The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council 2009 Partnership Awards

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Turner Construction Corporation, Bank of New York Mellon, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Win Top Honors

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council's Partnership Awards Gala honored successful business partnerships between minority entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies. with an elegant evening held on November 13 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Turner Construction Corporation was saluted with the "National Corporation of the Year Award." Bank of New York Mellon was honored with the "Regional Corporation of the Year Award." Susan Hogan, manager, Supplier Diversity, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (PSEG) was presented with the "Coordinator of the Year Award." The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey received the first "Agency of the Year Award." This year, The Council also initiated "The Chairman's Award" earned by Jonah Cooper, Jr., president, Worldwide Virtual Academy Inc and director, Business Development, Rutgers University, who initiated Rutgers' acclaimed course Supplier Diversity Online.

"We at Turner are tremendously blessed and honored to receive 'The National Corporation Of Year Award.' We accept the award not for personal aggrandizement, but as a vote of confidence to expand our Minority Women Business Enterprise program to higher heights," said Hilton O. Smith, senior vice president for Corporate and Community Affairs at Turner Construction Company and Chairman of the Board for The Council.

"Although we are now living in a challenging economy period, nonetheless there are opportunities for small business to excel and grow--as witnessed by our minority business winners," said Lynda Ireland, president and CEO of The Council. "The Council would like to congratulate all our corporate members. Even in this difficult economy, they understand the bottom line value and quality of utilizing minority businesses."

The Council's Partnership Awards, which honors successful business partnerships between minority entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies, presented the "Class II Supplier of the Year Award" to Beverly White, founder and president of BKW Transformation Group. This Piscataway, New Jersey management-consulting firm provides business process systems and integration consulting solutions that support cost reduction. The "Class IV Supplier of the Year Award" was presented to Ranjini Poddar, co-founder and president of Artech Information Systems. Headquartered in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, the $200 million global IT consulting and workforce solutions company is the nation's second largest minority-owned IT staffing company.

The host for the evening was DeMarco Morgan, anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV, New York. The Gala Corporate Chair was Tina Motley, manager, Purchasing and Supplier Diversity, Bloomingdale's and the Gala MBE Chair was Daniel Sung Park, president and CEO, eclaro International Inc. and chairman, Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) for The Council. The Partnership Award's gold sponsors were Consolidated Edison Company of New York, PepsiCo, Prudential and Public Service Enterprise Group.

The Council certifies minority-owned businesses in order for the business owners to be eligible for corporate and government contracts. Certification encompasses a thorough financial and administration investigation the business. New York State, the State of New Jersey and New York City have signed major agreements that accept The Council's certification for fast tracking its certified minority businesses in government contract bidding.

The rich ethnic diversity of the New York - New Jersey region is reflected in the 1,300 minority entrepreneurs certified by the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council. This includes African-American, Asian Indian-American, Asian Pacific-American, Hispanic-American and Native-American businesses with annual revenues ranging from $100,000 to $3 billion. The Council has approximately 200 corporate members, which comprise some of America's largest and influential Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. Its jurisdiction encompasses the New York City metro area, Downstate New York (Albany and below) and Northern and Central New Jersey including Trenton. The Council, which has headquarters in Manhattan and an office in Newark, NJ, is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

For more information on the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, please call 212-502-5663.

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