(BALTIMORE – August 21, 2016) – The next Bmorenews.com business networking event – Black Wall Street PORT COVINGTON – on Friday, August 26th (3-5 pm) at Port Covington will feature a number of honorees, including entrepreneur Quintin Lathan, Jr. RSVP to http://blackwallstreetportcovington.eventbrite.com.
Who is Quintin?
Quintin Lathan, Jr. is the owner of Beauty Plus, one of the only black owned beauty supply stores in Baltimore City, MD.
Quintin was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 30, 1980. He graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar Community High School in Baltimore, MD in 1998, and from Morgan State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Quintin was initiated into the Baltimore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2008. Quintin later founded The 1911 Group in 2015 and opened Beauty Plus in 2016.
After receiving his education, Quintin set his sights on entrepreneurship and pursued real estate investing in addition to partnering with a marketing company. Later on in 2007, he began his engineering track with the Federal Government as a Patent Examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specializing in the Educational Games sector. He later began to pursue his passion for building and construction, and took a position as an Electrical Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). During his time with the USACE (Philadelphia district), his main focus was military construction projects. He also worked on projects such as the USACE Hurricane Sandy Mission for Disaster Relief, and the USACE Flood Control and Coastal Emergency Repair for the New Jersey region. His most notable project was the work that he did to help complete a $866 million, multi-phase program to build the massive complex (C4ISR, APG, Maryland) for the Army’s communication and electronics arm.
After spending two years in Philadelphia, working for the Army Corps, Quintin received a promotion that allowed him to return home to Baltimore City. His love for the city led to his involvement in politics. In 2014, he managed a campaign for one’s of his closest friends and helped him get elected to the Maryland State House of Delegates. This pivotal moment in Quintin’s life helped him to realize that he could make a great and much needed impact in a city that’s nurtured him his whole life. Therefore, Quintin opened Beauty Plus, one of the only black owned and operated beauty supply stores in the heart of Baltimore city’s prized Charles village neighborhood. He believes that it will take real power to build up the communities within Baltimore city and that ownership is equal to real power. He defines power as the perfect combination of organized people and organized capital. Quintin feels that although the city of Baltimore has had black leadership, the crucial thing that’s missing is black business ownership. People always ask Quintin “Why did you choose to open a beauty supply store when you don’t have a background in retail sales or hair care”, and his response is “ I always wanted to own a retail space in the community but I didn’t want to sell food or clothing, so beauty supplies was the perfect venture.” He believes that we own very little businesses in our community, so we should explore even the most challenging industries.