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Role Model

Shelby Russ

AOS Interior Environments

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Shelby Russ is the President and CEO of AOS Interior Environments. His profound understanding of the critical relationship between space and human needs is a reflection of his 39 years of industry experience and close ties to the architectural and design community.

Shelby’s vision of serving the industry with honesty, integrity, and putting relationships first is the foundation of AOS company culture. Under his leadership, AOS thrives and is the largest provider of commercial furniture, manufactured construction, and storage solutions across the region, supporting 92 full-time employees in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Jackson, Mississippi. Each year, his team successfully executes more than 400 projects over a million square feet across 10 states.

Shelby applies his forward-thinking business ideals towards building a better community. AOS contributes more than $250,000 annually to the arts and culture of New Orleans through in-kind gifts and donations. Recently, the company proudly served as the Title Sponsor for Young Leadership Council’s 2018 Wednesday at the Square season.

Shelby serves on the New Orleans Architecture Foundation Board (NOAF), working to enhance public appreciation of New Orleans’ unique architectural history. He is the former Chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO Gold), and continues to contribute to numerous industry advisory councils. Shelby served on the Board of Directors for Young Aspirations Young Artists (YAYA) for more than 10 years, an organization that empowers artistically-talented youth to be professionally self-sufficient. As YAYA Board President, he played an integral role in leading the organization’s capital campaign to build the YAYA Arts Center, which currently stands on LaSalle Street as a resource for talented New Orleans youth.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography