Our Founder

Dr. Howard E. Kennedy, DHL
Founder, President & CEO
Following 25 years of experience in the fragrance and flavors industries, Howard Kennedy founded Royal Essence, Ltd. in 1987 and H.K. Enterprises in 1990.  H.K. Enterprises is the first full-service, 100%-minority owned enterprise creating, producing and distributing fragrances and flavors. His creativity has earned five Fragrance Foundation Awards for Fragrance of the Year. With success in creating a fragrance concept for Actor Billy Dee Williams and partnering with Avon to make the fragrance their first ever celebrity endorsed fragrance as well as to introduce the first ever woman’s fragrance endorsed by a black or male celebrity, H.K. Enterprises had a jump start. Undeniable became the biggest spring fragrance launch ever for Avon. Other accomplishments include Avon’s Vanilla Bubble Bath fragrance; Southern Exposure fragrance endorsed by En Vogue’s Terry Ellis; Ulta’s Flirty Floral line; Time Out for Sear’s; Seagram’s Extra and Sunfrost Tea Wine Cooler flavors; Pinnacle’s Country Kitchen Syrup (Log Cabin) flavor; and unique scents for “Cooks for Kids” and “Night of 200 Trees” charity events.
Awards and Honors
Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, Eckerd College, 2009
Honorary Alumnus, Eckerd College, 2009
The Black Achievers in Industry Award
Outstanding Entrepreneur of the year, Black MBA Association
Achievement Award for Excellence, Black Retail Action Group, Inc.
Silver Torch Award, Association of National Black MBA’s
Award of Achievement- African Scientific Institute Fellows
Academic Achievement-New York Institute of Technology
Past Presidents Award – The American Society of Perfumers
Outstanding Entrepreneur, Peck High School, Class of 1960
Organizational Memberships
Guest Lecturer, 2009 Fall Series, Eckerd College
Past President, Past Chairman of the Board and member of Board of Directors of the American Society of Perfumers
Past President and Member Board of the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Homes Foundation
African Scientific Institute Fellows
Society of Cosmetic Chemists
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Community Service
Active participant and supporter of the following:
The American Red Cross • Avon Cancer Awards • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund • Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ • St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital • Black Retail Action Group • Black Child Development Institute • Girls, Inc • Queensborough Community College •  Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center  • The Studio Museum of Harlem  •  March of Dimes  • Riverland Elementary School • Broward County Schools •  Policemen’s Benevolent Association of Hudson Country NJ • Cooks for Kids II • Friends for Life• Night of 100 Trees • The Elm Street Little League Association, Nassau County Volunteer Center, Fernandina Beach Florida.
Publications/Media
Adweek, Aerosol Age, Outlook, Gobal Cosmetic Industry, The Hollywood reporter, Chemical Marketing reporter, Crain’s New York Business, Carib News, Black Enterprise, Perfumes & Flavorings, Men of Achievement, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, Black Enterprise, Cosmetic World, Blacktress, The New York Times, Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine