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Author: Jarold Guzman

President Trimble’s Post-Conference Recap

With a little time to rest, recharge and take stock, I am looking back with real gratitude and great pride in the success of our 2018 Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange in Austin October 14-17.

When I stepped into the leadership of NMSDC in August, the Conference loomed on my calendar like the ultimate challenge. Still getting to know the people, the network and the scope of my new job, with only a few weeks to prepare, I was determined to be ready for my first Conference as President and CEO of NMSDC. And I wanted all of us to make this year’s Conference a great success. I think we did it!

I greeted, shook hands with and met as many people and groups as I could. Moving around the Austin Convention Center every day, I was impressed again and again by the energy, the commitment and the warmth of all of our members and stakeholders. What a thrill to have Austin Mayor Steve Marcus and Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos welcome everyone to Austin!

Once again, a big thanks to our Conference Co-Chairs. From the corporate membership, we welcomed Dell, Toyota and Wells Fargo as Co-Chairs; from our MBEs, we welcomed Ongweoweh; and, for the first time, a Corporate Plus Co-Chair – Acro Service Corporation.

This year, as well, we had a very special Platinum Sponsor – Vista Equity Partners, one of the great success stories in American business. Throughout the Conference, as it has been throughout the year, MetLife was a generous and vital partner with NMSDC as well.

I’m especially happy that I could kick off the Conference with a high-energy entrance to the Monday Breakfast – marching in to the tune of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”! I appreciate, more than I can say, the great welcome I got from everyone.

This Breakfast set the tone for all of our Conference events – fun and fascinating. What a thrill to have my old friend, Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith, as a guest. He was in the spotlight for a “Champion’s Huddle,” sponsored by Major League Baseball and introduced by MLB’s Corey Smith. Leading the lively conversation was another friend, Ying McGuire, Vice President of International Operations and Business Development, Technology Integration Group, who discussed with Emmitt his transformation from sports hero to successful businessman.

At the Monday Luncheon, I was honored to accept, from Wells Fargo, a check to NMSDC for $100,000, to seed our CEO Academies in the year to come. The Luncheon program also included a great fireside chat about access to capital, with three guests who are major players in providing capital – Fred Royall of Royall Capital, Richard Powell from AP Capital, and Winston Smith of BCF Capital. And although the weather failed to cooperate fully with our plans for the Lights … Camera … Austin! Reception at Star Hill Ranch, we rescued the evening and celebrated anyway.

Tuesday brought the Business Opportunity Exchange, for the first time on the central day at the Conference. The Tuesday Power Breakfast featured this year’s MBDA award winners and a rousing speech from MBDA National Director Henry Childs II. I was thrilled to host the energizing Industry Group Presentations that concluded the Power Breakfast – a great way to send everyone into the BOE with clear objectives and fresh inspiration. Seven of our Industry Groups participated this year – Financial Industry; Advertising/Entertainment/Media/ Sports; Professional Services; Utilities; Petrochemical and Energy; Technology Industry Group; and Automotive. Next year, I hope to see all 12 Industry Groups making their pitches!

I’m really pleased about NMSDC’s renewed commitment to our Corporate Plus members, which was reflected in Wednesday’s Networking Breakfast and Luncheon. Five Corporate Plus members – Chemico, Heritage Vision Plans, Hightowers Petroleum, Logistic Solutions and Pyramid Consulting – sponsored the Luncheon. It was my pleasure to moderate a fascinating discussion about the journey to the Fortune 500 with José Mas of MasTec, Inc., and Lance Hyde of EQT Corporation.

And, before we knew it, we were at the spectacular Awards Banquet Wednesday evening!

What a great evening that was and, for me, a gratifying one. I’m proud of all the award winners for Council of the Year, Supplier of the Year and Corporation of the Year. I was touched to see Casilda del Valle and Louis Green both receive the Harriet R. Michel Chairman’s Award for their extraordinary service, also when Michael Robinson was announced as winner of the Legacy Award. For me, frankly, the Banquet – was entertaining as it was energizing, thanks to emcee Chuck Nice – was the end of a marathon.

I have to say that it felt like a victory, though. Not my victory, but ours. Everyone pulled together to make the Conference such a success, and I’m inspired by what I saw, heard, learned, felt and came to believe in Austin. I was reminded that our best days are ahead of us, and I couldn’t be happier to be leading NMSDC into the future.

