Russ Vernon has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Prior to co-founding BVM Capital with Ross Barrett, he served as President of Commerce Capital Markets and Director of Investment Operations at Warburg Pincus Asset Management.

In the public sector, Russ retired as a full Colonel in the Army National Guard where he served in numerous positions including  Commander of the 1st Battalion 69th Infantry “The Fighting 69th” and Inspector General of the 42nd Infantry Division.  Among his numerous military decorations are the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. His badges include the Expert Infantryman Badge, Air Assault and Airborne Wings and the coveted Ranger Tab.

Mr. Vernon holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He serves on the boards of numerous companies as well as on the Board of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.