Speaker Information

Distinguished Speaker's Luncheon Series

Mr. Louis Carr

President of Media Sales

BET Network, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc.

Friday, February 3, 2017

11:45am to 1:00pm

You’ll want to make plans now to attend the first MBN Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon of 2017 as we hear from one of the most influential African-Americans in the media industry.   Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Louis Carr, BET Network’s President of Media Sales.

He brings decades of success as President of Media Sales of BET Networks. He is responsible for more advertising dollars targeted to the African-American consumer market than any other sales professional in the media industry.

Over the course of his career with BET Networks, he has delivered to date well over 4.5 billion dollars in advertising dollars directed to African–American consumers. He has been named one of the most influential and prominent African-Americans in the media and marketing industry. He has hired more African-American sales professionals than any other executive or company in the industry.

After a brief career in the financial services field, Mr. Carr joined Johnson Publishing Company as a salesman in 1984.   The next year he started working for Black Enterprise Magazine and then soon started at BET where he has his current position. 

He has served on many boards in the entertainment industry including the International Radio and Television Society, the Ad Council, the American Advertising Federation and the Cable Advertising Bureau.

For the past 12 years the Louis Carr Internship Foundation has provided paid internships for students of color at some of the world’s leading marketing and media companies.  He also sits on the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope in St. Louis, which provides residential homes for students who show academic promise and the United States Track and Field Foundation board.

Louis attended Chicago’s own Lane Technical High School and then graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism.

He is a highly accomplished senior sales executive, a dedicated mentor, a benevolent philanthropist and devoted patron of African-American art.  But that is only half of his life’s story; on February 3 he will tell more of his story.   This is a great opportunity to share lunch—and your faith—with a coworker, so don’t forget to invite them.

The luncheon starts at 11:45 am and finishes promptly at 1pm on Friday, February 3 at The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago.

Attire is business casual (no jeans). The luncheon is $35. A whole table (seats 8) can be reserved for $250, half tables for $130.

Reservations can be made in two ways:

  • Credit card – Visa or MasterCard. Reservations must be made before noon on Tuesday, January 31, by calling Judy Busic at 312-327-8600.

  • Checks, made out to MBN, can be sent to The Moody Church, 1635 North LaSalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60614. Checks must be received by January 31.

 Changes and/or cancellations must be done no later than 12:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the luncheon; otherwise you will be responsible for payment based on your guaranteed reservation.

We look forward to seeing you at the next MBN luncheon! More information is available at www.mbnluncheon.org