Chief Executive Officer, H.J. Russell & Company
Michael Russell was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of H.J. Russell & Company in October 2003 succeeding his father, Herman Russell, who founded the company in 1952 and led it for 50 years. A 30-year veteran of the construction and real estate development industry, Michael is charged with leading the company to greater heights as it embarks on its next 50 years. The company’s operational focus is in construction and program management, real estate development and property management.
Known as an innovative thinker and manager who empowers employees to bring fresh perspectives to their jobs, Michael’s talents are well-aligned with the company’s operational management structure, which encourages entrepreneurial efforts.
Michael is also Vice Chairman of Concessions International, an innovator in the airport food and beverage concessions industry. He is actively involved in the strategic direction and growth initiatives of Concessions International. The Russell Companies, which consists of H.J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, employs more than 1,300 individuals with operations in 10 major cities including Atlanta, Dallas, Washington DC, Miami, Raleigh, Seattle, Denver, and the USVI.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Michael spent most of his career with H.J. Russell & Company serving in a variety of executive positions, most recently as Executive Vice President where he was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the construction and program management divisions. During his tenure, Michael held a variety of positions from Cost Estimator to Project Manager to head of Business Development.
Michael has been involved in the construction industry since he was a youngster. Early in his career, he worked with renowned Developer and Architect, John Portman. This provided him with invaluable experience in all aspects of the development business, including engineering, field supervision, project management and business development.
Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and earned his MBA from Georgia State University.
Michael is very active in the community involved in business and civic organizations. He serves on the boards of various organizations including the Metro Atlanta Chamber (Executive Committee), Commerce Club, SunTrust Atlanta Bank Advisory Board, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business Advisory Board, and University of Virginia Foundation Board. Michael is also a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club and 100 Black Men.
Michael is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife, Lovette, have two sons, Michael, Jr. and Benjamin.