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Russell Hitt

Chairman Emeritus
1935-2020
Overview

Russell Hitt was Chairman Emeritus of HITT Contracting and the son of Myrtle and Warren Hitt, who founded the business in 1937 as a small residential and commercial renovation company. Russell’s career in construction spanned most of his life, starting when he worked for his parents during school breaks and summers. He later joined his family’s business as an estimator and project manager on various projects. In 1978, Russell was promoted to oversee HITT. Today, Russell’s son and son-in-law, Brett Hitt and Jim Millar, serve as co-chairmen of the Board and share in ownership responsibilities. Together, father and sons led the company’s growth into one of the 100 Top General Contractors nationwide.  

A native of Arlington, Virginia, Russell attended Washington and Lee High School followed by Fishbourne Military School where he had been actively involved since graduation. He then proceeded to college at Georgia Tech.

Over the years, Russell was an active member of the community and a supporter of both local and national organizations. He assisted in the Building Construction Program at Georgia Tech and held board positions for the Northern Virginia Builders Association, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Washington Golf and Country Club, and Arlington YMCA. Russell also contributed his time to the Salvation Army, the Central United Methodist Church, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Awards & Honors
  • DC's Top 10 Real Estate Dynasties, Bisnow; 2015

  • Business Hall of Fame Inductee, Arlington Chamber of Commerce2015

  • Myers-Lawson Award for outstanding contributions to the construction industry, Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction; 2015

  • Board Member, National Capital Hospice

  • Board Member, Germanna Society

  • Lifetime Member, Arlington Jaycees

  • Past Board Member, Building Construction Advisory Board at Virginia Tech

  • Power 50 - The most influential people in Washington commercial real estate, Bisnow; 2008

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology