Karl Benson has been named president and CEO of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC).
Benson brings a wealth of experience to the MBCC. After leaving Nike Inc.’s Jordan Brand in 2011, Benson founded his own sports marketing agency, Minneapolis Sports + Entertainment, in order to represent athletes and their charitable foundations, organizations and activities. He is also manager of operations for One2One Mentoring here in Minneapolis.
MBCC Board Chair Hillary Swanson said Benson’s appointment is a clear reflection of the organizations current state; ready to take on the future and fired-up after a year of reflection, rebranding, listening and learning from members and sponsors about how to continue to add value to the business ecosystem in Minnesota.
“At this time in the Black Chamber’s trajectory, Karl is the best fit as president,” said Swanson. “His tangible ideas to enhance the chamber’s strategy and adjust where necessary, demonstrated success as an entrepreneur, connections in the marketplace and heart for the community are just some of the reasons we arrived at this outcome. He’ll bring a monumental benefit to the chamber and the people we serve. The Black Chamber exists to further the interests of Black business in the metro area and the entire state. We are placing our confidence in Karl.”
Benson succeeds Uzoma Obasi, who will remain a member of the MBCC on its advisory board and as a client of MBCC though his photography and video production company, Creative Mind Studios.
Benson lives in St. Anthony with his wife, Michelle Benson, senior director of Marketing and Communications for the Minnesota Zoo.