``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.``


Chief Executive Officer

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



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


Corporate Counsel


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 – Corporate Counsel

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

In her role as Corporate Secretary and Corporate Counsel for H. J. Russell & Company, Yasmine Murray oversees the Company’s legal affairs and Risk Management Department. Yasmine began her career with H.J. Russell & Company as a paralegal and returned to the company to take on her current position after she received her Juris Doctorate.  As Corporate Counsel, her responsibilities include working closely with outside counsel on a wide range of legal matters, while remaining engaged in administrative matters, construction dispute resolution, insurance coverage issues, commercial lease administration, contract negotiation, and various real estate development transactions. She is also a member of the Company’s Employee Benefits & Investment Committee. Yasmine brings a commitment to the Company’s values and a deep understanding of the unique legal needs it faces.

Yasmine is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, American Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Gate City Bar Association.

JANICE WALDRON –  Corporate Controller

EDUCATION: B.B.A., Accounting Information Systems, Pace University. M.B.A., Financial Management, Pace University

As Corporate Controller, Janice Waldron works with the senior leadership, operations and accounting teams, to support the accounting and financial services needs of H.J. Russell & Company. Ms. Waldron received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Information Systems and Master of Business Administration in Financial Management from Pace University in New York. She has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial management for several global and national organizations in various industries, including financial services, insurance and consulting with over 10 years in construction.

``At H.J. Russell, we work to turn legacy into longevity by focusing on excellence.``


Corporate Controller