Russ Sykes


"I have learned over the course of my career to anticipate change. Things change more often than we tend to expect-be prepared."

Russ, a managing partner and part of a three-person leadership team for SmithGroupJJR, leads our 10 offices with a focus on improving our project delivery process and performance. He's a recognized authority in technically complex projects and says he's learned to "anticipate change. Things change more often that we tend to expect."  One of these changes has been SmithGroupJJR's expansion into Shanghai, China, where Russ has also taken on the responsibility of leading China operations.

Lucky for us, Russ didn't follow his second career choice. "At one time, I thought seriously about becoming an oceanographer," he reveals. He would still like to learn to scuba dive, something he might be able to combine with another interest: traveling. "Australia and Antarctica are the two remaining continents that I need to check off from my ‘bucket list,'" he notes.

Firm Leader, Advanced Technologies

Professional Credentials
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Professional Engineer (PE)

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