Herman J. Russell, the founder, and former chief executive officer of H. J. Russell and Company was a nationally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist, as well as a highly influential leader in Atlanta. Over the course of fifty years, Russell amassed one of the nation's most profitable minority-owned business empires, turning a small plastering company into a construction and real estate conglomerate. When Russell stepped down in 2004 as head of the company, he left the leadership mantle to his two sons and daughter, although he continued to serve as the company's chairman of the board.
Launching in 2019, honoring the great legacy and visionary business leadership of Herman J. Russell, The Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE), will be the largest center in the country, driven by community impact, devoted to empowering African American entrepreneurs and small business owners.
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