Commerce Club Atlanta
Breakfast with Jerome Russell[ X ]
H. Jerome Russell
H.J. Russell & Company
H. Jerome Russell moved through the professional ranks of H. J. Russell & Company’s construction & real estate development operations to his current position as President of H. J. Russell & Company and Russell New Urban Development, LLC where his focus is on the firm’s strategic direction and new business development. The company’s annual sales today exceed $250M. He has been involved in the beverage distribution, consumer marketing, banking, construction and development business for over twenty five (25) years.
After earning his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Georgia State in 1985, Jerome headed to Chicago, where he worked for City and Suburban Distributors as Assistant to the General Manager. In 1986, Jerome returned to Atlanta where he managed City Beverage, a $15 million beverage distribution company. There Jerome managed a beverage distribution/logistics company and oversaw the entire local consumer marketing for the various national brands. In 1990, along with his responsibilities as President of City Beverage Company he began to integrate himself into real estate development by serving as a Project Manager for Gibraltar Land, Inc., a H.J. Russell-owned development firm, where he oversaw multi-million dollar urban residential and retail developments. In 1995, Jerome was named President and Chief Operating Officer of H.J. Russell focusing on the firm’s strategic direction and new business development. During this tenure the company’s earning increased 20% every year He started Russell New Urban Development, LLC in 2003 to provide high quality in-town developments that stimulate economic growth and excite people about urban living. As the renaissance of urban America continues, Russell New Urban is positioned to be a significant player in this space.
Like his father, Herman Russell, Jerome has an entrepreneurial flair, a firmly placed future orientation, and a dedication to his community. In 1997, Jerome was named to the Board of Citizens Trust Bank. As an active board member, Jerome was part of two (2) successful mergers taken on by Citizens Trust Bank. In 2005, Jerome was named Chairman of the very important Loan Committee at Citizens Trust Bank. He currently continues to reside as Chairman of the Loan Committee and is an active board member. He also serves on the board of H. J. Russell & Company, Concessions International, Metro Atlanta YMCA, American Kidney Fund 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.
Jerome received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Georgia State University. He also earned professional certifications in commercial investment management and property management (CPM, CCIM)
Jerome is married to Stephanie Russell and father of four children.