Russ Yelton

Workforce Development & Industry Consultant

Russ Yelton is the president of Yelton and Associates. The firm provides economic development services as well as early stage business solutions. Russ has experience both domestically and internationally and has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs to raise funding and bring their products to a variety of markets.

The firm also has a long history of assisting municipalities with the development of co-work, incubators and accelerators as well as loan funds, student focused entrepreneurial programming as well as shared facilities.

Russ is an active board member with the Arizona Bioscience Association and Pinnacle Transplant Technologies. From January 2015 to December 2017, he served as Chairman of AZBio Board of  Directors and served as Pinnacle Transplant’s CEO from 2014 to 2017.

Prior to joining Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, Yelton was President and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology in Flagstaff, Arizona. Prior to coming to Arizona in 2009, Yelton oversaw the creation of a business incubation program in Asheville, North Carolina in an abandoned 141,000 sq feet former BASF manufacturing plant. That program, located at a community college, included a commercial food kitchen, biotechnology space with wet, dry and core laboratories, light manufacturing and executive offices.

Yelton received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Appalachian State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Western Carolina University and Doctoral studies in Educational Leadership also at WCU.  In addition, he received a European Union Grant in 2008 to complete Evaluation of Sustainability Training from Vienna University of Economics and Business