Council’s Martinez Wins National Leadership Award

Fernando Martinez accepts the Vanguard Award from National MSDC President Joset Wright-Lacy (left) and Casilda Del Valle, vice president for Finance and Administration

Fernando Martinez accepts the Vanguard Award from National MSDC President Joset Wright-Lacy (left) and Casilda Del Valle, vice president for Finance and Administration

The news is out: Fernando Martinez, president & CEO of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, is the recipient of the prestigious Vanguard Award.

The National MSDC made the news public at its annual Leadership Awards gala in New York on May 20. The Vanguard Award recognizes an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and minority business enterprise (MBE) constituents throughout the national network.

“Fernando is the epitome of what we look for in leadership—a dedicated professional who combines passion and performance,” said Joset Wright-Lacy, National MSDC president.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition. However, I must accept this recognition on behalf of the many individuals and organizations that have supported our Council through the years,” said Martinez at the gala, thanking many including “our staff back in Seattle who live our mission day in and day out.”

MSDC presidents Wright-Lacy and Martinez

MSDC presidents Wright-Lacy and Martinez

Martinez has been at the helm of the Northwest Mountain MSDC since 2008, leading the organization’s growth and economic impact on minority businesses in region’s seven states. From 2013-2014, he was Chair of the National MSDC’s President’s Council. He currently serves on several statewide boards and was recently appointed to the King County Economic Opportunity and Empowerment Program Advisory Board. Prior to joining the Council, Martinez led and managed business units within companies such as Xerox Corporation, Starbucks Corporation, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and the former Washington Mutual, Inc.

“This award is really the acknowledgment of all the work we’ve put into the organization and of our Board, the staff, the members, and all the MBEs,” Martinez said. “This organization is highly regarded across the country. It’s everything coming together and culminating into a position of leadership where we’re being recognized nationally.”