Name: Joseph Landon
Company: Jojo’s Ventures
City, State: New York, N.Y.
Years in the Industry: Almost 25 years
How did you first get involved in the industry?
As a 15-year-old, I worked for other tourism companies and gained my experience by researching music and historic pictures to assist with the media and visual component of the tours.
Who has inspired your career?
My mentors: Apollo Theater legend and Historian Mr. Billy Mitchell and legendary filmmaker Mr. William Miles whose personal stories and sage advice continue to drive my passion for history.
What has been the greatest challenge/opportunity in your career?
The challenge is understanding that the number of black people interested in OUR history is somewhat disappointing. The opportunity of being able to educate and enlighten helps me understand why it’s important to continue doing what I do.
What advice would you give to others about working in this industry?
If you have the passion to provide the best experiences possible, then the industry will work in your favor. Your life and stories have value. Patience is a HUGE virtue for success.
Why is it important for you to belong to the African American Motorcoach Council?
It’s important for me to represent Black History in New York and with an organization like ABA and the AAMC, the goal to continue to share our history and cultural experiences will have more outreach throughout the country.