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Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon

March 20, 2019

Leadership and Advocacy AWARDS LUNCHEON


Double Tree Hotel 16500 Southcenter PKWY, Tukwila, WA

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About Our ThemeOur 2019 theme “Relevance Deep Down” has significant meaning and purpose. It means that our Council will work hard to remain relevant in a day when some think Supplier Diversity is no longer necessary. It means that our Council will drill deep into the 2nd and 3rd level analysis to insure we extrapolate the value of Supplier Diversity in an increasingly complex environment.

Relevance Deep Down means that we will be relentless and deliberate in our contributions to the growth of Supplier Diversity. Relevance Deep Down gets inside our foundational pillars: Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate to a place we have not traveled before.

CertifyThrough our rigorous certification process, the Northwest Mountain MSDC enables meaningful business engagements between minority-owned businesses and corporate/public agency members that wish to engage in business with diverse suppliers.

DevelopThe Northwest Mountain MSDC develops its certified minority business enterprises’ capacity through educational programming, corporate and MBE-to-MBE development, and our partnership with Executive Education Institutions.

ConnectOur MBE network helps corporate/public agency members connect with diverse suppliers across industries. Additionally, we facilitate both formal and informal introductions between MBEs of all sizes that may benefit from one another.

AdvocateThe Northwest Mountain MSDC, its board of directors, and MBE input committee advocate for diversity in supply chain practices. They actively support policies and legislation that promote greater diversity in the public and private sectors.

Our Values•Deliver Value•Forward Thinking•Diversity of Thought•Passion

Our MissionFoster an environment that creates opportunity and builds economic value.

Our VisionBe recognized as the leading supplier diversity organization.


WHAT WE DOFounded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) is a nonprofit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies. We are an affiliate of the National

Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) providing certification, membership and subscription services to the Pacific Northwest Mountain region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.


Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon 2019

Lunch ProgramWelcome Remarks

Sharon Lucas Shahzad Q. QadriFernando Martinez

Master of CeremoniesRoger Cheng


Awards Presentation Sharon Lucas

Shahzad Q. QadriKate Rhoades

Advocacy AwardsJohn A. Gilmore Award

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney AwardRobert L. Ryan Award

Leadership AwardsSupplier of the Year Class I - IV

Public Agency of the Year Regional Corporation of the Year


Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council2019 Annual Leadership and Advocacy

Awards Luncheon

Double Tree Hotel Southcenter BallroomMarch 20, 2019

Event Support:Trio Group Zones, Inc.

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Welcome Message from the President

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to all of today’s nominees and award winners.

There are two major changes to our historical Awards and Fundraiser event this year. The first major change is moving from dinner to lunch. It took two-years (2018 contracts were in-process) to plan, conceptualize, and execute. We heard and listened to our Members, MBEs, and Partner’s voice wanting “an event during business hours.” Thus, the inaugural 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon. The second m ajor change is the Scholarship Fundraiser shift from a Silent Auction to a Direct Ask.

Our Council Members, MBEs, and Partner’s voice tell us that we need to Connect MBEs to meet their specific demands. At the crux of this connection is Development. To enable better connections, we must support MBE: development, engagement, inclusion, contracting, scaling, and expansion. To support the development process, we must be able to financially support the requisite programs. Therefore, we are asking for your donation to our Council’s Scholarship Fund. MBE development is needed more now than ever.

I recently heard from a major corporation executive that “Supplier Diversity is no longer needed.” This message, a movement across the country, was loud and clear. Nothing could be further from the truth! We need MBE Development. We need the Council Scholarship Fund to thrive. Our MBE Executive Program is deeply linked to the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Our MBE development process includes an additional twenty-five events which we create and host annually at no cost. We need your financial support! We must continue to develop our MBEs to effectively connect with our Council members thereby “fostering an environment that creates opportunity and builds economic value.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Relevance Deep-Down is not easy.

We did not look within ourselves to make it easy. We looked within ourselves and asked how we are going to remain Relevant in a time when so many forces oppose us. In 2019 we are: drilling deep into our customer input and acting upon it; focusing deep into MBE development and connection; journeying deep into the future by Advocating for Supplier Diversity; and, building a broad and deep bench of MBEs through our scholarship fund.

Ladies and Gentlemen – today’s nominees and winners have traveled and continue to travel the hard road of success. They have made their companies and individual roles Relevant to our communities for the future. Congratulations to all nominees and award recipients.

Thank you for joining us today at our inaugural Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon.


Fernando MartinezPresident and CEONorthwest Mountain MSDC


Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon 2019

Welcome Message from the Board of Directors

Welcome to the 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon. We are excited to showcase the nominees and award winners as well as our 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon.

