The Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The National Minority Supplier Development Council is the global leader in advancing business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connecting them to member corporations.
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RAM Contracting Honored with Exceptional Partner Award by Cushman & Wakefield
As one of the world’s largest property and facilities managers, Cushman & Wakefield developed the supplier relationship management program to drive profitability and innovative solutions for the firm, clients, and supply partners.
The Supplier Awards Program recognized outstanding performance in supporting a continuous drive for operating efficiency and delivering greater benefits to clients. Cushman & Wakefield is pleased to announce the 2018 honorees. RAM Contracting was recognized as the Diversity Excellence Award Winner in the recent inaugural Supplier Innovation Forum and Awards Program.
RAM Contracting began working with Cushman & Wakefield as a Tier 2 supplier on the new Toyota Headquarters in Plano, TX. RAM began their initial work by handling an emergency requirement to paint a door in the new facility.
“We were excited to have the opportunity to do some work,” said Ray Marsh, RAM Contracting CEO. “We made sure the door was painted and followed up with C&W to ensure they were pleased with the work.
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The Clarence Beckwith Distinguished Alumni Award, named for Lake Michicgan College's first president, was given to alumni Cynthia Joseph-Keller, Assistant Vice President - Facilities & Sourcing, DexYP, Inc. and a member of the D/FW Board of Directors.
The award recognizes significant success in personal and professional endeavors.
Joseph-Keller has extensive background in real estate, facilities and sourcing. Prior to working for DexYP, she worked for SuperMedia and Verizon, where she was recognized for her leadership and individual excellence.
Joseph-Keller attended LMC, where she studied business administration while working at Whirlpool Corp. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance, with honors from Ferris State University She relocated to Texas where she continued her education to earn an MBA in corporate finance from University of Dallas. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and is the treasurer for The Links, Incorporated-Fort Worth (TX) Chapter.
In 1998, the Council is recognized by Vice President Al Gore for a mentoring program jointly developed with the North Texas Commission.
2009 – The Council and State Senator Royce West collaborate to create the free Doing Business Texas Style Spot Bid Fair at the ACCESS Business Expo. The event continues to grow and awarded $4.95 million in contracts at ACCESS 2018!
BUY THOSE THAT BUY US(TM)
The 2018 Buy Those That Buy Us(tm) Recognition Breakfast honored 14 Buying Entities and 2 Honorable Mentions for their Best-in-Class Best Practices that demonstrated real results with MBEs. In addition, the breakfast celebrated the Council’s 45th Anniversary by recognizing 45 Buying Entities for completing and submitting surveys about their spend with certified minority-owned businesses and supplier diversity policies. Additional information about BTTBU(tm) is available soon in the Buy Those That Buy Us(tm) white paper. (This can be downloaded from the Resources Tab in this website.
This year’s Best Practice Honorees were:
Class of 2018 are:
ACCESS 2018 MBE Signature Sponsor
2017 E Awards Winners
Chairman’s Award – James Mining, Oncor
Corporation of the Year – Toyota
Supplier of the Year – Class 1 – SimiDigi Inc
Supplier of the Year – Class 2 – Davis & Davis LLC
Supplier of the Year – Class 3 – Teltech Communications
Suppler of the Year – Class 4 – Asociar
Buying Entity Buyer of the Year – Shawn Rogers, Texas Instruments
Executive Advocate of the Year – James Mining, Oncor
Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year – Grace Hastings-Case, Oncor
MBE Advocate of the Year – Evelyn Molina, All Janitorial Professional Services, Inc.
Buying Entity Volunteer of the Year – Greg Obar, UNT System
MBE Volunteer of the Year – Mark Mohair, Bracane Company
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Products CEO, finally is realizing the fruits of a three-year journey to have his product in Walmart Stores. On April 23, 2018, Liang’s Shoe Pal (called Shoe Organizer in Walmart Stores), is one the shelves of more than 492 stores across the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
Liang first found out about the Walmart Open Call in 2015 by going online and seeing what was available to get products into Walmart. He found their supplier diversity site and it provided great information. It explained about the upcoming Walmart Open Call. Liang filled out the information; but was not selected to attend.
“In 2016, I received a blast email from the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council that was promoting the Walmart Made in the USA Open Call," said Liang. “It reminded me of the possible opportunity. This time, I completed the necessary information, including how my product was made in the USA and submitted it. I was accepted to attend and meet with the buyer. Walmart set a goal of purchasing $50 billion in buy America products by 2023.”
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Small Pond Video Productions
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BNSF Railway Company
City of Fort Worth
DFW International Airport
Fujitsu Network Communications
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Methodist Health System
Austin Commercial was selected as the large contractor winner of the 2018 AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Award at the 2018 AGC of America Annual Convention. This is the first diversity award given by AGC. Austin Commercial also received the National Safety Award by AGC as one of the safest General Contractors in the Country. Both of these awards are national awards given out by AGC.
Austin was also presented the Arizona Million Dollar Circle of Excellence Award for 2017. This Award was given by the Phoenix Minority Business Development Center & the Arizona Hispanic Chamber.
“We look forward to continuing working with the DFW MSDC to make a difference by increasing capacity for our Minority Contractors and having a positive impact on our local workforce development within our community,” said Simeon O. Terry, Vice President, Diversity Affairs.
Locally, Austin Commercial was voted as the General Contractor of the Year by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association for 2017 at their Annual Pillars Award event.
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DALLAS/FORT WORTH MINORITY SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
We are the leader in advancing business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises. We connect these businesses to our Buying Entity Members (corporations and public sector agencies) in an effort to increase procurement engagement and enhance supplier diversity.
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Toyota Motor North America
Alcon (a division of Novartis)
Parkland Health & Hospital System