North Central College - Naperville, IL

Russell Wilson

Class Year: 
1963

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 1993

Russell Wilson is president and founder of Jeffrey Russell Inc., also known as Koontz Hardware. He started this family business back in 1978 as an old-fashioned hardware store, selling everything from dishes to power tools, in the center of Hollywood, Calif. In 2002, Wilson ventured into a new business in addition to the hardware store. Along with a partner, Wilson created a company called FFA making designer toilet handles and towel bar/bath accessories. They developed a patented “designer” line of toilet flush handles, which compliment other items, such as designer drawer pulls now found in home fashion stores like Expo and The Great Indoors.