2019 TORCH AWARDS - SAVE THE DATE
Mr. Quintin Primo
The incomparable Quintin Primo, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago-based, Capri Investment Group, will be the recipient of the Trailblazer Award. Mr Primo is the owner of one of the largest minority owned invest firms in the United States. Under his leadership, the mission of the Capri Investment Group is to improve overlooked communities. In 2006, Capri Investment Group purchased Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, a Los Angeles regional mall. As a result, the Capri Investment Group is at the heart of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza investment project. In addition to the upgrades already made to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the projects on the horizon include building a 400-room hotel, a 10-story office building, a new grocery store and much more. Mr. Primo and his team are leading this project which will change the quality of our community and the quality of lives for many that live in the Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw area. Despite Mr. Primo's national and international projects, he is also active
in civic and charitable organizations. Most notably, he serves as Chairman of The Primo Center for Women and Children, a transitional shelter serving the homeless.
André is an entrepreneurial executive of 30 years in the business of sports and entertainment. Andre first gained acclaim as the President and CEO of House of Blues Sports; and again as the Chairman and CEO of the Black Sports Agents Association (BSAA).
As a high school All-American football player André’s interest in entertainment surfaced. He was one of the first concert promoters for MC Hammer. When he accepted a football scholarship to UCLA he continued promoting concerts and special events on campus including a highly acclaimed Greek Show and Concert in Pauley Pavilion. Upon graduating from UCLA Mr. Farr’s passion for sports and entertainment led him to continue his mission to create opportunities between these distinct industries. He lent his writing and acting talents to the feature film, “THE Program.”
Next, Mr. Farr joined Stanley and Associates a sports management firm in Los Angeles where he produced an incredible Draft Party at the House of Blues for the Number 1 pick in the NFL – Keyshawn Johnson. After meeting with the founder of House of Blues, Isaac Tigrett, André became partner with House of Blues and majority owner of House of Blues Sports. While there Mr. Farr and his team produced many fascinating events including entertainment surrounding the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the last recorded performance of Tupac Shakur in Los Angeles.
After being invited by Rev. Jesse Jackson to attend a meeting of top black professionals in sport, André was elected Chairman of the Board for the Black Sports Agents Association. As an agent, Mr. Farr has guided the careers of several athletes including D’Marco Farr, a Super Bowl Champion with the St. Louis Rams as well as Alvin and Calvin Harrison, the Olympic Gold Medal twins. From the inception of the BSAA, Mr. Farr has sought to establish a higher standard of integrity for athletes and sports professionals; promote increased African-American and female representation among athletes; and create broader ventures with the professional leagues and franchises. Andre’s impact on the sports and entertainment community has also awarded him the winner of the Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year by the Los Angeles Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). He is a force to be reckoned with in the sports and entertainment community and we could not be more excited to honor him.
Remember to mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019 as we celebrate Andre Farr, Quentin Primo and other visionaries. We look forward to your participation and support of our Torch Awards, which we anticipate will be nothing short of our most amazing event yet!