Billboard Names Beyonce & Parkwood President Steve Pamon Executives Of The Year

Published: Thursday 17th Oct 2019 by Sam

Beyond being one of the most formidable forces in music, Beyonce has cemented herself as an astute entrepreneur.

Heading up the Parkwood Entertainment empire, Queen Bey has established success in a multitude of spheres and shows no signs of slowing.

To shape and steer said charge, she on-boarded Steve Pamon as President/COO of her innovative imprint in 2014.

Beforehand, the Morehouse graduate made a major mark in multinationals such as Time Warner and JP Chase Morgan; with his tenure at the latter aligning him with Bey after he negotiated the company’s sponsorship of her ‘On The Run’ stadium tour.

Since joining forces, the pair haven’t looked back.

Their many achievements has seen Billboard name them both as Executive of the Year in the 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players List.

Head below for insights from Beyonce and Pamon about their approach to business and much more…

Beyonce On Pamon & Parkwood:

“I chose Steve as my COO because we share a similar philosophy about business. You Don’t have to be an asshole to get things done. It was important that I found someone with good character as a human being, with values whom I could truly trust, and someone who understands that my priority for my company is always creativity and art over commerce.”

Pamon On Beyonce & Parkwood’s Mission:

“We’re not just doing entertainment. We are moving the culture forward. People use that term all the time, but few understand that culture is defined as a series of art and actions that helps shape a society and its worldview. If you think about what Beyoncé has done for African culture — for African Americans in particular — along with women and others who feel less empowered, she has moved the self-esteem of these groups in a positive direction. That is history. I tell people all the time, “You can make money, but can you make history?”

Pamon On Bey’s Transition From Solely Entertainer To A High-Volume Cultural Voice:

“She got rid of the duality of trying to please everyone — of chasing the dollar — and freed herself of some of the things that not only hold [African Americans] back as a group, but that hold society back as a whole.”

Pamon On ‘Homecoming’ Not Winning An Emmy:

“The recognition that we got for Homecoming, particularly from the young students [who saw advance screenings] at Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern, Grambling State, Morehouse, Spelman, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T — man, that’s 10 times bigger than any award. Look, who doesn’t want to win those types of things? But we smile and go on. Trust me, there are greater things to come. We’ll be back.”

Pamon On Parkwood’s Intense Secrecy:

“First of all, it has become part of Beyoncé’s brand to surprise and delight. The other big piece, mathematically speaking, is the amount of money and effort that people put into hype. B is really trying to create art. She’s pushing the culture forward. So why not put the energy into that instead of a billboard or an advertisement or social media?”

Pamon On Beyonce’s Drive:

“Everyone tries to copy the outcome, but I’ve seen few people really want to emulate the process. One of the things I say all the time is that if people want to be her at 10 p.m. onstage, they have to want to be her at 4 a.m. in rehearsal. And they have to be her at 5 p.m. in the conference room. If you want to be that mogul, if you want to be that entertainer, you put in the work. She puts in the work.”

Pamon On ‘The Gift’ Being Bey’s Quincy Jones Moment:

“In July, we released The Lion King: The Gift album, which was Beyoncé’s Quincy Jones moment. As accomplished a performer as she is, she is also a hell of a producer, director and arranger.”

Pamon On Ivy Park’s Adidas Partnership:

“We think it will be the biggest athletic partnership of all time.”

Pamon On Parkwood Ethos:

“We do more before 7 a.m. than most people do all day. But that’s Parkwood. And that’s the standard that Beyoncé has set.”

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A rivetting, inspiring read and one which you can check out in full over at Billboard. In the here and now, though, what are…

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  1. IG : mixedboy October 17, 2019

    Ummmmm

    • 🍇 Jasmine’s Grape Juice 🍇 🍷 October 17, 2019

      Beyonce said “my priority for my company is always creativity and art over commerce.” That is very hypocritical. What creativity and art can be had from a woman who has never written a song by herself, blatantly steals / copies other people’s style, and pretend to be an “artist” when she really is Jay-z’s puppet. I like Bey but I totally don’t like lies! Bey is not a creative artist. She is an entertainer and she should OWN that. She is one of the best entertainers of all time and that alone is a huge iconic / legendary accomplishment! Let the creative artists get their own shine for their work and OWN what u truly own Bey.

      • Maxx October 18, 2019

        You are absolutely right..she try’s so hard to get praise in every area of entertainment when she really just isn’t about that life. She is at her greatest a GOAT in concert because she owns that stage….also no one can ever take away from her the fact that anything she touches turns to GOLD as far as being the face products. Let that be enough Beyoncé…trying to dip you finger in everything weakens your greatest accomplishments.

  2. Clarkson October 17, 2019

    “In July, we released The Lion King: The Gift album, which was Beyoncé’s Quincy Jones moment. ”

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 the delusion.
    Quincy Jones never sold 900 copies in the UK.

    Beyonce u need ur father badly.

    • MissImpartial October 17, 2019

      😂😂😂This is the first time agree with your post.

    • You tried October 17, 2019

      Stop repeating the same BS. They just said she isn’t chasing money and awards anymore…btw you seem to only care about numbers so you must be having a meltdown about Camila and her singles not working. She’s gonna end up like all those white Girls who came out with music 2014-2016 very popular for a bit but now not so much..think Hailey Steinfield….

      • Jasmine The Real Princess October 17, 2019

        Beyonce not chasing money is like Lil Kim not chasing the surgeon LMAO

  3. Rihanna the King!! October 17, 2019

    NO POST ABOUT RIHANNA BEING THE BIGGEST ARTIST IN THE LAST 35 YRS ACCORDING TO BILLBOARD! HER IMPACT AND SALES AND HER GLOBAL REIGN!

    • 🍇 Jasmine’s Grape Juice 🍇 🍷 October 17, 2019

      Once Rihanna releases her new album in December then the Rihanna discussions will begin as her new album collects heavy Christmas sales and streams.

      She lost the weight. Her body looks great and she is ready to slay a tour in 2021 too.

  4. Tyty October 18, 2019

    What she has done for African culture * blinks rapidly bey I love you but the delusiona in that statement is astonishing

  5. cory October 18, 2019

    No This Beyonce hype after 3 consecutive projects is shocking.

    She hasn’t had a real hit in years. He album sales have been horrible. For such a big global star her last 3 projects all missed the top of the Billboard 200. Enough already!

    • I HATE BLLAck n whyyyte bitchexx y’all not sht October 18, 2019

      Now Netflix kissing her ass…..wtf about Whitney concert special..

      I know that ho. Mariah mad as sht..they just keep picking Beyonce over her and she cannot sing like Whitney Houston

  6. I HATE BLLAck n whyyyte bitchexx y’all not sht October 18, 2019

    Clap clap clap…..
    Put Elton John back up……they f***** up Lion King music……

    Brown skin bitchexx are not dark skin……they are neither light or dark…..

    Brown girl say you just jealous Beyonce, my b**** color is in between…..You hating ass b****,. Brown skin is not dark skin

  7. I HATE BLLAck n whyyyte bitchexx y’all not sht October 18, 2019

    Fuvk. About daddy b****… Whitney was such a good daughter….wow b**** f*** about Matthew

  8. Okay? October 19, 2019

    Congratulations 👏👏👏👏

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