Mark Anthony Jenkins is the Founder, CEO & President of Black Expo America. As someone who is very acquainted with Mr. Jenkins’ mostly disastrous events, I want to warn anyone considering buying a table at his events. First, Mr. Jenkins is a well-meaning person who cares deeply about the African American community. In the past, he was president of a New York City Black Chambers of Commerce, and several similar organizations that focus on economic development in the Black community.
Mark Anthony Jenkins is a man with a vision and big dreams. Unfortunately, Mark Anthony Jenkins does not have the management team, corporate sponsorship or leadership skills to successfully run events like a Black Expo. His events are poorly organized, poorly advertised and poorly attended. Mr. Jenkins lacks corporate sponsors so he has to use the money from vendor sales to pay for the venue.
On more than one occasion, a venue has refused to allow Mr. Jenkins’ event to proceed because all the necessary fees were not paid in a timely manner.
At the March 17th, 2018, Baltimore Black Women’s Expo, vendors had to wait three hours before they were allowed in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to set up for the event. On Facebook, as the event was underway, Mr. Jenkins was still seeking vendors to do the event.
Mark Anthony Jenkins has also been known to cancel or change the date of the events at the last minute leaving vendor scrambling to change their plans. Those who request refunds sometimes wait weeks before getting a refund if they get one.
Before you invest your money in Black Expo America, ask for a vendor list from previous Black Expos so you can interview vendors about their experience. Peace.
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Reason of review: Poor customer service.