Russ Hafferkamp is a former NCAA athlete, CEO of the Athlete Career Network, Inc. and Managing Director of Career Athletes, LLC. Russ is recognized as a leader and coach in the career planning of high school, collegiate and elite athletes and author of ‘CareerBall: The Sport Athletes Play When They’re Through Playing Sports’. Russ has been a speaker at major corporations and leading universities and has been featured in mainstream and sports industry media for his pioneering success in this area. He currently has a private career counseling and coaching practice, providing advice and counsel to over 400 former collegiate and elite athletes as they navigate a successful transition from sports to the working world.
As a business executive with over 20 years heading a variety of market-leading technology and consumer-product companies, Russ has managed the human resource development of thousands of sales, service, finance, operations, science, and technical employees for large and start-up companies. Today, Career Athletes (www.careerathletes.com) is the leading provider of a wide range of career development training, education, job placement and alumni athlete networking services within collegiate athletics. Since 1998, over 240,000 athletes in every sport, from over 1,200 individual colleges and universities nationwide, have utilized Career Athletes as a valuable tool in their transition from athletics to the workplace.