The “National Corporation of the Year Award” was presented to PepsiCo. Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
Minority-owned businesses certified by The Council that received “Supplier of the Year Awards” were: “Class 2” Michael E. Smith, president & CEO, The Griffin Security Agency and “Class 4” winner David W. Barfield, CEO, The Bartech Group.
“These corporate members and minority entrepreneurs showcase the opportunities for business growth. They are front line supplier diversity advocates,” said Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council. “The Council’s jurisdiction has expanded to include the entire state of New York. Also, Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed a 20-percent New York State government spend with women and minority businesses. It’s an exciting time for New York’s minority businesses.”
The glamorous evening was hosted by Doug Melville, chief diversity officer at TBWA Worldwide, and featured a powerful singing performance by Neve Polius, a 17year-old member of SCO Family of Services. There were presentations by Ireland, Pauline Gebon, vice president of supplier diversity, Adecco USA and chairperson of The Council; Joset Wright, president & CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council; Leecia Eve, deputy secretary for Economic Development, State of New York; and Rev. Jacques Andre De Graff. Other business leaders included: Javier Palomarez, president & CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and John Lau, president, New Jersey Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce. The corporate co-chair was Carol Britton, managing director and chief procurement officer, BNY Mellon and the MBE co-chair was Leo Russell, founder and CEO, Pride Technologies.
About The Council
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council), an award-winning affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, certifies Asian-American, African American, Hispanic-American and Native-American-