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Kenneth W. Bentley
GOLF TOUR LEADERSHIP AWARD
Kenneth W. Bentley is a member of the board of directors of Advocates USA , formed in 2004 by a geographically diverse group of African American men with a mission to make a difference in the life of those from underserved communities by serving as advocates for education, health and economic development.
The organization also oversees The Advocates Pro Tour, a vehicle that will propel more African Americans to the PGA Tour.
Bentley also serves as Vice President of Nestlé USA, Inc.
In this position he
is responsible for Community Affairs, Educational Programs, the Nestlé USA Foundation
and Workforce Diversity.
Bentley is a native of Los Angeles, having been Crenshaw High's first student body president and All-City athlete and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.
He received his Bachelors degree from the University of California at Irvine and Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.
In 1988 the trustees of Lane College
in Jackson, Tennessee awarded Bentley
an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities.
also completed the University of Michigan Executive Management Program
Bentley began his business career as a sales representative for Xerox Corporation in 1973.
Since that time he has been a tennis specialist for Spaulding Sporting Goods, an area marketing manager for Anheuser-Busch and a senior public relations account executive for the Phillips Organization before joining Carnation (a division of Nestlé) as an assistant manager of community relations in 1982.
He was promoted to community relations manager in 1983, ethnic marketing manager in 1990, director of community affairs in 1991 and vice president of community affairs in 1994.
An accomplished writer, Nestlé Very Best In Youth 20011 is Bentley's 14th book.
The other publications he
has written include, Nestlé Very Best In Youth I, II and III, Women of Courage I and II, Men of Courage I and II, Beyond a Dream...Black Women in the Arts and Going For The Gold...The Story of Black Women in Sports.
Men of Courage I was made into an hour-long television documentary and was called by the Los Angeles Times
, "a book every junior and senior high library should have.
has also authored a number of articles for national magazines and hosted a weekly radio commentary show on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles.
was a contributor to the best selling book Tennis Strokes and Strategies and Black Fathers...An Invisible Presence in America, which is used as a textbook in college psychology classes throughout the United States.
many professional awards are six Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators
, Five Prism Awards from the Public Relations Society of America
and seven CEBA Awards of Excellence from the World Institute of Black Communications
was named by Dollars and Sense magazine
as one of America's Best and Brightest Business and Professional men.
Bentley has received the NAACP's coveted Verna M. Canson ACT-SO Award, UCI Distinguished Alumni Award, NPCL "Spirit of Fatherhood Award", Turning Point magazine "Living History Maker Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Black Public Relations Society of California and the PTA.
has also received commendations from the California State Assembly, City of Inglewood (California), Los Angeles City School Board, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
In 2001, former California Governor Gray Davis appointed Bentley to the Board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy.
Then California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger reappointed Bentley
to the board in 2007 where he
served until 2009.
has also served on the board of Governors of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
and the California African American Museum
In 2006 Bentley was elected to the Board of Governors of Framers Insurance Truck Exchange where he continues to serve.
Bentley is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and Phillips Temple CME Church where he serves on the Steward Board.
He is also a member of the Harold Pump Foundation, Reading Is Fundamental, and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center.