fbpx

Ohio Minority Supplier Diversity Council

The Ohio MSDC honors businesses, individuals at the Annual Awards Gala

Recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the its most notable MBEs and Corporate Members, the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) hosted the 2019 Annual Awards Gala on November 15 at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, OH. The Gala is the premier celebration of the year for the Ohio’s Supplier Diversity community, hosting 500 professionals and business owners in a number of industries including manufacturing, construction health care, and higher education.

“Once a year, we gather to recognize our Corporate Members, Certified Minority Business Enterprises, colleagues and friends for their outstanding achievement and success during this past year,” OMSDC President & CEO Jacqueline D. Neal told the crowd. “Tonight is about you, celebrating your work and commending your efforts toward advancing supplier diversity initiatives in Ohio and throughout the nation.”

OMSDC Board Chair Elly Bradford, Senior Manager of Procurement-Planning at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. welcomed the guests and gave opening remarks.
 

“What a blessing for me to be with you this evening as we recognize the achievements and impact of our Minority Business Enterprises and Corporate Partners,” Bradford said. “The world of supplier diversity is fortunate to have the group of talented and committed individuals and organizations in this room.”

Bradford then acknowledged the members of the OMSDC Board of Directors in attendance at the Gala and thanked them for their service, as well as the OMSDC staff and the evening’s sponsors.

Christopher Che, President & CEO of the Che International Group, gave remarks on behalf of Ohio’s MBE community. Che is the Chair of the MBE Input Committee.

“I have been proud to Chair Ohio’s MBEIC for five years now, working with my fellow MBEs to advance new and innovative ways to make an impact in our communities, through developing a body of capable businesses that are ready and available to meet the needs of our Corporate Members,” Che said. “For MBEs, tonight’s celebration of and look back at 2019 should fortify our resolve as business owners and community leaders to make a positive impact through our work.”

Corporate_Awards67

Carl Satterwhite (right) presents the Advocate of the Year Award to Sonya Walton of Messer Construction Co.

Jane Lee (second from right) of UNICON International Inc. was presented with the Legacy Business of the Year Award.

Cathy C. Mock (left) presents her Lifetime Achievement Award named in her honor to Pamela Brailsford of Cintas Corporation.

The awards portion of the evening then commenced, highlighting the growth and success of minority business enterprises and the commitment to supplier diversity by corporate members in the region.

Presenting the Corporate Awards were Christopher Che, President & CEO of the Che International Group and Kimberly Martinez-Giering, President of KLN Logistics Corporation. Both Che and Martinez-Giering serve as members of the OMSDC Board of Directors. Che is the Statewide Chair of the MBE Input Committee, and Martinez-Giering serves as Vice Chair of the MBE Input Committee for the Northeast Ohio region.

Presenting the MBE Awards were Fesha Buie, Supplier Diversity Specialist with US Bank and Stephanie Franklin, Assistant Manager, Purchasing Diversity for Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Dunn serves a member of the OMSDC Board of Directors, and Buie sits on the OMSDC Local Advisory Committee for the Cincinnati Region.

After the Corporate and MBE Awards, Cathy C. Mock presented her namesake Lifetime Achievement Award to Pamela Brailsford of Cintas Corporation.

Established in 2017, the award honors a recipient who has demonstrated a strong commitment over many years to Supplier Diversity and Economic Inclusion.

Pamela Brailsford, Recipient | Cathy C. Mock Lifetime Achievement Award

J. Phillip Holloman retired as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cintas Corporation in July 2018.   Mr. Holloman had been with Cintas for 22 years and has held many positions. Mr. Holloman is a founding member of Cintas’ Diversity Committee and also received the Excalibur Award, the company’s highest award reserved for business executives who demonstrate excellence during their tenure. Holloman was presented with the Cathy C.Mock Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his strong commitment over many years to influential and impactful diversity initiatives and his substantial contribution to the business community.

The evening program ended with acknowledgement of the 2019 recipients President’s Awards and Leadership Award. OMSDC Board Members Abigail W. Kofete of Cardinal Health, Clifford A. Bailey of TechSoft Systems, Inc., and Lynnise A. Smith of OhioHealth were honored alongside  Carlton Dean III of DeMarrt Building Services, Inc. as they received the President’s Award. The Leadership Award winner was Eaton Corporation.

