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Russ Gambrel

Managing Director
Richmond, VA

Russ is a CPA with over 22 distinguished years of accounting, auditing and information systems experience. He has spent the last ten years working with a who’s-who list of Virginia-based start-ups and large companies consulting extensively as both a fractional CFO and Controller. Prior to moving to Virginia, Russ tracked countless miles from his start in Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. leading both small and large companies in their Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts. Before joining the private sector, Russ worked and lived in the European theater as a Budget Director with the DOD. Additionally, he is a former University Accounting and Finance instructor whose Masters studies in Information Systems focused on relational database design.

Russ’s exceptional strength lies in his extensive industry knowledge, which spans a diverse range including startups, nonprofits, insurance, manufacturing, government, and the entertainment industry. This broad understanding uniquely positions him as a highly effective accounting consultant. His ability to navigate the intricacies of various sectors allows Russ to offer comprehensive insights and tailored financial solutions to meet the specific needs of each industry. Whether establishing foundational accounting and reporting infrastructure or implementing robust processes, Russ leverages his wealth of industry experience to ensure accuracy, compliance, and strategic financial management. This multifaceted expertise not only sets him apart but also enables him to excel in providing invaluable financial guidance across different business landscapes.


  • Entertainment
  • Nonprofit
  • Insurance
  • Private equity/venture capital
  • Tech startup
  • Telecommunications
  • Defense
  • Public accounting/SEC reporting

softwares & systems

  • Great Plains
  • NetSuite
  • SAGE
  • Quickbooks (Enterprise & Online)
  • SAP
  • PeopleSoft

Education, Licenses & Certifications

  • B.B.A., Accounting, Baylor University
  • CPA (Texas)


As Manager of Financial Reporting, Russ was Thalhimer’s recipient of the Spirit Award (given to a single employee globally and company-wide each year). He was instrumental in the implementation of new software and turning around a stumbling accounting department.

While serving the DOD as a Budget Director in Rota, Spain, Russ was responsible for oversight of all accounting functions for a multitude of departments. He was nominated for a civilian service award.