NEW YORK, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) honored partnerships between corporations and minority businesses with the Appreciation Award, Evolve Awards and Mission Accomplished presentations at the 2012 Business Opportunity Expo luncheon June 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."
The Council's Appreciation Award was presented to Theresa Harrison, director of supplier diversity, Ernst & Young, the global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. "We are grateful to Theresa," said Ireland. "Through her direction, Ernst & Young sponsored key Council education programs like online courses."
The Evolve Award was presented 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 Mission Accomplished recognitions 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 Expo, held June 13-14, had highlights including the trade fair and keynote Carla Harris, managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, author of Expect to Win and Harvard MBA grad. A purchasing forum moderated by Dartmouth professor Leonard Greenhalgh spotlighted leading corporate procurement officers: Rich Buccarelli, chief procurement officer, JPMorgan Chase; Walter Charles III, vice president, supply chain procurement, Johnson & Johnson and Eliseo T. Rojas, vice president, global sourcing & procurement, Interpublic Group. Expo program sponsor was eclaro International.
The Expo featured Pauline Gebon, vice president of supplier diversity at Adecco USA/ chairperson, The Council; luncheon M.C. Michael Gargiulo, co-anchor, WNBC-TV's "Today in New York and MBE co-chair Mike Narula, founder, president/CEO, Reliance Communications. American Airlines sponsored ribbon cutting kick-off. Lead sponsors: Con Edison, Reliance Communications, Pepsico, BNY Mellon and Prudential. The Council website: http://www.nynjmsdc.org
The Council, an award-winning National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliate, has approximately 200 corporate members and 1,300 certified minority businesses. Jurisdiction is New York State through Trenton, New Jersey.
SOURCE New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.