Russ Keene is a Special Adviser to Fipra International in Texas as well as a partner in Crossnore Group and The Monument Group, both public affairs/business advisory firms in Austin.Russ expertise includes public affairs advocacy strategy, corporate positioning and media relations. Russ launched his consultancies in 2008 after leading the Austin office of global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller for five and one-half years. At Burson and at the Washington-based international business advisory firm Kissinger-McLarty Associates, Russ advised some of the countrys leading brands on business development, M & A counsel, communications and government relations strategy throughout the Western Hemisphere. Russ earlier career included communications and government relations positions in Texas and Washington with Aetna, American Gas Association and Enserch Corp. He also served as a staff member in the Texas House of Representatives and he has held management positions in Texas attorney general, state legislative and President George H.W. Bush campaigns. He is a sixth generation native of Dallas and studied at Georgetown University and The University of Texas at Austin.