access to blue crabs, oysters, and scallops freshly harvested from the Chesapeake Bay!

  1. What are your hobbies/interests?

As a father of triplets, I don’t have a lot of free time for my own hobbies.  You will regularly find me at an area field for Madeleine’s softball games, Ford Ice Center for Aidan’s hockey practices and games, or on a hike or campout with Aidan and Austin’s Boy Scout Troop.  I love cooking, reading, fishing, hiking, camping, playing guitar, and catching local concerts or sporting events – especially the Predators!

  1. What is something you are really good at?

Trivia! For some reason I remember odd facts about a lot of different things.

  1. What would you love to be able to do better?

If I had more time I would love to improve my woodworking skills.  The act of building something yourself is incredibly satisfying.

  1. What’s your favorite part about Nashville?

Access to great restaurants, concerts, and professional sports alongside beautiful state parks, hiking trails, and lakes. 

  1. Who do you most admire?

The person I most admire is my dad. He’s always led by example, listened intently, provided sound advice, and shown me that you must work hard for anything that you truly want.

  1. What is the weirdest thing you like to eat?

I love sea urchin (uni) sushi. It must be very fresh though, which can be hard to find.

  1. What was your very first job?

When I was about 12, several of my friends had off road motorcycles or dirt bikes that they rode on nearby trails.  When I asked my parents for one, they told me that I could get it if I earned the money to buy it myself. I quickly decided I’d start a lawncare business, so I printed up a flyer and handed it out around the neighborhood.  I also started delivering the newspaper.  It took me about 6 months to buy my first dirt bike. 

  • Who inspires you?

My wife and kids inspire me to be a better husband, father, and person.

  • If you could customize a concert lineup, who would play?

Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, and Jamie Johnson would be great!

  • What is your favorite place in the world?

I love to be on the water!  I’m particularly fond of Southern coastal cities with history and character such as New Orleans, Savannah, and Charleston.

  • What is your favorite family tradition?

We always spend New Year’s Eve at home together as a family, with an eclectic menu of party food and a couple of movies. We put on our party hats, let the kids drink sparkling juice out of champagne flutes, and ring in the new year together.

  • What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Miracle, which tells the story of Herb Brooks and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team at Lake Placid.

  • What is your favorite book?

I love to read and choosing a single book as my favorite is extremely difficult. I’d have to say that Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier is at the top.  I was fortunate enough to have him as an English Professor when he was at North Carolina State University, prior to authoring the book.

  • The best part of waking up is?

The best part of waking up is making a cup of coffee and taking our new puppy for a walk before everyone else in the family gets up.

  • If you weren’t a financial planner, what would be your dream job?

My dream would be to start a non-profit dedicated to teaching those less fortunate, homeless, or unemployed, how to cook, serve, or build their own hospitality-based business.