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Russ Gottesman is founder of Dayton OH based Commuter Advertising  www.commuter-advertising.com and General Sales Manager at CCM+E’s San Francisco office. CA, the first and exclusive provider of location and timed based audio sponsorship messages that play on public transportation vehicles. Russ oversees new market development and building the Commuter Advertising sales teams in each market. Commuter Advertising operates ten advertising contracts in eight cities and is in the process of expanding domestically and internationally. The company has been featured in the NY Times, Mass Transit Magazine, Passenger Transport, the Dayton Business Journal and a number of online magazines. At CCM+E, Russ works with a talented group of managers to oversee seven SF radio, online and integrated media stations.  A passionate entrepreneur and businessman who believes that executing your plan in an ethical way will lead to the success you plan for.

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In 2011, Russ Gottesman joined DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business as a Clinical Instructor as part of the esteemed Strategy, Execution and Valuation Center. He works with Dr. Frigo on research focusing on the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship. Learn More


Prior to founding Commuter Advertising, Russ managed offices at Westwood One and CBS Radio in Chicago. He won the Soin Award for Innovation as well as two business plan competitions at DePaul University and the University of Dayton. He has an MBA at DePaul University with a double concentration in Strategy, Valuation and Execution (SEV) and Entrepreneurship. Russ also sits on the advisory board of the University of Dayton’s Crotty School of Entrepreneurship. Learn More


Russ is also an accomplished speaker who focuses his speeches on:

  • The Power of Entrepreneurs
  • The Power of Entrepreneurship In The Corporate World
  • How Start Ups Can Ethically Maximize Wealth
  • Building Company Culture From The Ground Up
  • Taking Your Idea To Market

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Volunteer of The Year UD Crotty Center For Entrepreneurship
  • 2012 Keynote Speaker UD Crotty Center For Entrepreneurship
  • 2012 40 Under 40: Dayton Business Journal
  • 2011-12 UD Micro Company Entrepreneurial Panelist
  • 2011 Soin Innovation Award Winner
  • 2010 University of Dayton Business Plan First Place Winner
  • 2009 NY Times Calls CA One of Top Student Ideas Of The Year
  • 2009-12 DePaul Business Plan Competition Judge & Guest Speaker
  • 2008 Launch DePaul Business Plan First Place Winner
  • 2008 City of Chicago Business Plan Competition Finalist Learn More