EXECUTIVE TEAM

``H.J. Russell & Company has grown, prospered and been a learning laboratory for entrepreneurs for over 60 years. We're excited and energized about our future and continuing to be a value-added institution for our city, Atlanta, and the country.``

MICHAEL RUSSELL

Chief Executive Officer

``Our founder, Herman J. Russell, epitomized leadership—his actions inspired us all to dream more, learn more, and do more.``

YASMINE S. MURRAY, CPO, SHCM

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

``We aspire to always enhance the lives of our residents by providing superior affordable housing while enhancing the value of the assets for both the ownership and community at large.``

MACK HANCOCK,
NAHP-e, HCCP, CPO, SHCM

Vice President of Property Management

``Strive to enhance the quality of life for human beings through sustainable and measurable economic empowerment.``

JEROME RUSSELL

President

``The recruitment and development of talented young people to help our clients build is the life blood of the company; the cultivation of entrepreneurs is the life blood of our industry.``

BARRY COMPTON

Vice President of
Construction

“I am inspired by challenging people to grow, innovate, and improve the status quo by connecting the challenge to the greater good and fostering a culture that cares. People need a reason to keep on climbing and striving.”

TIFFANIE LEWIS,
CPO, FHS, SHCM, HCCP

Vice President of Compliance & Information Technology

“H.J. Russell & Company continues to build upon its long and storied history of creating value and community through the built environment.”

MITCHELL POWELL, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

“H.J. Russell & Company is a living organization. When we stop learning, we stop living, so take time each day to listen, learn and live and in turn, take time each day to teach others through actions so that others too may live.”

BRYAN JACKSON

Vice President of Program Management

``Russell has afforded me the opportunity to grow and serve our most valued assets – our employees. This journey has taught me that whatever your hands find to do, do it with a servant heart, faithfully.``

ELAINE UBAKANMA,
PHR, SHRM-CP

Vice President of
Human Resources

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.

BARRY COMPTON – Vice President of Construction

EDUCATION: B.S., Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology. M.B.A., Finance, University of Houston

Serving as Vice President of Construction, Barry oversees some of the firm’s largest and complex projects, which can reach as high as $1.6 billion. From hotels and stadiums to hospitals and office buildings, Barry’s 40 years of construction and program management experience have crossed numerous industries. This has resulted in his ability to think “outside of the box” when solving clients’ most difficult challenges.

In addition to being respected for his expertise, Barry has a friendly, collaborative work style that promotes a positive partnership between clients, designers, and contractors, as he is actively engaged throughout design, preconstruction, construction, turnover, and warranty period efforts.

Barry was an adjunct professor of construction at his alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in building construction and currently assists with graduate level group projects and mentoring programs.

BRYAN JACKSON – Vice President of Program Management

EDUCATION: Advanced Level Economics and Geography, St. John’s College administered by the University of Cambridge, Harare, Zimbabwe

As Vice President of Program Management, Bryan is responsible for the overall management and growth of the Program Management Division, providing clients a full range of design and construction management services through all phases of projects and programs.

With more than 23 years of experience in the program management and construction space, both locally and abroad, Bryan’s experiences bring a wealth of knowledge to our executive team. Also, his project experience across various business sectors are valuable in helping Russell expand as we explore new industries and close new business opportunities.

Prior to joining Russell, Bryan ran Construction Concepts, (Pvt) Ltd., his own construction company in his hometown of Harare, Zimbabwe. Prior to that, he held leadership positions, working out of Atlanta, with Cumming Construction Management and Faithful+Gould between 1996 and 2013.

Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Bryan attended and graduated from St. John’s College in Harare with advanced level economics and geography, administered by the University of Cambridge, with further education in quantity surveying and construction management.

YASMINE S. MURRAY – Executive Vice President & General Counsel

EDUCATION: B.S., Legal Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Bay Path University. J.D. with honors, University of Georgia School of Law

CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO) and Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM)

As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Yasmine collaborates with the CEO, Michael Russell, to drive his priorities across the organization and externally and to ensure the Company’s vision and goals are successfully executed. As the company’s General Counsel, she manages the Company’s legal affairs and works diligently to mitigate risk company-wide.

Yasmine brings a strong commitment to the Company’s core values and a deep understanding of the unique legal issues 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.

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).

MACK HANCOCK, NAHP-e, HCCP, CPO, SHCM –  Vice President of Property Management

EDUCATION: B.S., Business Administration, Boston College

Mack, our Vice President of Property Management, is responsible for all property management operations. He leads the Property Management Division to streamline efficiencies of operation and expand the division’s services to both internal and external clients. Also, Mack leads the growth platform of the division for third-party management services.

Mack brings more than 26 years of hands-on asset and property management executive experience to Russell. Prior to joining the company, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HSI Management and Housing Systems, Inc. Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for Corcoran-Jennison Management and Beacon/CJ Management, a multi-state property management and development firm based in Boston. He led the third party and fee management divisions of the company and the Atlanta Corporate Headquarters office.

Mack holds a Certified Property Manager (CPM) candidacy from Institute of Real Estate Management, the National Affordable Housing Professional – Executive (NAHP-e), Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO), a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) and a Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SHCM) designations.

TIFFANIE LEWIS, CPO, FHS, SHCM, HCCP –  Vice President of Compliance & Information Technology

EDUCATION: B.S., Computer Information Systems, University of West Georgia. M.S., Information Management, Walden University

Tiffanie began her career with H.J. Russell & Company as a high school student working in the mail room. For 25 years, she progressed during her tenure with the company and now serves as Vice President of Compliance and Information Technology.

As Vice President of Compliance and Information Technology, Tiffanie manages the company’s IT, office management and compliance departments. She leads the efforts to develop, execute, and maintain regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting programs, code of ethics, compliance-related remediation, and other related areas. Across the firm, she brings focus and improvement to Russell’s training programs, policies and procedures and code of ethics.

Tiffanie holds the following professional certifications: Certified Professional of Occupancy (CPO); Specialist in Housing Credit Management (SCHM); Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP); Fair Housing Specialist (FHS); and Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS).

Also, her business affiliations include membership in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Women in Technology International (WITI), National Housing Center Management (NHCM), Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA), National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA).

ELAINE UBAKANMA, PHR, SHRM-CP –  Vice President of Human Resources

EDUCATION: B.S., Human Resources, Summa Cum Laude, Walden University

Vice President of Human Resources Elaine Ubakanma, has been with H.J. Russell & Company since 1989. During her tenure with Russell, she served as an administrative assistant on the auditing, risk management, finance and human resources teams. Once finding her true passion in human resources, she became our HR Administrator, HR Manager, and Director of Human Resources before taking on her current position.

Elaine provides leadership as a strategic business partner, change agent and champion, coach, as well as training and development counselor for the company’s senior leaders, managers and supervisors. She continues to focus on making sure employees have a voice, ensuring they are not just listened to but that their needs are also met. In addition, she works with external business partners to ensure that those relationships help Russell contain its benefits costs, streamline processes and procedures, as well as improve employees’ value-added benefits, systems solutions and improvements.

Elaine holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM), World Employee Benefits (WEB-Atlanta), and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR).