Impact and Innovation in a Global Marketplace – charting the future, with vision and fresh confidence, NMSDC drew 6,000 attendees to its 2018 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, held October 14-17 in Austin, TX.
The Conference signaled a new era in the cause of minority supplier development by introducing its new President and CEO, Adrienne Steele, with a renewal of confidence in the NMSDC national network and its transformative mission to certify and develop the success of MBEs in global and national corporate supply chain.
Dell, Toyota and Wells Fargo served as Corporate Co-Chairs of the Conference. For the first time, the 2018 Conference also had a Corporate Plusâ Co-Chair – Acro Service Corporation. The MBE Co-Chair was Ongweoweh Corporation. In another first, the Conference welcomed a generous Platinum Sponsor – Vista Equity Partners, based in Austin.
“Passion. Perspective. Progress” was the theme for Conference’s grand finale Wednesday evening – the Awards Banquet. Hosted by entertainer Chuck Nice, the program announced the winners of NMSDC’s annual awards of achievement. In her concluding remarks, Adrienne Trimble announced that AT&T, Coca Cola and UPS would serve as Corporate Co-Chairs of the 2019 Conference in Atlanta, scheduled for October 13-16.
In addition to other awards, the honorary Harriet R. Michel Chairman’s Award was jointly presented to Casilda del Valle, NMSDC’s longtime Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Louis Green, who has served as NMSDC’s Interim President in the past year.
Awards of achievement were presented to:
- Council of the Year – Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council
- Supplier of the Year (Class I: 0-$1 million revenue) – Stellar Consulting Solutions
- Supplier of the Year (Class II: $1-$5 million revenue) – Athena Engineering
- Supplier of the Year (Class III: $5-$10 million revenue) – Premiere Building Maintenance
- Supplier of the Year (Class IV: $10 million-plus revenue) – Hal Hayes Construction, Inc.
- Corporate Top Performer: Financial – Bank of America
- Corporate Top Performer: Tier II [two winners] – Walmart / Fiat Chrysler America
- Corporate Top Performer: Development – Toyota
- Corporation of the Year (Class I: $1 billion to $10 billion – EQT Corporation
- Corporation of the Year (Class II: $11 billion to $50 billion – Merck
- Corporation of the Year (Class III: $50 billion to $100 billion) – Comcast NBCUniversal
- Corporation of the Year (Class IV:– $100 billion to $150 billion) [No award this year]
- Corporation of the Year (Class V: $151 billion and above) – AT&T