Russell names Matt Sayre chief operating officer

Russell Matt Sayre

Russell, a Midwest-based commercial construction and real estate development firm, has named Matt Sayre as its chief operating officer.

Mr. Sayre will oversee operations in all three markets, including the Quad Cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, according to a news release from Russell. He also will help Russell execute its strategic plan, ensure operations align with overall business objectives, and help to mentor and develop the next generation of leaders within the organization. 

“This is an exciting time at Russell,” Caitlin Russell, the company’s president, said in the release. “Matt brings construction and development experience and leadership mastery to the chief operating officer role. 

“After a yearlong search to fill this pivotal role, we are honored that Matt is relocating his family to the Quad Cities. We are eager to welcome him to Russell, strengthen our operational teams with his guidance, and engage him in our mission to build great people, relationships and communities.”

Mr. Sayre has more than 24 years of experience in the construction industry, serving in roles spanning executive leadership, project management and business development, according to the release. Prior to joining Russell, he most recently served as vice president of construction operations for multi-family and senior living at Ryan Companies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he oversaw more than $1.4 billion in projects.

“I am absolutely thrilled to begin this exciting new chapter in my career by joining the Russell team,” Mr. Sayre said in the release. 

“In my search for the ideal professional home, I had three key criteria in mind. I wanted to be part of a family-owned and operated firm with a stellar reputation for prioritizing customers and consistently doing what’s right. I sought an organization that genuinely values its employees at every level. And, most importantly, I needed to find a place that shares my deep passion for real estate, regardless of the scope of services we offer on any given project. 

“Russell embodies all these qualities, making it the perfect place for me to support the team and my personal growth.” 

Mr. Sayre holds a Bachelor of Science in construction management from Minnesota State University, along with numerous other accolades, including being named as a Building Design & Construction Magazine 40 under 40 honoree in 2021. He also is a certified Eagle Scout.

For more information about Russell, visit its website

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