Gardner Russell Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Steven Shallenberger established the Gardner Russell Leadership Endowed Scholarship in 2010 to benefit Utah Valley University students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled in the Woodbury School of Business’s MBA Program. The scholarship honors Gardner Russell and supports leaders and entrepreneurs of the next generation.
Gardner Russell was born on August 12, 1920, in Salt Lake City. He served in the U.S. Army, G-2, M.I.S., during World War II as executive for intelligence to the military attaches in the U.S. embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
Russell was a successful entrepreneur and owner of several businesses while living in Puerto Rico for 20 years. He worked as a business consultant based in Florida from 1973 until his death in 2012. He co-owned and marketed Vu-Flow Filters, and he was an advisor to several boards of directors and trustees, including Southern Virginia University, Institute of Management Consultants CMC, Presbyterian Hospital in Puerto Rico, F.I.T. Aviation, Florida Tech, and Synergy Environmental Company. He co-founded Inter-American University Law School and organized IAU Primary and Secondary Education Schools. He co-organized Fundet training schools throughout Latin America. Active in local and national politics, he was an elected member of the Brevard Republican Executive Committee and was Brevard County chair for Senator Paula Hawkins. He authored four books: “One Small Rough Stone” (autobiography), “The Effective Entrepreneur and How to Make the Bad Guys Finish Last,” “Timely Heroes,” and “Fishing Cleanses the Soul.”
Russell was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities, including as a missionary in Argentina (1940-42), mission president in Uruguay/Paraguay (1970-73), bishop, and regional representative, and he served in Mexico and Central America in the Quorums of the Seventy as a general authority (1986-91). He will always be remembered as a man with a compassionate heart, an easy laugh, and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. He said, “Life is all about service; everything else is just talking.”
Steven Shallenberger is the founder and chair of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership, , a company based on his best-selling book, Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders. He has provided consulting and training for hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of leaders throughout more than countries. He also serves as president of Synergy Companies, a top energy efficiency service company helping Californians drastically reduce energy consumption.