24 Team MVP's, Top Athletes and Scholar-Athletes Recognized at 2012 Senior Honors Luncheon
Russ Ramsey, was a four-year baseball letterwinner ('78-81). As a starting infielder and outfielder for the entire four years, he achieved a .309 career batting average and captained the Colonials in his senior year. In his sophomore season, Ramsey played a leading role in GW's Eastern Eight and East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship season in 1979, which culminated in an at-large bid for the Colonials, their first NCAA baseball appearance in 20 years. Ramsey enjoyed his finest season at GW in '81, when he batted .343, led the team with a .474 on-base percentage, and broke four long-standing Colonials records, including most stolen bases in a single season--previously held by former major leaguer and GW Athletic Hall of Famer Sam Perlozzo.
Following his success as a student-athlete at GW, Ramsey joined Pitney-Bowes, where he became a leading salesperson for an unprecedented four consecutive years for the Fortune 100 company. In 1989, Ramsey co-founded the investment firm of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Company. As the largest investment banking firm in Washington, DC, Friedman, Billings Ramsey & Co. has gained national recognition as a leader in the local financial market industry.
Ramsey is the chairman of the GW Board of Trustees and continues to exhibit his service, support and loyalty at GW's athletic and academic programs as an active participant within the Department of Athletics and the School of Business. Ramsey came to George Washington from Suitland (MD) High School in 1977. He and his wife, Norma, reside in Great Falls, VA, with their two children, Bailey and Eric.