Meet Our Team:


Art Russo, Broker/Owner



Art Russo was born in Brooklyn, NY.  He moved to Ohio with his parents and brothers at the age of 12.  After graduating from Whitehall Yearling High School, Art studied business at The Ohio State University.  He has had an active real estate career since 1976.  He began as Ohio's youngest real estate agent at age 19.  Two years later, he became the state's youngest real estate broker.  Art has sold in excess of 650 million dollars worth of real estate over the years.  in his 39+ year career in the industry, he has earned several honors and awards including the CBR 25 Million Sales Award.  

 Art spends his free time with his wife of 35 years, Nancy.  Nancy is the 2017 Franklin Park Conservatory Women's Board President.  They stay busy with summer events.



Rich Russo, Agent

Rich Russo, Art's nephew, moved to Columbus in 1997 to join the brokerage.  Investor, commercial and residential markets are his specialty.  Raised in New York, Rich earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.  He has built an impressive real estate career in his own right.  Rich has sold in excess of 100 million dollars worth of real estate over the past 20 years.  He is the recipient of the CBR 25 Million Dollar Sales Award. 

Rich is active in the Bexley community and is an Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach at Capital University.  He spends his free time with his family.



Jennifer Krohn, Agent

Jennifer grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio.  She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in Art Education.  After 5 years of teaching art and ceramics at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware, she began pursuing her real estate career.  Jennifer has been a licensed Realtor since 2005 and has been working as Rich's assistant for the past 2 years.  

Jen currently lives in Gahanna and enjoys spending her free time with her three energetic young boys.


Barry Katz, Agent

Barry Katz has been a part of the Art Russo Realtors team since 2003.   Born and raised in Columbus, the Eastmoor High and The Ohio State University graduate is no stranger to real estate.  Barry has a background in lending as a residential real estate mortgage broker with M&T Bank and Broadview Mortgage in the early 1990s.  He put his knowledge to work in netting nearly 10 million dollars in real estate sales in just four years.

Barry should be familiar to the Columbus market.  He was a television and radio sportscaster for many years.  In his spare time Barry enjoys listening to and playing music (the drums) and spending time with his dog, Hondo.


Karla Poole, Agent


Karla Poole has developed, organized and implemented several first-time homebuyers' seminars during her real estate career.  She takes great pride in knowing all of the buyer specialty financing programs.  Her dedication to her buyers and sellers shows in the care she takes in finding the perfect area, home and loan for each buyer and the perfect marketing strategy for each seller.

Karla is a native of Central Ohio and graduated from West High School.  She is happily married and spends as much time as possible enjoying family activities.  Karla has been a licensed real estate agent for 18 years.  She is a member of the CBR Million Dollar Club, OAR and NAR.


Tim Gallen, Agent

Tim has been a long-time eastside resident.  He graduated from Bexley HS, attend The Ohio State University and is a member of St. Catherine Parish.

Tim's knowledge of the area and many years of doing business in Central Ohio as the owner of Commercial Guard Systems, an electronic security provider, has given him a good start with an accessible commercial and residential client base.


Katherine (Kara) Niemet, Agent

Kara graduated from Rutherford B. Hayes HS in 2006.   Afterwards she went on to work in retail sales and customer service.  She has been a licensed Realtor since 2013.  Kara especially enjoys working with first-time home buyers and buyers interested in purchasing new builds.  She specializes in the Delaware county market. 

In her spare time, she enjoys doting over her loving husband, Shayne, and their two beloved beagles.


Carlton "CJ" Churchill, Agent

CJ was born in Decatur, GA. He moved to Columbus with his parents in 2004. CJ received his real estate license in 2016 & is being developed and mentored by Rich. Prior to earning his realtor’s license, he studied Political Science and Art at The Ohio State University, making him a true buckeye. A former student himself, Carlton understands and advocates for proper education. He ensures his clients are properly informed on each step of the home purchasing process. This guarantees his clients are in a position to make the best financial and life decision for them. CJ likes to spend his free time with his family and is a part-time photographer/artist.


 Drew Basil, Agent

Drew is originally from Chillicothe, OH.  He moved to Columbus in 2010 to play football for The Ohio State University Buckeyes.  He graduated in 2013 with a degree in Strategic Communication.  Drew has been chasing his dream of playing in the National Football League.  He became a licensed real estate in 2016 and immediately started working for Art Russo Realtors.  Rich Russo has been training Drew since he started working at the brokerage.

 Drew and his wife currently live in Upper Arlington.  He enjoys any free time that he can spend with his wife.