Herbert P. Wilkins Sr., a general partner of Syncom Management Company, a Bethesda, Md. venture capital firm and a key source of finance and investment support for Black media companies, including Black Entertainment Television and Radio One, died Dec. 3. He was 71 and lived in Columbia, Md.
Born in Boston in 1942, Wilkins joined Syncom Management in 1992. As an investment analyst and later as a general partner there, he invested in BET and Radio One and a number of start-up fledgling companies, including the Sports Information Network.
Prior to joining Syncom, he served as a sales professional for a commercial and residential real estate developer on a number of projects in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. In addition, Wilkins held operational positions in radio stations and cable television systems the firm has owned.
He was a member of the BET board of directors.