The New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council held it’s 41st annual Partnership Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on November 14, 2014. Each year the Council recognizes top suppliers as well as corporations that demonstrate innovation and excellence in their supplier diversity programs.
Over 500 people attended this year’s gala, themed Reflections of Excellence in Supplier Diversity. Candidates for the supplier award are nominated by corporate members of the Council and candidates for the corporate award are nominated by suppliers.
Mitchell & Titus LLC, was named supplier of the year Class III (revenues of $10-$50 million) and Tronex International Incorporated was named Supplier of the Year Class IV (revenues over $50 million).
Pfizer was named National Corporation of the Year, and Rondu Vincent, Manager, Global supplier diversity at Pfizer was named Advocate of the Year.
Moody’s Corporation was named Local Corporation of the Year-Rising Star. The rising star designation goes to companies that have shown exponential growth in their diverse supplier program in the past year.
In addition to the supplier awards they received, Anthony S. Kendall, Chairman and CEO, Mitchell & Titus LLP, and Donald L. Chu, President and CEO, Tronex International Incorporated were each given scholarships to the Tuck School of Business Executive program by Johnson Controls, Inc.
“One of the ways we contribute to the success of minority-owned businesses is by providing education and development,” says Lorenzo Bell, Manager, Diversity Business Development at Johnson Controls, Inc. “We believe that the more successful a business owner is, the more successful his or her community will be.”