Don Russ became a certified public accountant and community volunteer because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his role model— his father.
Russ grew up in Glendale and earned his master's degree at UCLA in 1963. Immediately after graduation, he joined his father's business, Russ & Allcroft, A CPA firm, on Brand Boulevard in Glendale. He's worked there ever since.
"My dad was a CPA, and kids at that age looked at what their parents did," Russ said. "Although my dad passed away in 1987, there's a big satisfaction in knowing that I kept up his business, and now it's doing as well as ever. I love it here."
Outside work, Russ has given back to the community — just like Dad. Although he said he doesn't volunteer nearly as much as others in Glendale, Russ has been involved in several groups.
After he graduated from UCLA, Russ joined the Glendale JCs, a group of young businessmen that he said did more community service than any other organization at the time.