Leo Russell headshot

Leo Russell

CEO & Managing Partner
Pride Global

Leo Russell founded Pride Technologies in 1983 with a focus on providing IT services to financial institutions. As Pride continued to grow, Leo began to diversify the business that is now recognized today as an integrated human capital services firm. Pride is a minority owned firm specializing in vendor management, payroll services, business process optimization, attorney and leadership development and complete staffing services for both direct hire and contingent labor solutions. Additionally, Pride employs 3000 associates over a broad geographic reach with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, India and Brazil. According to Crain’s New York Business, Pride is the largest minority owned vendor management and staffing firm and the 5th largest minority-owned company in the New York Area.


In addition to his responsibilities at Pride, Leo also held senior leadership positions at Young & Rubicam and Lehman Brothers. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Claremont Men’s College. He also attended the OPM Program and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He enjoys competitive sports, continuous learning and spending time with his wife and three children in Connecticut.

Mike Krieger

Michael B. Krieger Sr.

Managing Director
Pride Technologies, Ohio

As a managing director of Pride Technologies, Michael Krieger provides clients with unrivaled expertise in business process refinement and performance consulting. As an expert facilitator and service consultant, Mr. Krieger has partnered with many companies to advance their approaches to Project Management, Networking, Help Desk, Procurement, and End User service delivery models.


Mr. Krieger entered the IT industry in 1988 as a service sales consultant with Pomeroy Resources, Inc. In 1994, he joined SARCOM, Inc. as a district sales specialist to assist in the growth of service sales and account acquisition. In 1995, Mr. Krieger was promoted to Sales Manager for the organization and, in 1997, was promoted to District Manager. In 2003, he was appointed Regional Vice President for the southern region of SARCOM, Inc.


Prior to beginning his professional sales consulting career, Mr. Krieger attended the University of Cincinnati. Today, he is a trained facilitator for process workshops in the IBM J.A.D. methodology. He has developed his skills as a sales professional in Miller Heiman’s Strategic and Conceptual methodologies and maintains several sales certifications with leading manufacturers in the IT industry.