Kofete and Bailey co-chaired the planning committee of the 2018 OMSDC Awards Gala. Smith and Dean were co-chairs of the 2019 Business Opportunity Expo: Connecting Ohio.

“Ohio’s supplier diversity community is supported by some of the most committed, tireless, and incredibly effective champions. I admire the work our community does, and am honored to be a part of the progress they make,” President’s Award presenter Jacqueline Neal said. “The Council is incredibly proud of to be provided with this support and assistance, and in recognition of their impact on our work I am pleased to present the President’s Awards.”

“Eaton has been a devoted supporter of the Ohio MSDC’s programming statewide,” Jame Price said. Price, a Leadership Award co-presenter, is the Director of Corporate Relations for the OMSDC. “They were particularly vital in the success of advancement efforts through the strategic use of resources and personnel.”

“Eaton has been readily available with fresh ideas and new tools for success,” said Erin Calloway, Leadership Award co-presenter and Program Assistant for the OMSDC. “They have provided technology and outreach solutions that will evolve the council’s organizational capability in 2020 and beyond.”

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
OUR RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council and Ohio’s supplier diversity community convey their most sincere appreciation to four members of the OMSDC Board of Directors who stepped down at the end of 2019. They are:

  • Melissa R. Baker
  • Pamela Brailsford
  • John Munson, Jr.
  • Kyle Rooney

Each of these dedicated professionals served the Council with distinction – their contributions as members of the board provided great vision, leadership, insight and business acumen.

“It has been a privilege to serve alongside these exceptional individuals,” OMSDC President Jacqueline D. Neal said. “I deeply appreciate having had the opportunity to work with them to advance the Council’s mission, and to have participated in the progress of our organization. Their voices will be greatly missed, and the OMSDC community wishes them great success in their next endeavors.”

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE GALA'S SPONSORS

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council offers special appreciation and acknowledgement to each of the sponsors and supporters who made the Gala a success. Additionally, a special thank you is extended to all volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible.

TITLE SPONSORS

OPENING RECEPTION SPONSOR

SILENT AUCTION SPONSORS

DINNER SPONSOR

CLOSING RECEPTION SPONSOR

CORPORATE DECORATIONS SPONSORS

                                                                                       MBE DECORATIONS SPONSORS                                                   

Honda of America Mfg., Inc. | Eaton Corporation | Macy’s Inc. | RCF Group

Rockwell Automation

ATS Training & Consulting | Cardinal Health | Cintas Corporation | Turner Construction Co

The Kroger Co.

U.S. Bank

Cleveland Clinic | Danis Building Construction | Huntington National Bank | Kent State University | Nationwide Insurance | OhioHealth | STERIS Corporation | Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

IPS Treatment | Hightowers Petroleum | kANU Asset Management | KLN Logistics Corporation | MVP | MES | Parms & Company | Sure Mechanical | UNICON International

CONGRATULATIONS TO GALA AWARD WINNERS

The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council offers special appreciation and acknowledgement to each of the sponsors and supporters who made the Gala a success. Additionally, a special thank you is extended to all volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible.

CLASS II CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

CLASS III CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

CLASS IV CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

CLASS IV CORPORATION OF THE YEAR
 
ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
 
CLASS II SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
 
CLASS III SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
 
CLASS IV SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
 
EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
 
LEGACY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR                                                                       CATHY C. MOCK LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
 
PRESIDENT’S AWARD
 
 
 
LEADERSHIP AWARD

KeyBank

Macy’s Inc.

Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

The Kroger Co.

Sonya Walton | Messer Construction Co.

Zaymat Distributors

Corbus

Modular Assembly Innovations

TrueChoicePack Corp.

UNICON International Inc.

Pamela Brailsford | Cintas Corporation

Abigail W. Kofete | Cardinal Health & Clifford A. Bailey | TechSoft Systems, Inc.

Lynnise A. Smith | OhioHealth  &  Carlton Dean III | DeMarrt Building Services, Inc.

Eaton Corporation