President of the Black Business Expo and longtime Watts community advocate Harold Hambrick has died. He was 71. He passed during the evening of Oct. 8 and the cause of dead is not immediately known.
Hambrick was responsible for reviving the Black business Expo after a four-year hiatus.
He maintained an office suite based at the One United Bank on Crenshaw Boulevard at Rodeo Road where he was working on multiple projects.
Born in New Orleans to a family of entrepreneurs, his aunts and uncles had regular jobs, but all owned some kind of business, whether it was a grocery store, sweet shop or funeral home, Hambrick moved to L.A. at 18 to join his immediate kin.
After attending L.A. City College, Hambrick worked as a finance manager in adult education and then was recruited by IBM, before switching gears into marketing and promotions, serving as a vice president of public affairs for WATTS Health Systems, Inc.
It was his subsequent work helping to put together the Watts Health Foundation, one of the first Community Health Councils in the nation, which has been a title sponsor for the expo for 20 years.
Born Feb 17, 1943, New Orleans, LA, is married to Margaret for more than 40 years; children: Tyra, Jeffery, Sharon. Attended Pepperdine University in 1974; studied at University of Santa Clara in 1980.
He was the Executive Director and Vice President of Watts Health Foundation from 1969-1975.