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Notable Members of Kappa Alpha Psi in Business

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The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi take their mission of “Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor” to heart especially when it comes to the field of business.

For over 100 years, brothers of the fraternity have excelled and made their mark on the business world in major ways, trailblazing paths for those who followed them.

We at Watch The Yard have made a list of notable members of the fraternity who have made their mark on the business world.

Take a look at the list below:

Reginald Lewis

Reginald Lewis crossed through the Alpha Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was one of the richest African-American men in the 1980s, and the first African American to build a billion-dollar company, TLC Beatrice International Holdings Inc.

Carl Ware

Carl Ware crossed through the Gamma Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is a retired executive vice-president of The Coca-Cola Company.

John W. Thompson

John W. Thompson crossed through the Alpha Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is an American technology executive, serving as the current Chairman of Microsoft.

Robert Sengstacke Abbott

Robert Sengstacke Abbott was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi through the fraternity’s Chicago (IL) Alumni chapter. He was an American lawyer, newspaper publisher and editor. Abbott founded The Chicago Defender in 1905, which grew to have the highest circulation of any black-owned newspaper in the country.

James A. Dallas

James A. Dallas is an initiate of the Miami (FL) Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was an American educator, entrepreneur, musical patron and civic leader.

John Edward Jacob

John Edward Jacob, a civil rights leader, former president of the National Urban League, business executive, and administrator is an initiate of the Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson is an initiate of the Beta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is an American entrepreneur, media magnate, executive, philanthropist, and investor. He is the co-founder of BET, which was acquired by Viacom in 2001.

Kedar Massenburg

Kedar Massenburg was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi through the fraternity’s Delta Mu chapter. He is an American record producer and record label executive. He was the president of Motown Records from 1997 to 2004. Massenburg is best known for bringing Erykah Badu to fame and trademarking the term “neo soul.”

Guy Primus

Guy Primus crossed through the Lambda Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is co-founder and CEO of The Virtual Reality Company and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern California Public Radio. He is also the chairman emeritus of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering advisory board at Georgia Tech

A. Maceo Walker

A. Maceo Walker crossed through the Alpha Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was an African American businessman and president of Universal Life Insurance Company and Tri-State Bank.

Thomas Moorehead

Thomas Moorehead is the world’s first African-American Rolls Royce car dealer.

Rodney Adkins

Rodney C. Adkins is Chairman of Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components and embedded solutions. Formerly, Mr. Adkins was Senior Vice President of IBM, having served in that position from 2007 until 2014. He is the company’s first African-American Senior Vice President and corporate officer.

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