The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Top
Corporations and Minority Businesses with 2012 Partnership Awards
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013
Corporate Awards Presented to PepsiCo, Public Service Enterprise Group and
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York & New Jersey
Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) Partnership Awards Gala
honored top minority entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and public agencies
for their successes in creating outstanding business collaborations on
December 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The "National Corporation of the Year Award" was presented to PepsiCo. Public
Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) received the "Regional Corporation of the
Year Award." Sheri Shafir, associate director of Supplier Diversity, Novartis
Pharmaceutical Corporation, received the "Advocate of the Year Award.
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
"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
The glamorous evening was hosted by Doug Melville, chief diversity officer at
TBWA Worldwide, and featured a powerful singing performance by Neve Polius, a
17 year-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.
The Council, a National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliate, has
approximately 200 corporate members and 1,300 certified African American,
Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American businesses. Its
jurisdiction encompasses the State of New York and spans to Trenton, New
SOURCE New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
Contact: Fern Gillespie, The Council PR, +1-917-334-9298
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