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s luncheon partly reflects the success our Council Region experienced in 2018. We see exceptional performance by all the nominees. We see spectacular performance by all the award winners. What we do not see here today is the exceptional and spectacular performance by all those individuals and organizations that have not been highlighted. It is our Council’s goal to increase the level of recognition. There is no better place to highlight changes than within a major change itself, the 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon.

Based on membership feedback, we have changed from dinner to lunch and from silent auction to scholarship fund donation request, we are also adding a separate recognition category. The Awards Committee is responsible for selecting the award winners from a group of select nominees. The President is responsible for selecting the recipient of the President’s Award. We are adding a new Appreciation category. These recipients are selected by the Council Team based on our own subjective observations of their commitment to Supplier Diversity, their participation with our Council, and the many hours of effort they invest in MBE growth. We are expanding the recognition process deeper to acknowledge the spectacular work other individuals and organizations deliver to our community. In 2018 our tagline was Relevance. As we move into 2019, we continue to ask ourselves a simple question, “is what we are doing still Relevant to our mission?” More importantly in 2019, we are reflecting and asking ourselves harder, deeper questions thus, our 2019 theme, Relevance – Deep Down.

Relevance – Deep Down is our Council’s tag line by which we assure our stakeholders that everything we execute is mission focused. Everything we do is tested against the Relevance Test. We can assure you that as simple as these changes, luncheon, scholarship fund asks, institutionalization of a

new appreciation process appear, they have been weighed against our Relevance test.

Ladies and gentlemen, we wish to thank all of you for telling us what is important to you. We continue to listen to our members. We would like to congratulate all our award nominees and recipients. We’d like to express our appreciation to all the individuals that work tirelessly in pursuit of our community’s growth. In addition, we would like to thank all the volunteers for their enthusiastic support as we host our first Relevant event of the year, the 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon. Thank you!

Sharon S. LucasBoard ChairpersonNorthwest Mountain MSDC

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Welcome Message from the MBEIC

Welcome to the 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon where we acknowledge and recognize great work by Members, MBEs, and individuals. It is a pleasure to be here with you as we host our inaugural 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon.

The Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) is committed to the continuous development and growth of our region’s MBEs. MBEs play a vital role in our current economy and will play a more vital role in our future economy. It is from this perspective that we appreciate our Members, MBEs, and Partner’s commitment to MBE development and growth.The MBEIC’s purpose is to support and represent our Council certified MBEs to our Board of Directors, Members, and Community. We are strictly aligned to the Council mission of “fostering an environment that create opportunity and builds economic value.” We are committed to performance founded on the four foundational pillars upon which the NMSDC stands: Certify, Develop, Connect, and Advocate. It is this mission and these pillars upon which we continuously pursue growth in impact. Pursuit of this mission and action upon the four pillars is hard, but willingly accepted. Willingly accepted because our future is going to be hard as well. That is why today’s Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon is so important. It highlights all the hard work, focus, and attention Members, MBEs, and individuals have committed to growth of our Communities.

We as MBEs hire over 16,500 employees and generate over $1B in incomes. Every $1 spent with our MBEs yields a $2.55 impact in employment, income, and community development. The relationship that we nurture between the Council, Members, and MBEs is Relevant to our future. And, as we have described the relationship we nurture gets Deep Down into the community!

Acknowledging and recognizing today’s nominees and award recipients is not only about their individual win, it is about the Relevance they bring Deep Down into our community’s future. Therefore we, the MBEIC, are honored to

serve you.Congratulations to all the Awards nominees and recipients. Enjoy our 2019 Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon. Sincerely,

Shahzad Q. QadriMBEIC ChairpersonNorthwest Mountain MSDC


Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon 2019

Roger Cheng,Master of Ceremonies

Roger Cheng, Director of Business Development and Diversity Relations for CB Technologies, Inc., is responsible for generation of new business nationally leveraging Supplier Diversity as the key strategy. Roger, also known as “the Voice” has served as emcee or VOG for a number of organizations, including NMSDC and its Regional Councils, Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota and Honda, and multiple cultural Chambers of Commerce. In true servant leadership fashion, Roger serves on boards in his community. And, in 2017, Roger was recognized as the #Hes4Shes champion at the WBENC National Conference.

2019 Awards Committee

Kate Rhoades Chairperson, 2019 Awards CommitteeZones, Inc.

Angela Battle Sellen Construction

Aundraya BooneMicrosoft Corporation

Viviana Y. GarzaCity of Seattle, Department of Transportation

Cherie ReeseGeneral Microsystems, Inc.

Many thanks to our volunteers, we couldn’t have done this without you!

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Advocacy Award Nominees

John A. Gilmore Award

The John A. Gilmore Award is presented to a Northwest Mountain MSDC certified minority business owner or employee who exemplifies the spirit of activism and business expansion by strongly advocating for fellow MBEs of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.

