Chief Executive Officer
MITCHELL POWELL, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
YASMINE S. MURRAY
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
MICHAEL RUSSELL – Chief Executive Officer
EDUCATION: B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia. M.B.A., Georgia State University
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.
H. JEROME RUSSELL, JR. – President
EDUCATION: B.S., Business Administration and Management, Georgia State University
H. Jerome Russell, Jr. moved through the professional ranks of H. J. Russell & Company’s construction and real estate development operations to his current position as President of H. J. Russell & Company and Russell New Urban Development, LLC. His focus is on the firm’s strategic direction, enhancing value in the family’s real estate holdings and the development of Herman J. Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Jerome has been involved in the beverage distribution, aviation interior, consumer marketing, banking, construction and real estate development business for over 30 years.
Like his father, Herman J. Russell, Sr., Jerome has an entrepreneurial flair, a firmly placed future orientation, and a dedication to his community. His latest endeavor is repositioning of the vast real estate portfolio of the Russell family and leading the initiative of turning the 504 Fair Street building into The Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. He also serves on the board of H. J. Russell & Company, Concessions International, Chairman of the Loan Committee at Citizens Trust Bank, Metro Atlanta YMCA, Georgia Historical Society, and Central Atlanta Progress. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Atlanta Rotary, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce the Young President Organization, and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
DAVID KIMMEL, PE, CCM, LEED® AP – Senior Vice President
EDUCATION: B.S., Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
With 40 years of significant experience involving both public and private sector clients, David Kimmel has provided program and construction management services for a range of projects, including criminal justice facilities, K-12 educational facilities, health care, research and development, industrial, nuclear and gas utility plants, professional sports facilities, and various facilities for higher education institutions. His diverse project background and extensive career with national construction management firms reflect the strong leadership skills and industry knowledge that allows him to effectively manage a team and ensure success on any project, from concept planning to completion of the project and successful start-up.
David’s Program Management experience includes contract negotiations, budgeting, claims mitigation, expert testimony, quality control, owner controlled insurance programs, site selection and site due diligence. He brings his experiences as a facilities operator to the process and looks at it from the clients view point.
NADINE RUSSELL – Vice President of Property Management
EDUCATION: B.A., Business Management, California State University-Fullerton A.S., Business, California State University-Fullerton
Nadine Russell brings over 15 years of property management experience to the H.J. Russell team. She has a comprehensive list of experience as Area Manager, Compliance Specialist, Systems Software Trainer, Human Resource Representative, Regional Manager, and Director of Operations throughout her tenure. Nadine served as the Regional Manager or Director of Operations for 30 communities based in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida for over 10 years. In those capacities, she has overseen Property Operations for 5,400 affordable and conventional units, maintaining a focus on operations and increased productivity.
A skilled property management professional, Nadine has developed and implemented appropriate revenue increase strategies to effectively maximize income while maintaining strong expense control to grow the bottom line. She has also managed capital projects and value adds of over $3M. To effectively achieve the owner’s objectives, Nadine has developed risk management initiatives and standardized products and vendor services. Through her strong leadership skills, Nadine has developed high quality teams using effective recruitment, training, and motivation, while serving as a mentor to the Regional Managers.
At H.J. Russell & Company, Nadine oversees Property Operations for more than 4,100 units in Georgia and the Carolinas. She leads her team to provide the highest level of owner and client service. Nadine is focused on exceeding the owner and investor’s expectations and is a versatile and experienced leader.
YASMINE S. MURRAY – General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
EDUCATION: B.S., Legal Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Bay Path University. J.D. with honors, University of Georgia School of Law
As General Counsel, Yasmine Murray is responsible for all of H.J. Russell & Company’s legal functions including corporate transactions and partnerships, regulatory compliance, litigation, dispute resolution, risk management and mitigation, employment, real estate development, property management, and acquisitions. As Corporate Secretary, Yasmine serves as the liaison between the board of directors and the company and is responsible for all corporate governance matters.
Yasmine brings a commitment to the company’s values and a deep understanding of the unique legal needs it faces. About a decade ago, Yasmine joined Russell as a paralegal, and later upon receiving her Juris Doctor, returned to its legal department as Staff Attorney. She subsequently assumed the role as Corporate Counsel and Risk Manager before becoming General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
As a direct report to CEO Michael Russell, Yasmine represents the firm in various capacities, both internally and externally. In addition to being responsible for legal oversight, she contributes to the overall strategic planning and direction of Russell.
Prior to joining the company, Yasmine gained extensive legal knowledge and experience in the legal departments at: Holland & Knight, LLP; Hawkins Parnell, Thackston & Young, LLP; Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers; Mabry & McClelland, LLP; and Drew Eckl & Farnham.
MITCHELL POWELL, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
EDUCATION: B.S., Accounting, University of South Florida. M.S., Real Estate, New York University
As Chief Financial Officer, Mitchell Powell is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling matters of the company’s financial functions. This includes budgeting, accounting, financing, forecasting, strategic planning, compliance, reporting, and more.
With over 30 years of experience and leadership in finance and accounting, Mitchell possesses a wealth of knowledge to help lead H.J. Russell & Company’s financial interests as the company grows and explores existing and new industries. Ensuring Russell has a solid financial infrastructure is key as the firm moves forward with future endeavors.
Prior to joining Russell, Mitchell served for more than 10 years as the CFO at the Integral Group, LLC in Atlanta and as the Vice President of Asset Management at Rockwood Capital Corporation in San Francisco. He is a board member and treasurer of the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council and has served as a panelist at the Chief Financial Officer Conference in New York discussing the implementation of financial technology. Mitchell is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).