Meet Karl O. Benson – Entrepreneur, Storyteller, & Leader

As an entrepreneur and small business owner with more than 20 years of experience in brand and sports marketing. Karl Benson has worked with the companies Jordan Brand and NIKE Inc., Gatorade, and Apple to produce both athlete and consumer experiences throughout the country. He is a  panelist for our upcoming event "Brunch + Panel Discussion" on September 28th at The Riveter Minneapolis.
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With all of that experience, it was not until he was 44-years old that he graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Strategic Communication, proving that an old dog can be taught new tricks.

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Nowadays, when he is not watching his two teenage children, Oscar and Stella, participate in their countless extra-curricular activities, he spends time speaking to and mentoring other young people in becoming the best versions of themselves through his company Minneapolis Sports and Entertainment (MPLS S+E). Based in Minneapolis, MPLS SE is one of the most powerful boutique agencies in the Upper Midwest. Representing athletes and their charitable foundations in a wide range of professional sports.

In July of 2019, Karl was hired to be the President/CEO of the MN Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC). Karl’s vision for the MBCC is to inspire and unleash the abundance of the Black Owned business in Minnesota. His mission, and the mission of the MBCC is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining Black-Owned business and the communities they serve through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity.

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Edited by Hope James

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