Michael Russell

CEO, H.J. Russell & Company

Michael Russell

Michael Russell

Michael Russell (MBA ’90) succeeded his father and company founder Herman J. Russell in 2003, and has focused on improving company efficiency and integration to provide seamless end-to-end services for clients. The Russell organization employs more than 1,200 people and generates annual revenues of more than $300 million with entities across major cities in the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Russell’s leadership includes serving as CEO of Concessions International LLC, a Russell company that is among the country’s leaders in food service management. An innovative thinker and manager who empowers employees to bring fresh perspectives, Russell’s talents support the company’s focus on entrepreneurial efforts. He also leads the aggressive pursuit of untapped opportunities, including the urban revitalization of selected cities. Mentored early in his career by renowned Atlanta developer and architect John Portman, Russell built on knowledge gained as a youngster in the construction industry. He worked his way up through his family company in positions ranging from cost estimator, project manager and head of business development. Before becoming CEO, he served as executive vice president in charge of management and strategic direction of construction and project management divisions. Russell has served on the board of the Georgia State University Athletic Association, the executive committee of Grady Board of Visitors, the Trinity Schools Board of Directors, the Kennesaw State Foundation, the Virginia Engineering Foundation and the National Association of Minority Contractors. He has been chair of the executive committee of the Emory University Board of Visitors and president of the Association of Builders and Contractors of Georgia. Russell received his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and earned his MBA from Robinson in 1990. He is a native of Atlanta, and he and wife, Lovette, have two sons, Michael Jr. and Benjamin.