Russ Colchamiro – Teke of the Week

Russ Colchamiro was a member of the Phi Class Fall 1989. He was an active member, including one year as the chapter’s Treasurer. He graduated with a B.S. in Secondary English Education.

Russ at 1992 RCB

After his student teaching days in Buffalo, Russ traveled throughout Europe — including his final semester abroad in Manchester, England — and upon his return launched a career in the media. He spent several years as a medical journalist and editor, and after launching a consultancy, returned to the magazine business as the Executive Editor of Commercial Property News, covering the commercial real estate industry nationwide.

Since then he made the switch to public relations and corporate communications. He worked in-house for CB Richard Ellis, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, and now as a key executive with a specialty communications firm, represents several real estate companies, including Colliers International, the world’s third largest real estate services organization.

Russ is married to Liz, and has twin babies, Nathan Andrew and Abby Hannah, who were born in August 2010. He also has a fun-loving dog named Simon who looks out for the twins as if they were his very own. They live in Forest Hills, Queens.

Russ is now set to launch his first novel, the humorous sci-fi romp Finders Keepers.

For fans of goofy science fiction and fantasy classics such as Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, plus TV shows and movies such as LOST, Quantum Leap, Eureka and The Big Bang Theory, Finders Keepers mixes comic-book style and chapter-to-chapter cliffhangers with humor, pathos, outrageous characters and time-bending, galaxy-twisting pratfalls.

On a backpacking trip through Europe, New Yorker Jason Medley and New Zealander Theo Barnes stumble through hash bars and hangovers; religious zealots and stalkers; food poisoning and thunderstorms; cute girls; overnight trains—and the specter of adult responsibility!

But when a jar of the Universe’s DNA falls from Eternity, these new friends find their loyalties put to the test … unaware that a motley crew from another realm is chasing them across the globe, with the fate of the Milky Way hanging in the balance.

Here are some recent reviews:

“‘Yes’ to Finders Keepers! Russ Colchamiro created a witty, edgy, funny, and adventurous world filled with action, romance and inspiration! Finders Keepers is a great reminder to live life to the fullest !” – Rob Magnotti, Comedian, Late Show with David Letterman

“In Finders Keepers Russ Colchamiro invites the reader on an exciting and truly mad cap journey. An engaging story that entertains with effervescence. Fantasia in print!” -Thomas O’Callaghan, international best-selling author of Bone Thief and The Screaming Room

“An unpredictable tale of cosmic mayhem, fascinating characters, and universal secrets. Finders Keepers proves Colchamiro is a true original.” – James Chambers, author of Resurrection House and The Midnight Hour

For more about Finders Keepers, visit, where you’ll find almost a dozen character illustrations and the history of those characters, plus a Q&A about Finders Keepers, how the novel came to be and his partnership with the publisher and cover artist, award-winning comic book creator Rich Koslowski.

Published by 3 Finger Print, Finders Keepers will debut at the NY Comic-Com October 8-10 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, and will be available for sale online through 3 Finger Prints.

Russ with his wife Liz

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One Response to Russ Colchamiro – Teke of the Week

  1. Way to go Frater Russ, Here’s to much success with the book, Hope to see you at Alumni Weekend.

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