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NMSDC presents minority business leadership awards at yearly gala

The council has certified more than 125,000 MBEs and matched them with 3,500 member corporations

At left are Kathy Greco and Jeanna Winkler of Manpower, at right are Leslie and Nathan McNeal of MBE McNeal Professional Services. Manpower nominated McNeal as supplier of the year through the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, its NMSDC affiliate, and McNeal won the title!

The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc (NMSDC,
New York, NY) held its nineteenth annual minority business leadership awards dinner dance late in May. While the awards gala was the nineteenth, the NMSDC itself has a much longer history. It was founded in 1972 to do just what it still does today: expand business opportunities for minority-owned suppliers by linking them with purchasers in the public and private sectors.

Through its national office and thirty-nine regional councils, NMSDC has certified more than 125,000 MBEs and matched them with 3,500 member corporations that want to purchase their goods and services. In 2006, members’ purchases with MBEs exceeded $100 billion.

At the gala, the council honored three people with long-term achievements in minority business development. Jon E. Barfield is chair and president of Bartech Group, a human capital and staffing services firm. Thomas Chen is president of MBE Crystal Window and Door Systems. John D. Hofmeister is president of Shell Oil Co and heads the U.S. Country Leadership Team.

Diversity/Careers’ director of advertising sales Jordan Weiss and senior account executive
Gail Goldstein attended the affair and snapped photos of some of the NMSDC supporters
they met there.

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