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Brandon honored with prestigious award

Posted Apr 12, 2013


(From left to right: Michael Goonan, Board Chair, Russ Brandon, Bills President and CEO, and Dr. Bain.)

There aren’t many who graduate college from the place they love and have the chance to live out their career with the organization they have admired since they were a child. Not many, other than Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon.

Brandon was honored Thursday evening by his alma mater, St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY, with the School of Business’ Excellence in Business and Management Award. The presentation was made at their annual dinner.

The prestigious award recognizes alumni members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and managerial accomplishments in business, significant accomplishments in the field of management, a record of community involvement and a commitment to the college, all qualifications the Bills President and CEO meets.

“It is a real honor,” said Brandon. “Obviously, to be recognized tonight by the St. John Fisher community and the Rochester community, which means much to me personally. I am very humbled and deeply honored to share the stage with some people that I am friendly with in the community, and some of the past recipients like Vic Salerno and Bill Pellicano, who I am very close with. To be even mentioned with those people means a lot to me.”

It’s been a busy four months for Brandon. His legacy at One Bills Drive continued New Year’s Day when Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. elevated him to President and CEO of the team.

In his new role, Brandon has promised the team would be a “forward thinking, progressive, attacking organization heading into the future.” Moving forward into the new era, no stone will be unturned and with Brandon at the helm, the Bills organization will continue to rise and compete at “world-class level.”

Brandon is a leader through and through. He leads to win and strives for continued success both on and off the field. He knows that winning is the only way.

 “The only way we’re going to show our fans that we’re serious is to prove that we’re serious and win more games,” he said. “That’s the reality of it. But as I promised earlier to our fans, we will not stop until we get it right. Now I’m in a position where I get to evaluate the evaluators. I’m in a position where I get to evaluate every single thing we do in this organization and if I don’t like it, we’re going to change it and we’re going to do every single thing we can to build this organization into a championship club and also a franchise that has sustained success.”