Jason is the Chief Executive Officer of B Holding Group, LLC. B Holding Group is the distributor of b condoms (www.bcondoms.com). b condoms is a luxury condom brand with a social mission. The company uses part of its condoms sales to fund public health awareness and prevention initiatives. The brand is currently sold at Whole Foods. The brand is also made available across the country by various States like Georgia and Indiana, universities like Duke, Harvard and Morehouse College and non-profit organizations like AID Atlanta.
Prior to co-founding b condoms, Jason worked as an Attorney for several international law firms in Washington, DC, New York City, NY and Tokyo, Japan. Jason is an avid traveler and enjoys watching independent films and spending time with friends. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. At Morehouse, he was an Oprah Winfrey Scholar. Jason also graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served on the Moot Court Team. He actively speaks at colleges around the country including Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University and the University of Southern California and was recently recognized as one of the Top 40 Leaders Under 40 by the New Leaders Council and one of the “Ten Young Entrepreneurs to Watch” by Black Enterprise.
AFL: So tell me about b-condoms? What does the “B” stand for?
JP: We actually selected b because we wanted a brand that would be open and able to connect with all people and experiences. For example, you bSafe, bResponsible, bProud, etc
JP: Basically, you can be whatever you want to be as long as you do it in a safe way.
AFL: What is your position in the company? How long have you been in the condom making business?
JP: My position is CEO. I’ve been with the company for 2 years
AFL: So have you been there since the inception? What prompted you to undertake this venture?
JP: Yeah, the idea actually started with my mother
AFL: How so?
JP: At the time, I was practicing law in NYC. I HATED my job
JP: I wanted a career where I would make great money, but also be able to do more in the community. My mother used to run a non-profit in Boston, where I’m from. So growing up, that’s where I used to work a lot. I just couldn’t survive on non-profit money. So we were talking about different issues in the black community one day, first with the crack epidemic and then about HIV, and she mentioned that she couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a black condom company since we’re the ones so affected by HIV/AIDS. I thought to myself “wow”.
AFL: So that’s where you came up with “Luxury condoms with a social mission.”
JP: My immediate thought was a mix between Ciroc and Tom Shoes
AFL: lol. Alcohol and condoms
JP: I knew it had to be premium and but also community focused.
AFL: Pretty powerful combination 😉
JP: When I think Ciroc, I think premium. Tom Shoes makes me think community. So I went overseas for a few months and visited different manufacturing facilities to source the most premium latex for our condoms and once we secured the most premium quality latex and lubricant, I knew I had the product to move forward with.
AFL: You have stated that b-condoms encourage social responsibility, what are some of the socially responsible events, campaigns, etc, that you have supported or done?
JP: We’ve done a lot of different things. We had a full college tour last year with the Kaiser Family Foundation and greater than AIDS. We’re the official partner for the BET Rap-It-Up tour this year. We hosted events for national HIV/AIDS testing day in partnership the NYC Dept of Health and the National Action Network.
AFL: That is interesting. I know I have seen some of your condoms at Pride here and in DC.
JP: Yeah, we sponsored a bunch of pride events around the country from Baltimore/DC, Atlantic City, Atlanta
AFL: So what makes b-condoms different from buying a Trojan ® or Lifestyles ®?
JP: We’re different in a few significant ways. First, our product: We utilize a thinner grade of latex and a higher quality of silicone lubricant. This gives people the experience of wearing a condom, without feeling the condom. Because of our manufacturing difference, we also end up being one of the only vegan friendly condoms on the market. Plus, we are a social venture as well. We’re in the streets in a way that neither Trojan® nor Lifestyles ® are.
AFL: Do a portion of the proceeds from each sale goes toward social conscious endeavors?
JP: No, our model is different. We donate 1 condom to a non-profit for each condom we sell.
AFL: That is very different.
JP: We also fund awareness initiatives like the ones I stated as well. Lastly, and this is something that we don’t advertise much: we’re the only minority-owned and operated condom manufacturer.
AFL: Sensuality by Autumn and Fantasies Fulfilled supports MOBs and WOBs as much as possible especially those with a sexual health focus, Are there any plans for additional products? Non-latex? Dental Dams? Etc.?
JP: Yeah, we definitely plan to add on additional product lines. We’re planning to stay out of the dental dam business, but are looking at lubricants and additional types of condoms.
JP: One thing that we’ve been working on recently is partnering up with the ladies that host pleasure parties to have them add condoms into their assortment and actually earn money and help grow the brand at the same time.
AFL: So where do you see your company in 5 years? in 10?
JP: Within 5 years, we’d like to be the second largest condom company in the U.S. and become the largest by year 10.
AFL: Where can people buy your product other than your website?
JP: They’re currently available in Whole Foods Market.
AFL: That’s wonderful. I have done some product testing personally. I must say I was impressed with the Platinum XL, much more than the Magnums I’ve used prior.
JP: That’s what up! Appreciate that.
AFL: So for the readers: how can they find out more about b-condoms? If they have questions how would they be able to reach someone? I know I found you on Twitter.
JP: I would recommend they follow us on Twitter. It’s @bcondoms on Twitter and Instagram and we’ve got a Facebook as well. www.facebook.com/bcondoms. We’re not as active there as we are on Twitter but if they’d like to support the movement or help us grow in their area, definitely reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFL: Okay now I am going to ask 10 questions I ask of all my interview subjects. I call it “The List” Its 10 get to know you type off the top of the head questions. What are your top 5 favorite TV shows?
JP: Entourage, How to Make it in America, The Voice, Sportscenter and Globe Trekker
AFL: Big Mac or Whopper?
AFL: Batman or Superman?
AFL: American or Import Cars?
AFL: Fave Color?
AFL: Fave sexual position?
AFL: Favorite Curse Word?
JP: I don’t really curse like that
AFL: If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
AFL: Is that your favorite place to visit? if not Where is?
JP: I used to live in Brazil. My favorite is kind of a toss-up. It would be between Brazil and Thailand
AFL: A world traveler I see…
JP: yeah, nearly 40 countries and counting
AFL: And lastly how do you like your eggs?
JP: scrambled with cheese
AFL: Well that brings us to the end of our interview. Is there anything you would like to say to the fans and readers?
JP: I would just say thanks for following and make sure to tell their local stores to carry b condoms. And if they want to support, hit us at email@example.com
AFL: Thanks for taking the time to interview with me
JP: Anytime, Thank you. I really enjoyed that
You can learn more about b condoms by following them on twitter and instagram @bcondoms or facebook.com/bcondoms.