Speaking of the future – it’s not too early to turn your attention to the 2019 Leadership Awards Gala on May 16, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown. This is the most dazzling night of the year for NMSDC, the grand finale of Leadership Week in New York. Have you made your plans yet to be part of it? I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

National Minority Supplier Development Council Presents Annual Accolades at Gala in Austin NMSDC Corporate Members, Certified Minority Business Enterprises and Georgia Council are Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

National Minority Supplier Development Council Presents Annual Accolades at Gala in Austin NMSDC Corporate Members, Certified Minority Business Enterprises and Georgia Council are Recognized for Outstanding Achievements


Austin, TX – On Wednesday evening, October 17, the National Minority Supplier Development Council ( hosted a black-tie banquet to honor its corporate members, certified minority business enterprises (MBEs), and network leaders for exceptional accomplishments in promoting minority supplier development.

The Gala, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, marked the culmination of NMSDC’s annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, held this year at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. The Conference’s Corporate Co-Chairs were Dell, Toyota and Wells Fargo; the first-ever Corporate Plus® Co-Chair was ACRO Service Corporation; the MBE Co-Chair was Ongweoweh; and the Platinum Sponsor was Vista Equity Partners.

At the start of the Gala, the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, one of 23 regional councils of the NMSDC, was honored as Regional Council of the Year. The Harriet R. Michel Chairman’s Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions to the work and progress of NMSDC in the past year, went to Casilda Del Valle, NMSDC’s Vice President for Finance and Administration, who has worked at NMSDC for 40 years; and to Louis Green, outgoing Interim President of NMSDC.

Supplier of the Year awards were presented in four classes. In Class I, for businesses with up to $1 million annual revenue, Stellar Consulting Solutions was recognized. Supplier of the Year for Class II, with $1 million to $5 million in annual revenue, was Athena Engineering. Recognized in Class III ($5 million to $10 million annual revenue) was Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation. And the honoree for Class IV ($10 million and above in annual revenue) was Hal Hays Construction.

Corporations of the Year honors were also presented, in five classes. The Class I honoree ($1 billion to $10 billion in revenue) was EQT. In Class II ($11 billion to $50 billion revenue), Merck was recognized, and the Class III award ($50 billion to $100 billion revenue) went to Comcast NBCUniversal. There was no award in Class IV this year, but for Class V ($151 billion and above in revenue) the Corporation of the Year honor was presented to AT&T.

Corporations honored as Top Category Performers were: Bank of America (Financial); Walmart and FCA (Tier II); Toyota (Development); and CVS Health and The Coca-Cola Company (Innovation).

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At the end of the presentations, Master of Ceremonies Chuck Nice introduced the final speaker of the evening, NMSDC President and CEO Adrienne Trimble, who reflected on the nearly 50 years of achievement by the NMSDC, transforming the relationship between minority suppliers and corporate America. She revealed that for next year, the NMSDC’s annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange would be held in Atlanta, with newly-announced Corporate Co-Chairs AT&T, Coca-Cola and UPS. In wrapping up, Ms. Trimble acknowledged the efforts of the NMSDC national staff, and thanked NMSDC Chair Joe Hinrichs and the Board members for entrusting to her the leadership of NMSDC.

Conference highlights included:

  •  MetLife-supported Emerging Young Entrepreneurs program’s intensive workshop;
  •  U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, kicking off its annual National Minority Enterprise Development Week;
  •  NFL star and real estate entrepreneur Emmitt Smith speaking at the Conference’s Opening Breakfast;
  •  Wells Fargo’s announcement of its sponsorship of NMSDC’s CEO Academy program;
  •  The Business Opportunity Exchange, a unique, national trade fair with more than 700 booths showcasing corporations and minority business enterprises looking to connect and extend their business dealings with one another;
  •  NMSDC’s Corporate Plus® program featuring some of its most successful corporate members, including Fortune 500 MasTec and the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, EQT.


The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit

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Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith: “Austin has become a hub for business”

Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith: “Austin has become a hub for business”

Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith: “Austin has become a hub for business”

During a conference that brought in business owners and international organizations to talk about diversity in the workplace, former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith took the stage to open up about how he made the transition from a football player to an entrepreneur,and what Austin has to offer for minorities looking to create their own company.
AUSTIN — A conference was held in Austin that brought in business owners and international organizations to talk about diversity in the workplace. At the conference, former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith talked about how he made the transition from a football player to an entrepreneur, and what Austin has to offer for minorities looking to create their own company.