IN HONOR OF THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF BENJAMIN RUSSELL
(Extensions of Remarks - January 29, 2018)

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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 19 (Monday, January 29, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E106-E107]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




           IN HONOR OF THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF BENJAMIN RUSSELL

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                            HON. MIKE ROGERS

                               of alabama

                    in the house of representatives

                        Monday, January 29, 2018

  Mr. ROGERS of Alabama. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 80th 
birthday of Benjamin Russell.
  Mr. Russell is the Chairman of Russell Lands, Inc. He is married to 
Luanne Radney Russell and has one daughter, Adelia (Dedie) Russell 
Hendrix.
  Mr. Russell started working summer jobs at Russell Corporation, a 
large textile firm in Alabama that was founded by his grandfather in 
1902. He attended Mercer University and the University of Alabama and 
served in the Air National Guard--280th ANG, Maxwell Air Force Base. 
After college and active duty training in the Air National Guard, he 
was employed by Russell Corporation as a management trainee.
  In 1970, he because president of Russell Lands, Inc., a private 
company owned by the Russell family. Russell Lands, Inc. had previously 
been a land and timber company, but has since become a diverse 
organization with more than 500 employees and is recognized as 
Alabama's largest recreational development company.
  Mr. Russell is a member of the Business Council of Alabama, Alexander 
City Area Chamber of Commerce, First United Methodist Church and Willow 
Point Golf and Country Club.
  Mr. Russell has been recognized for many honors and awards including: 
Alabama Humanities Award 2016; Heart of the House Award given by Ronald 
McDonald House Charities of Alabama--2010; The Children's Advocate 
Award/Margie Curry Lifetime

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Achievement Award--2009; Inducted into The Alabama Business Hall of 
Fame--2008; Indian Springs School's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year--
2003; CARE Philanthropist of the Year--2000; Member, Alabama Academy of 
Honor--1997; Outstanding Philanthropist in Alabama--1994; First CARE 
World Humanitarian Award--1990; Alexander City Man of the Year--1975.
  Mr. Russell turned 80 on January 18, 2018.
  Mr. Speaker, please join me in wishing Mr. Russell a very happy 80th 
birthday.

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