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A Salute to H.J. Russell & Company

The legendary H.J. Russell & Company is one of the proud joint venture partners on the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Terminal C – High C Gates project. This award-winning, Black family-owned firm - one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. - has extensive airport construction and program management experience. The company’s expertise has been instrumental to the success of the Dallas-Fort Worth Terminal Renovation Improvement Program.

The late founder H.J. Russell was the son of a plasterer from whom he learned the trade starting at age 12. He bought his first parcel of land for $125 at age 16, later building a duplex on the property. He used his savings to help pay his tuition at Tuskegee University and then returned to Atlanta to work alongside his father until he started his own business and expanded it into a conglomerate that includes general contracting, construction/program management, real estate development and property and asset management.

Mr. Russell worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement. His influential involvement in Atlanta also included service as a board member for civic organizations like the Allen Temple, Butler Street YMCA, Central Atlanta Progress, the NAACP Atlanta chapter, Citizens Trust Bank, Midtown Improvement District, and the Georgia State University Advisory Board.

His children continue to execute his passion for helping the Black business community. The company’s original headquarters location in Atlanta has been redeveloped as The Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The center’s mission is to empower and instruct Black entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to expand their services and trades.

Russell & Atlanta Developer Robert “Bob” Holder

Russell & Atlanta Developer Robert “Bob” Holder