Corporations and Minority Owned Businesses Gather for the Michigan Minority
Supplier Development Council's 30th Annual Awards
DETROIT, Oct. 3, 2013
DETROIT, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Michigan Minority
Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) recently hosted their 30th Annual Awards
celebration in honor of the corporations, minority owned businesses and
individuals who lead in the category of supplier diversity. Over 600 business
leaders gathered at Detroit's Fox Theatre on October 1, 2013, to commemorate
The event celebrated business partnerships between majority-owned corporations
and minority business enterprises (MBEs). These relationships have translated
into over $20 Billion in contracts awarded by corporations to MBEs during the
previous calendar year.
The event was hosted by local news anchor Roop Raj (Fox 2 News), and featured
an invocation by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
"Thirty years is a major milestone for our organization," said Louis Green,
MMSDC President and CEO. "It also reflects our State's position as a leader in
supporting diverse businesses. Michigan has been a pioneer in positively
impacting minority communities through economic development, and this has
positioned us well for future growth."
Over the course of the evening, the MMSDC distributed awards across twenty
categories. The awardees represent thousands of jobs created in Michigan and a
broader general investment in minority communities across the state.
2013 MMSDC Annual Award Winners:
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I EKS Services Inc.
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II The Harmon Group
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III ChemicoMays LLC
Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV Dakkota Integrated Systems
Corporation of the Year – Commercial Herman Miller
Corporation of the Year – Construction Barton Malow
Corporation of the Year – Consumer Products DTE Energy
Corporation of the Year – Education & Wayne State University
Corporation of the Year – Finance & Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Corporation of the Year – Healthcare Henry Ford Health System
Corporation of the Year – Information IBM Corporation
Corporation of the Year – Professional Kelly Services
Corporate Buyer of the Year – Local Harold Cook – Faurecia
Corporate Buyer of the Year – National Kristen Cebulski – Johnson
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year – Local Brian Batkins – Barton Malow
Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year – Carla Preston – Ford Motor Co.
Diamond Award Leon Richardson – ChemicoMays LLC
President's Award Jackie Taylor, Dakkota Integrated
President's Award Teresa LeFevre – Comerica Bank
Corporation of the Year – Manufacturing I Johnson Controls
Corporation of the Year – Manufacturing II Faurecia
Corporation of the Year – OEM Ford Motor Co.
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit,
501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority
communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion
annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority
business enterprises (MBEs). Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority
businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and
develops capacity for minority business development. The Michigan Council has
been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as
Regional Council of the Year three times since 2007 for its work in promoting
minority business development. For more information about the MMSDC, visit
SOURCE Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
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