Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
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Bro. Herman J. Russell





Bro. Herman J. Russell is the driving force behind his highly successful H. J. Russell and Company. His firm is a conglomerate that includes construction, property management, real estate development, airport concessions, and communications. The company has over 1,500 in offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee. To this day it is the most successful business in the Southern African American community, and is the largest minority-owned general contractor in the US. After college Russell joined his father's family plastering business and in two years expanded it to general contracting, setting his sights on larger projects and providing quality service. Russell acquired his first large subcontracting job in the late-1960s, when he successfully bid on one of the tallest structures in downtown Atlanta, the Equitable Life Assurance Building. This opportunity and other joint ventures have enabled his company to compete in the marketplace with some of the largest general contractors in the world.

Though Bro. Russell’s company helped build many Atlanta public projects such as the City Hall Complex, Georgia Dome Stadium, the Coca-Cola Company world headquarters, Martin Luther King Community Center, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and the underground shopping mall known as Underground Atlanta, it is the firm's smaller people-oriented projects in some depressed parts of Atlanta that have been important in showing Bro. Russell’s commitment to the community as a whole, providing the same service and quality where ever he leaves his mark. Through his philanthropic efforts Bro. Russell has donated time and money to a number of worthy causes. Stressing the importance of a good education, Bro. Russell created the Herman J. Russell Entrepreneurial Scholarship Foundation and has donated a million dollars to his own Alma Mater Tuskegee University.