Russell (Russ) Becker is the chief executive officer and president of APi Group Inc., one of the largest specialty contractors in North America. Since Russ was named president in 2002, APi Group has strategically acquired more than 50 independently managed life safety, energy, specialty construction and infrastructure companies and has grown to over $3 billion in annual sales. Russ’ continued commitment to overall excellence has inspired APi Group to create a culture of leadership by building an exceptional learning and development program, a highly selective Leader Development Program and an award-winning veteran’s hiring program.
After graduation from Michigan Technological University with his bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering, Russ began his career as a field engineer with Cherne Contracting. He moved on to become a project manager for Ryan Companies during the construction of the Greenfield Recycled Paper Mill project for Liberty Paper. Upon completion of this project he joined APi Group’s subsidiary, The Jamar Company, in Duluth, Minnesota. He started as manager of construction and was named president in 1998, where he served until joining APi Group in 2002.
He previously served as a member of Dunwoody Institute’s board of trustees. He is the former chair of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota board of directors, current chair of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Foundation board of directors and serves on the Children's Governance board of directors. He also serves on the advisory board for the Construction Management Program at Michigan Technological University and the board for the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT). Russ is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Minnesota Business Partnership and Greater MSP. Russ resides with his wife, Trish, and three sons in Dellwood, Minnesota.