20. Michael Russell


1015_power_russell_afine_oneuseonlyFocus Business, Development
Age 50
When the late minority business pioneer H.J. Russell stepped away from his namesake construction company in 2003, his son Michael took his place as CEO (his other son, Jerome, is president). Since then, Michael Russell, a protégé of John Portman, has led a 1,300-person firm that helped build much of Atlanta’s skyline, including Coca-Cola’s headquarters, 191 Peachtree, and Atlanta City Hall. Among the company’s biggest current projects: the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

Taking Orders Russell also serves as vice chair of Concessions International, a minority-owned company that operates restaurants in a half dozen major airports and manages Paschal’s Restaurant in Castleberry Hill.

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This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.