President & Founder
In 1984, he founded RCA Group, which has done extensive work in professional tennis, action sports and touring shows. Under his direction, RCA Group produced ten (10) International Davis Cup Tennis events for the United States Tennis Association, including two (2) World Finals. In addition, the company produced eight (8) Fed Cup competitions and assisted in producing Davis Cup World Finals with the International Tennis Association in 10 countries. Under his leadership, RCA Group has assisted ESPN with the production of every Summer X and Winter X Games since 1995, including the new Global X Games in five countries around the world.
Russ and the company has also managed and marketed major entertainment facilities including the opening of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and served as a marketing consultant to Kansas City’s major entertainment facilities.
In 2002, Russ started Image Impact, a web-based technology company that redefined sponsorship measurement and brand value within mass media programming and sponsorships. Its clients included ESPN/ABC, Fox Broadcasting, Major League Baseball, major brands and others. Cline sold Image Impact to Repucom in December, 2011 and continued as a consultant through 2013.
Russ began his career in the sports industry in 1974 as the Director of Promotions and Marketing for the NFL’s Kansas City Football Chiefs Football Club. He was instrumental with the league and teams in pioneering in-stadium game production, marketing and the growth of NFL football. During those years he produced major stadium concerts, including the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson Picnic, Michael Jackson Victory Tour to name a few.
Russ was managing partner of United Sports of America which presented 1200 motorsports events a year in arenas and stadiums in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia from 1984-1998 and co-founded a professional indoor lacrosse league, now known as the National Lacrosse League and has been active in the game of lacrosse for 25 years. He is in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the New York Boys Club All Sports Hall of Fame with some of the most famous names in sports.
Russ and his wife Melanie have been married for 32 years. He has three married children: Ryan Cline, Lisa Boehm and Lori Mosier and nine grandchildren. He enjoys traveling and is involved with many activities in the Kansas City community, served as a trustee of William Jewell College and volunteers to a number of local charities.