Council to Honor Outstanding Supplier Diversity Leaders and Advocates at Annual Event

Gary Sheneman (Microsoft Corporation), Board Chairperson and Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC awaiting cue at last year’s Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction honoring supplier diversity advocates and leaders.

Gary Sheneman (Microsoft Corporation), Board Chairperson and Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC awaiting cue at last year’s Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction honoring supplier diversity advocates and leaders.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (MARCH 1, 2017) – The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC), the leading supplier diversity organization on the Northwest Mountain region, will recognize and honor excellence in supplier diversity leadership and advocacy at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction.  This event is an opportunity for all attendees to learn about the importance and value of supplier diversity, how it contributes to the growth of diverse communities and the economy as a whole. More important than just reading or hearing about the success stories that impact local and national business, event participants can meet business owners, executives and heads of organizations who continue to inspire and drive progress across multiple industries.

According to Fernando Martinez, Council President and CEO, supplier diversity has become a fundamental component of a business, community and economy.  “Event participants will witness the culmination of success stories from individuals and organizations that impact growth in our region. Above all, we aim to present a clear vision of how our region drives value to the entire economy. Supplier Diversity is more than just a procurement option, it is an essential strategy designed to develop, grow and sustain a balanced economy now and into the future,” he said.

Coinciding with the Awards Dinner is the Silent Auction benefiting the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.  Every year, the Council awards over $20,000 in scholarship dollars to minority-owned businesses, primarily as a result of donations received at council events and fundraisers. Over the last 8 years the Council has provided MBE Executives over $200,000 for scholarships to MBE executive education programs at UW Foster School of Business and TUCK School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain MSDC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities.  As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority owned businesses and provide access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events and even formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The event is on March 9, 2017 at the DoubleTree Southcenter Grand Ballroom.  Registration is open to the public. To register, visit www.nwmtnmsdc.org/2017awards.

View the list of 2017 Award Nominees

Watch LIVE on www.facebook.com/nwmtnmsdc March 9th 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Watch LIVE on www.facebook.com/nwmtnmsdc March 9th 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM