Update, President Malcolm Bennett

 

It is with great sadness we announce that our beloved board president and friend Malcolm Bennett passed away.

Mr. Bennett’s Celebration of Life will be held:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

2 PM- 5 PM

LOS ANGELES SOUTHWEST COLLEGE
1600 W. Imperial Highway
Los Angles, CA 90047

AACSC Executive Committee today appointed Elaine Hutchison, long time board member and champion of our association, to serve as the Interim Board President. AACSC elections are scheduled at the General Membership Meeting in October.


THE UNSTOPPABLE MAN!

One of God’s BEST, Malcolm Nathaniel Bennett, also known as “Mac,” was called to leave us and receive a new assignment in heaven on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Mac was born on June 29, 1947 in Selma, Alabama from the union of Joseph and Ardell Bennett.


The Bennett Family moved to California in 1956 and resided in Jefferson Park in the Los Angeles area. Mac and his brother Joseph Bennett, Jr., were very close and became friends with many of the neighborhood children on 4th Ave, who now refer themselves the 4th Ave Gang. He attended Los Angeles City College and California State University, Los Angeles majoring in Business Management.


Mac, known as a visionary and entrepreneur, began his career when he became a licensed contractor and the owner of International Glass Company in Inglewood. He started investing in real estate and purchased several investment properties throughout the Los Angeles area. This ignited the passion for real estate with Mac.


Mac became a REALTOR® in 1972 and obtained his real estate salesman License and was employed with Century-21 Fox Hills. A few years later Mac obtained his real estate broker’s license. In 1976, Mac formed Bennett & Bennett Associates, specializing in property management. Several years later, Mac formed International Realty & Investments and was the broker & CEO, expanding the horizon of the company in handling property management, sales, conservatorships, and a state court appointed receiverships.


Over the years, Mac has given his all to the real estate industry, dedicating time and serving in various positions with many organizations: Founder of Minority Apartment Owners Association {MAOA), State court receiver for many banks; advisor of the Inglewood Rental Property Owners Association {IRPOA); President, Los Angeles County Board of REALTORS®; President, Southwest Los Angeles Association of REALTORS; Receiver, the Dunbar Hotel; Regional Vice President of the National Apartment Association (NAA); President, Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS®; Chair, Property Management Forum , National Association of REALTOR (NAR); Chair, Investment Housing Committee for California Association of REALTORS® {CAR); served as a Board Member and President of the Los Angeles County Tax Appeals Board; 2020-2021 President, The Apartment Association of California Southern Cities {AACSC); President, Friends, South-Central Los Angeles Regional Center for the Disabled (SCLARC); and Co-Founder & President, California Association of Black Real Estate Professionals. (CABREP)


On Sundays, Mac attended and was a devoted longtime member of The First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles (F.A.M.E.) under the leadership of Reverend Cecil Murray, Emeritus and Reverend J. Edgar Boyd, Senior Pastor.


Mac’s death is preceded by his beloved parents, Joseph A. Bennett, Sr, and Ardell, his brother Joseph A. Bennett, Jr. He is survived by his two children Steveland Lemar Whigham and Kara Lynn Whigham, (Sonya); granddaughters Sloane, Autumn, and Willow Whigham; nephew Christopher Bennett; nieces Celeste M. Hall and Angela Hall; Debora Bright-Laney “dbl”, niece/mentee; and Lemar C. Whigham (Evon), brother-in-law.