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About Thomas Media Group

Thomas Media Group, LLC, publishers of the Black Pages USA directories, has successfully promoted minority business expositions for the past sixteen years. Known as the “Black Expo”, the one-day event has been held in Columbia, S.C. (eighteen years), Charleston, S.C. (sixteen years), Jacksonville, FL (fourteen years), Greenville, S.C. (four years) attracting over 800 exhibitors and 85,000 visitors. This concept was taken from Black Expo USA which was a national event that traveled the country and no longer exists. “Black Expos” are successfully held in cities such as Chicago, New York, and Indianapolis. Black Expo is the largest event of its kind directly targeting the African-American community.

Black Expo operates under Black Pages International’s non-profit status whose mission is to educate, enlighten, and empower the community.

Our Team

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Darrin Thomas

President

(803) 254-6404 darrin@blackpagesusa.com

Darrin Thomas is a native of Florence, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia. Mr. Thomas is a graduate of the University Of South Carolina School of Business where he received his undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Xerox Corporation employed Mr. Thomas as a Marketing Representative in Greenville, South Carolina.

Mr. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors for the local Boy Scouts of America, Wachovia Bank-Midlands Advisory Board, YES Carolina, Coker College Board of Trustees, Palmetto Health Foundation Board, SCANA Corporation Advisory Board, and the USC School of Business Partnership Foundation Board of Advisors. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Savannah Chapter-National Association of Guardsmen, Alpha Iota Boule-Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, member of the Columbia Rotary Club and serves as Vice President of the Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America. He is also a vigil honor member of Santee Lodge 116 – Order of the Arrow.

Darrin is an active member of Francis Burns United Methodist Church and is married to Kela Evans Thomas, formerly of Orangeburg, South Carolina. They have two sons, Todd Asher and Garrison Ervin. He accredits his success to his faith in God, the love of his family and the principle of relationship building.

Jessica Bell

Expo Coordinator | Digital Content Manager

(803) 254-6404 jeannie@blackpagesusa.com

Kela Thomas

VP, Business Operations

(803) 254-6404 kela@blackpagesusa.com

Elana Frazier

Administrative Assistant

(803) 254-6404 natasha@blackpagesusa.com

Tim Bowers

Account Executive

(803) 254-6404 timothyb@blackpagesusa.com

C.T. Burton

Charleston Market Manager

(313) 969-9000 erik@blackpagesusa.com

Thelma Davidson

Jacksonville Market Expo Coordinator

(904) 727-7451 thelma@blackpagesusa.com

Brenda Frinks

Florida Black Expo Manager

(904) 563-5324 fbeplanner@gmail.com

Black Expo Advisory Board

Charleston, SC – Board Members

Amanda Lawrence, Trident United Way
Charity Chisolm, South State Bank
Spencer Pryor, City of North Charleston
Kevin Kearse, Esq.
Cicely McCrae, College of Charleston
Romaine Howard, City of Charleston – Office of Cultural Affairs
Cynthia Alston, Cumulus Broadcasting
Pamela Goodwine-Glover, Santee Cooper
Theron Snype, City of Charleston
Lavon Sumter
Marvin Pendarvis, Esq., The Curry law Firm
Terry Base, Cumulus Broadcasting

 

Columbia, SC - Board Members

Charles Aiken, CarePro Health Services
Sylvia Hanna, State Farm
Pamela Bynoe-Reed, SCEG
Chef Frank Houston
James Patrick, MBS Fitness
Tre’ Tailor, Tailor Made

Jacksonville, FL - Board Members

Brenda Frinks, Sun City Events & Entertainment
Curtis James
Michael Baker, Metronic
KheSahn Barker, Shades of Blue Salon
Monique Blue, The Marketing Firm of JAX
Jamie Boyd, Retired from Coca Cola
Felice Franklin, Deutsche Bank
Christa Metrix, Dalton Agency
Ken Middleton, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
LaTanya Peterson
Patricia Sams, Jacksonville Electric Authority
Charzetta Spencer, City of Jacksonville
Deborah Thompson, DKT Consultants
Rhodesia Butler
Syrita Frinks, The Ritz Theatre & Museum
Efferem Williams

Upstate (Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg) - Board Members

Gisele Anthony, Jubilee Realtors
Euleta Hagins
S. Richard Hagins, US &S
James Jordon, Jordon Construction Companies
Jil Littlejohn, CEO, Upstate Urban League
Gwendolyn Mayes, Independent Agent
Cynthia Randolph, Insurance
Nikki Williams, Blue Cross Blue Shield