Aug 31, 2021
Michael Russell is the CEO of HJ Russell & Company, a family-run construction service business founded in 1952. It is one of the country’s most prominent African-American-run businesses specializing in real estate development, program management, construction, and property management. HJ Russell & Company have completed over 500 projects and managed over 20 properties. As CEO, Michael is in charge of strategic planning and connecting with other minority-led businesses.
Michael joins us to discuss what it is like to be the CEO of a family-run business with over 60 years of history. He shares how he plans on honoring the legacy his grandfather and father made while also moving the company forward. He explains why family and business typically don’t mix well. He describes how their company supports minority-led companies. Michael also shares his thoughts on the future of supplier diversity in business.
"You have to honor the past, but also position the business for the future." - Michael Russell
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