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October 21, 2016
Russo Leaving Smith River Sports Complex

Billy Russo, Director of Operations, resigning from position at SRSC 

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Billy Russo, the long-time Director of Operations for the Smith River Sports Complex, will resign from his position effective Friday, November 4, 2016.

Russo has served on the staff of the SRSC since January 2008, three months before ground was broken on the facility, and will be leaving to advance his career as he is taking a position outside of the area.

"It is with mixed emotions that I leave the SRSC and the Martinsville-Henry County community," Russo said. "I have grown up professionally and, in many ways, personally in this community over the last nine years. Words can't express how much the people in this area have meant to me and my family. We will take the memories that we created here with us for the rest of our lives. The work that we were able to accomplish here with the community partnerships in establishing the SRSC as a premier sports tourist destination as well as an important community asset for our local residents is something that I will always be proud of and everyone in this community should be as well."

Since 2008, Russo has helped the Complex go from hosting only soccer events to hosting over 14 different sports. He has also brought in over 15 events that generate hotel nights each year compared to only two in 2009 when the Complex opened.

"Billy has been a tremendous asset to the Smith River Sports Complex and to our community," said Jimmy McGarry, SRSC Board of Directors chairman. "It is not an exaggeration to say that SRSC would not be the jewel that it is today without Billy Russo. He has worked tirelessly to bring events to the Complex and to provide a first-class experience to all of the players, spectators, and event organizers who come to SRSC. Through his efforts, SRSC generates an economic impact to our area of over $4 Million per year, and thousands of visitors each year return to their homes with a positive image of Martinsville-Henry County. We will certainly miss him here, but we wish all the best for Billy and his family."

The 2012 recipient of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional of the Year award, also oversaw the addition of field six, as well as the addition of The Big Dipper Water Slide and driving range this past summer. The Smith River Sports Complex also became the first site in Virginia to host a NJCAA National Championship in 2015 when it hosted the NJCAA Division I Men's Soccer National Championship.

"My family and I have thought long and hard about this change and we came to the conclusion that this is the best move for our family," Russo said.

The SRSC Board of Directors will implement a plan to address the vacancy in the near future. For more information regarding the Complex, please visit www.SmithRiverSportsComplex.com. For any questions, contact Houston Stutz, director of marketing, at 276-638-5200 ext. 2 or hstutz@smithriversportscomplex.com.