Russell in his later years, when we interviewed him for our documentary on former City of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen," said Duke. Find out what's happening in Atlanta with free, real-time updates from Patch. Herman Russell not only left his mark on the skyline of his home town; he helped to make real the legacy of a city too busy to hate. Register for a user account. Russell, the founder of Atlanta-based H. Through watching his father run his own plastering business, and feeling the urgency and necessity to create jobs during the hard economic times, his entrepreneurial spirit was born and lasted throughout his life until his passing in The trust and confidence he inspired enabled a new generation of Black entrepreneurs to move into the mainstream.