On May 7, 2015, Russell Hitt was the receipent of the Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction Award for outstanding contributions to the construction industry. The Myers-Lawson Award was established in 2006 in order to recognize only the most outstanding leaders in the industry, their career achievements and their exceptional contributions to the construction industry.
As Chairman of HITT, Russell has built upon his parents' business, founded in 1937. Earning his stripes as a U.S. Army man and later as an estimator and project manager at HITT, Russell along with son Brett Hitt and son-in-law Jim Millar have grown the company into a multi-million dollar operation with locations across the nation. As a native Virginian, contributing to the economy of Virginia, residing in a landmark headquarters building, and as a leading employer of Virginia Tech students, Russell is considered an honorary "Hokie" exemplifying Ut Prosim (that I may serve), the core value that drives Virginia Tech.
Members of HITT's leadership team, many of whom are Virginia Tech alums, attended the Spring Awards ceremony honoring Russell Hitt. From left to right: Rich Ruckman, Senior Project Manager; John Britt, Executive Vice President; Megan Lantz, Director of Work Acquisition; Russell Hitt, Chairman; Joan Hitt; Kim Roy, Senior Vice President; Evan Antonides, Senior Project Manager; Jeet Kharde, Vice President.
On May 19, 2015 Russell was honored for his contributions to the construction industry and the Virginia economy. He has been selected by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce for induction into the 2015 Arlington Business Hall of Fame.
Brett Hitt was on hand to accept the Hall of Fame Award on behalf of Russell Hitt. He gave a touching tribute to his father, mentor and lifetime friend for inspiring a sense of entrepreneurship even at a young age.
Sidney Dewberry and the late Ashton Jones were they other inductees during the 29th annual Arlington Best Business Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. For more information about the event, click the link below.