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'The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce has given me wonderful access to the City Leaders and I have the utmost respect for all the individuals involved at the city planning level.'
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Company: Hilton & Hyland Real Estate
Title: Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Development
Charles L. Black III is the Executive Vice President, Marketing & Strategic Development for Hilton & Hyland. Commanding the top of the Los Angeles real estate market, leading in sales of over $5 million, and serving the area’s most distinguished citizens, Hilton & Hyland is the highest-producing individual real estate office in the nation. Previous to Hilton & Hyland, Charles held several senior positions in luxury sales and marketing and real estate development. Charles graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double major in International Business and French.
Promoting philanthropic efforts, however, has always remained a focus for Charles. Shortly after joining Hilton & Hyland, he launched the “Hilton & Hyland Helping Hands” program, supporting local Beverly Hills charities and fundraisers as well as Los Angeles-based charities Food on Foot, Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.
What is the favorite thing about your current job?
Working hand-in-hand with some of the most brilliant real estate agents to promote the buying and selling of some of the most amazing properties is the greatest reward. Between the historical homes of Old Hollywood that shaped the entertainment industry to the record-breaking contemporary spec homes and everything in between, I experience the diversity of Los Angeles daily with a company preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary… a company that began as a small real estate boutique and evolved into the highest-producing individual real estate office in the nation.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Shreveport, LA. While I’ve had the opportunity to live in various states and countries, I’ve never felt as at home as I do in Los Angeles. Having been here for six years, I often joke I live in the other LA.
What are the top 3 reasons you enjoy the Beverly Hills business community?
I admire the sense of community in Beverly Hills. Every brand and every business is here to support each other. And while the city itself is small, the combination of a robust corporate presence with luxury brands and a strong entrepreneurial spirit makes the community a force to be reckoned with. In fact, that commitment is contagious and together, we are etching our legacy in the city so rich in history.
When did you join the Board?
I have been an active member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce (BHCC) and Economic Development Council since 2011, a member of the Political Action Committee since 2015 and eventually elected to become one of 40 members on the Board of Directors. Here, I spearhead the marketing efforts for the Chamber to not only re-launch the website but renew and refine the Chamber brand and logo. In doing so, I streamlined email communication and launched a formation of a social media committee to re-energize the Chamber brand and shift the greater focus to ultimately drive more traffic. I was later elected to the Executive Committee, a subgroup of the Board of Directors which focuses solely on decision-making.
Most recently, I was elected as Vice Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors and am thrilled to announce that I will assume the Chairman position in July of 2018.
What is your favorite Chamber event?
I’d have to say Beverly Hills Tomorrow is my favorite Chamber event. The content delivered by such diverse speakers is something that not only consistently exceeds my expectations but gets me more excited about the future of Beverly Hills.
What is one piece of advice you would give new Chamber members?
It’s not what happens at a Chamber event that matters, it’s what you do after that matters.
When you aren’t working for your company or the Chamber, what are your favorite pastimes?
When I’m not working for my company or the Chamber, my favorite pastimes are doing anything outdoors with my family, road-tripping throughout California, and exploring everything Los Angeles has to offer.