Russ Brandon was appointed CEO of the Buffalo Bills by Bills owner Ralph Wilson in January 2010.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently appointed Brandon to the Business Ventures Committee, which is responsible for the oversight of various league businesses, including consumer products, sponsorship and marketing. He is also a member of the Best Practices Committee, assisting in the development of new business strategies for the league.
Brandon served as Bills COO and general manager from 2008-09, directing the team’s day-to-day operations. He spearheaded an effort to improve the Bills game day experience for fans, and led the organization to its only back-to-back years of 55,000-plus season ticket sales. He oversaw the 2008 NFL Draft, when the Bills selected Rookie-of-the-Year candidate cornerback Leodis McKelvin, offensive tackle Demetrius Bell and wide receiver Steve Johnson. In 2009, he was instrumental in securing six current starting members on the Bill’s roster through the draft and free agency, including defensive back Jairus Byrd, center/guard Eric Wood, guard Andy Levitre, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, cornerback Drayton Florence and running back Fred Jackson. Brandon also oversaw the signing of wide receiver Terrell Owens, who led all Bills receivers in receptions and receiving yards while climbing into second place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list with 1,006.
Brandon served as the Bill’s executive vice president of business operations from 2007-08. He developed a strong base of strategic business and community partners as well as programs that have helped the team connect with its fans. He and his staff also established the Bills Toronto Series.
He was vice president of business development and marketing from 1999-2006. He and his staff finalized the foundation of the regionalization plan by relocating the Bills’ training camp to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., where the team has continually ranked among the NFL’s best in training camp attendance.
Brandon joined the Bills in 1997 as executive director of business development and marketing after earning a World Series ring as a member of the Florida Marlins front office. He began his sports business career as a member of the Rochester Red Wings, serving in many capacities, including assistant general manager.
He received a Forty Under 40 Award from SportsBusiness Journal.