NMSDC Names Ford Motor Company Corporation of the Year; Key Minority Businesses Also Recognized.
The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) presented Ford Motor Company with the prestigious "Corporation of the Year" Award at its Awards Banquet on October 31st in Atlanta, in recognition of the company's exemplary achievements in the area of minority business development.
The award is regarded as the most significant honor to a major corporation for the utilization of minority suppliers. Since NMSDC was founded in 1972, hundreds of major corporations have launched, or expanded, innovative programs to increase their business relationships with minority suppliers.
Ford Motor spent $3.5 billion with minority suppliers (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) certified by the NMSDC in 2000. Ford spends more with minority Tier 1 suppliers than any other corporation in the U.S., and the number of minority suppliers has increased from 321 to 408.
Ford has several initiatives in place to develop suppliers, including executive education and technical training, financial assistance, eight Business Development Commodity Councils, joint ventures and Empowerment Zone projects. The Ford Tier II Program requires its largest 600 suppliers (minority as well as majority) to establish minority supplier development programs.
Ford Motor Company previously won the Corporation of the Year Award in 1998 and 1988.
G. Winston Smith, supplier diversity director at AT&T Corporation, received the MBE Coordinator of the Year award in recognition of more than $1 billion in contracts with minority suppliers as well as innovative supplier development activities and leadership across industry groups and across the country.
Three top minority businesses were also recognized as national "Suppliers of the Year" for excellence in business acumen and community service. They were: Integrated Packaging Corporation, New Brunswick, New Jersey; MagRabbit, Inc., Austin, Texas; and A-1 Janitorial Services, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada.
"These are some of NMSDC's highest awards, given to minority suppliers who distinguish themselves and their businesses by successfully demonstrating growth in sales and employment while overcoming significant obstacles; consistently providing high quality products and services at competitive prices; and significantly contributing to the growth and development of society in their community," said Harriet R. Michel, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Nine minority businesses were honored as regional "Suppliers of the Year." They were: Alert Staffing, Culver City, California; Maya Telecom, Inc., Altamonte Springs, Florida; Shingobee Builders, Inc., Loretto, Minnesota; ClasSickle, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky; Cyntell Tool Company, Melvindale, Michigan; Genesis VII, Inc., Titusville, Florida; KolorPro Promotions, Inc., Eastover, South Carolina; The Mobe Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Toxicology One, Inc., Columbus, Indiana.
The Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council was awarded the Council of the Year award, for providing stellar services to hundreds of corporations and minority businesses in Virginia.
The Chairman's Award was presented to George David, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corporation, for exemplary volunteer leadership as chairman of NMSDC's Board of Directors for four years.
Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 39 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America's top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 15,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services.
For more information about the National Minority Supplier Development Council, call (212) 944-2430 or check the Web site at http://www.nmsdcus.org .
2001 NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER
DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CONFERENCE AWARDS
CORPORATION OF THE YEAR Awards accepted by:
Ford Motor Company Mr. Richard Honecker
Henry Ford II World Center-WHQ Executive Director,
One American Road Global Facilities
Dearborn, Michigan 48126 Material and Services Purchasing
SUPPLIERS OF THE YEAR
Integrated Packaging Corporation Mr. Joseph Wilson
122 Quentin Avenue Chairman and CEO
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Manufacturer of corrugated
containers, corrugated packaging
and display products
Alert Staffing Ms. Victoria Lowe
300 Corporate Pointe, Suite 300 Founder, President and CEO
Culver City, California 90230
Full service staffing
Maya Telecom, Inc. Ms. Ileana DiMario
498 Palm Springs Drive, Suite 100 Chief Executive Officer
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
Telecom Engineering, value added
distributor, manufacturer, Mr. Reynaldo Rodriguez
sale of new and refurbished President
Shingobee Builders, Inc. Ms. Gae Veit
669 North Medina Street Chief Executive Officer
Loretto, Minnesota 55357
and real estate services
MagRabbit, Inc. Mr. Tommy Hodinh
3815 Jarrett Way, Building B 220 Chairman and CEO
Austin, Texas 78728
e-fulfillment, call center
and e-commerce services
ClasSickle, Inc. Mr. Anthony J. Sickles
4501 Bardstown Road President
Louisville, Kentucky 40218
Environmental services, biology,
highway and construction, land
surveying, civil engineering,
landscape architecture and
Cyntell Tool Company Mr. Kenneth R. Jones
17950 Allen Road President and CEO
Melvindale, Michigan 48122
Machine tool manufacturer
Genesis VII, Inc. Mr. Kenneth Pinson
1605 White Drive President and CEO
Titusville, Florida 32780
Product distribution, facility
operation, general construction
and support services
A-1 Janitorial Services, Inc. Ms. Pamela Washington
4760 West Dewey Drive, #147 President
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
KolorPro Promotions, Inc. Ms. Ann Pringle Washington
Post Office Box 158 President
Eastover, South Carolina 29044
Awards, plaques, gifts,
programs, promotional items
The Mobe Group Ms. Lea Hargett
2828 10th Avenue South, 3rd Floor President and CEO
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
Electronic and automotive parts
assembly manufacturing, process,
design and engineering
Toxicology One, Inc. Mr. Mike Harris
1726 17th Street President
Columbus, Indiana 47201
Drug testing, file maintenance,
substance abuse training and
MBE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR
Mr. G. Winston Smith
Supplier Diversity Director
295 North Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920
COUNCIL OF THE YEAR CHAIRMAN'S AWARD
Ms. Adele Johnson Mr. George David
President Chairman and Chief Executive
Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Officer
Development Council United Technologies Corporation
1111 East Main Street, 3rd Floor United Technologies Building
Bank of America Center Hartford, Connecticut 06101
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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