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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Watermelon, Mango
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kenya
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1943
Birth Location:
West Palm Beach, Florida

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Watermelon, Mango
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kenya
Favorite Quote:
To whom much is given, much is required.

Birthplace

Born:
9/20/1943
Birth Location:
West Palm Beach
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Biography

Bernard Kinsey was born on September 20, 1943 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Following in his family's tradition, he attended Florida A&M University. There, he met his wife Shirley. After graduating from Florida A&M University in 1967, he was hired as the first African American sales representative for Humble Oil Company, then a part of the Exxon Corporation. The job brought Kinsey and his wife to South Central Los Angeles. Kinsey was immediately successful and quickly became Humble Oil's number one sales representative.

In 1971, Kinsey left Humble Oil to join Xerox Corporation as a field service manager. Again, he proved to be highly successful and within his first nine months rose to number one. During that same year, Kinsey and a group of African American Xerox employees protested the promotion of a less qualified white employee over an African American with supervisory experience and a college degree. Xerox promoted the African American employee. This action resulted in the creation of the Xerox Black Employees Organization, which Kinsey co-founded.

Kinsey became a vice president of Xerox within ten years. He holds the distinction of achieving number one status nationally in every sales and marketing position he held from 1968 to 1984. Kinsey also worked to create a program for bringing African Americans and other minorities into the company and training them for jobs with opportunities for advancement.

In 1991, Kinsey left Xerox and in 1992, he became the chief operating officer and co-chairman of Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA), under Peter Ueberroth. RLA's mission was to bring jobs, economic opportunities and pride to the area that had been devastated by the 1992 Los Angeles riots. While leading the revitalization efforts, Kinsey succeeded in generating more than $380 million dollars in investments for inner city Los Angeles. Kinsey also worked to bring grocery stores, loan funds, pharmacies, hardware stores, and other retail outlets to the community.

Kinsey currently serves as president of KBK Enterprises, a management consulting firm. He is a recognized expert and leader in the field of urban revitalization and economic development and has counseled the governments of South Africa, Germany, England, Israel, and France.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bernard Kinsey interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey talks about his parent's backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey describes the family tradition at Florida A&M
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey recalls his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey discusses his father's presence in his educational experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey talks about his various subjects of study
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bernard Kinsey describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bernard Kinsey describes growing up in segregated West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey talks about his early leadership roles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey explains values learned in his home and church environment
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey discusses the effects of integration on the black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey's talks about his family's successes in education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey remembers his high school gambling activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey's early Influences and motivators
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bernard Kinsey discusses experiences in the Florida A&M marching band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bernard Kinsey explains the excellence of Florida A&M's marching band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bernard Kinsey discusses Dr. William P. Foster's leadership of the Florida A&M marching band
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bernard Kinsey considers elements to a successful life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey recalls his courtship with his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey details his transition from graduation to his first job out of college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey discusses financial planning and success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey talks about his work ethic in South Central Los Angeles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey explains the standards of excellence expected from his employees
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey remembers striking against the Humble Oil and Refining Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bernard Kinsey talks about his early position with Xerox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bernard Kinsey recalls reasons for obtaining his MBA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bernard Kinsey remembers the beginnings of Xerox's National Black Employees Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Bernard Kinsey explains how Xerox's Black Employees Association spearheaded affirmative action initiatives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bernard Kinsey discusses strategies in approaching the Xerox CEO
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey explains the impact and influence of Xerox's Black Employees Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey talks about counteracting resistance from Xerox's white majority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey's principles for success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey talks about principles of professionalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey discusses recognizing the potential in black employees and creating leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey remembers international business experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bernard Kinsey recalls the end of tenure at Xerox
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bernard Kinsey explains how he got involved with Rebuild Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bernard Kinsey discusses his transition from Xerox
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey explains his confidence in working with Rebuild Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey describes the three-legged stool strategy of Rebuild L.A.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey cites examples of Rebuild L.A. strategies in action
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey discusses differences in the Los Angeles riots of 1965 and 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey explains Rebuild L.A.'s initial focus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey talks about international market growth strategies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bernard Kinsey remembers dealing with race agendas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bernard Kinsey states reasons why he left Rebuild L.A.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bernard Kinsey talks about communication strategies in business
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bernard Kinsey explains his duties at his consulting firm KBK Enterprises
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bernard Kinsey discusses his passion for collecting African American art
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bernard Kinsey describes his continued commitment to Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bernard Kinsey explains his vision of the future for blacks in corporate America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bernard Kinsey talks about the importance of family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bernard Kinsey considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with babysitter Geraldine Pittman Woods, 1943
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Bradshaw Kinsey, ca.1943
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with siblings, 1950
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey, ca. 1948
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Cassandra Kinsey and Sheryl Kinsey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey as a Cub Scout, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey at kindergarten graduation, ca. 1949
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and friends at Frederick M. Small Boy Scout Camp, 1958
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey senior year high school photo, 1961
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey as a high school freshman, ca. 1958
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey as a member of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band, 1961
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's wife as Miss Junior Attendant, 1965
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Photo - Bernard and Shirley Kinsey's Wedding Day, February 11th, 1967
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Shirley Kinsey and Christine Kinsey, not dated
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Ken Thomas, 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey as a Grand Canyon park ranger, 1966
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with fellow Florida A&M University alumni, 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with his wife's grandmother, 1969
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's parents, ca. early 1970s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with his brother and sister-in-law
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey, 1973
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and infant son, March 1st, 1977
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with wife and son, Dec 25, 1977
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Shelby Carter, 1975
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey, Guy Dobb and Shirley Kinsey, 1984
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and unidentified man, Florida A&M University, 1987
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and his wife in front of an Artis Lane portrait, 1991
  • Tape: 7 Story: 17 - Photo - Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, not dated
  • Tape: 7 Story: 18 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Rosa Parks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 19 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey saluted by Xerox billboard, 1984
  • Tape: 7 Story: 20 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Nelson Mandela, 1994
  • Tape: 7 Story: 21 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Maxine Waters and Richard Gephardt, 1993
  • Tape: 7 Story: 22 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Barry Sanders, Jimmy Carter and Peter Ueberroth, 1993
  • Tape: 7 Story: 23 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Bill Cosby, April 1994
  • Tape: 7 Story: 24 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and his wife, not dated
  • Tape: 7 Story: 25 - Photo - Plaque recognizing Bernard Kinsey as Honorary Counsel General for the Central African Republic, 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 26 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's Plaque recognizing him as Honorary Counsel General for the Central African Republic, 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 27 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 28 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with Tom Bradley and Richard Reardon, March, 1998
  • Tape: 7 Story: 29 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's son Khalil Kinsey with Kent Amos, Glegg Watson and Barry Rand, May, 1991
  • Tape: 7 Story: 30 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey and Mayor James Hahn, 2000
  • Tape: 7 Story: 31 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with General Schwarzkopf and Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah ibn Khalifah Al Thani
  • Tape: 7 Story: 32 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's father, U. B. Kinsey, 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 33 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey's fifty-fith birthday party with Nick Walker, 1998
  • Tape: 7 Story: 34 - Photo - Bernard Kinsey with wife and son in a 'Time' magazine advertisment, 1987