Chief Executive Officer
H. J. Russell & Co.
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 28-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 fifty years. The Company’s operational focus will be in construction and program management, real estate development and property management.
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. The Russell Companies, which consists of H.J. Russell & Company and Concessions International, employs more than 2,000 individuals with operations in 10 major cities including its Atlanta headquarters, Dallas, Washington DC, Miami, Raleigh, Seattle, Denver, and the USVI.
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.