Presidents of Leading Corporations Shined at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council 27th Annual Awards

Oct 13, 2010, 14:21 ET from Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

DETROIT, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) announced the winners of their 27th Annual Awards at the Max Fisher Music Center. On October 5, over 700 minority business owners and the nation's top corporate executives celebrated the stars that made $14 billion in contract opportunities possible for the members of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC).

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"Celebrating the Stars of Supplier Diversity" Award recognizes the best and brightest of companies in Michigan and across the world. The award winners have created thousands of jobs in Michigan and invested in our local community.

"These  leading  corporations  and  individuals  are  the  sparkle  in  our  local  economy  because  of  the  significant contributions they're making in these challenging economic times," said Louis Green, President and CEO of MMSDC. "Collectively  through  business  opportunities  and  partnerships,  they  help  sustain  wealth  and  create  jobs  in  our community."

The evening concluded with a two-way tie for Corporation of the Year - OEM, Ford Motor Company and Toyota.  These two great organizations weathered a tremendous storm, yet maintained their support for minority business while building Michigan's and the nation's economy.

Other 2010 shining stars of minority business include:

Supplier of the Year Class I:

Sigma International, Inc.

Supplier of the Year Class II:

Webrunners, Inc. (dba W3R Consulting)

Supplier of the Year Class III:

Caravan Knight Facilities Management LLC

Supplier of the Year Class IV:

Piston Automotive

Corporation of the Year - Commercial Products:

Haworth

Corporation of the Year - Construction:

Barton Marlow

Corporation of the Year - Consumer Products:

DTE Energy

Corporation of the Year - Education and Government Entities:

Wayne State University

Corporation of the Year - Finance & Insurance:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Corporation of the Year - Health Care:

Henry Ford Health System

Corporation of the Year - Information Technology:

IBM

Corporation of the Year - Professional Services:

Kelly Services

Corporate Buyer of the Year - Local:

Ulysee Rice, Jr - Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Corporate Buyer of the Year - National:

Robin Hammer - Chrysler

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - Local:

Donna Strickland - Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI

Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year - National:

Brenda Marshall - Kelly Services

Diamond Award:

Roderick Rickman - Rickman Enterprise Group

Corporation of the Year - Manufacturing I:

Johnson Controls

Corporation of the Year - OEM:

Ford and Toyota (Tied)



About MMSDC

Founded  in  1977,  the  Michigan  Minority  Supplier  Development  Council  has  more  than  1,300  certified  minority businesses  and over 300 corporate members working to further  its mission to certify minority  businesses;  provide access  to procurement  opportunities;  and develop capacity for  minority business  development. Visit  the MMSDC's website at www.minoritysupplier.org.

SOURCE Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council



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