Anthony Burnett, MB Diversity, LLCPedro Castro, Magellan Architects

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenny Award

The Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award is presented to an individual employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC government/agency member who exemplifies the commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority business success

through the Northwest Mountain MSDC and the community.

Linda Lee Womack, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) - Tacoma Business CenterErin Lopez Nielsen, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

Edson I. Zavala, City of Seattle

Robert L. Ryan Award

The Robert L. Ryan Award is presented to an individual employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC corporate member who exemplifies the commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority business success through the

Northwest Mountain MSDC.

Angela Battle, SellenMatt Lippert, Nike, Inc.

Sharon Lucas, The Boeing Company

Leadership Award NomineesLeadership Awards are presented to certified minority business enterprises that excelled in their commitment to leadership excellence in business

performance, inclusive performance, and minority business development.

Supplier Class I

CETS LLCLanier’s Fine Candies

Mike Nakamura PhotographyNorth Western Machinery

Voice Technology Solutions DBA Talanoa


Leadership and Advocacy Awards Luncheon 2019

Supplier Class II

CaffelliCalfo Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC

Idea Entity CorporationPlanled, Inc.

RLA Engineering, LLCTokuSaku Consulting

Wong FlemingWoodburn Company

Supplier Class III

Eclaro InternationalELYON International, Inc.

General Microsystems, Inc.Inabia Software & Consulting, Inc.

North Wind, Inc.Ohno Construction Company

PromoShop, Inc.RHD Enterprises, Inc.

Viking Engineering + Construction

Supplier Class IV

PetroCard, Inc.Populus Group LLC

Regional Corporation of the Year

Northwest Natural Gas Storage, LLCSellen Construction CompanyStandard Insurance Company


City of Seattle

King County Department of Information TechnologyPort of Seattle - Diversity in Contracting Department

Snohomish CountyUniversity of Washington

Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesWashington State Department of Transportation

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Awards

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Board of Directors

Sharon S. LucasChairperson, Board of Directors Program ManagerManufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations | Plan & EnableThe Boeing Company

Diane LinVice Chairperson, Board of DirectorsDirector, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations –Ethical Sourcing and Supplier DiversityStarbucks Corporation

Carl GipsonTreasurer, Board of Directors Director, External AffairsAT&T, Inc.

Fernando MartinezSecretary, Board of Directors President & Chief Executive OfficerNorthwest Mountain MSDC

Shahzad Q. QadriChairperson, MBEICPartnerWong Fleming, P.C.

Dicran ArnoldVice Chairperson, MBEICDirector, Diversity Business DevelopmentWorld Wide Technology, Inc.

Chi PakSenior Manager, Supplier DiversityT-Mobile USA, Inc.


Shahzad Q. QadriMBEIC ChairpersonPartnerWong Fleming. P.C.

Dicran ArnoldMBEIC Vice ChairpersonDirector, Diversity Business DevelopmentWorldwide Technology, Inc.

Pedro CastroPrincipalMagellan Architects

Darryl RussellPresidentThe Russell Group, LLC

Nelson ReyneriVice President, Sales and External AffairsLiberty Power Corporation

RC SunkaraChief Executive OfficerMavensoft Technologies, LLC

Curtis ThornhillPresidentApt Marketing Solutions



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2019 EVENTSUW Minority Business Executive Network Alumni EventApril 2, 2019

This first-ever alumni event will bring together past MBEP graduates as well as program sponsors for an evening of networking.

Snohomish County Communications Series Part two: April 25, 2019 & Part three: September 24, 2019

Three part series partnered with Snohomish County designed to learn how to do business with the County and network with Snohomish County Buyers.

Finance and Accounting for Non-financial Executives May 6 – 8, 2019 & November 18 – 20, 2019

A three-day seminar offered by the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington to provide a better understanding of the numbers side of business through essential accounting and finance concepts.

NMSDC 2019 Leadership WeekMay 13 – 17, 2019

Week of Leadership meetings, workshops, and awards hosted in New York City.

2019 Annual Business ConferenceJune 19, 2019

Designed to engage, connect and develop MBEs and effectively support member Supplier Diversity process. One-on-One Engagement Sessions, Panel Discussions, Luncheon, and Networking Opportunities.

23rd Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent AuctionSeptember 9, 2019Golf tournament designed to establish business relationships and discuss opportunities in a relaxed environment. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.

Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP)September 15-20, 2019

A one-week intensive executive education course for NMSDC-certified MBEs offered in partnership with the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity ExchangeOctober 13 – 16, 2019

Minority supplier development forum highlighting a one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths for corporations and minority business enterprises to showcase their products, services and solutions in Atlanta, Georgia.

Year End MeetingDecember 2019

Council Year End Report presented to Corporate/Public Agency Members and MBEs. Date to be determined.