Meet Russ


Russ Farmer was born in Longmont, Colorado and is a 4th generation Coloradan. Both his father and mother graduated from Eastlake High School (now a part of Adams County School District 12) where Russ’ grandfather was, at the time, the superintendent of schools.

Russ grew up on a farm near Johnstown Colorado where he learned a valuable work ethic as a young farm hand with his two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado, Colorado University, CU (BS in Aerospace Engineering) and University of Northern Colorado, UNC (BS and MSBA in Business with emphasis in accounting and finance).

Russ paid his own way through college working initially in dormitories as a food server, then washing pots and pans, and later as a student cook. In summers and over school breaks he worked for his father on the farm, as a laboratory technician at the local sugar factory and during graduate school as a college instructor teaching Introduction to Operations Research.

Between his college years at CU and UNC Russ spent 2 years of active duty with the Colorado Air National Guard (CANG) serving in Viet Nam for 11 months when his CANG unit was activated. While serving in Viet Nam he spent 5 days of R&R (authorized Rest and Relaxation) in Hawaii where he met and married his high school sweetheart. Together they raised 4 children (3 boys and a girl) all of whom graduated from Adams County District 12 high schools. In 2014 Russ lost his wife of 45 years to cancer. He is now happily married to Nada Farmer and together they have seven children and eight grandchildren.

Upon graduation from college Russ joined Arthur Andersen & Co., an international “Big Eight” accounting firm where he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After leaving Arthur Andersen, Russ accepted positions as a Corporate Controller and later as the Chief Financial Officer with a very rapidly growing small business (Computer Technology Associates, CTA) that provided system engineering services to the Department of Defense. In 1988 Russ left CTA and started his own consulting firm providing financial, managerial, contract management and strategic planning services to small business government contractors. In 2012, Russ merged his consulting business with another firm and accepted a position as Executive Vice President of an early consulting client (ADA Technologies, Inc.) where he continues to be employed today.

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