The Charlotte Chapter of the

  Association of Publishers

for Special Sales


President: Russ Van Buren (

Author J.R. (Russ) Van Buren lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife and three children. He currently works for PrimeLending headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  While managing people by day takes much of his time, Russ finds time to write in the evening.  He is currently working on an historical novel about the Lakota warrior Crazy Horse.

Most of his career was working with corporate giants General Electric Company and Bank of America. And while working for GE, Russ was present to witness the most devastating terrorist attack of our time, simply known by the date it happened: 9/11.  Amidst the worst of humanity, the author also witnessed the best of humanity.

9/11 produced a turn in his life, Russ was moved to write, to write about what he had witnessed and about what had changed within himself over the years.  He was moved to share peace and to share joy, with the hope that one mind, thinking clearly can pass along love to another, and so on and so on, until more and more love is expressed and experienced on a broader scale.