Benny LaRussa, Jr.


A founding principal of Fenwick Brands, Benny has owned and operated businesses ranging from financial services to industrial distribution to consumer packaged goods. Benny has built a distinguished and respected career around a solid understanding of finance and a keen eye for enterprise value.

His experience has landed him on the Boards of Directors for Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc.; Security Engineers, Inc.; American Pipe and Supply Company, Inc.; First Commercial Bank, a subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama; The Auburn University Foundation and The Crippled Children’s Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of The Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation.

Benny’s expertise is the natural result of long-term professional immersion in banking and finance. He has been a commercial banker with AmSouth Bank (now Regions Bank) and First Commercial Bank in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1991, he co-founded Canterbury Trust Company, Inc., also in Birmingham, which was acquired by Synovus Financial Corporation. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Bruno’s Inc. for 10 years until the company was sold to KKR in 1995. And currently, Benny is the Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Capital Management, a multi-asset holding company.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mr. LaRussa received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Auburn University in 1982 and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham-Southern College in 1986.