New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Presents Special Awards to Corporations and Minority Businesses at 2012 Expo

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Carla Harris, Chairman of Morgan Stanley Foundation and Author of Expect to Win, was Keynote Speaker at Business Opportunity Expo

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) honored partnerships between corporations and minority business with Mission Accomplished Awards and Evolve Awards at the 2012 Business Opportunity Expo held June 13-14 at New York Marriott Marquis.

“In this economy, when the nation gets a cold, minority businesses get the flu,” said Lynda Ireland, president and CEO of The Council. “The Council is pleased to salute success stories about partnerships between our certified MBEs and corporate members.”

Awards were presented at the June 14 Sponsor’s Luncheon. The Evolve Award was given to minority businesses whose companies achieved a new level of effectiveness, value or relevancy: eclaro International; Rangam Consultants, RDZ Media, Robinson Aerial Surveys and Translation Plus. Michael Jones-Bey, director of supplier diversity, Con Edison and Expo corporate co-chair, presented the Mission Accomplished Awards to Con Edison minority suppliers: Daniel Sung-Park, president, eclaro International; Michael Smith, president & CEO, Griffin Security Agency and Ryan Ramnarayan, president, Deluxe Delivery Services.

The theme for the two-day Expo was "Strategic Positioning for Your Future," which examined opportunities for multicultural businesses and major corporations to explore methods of creating and maintaining successful business partnerships. The Expo is attended by some of the nation's leading corporate and government supplier diversity executives and the New York metropolitan area's top Asian-American, African American, Hispanic-American and Native-American business owners. There were almost 100 exhibitors encompassing Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and minority businesses.

"This year's Expo included procurement workshops and special features like Evolve Awards promoting minority business and corporate partnerships; Mission Accomplished Awards for certified minority businesses that landed major corporate contracts; Corporate Connections match-maker meetings and the Video Business Card exhibit," said Lynda Ireland, president and CEO of The Council. "It's important for minority businesses to visibly promote their services to gain customers and corporate contracts."

The keynote speaker was Carla Harris, a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, chairman of Morgan Stanley Foundation and author of Expect to Win. Harris, who is also a singer and has released her third gospel CD Unceasing Praise, holds a BA and MBA from Harvard. Expo workshops included a purchasing forum hosted by Daniel Sung Park, chairman of The Council's MBE Input Committee and moderated by Leonard Greenhalgh, professor of management at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and author of Minority Business Success: Refocusing on the American Dream. The workshop showcased leading Fortune 500 corporate procurement officers: Rich Buccarelli, chief procurement officer, JPMorgan Chase; Walter Charles III, vice president of supply chain procurement, Johnson & Johnson and Eliseo T. Rojas, vice president of global sourcing & procurement, Interpublic Group.

The Expo also featured Pauline Gebon, vice president of supplier diversity at Adecco USA/ chairperson, The Council; Jeannie Maddox, manager of supplier diversity for Colgate Palmolive Global Procurement Strategies/vice chairperson, The Council; luncheon M.C. Michael Gargiulo, co-anchor, WNBC-TV’s “Today in New York”; MBE co-chair Mike Narula, founder, president and CEO of Reliance Communications. Lead sponsors: Con Edison, Reliance Communications, Pepsico, BNY Mellon, Prudential and American Airlines.

The Council, an award-winning National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliate, has approximately 200 corporate members and 1,300 certified minority businesses. The Council’s jurisdiction encompasses the State of New York, North New Jersey and Central New Jersey, including Trenton, the state capitol.

For more information on the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, please call 212-502-5663 or at http://www.nynjmsdc.org.

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