Welcome Messages from the Council

Welcome to the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council  2017 Awards Dinner and Silent Auction.  Every year, the Council recognizes outstanding suppliers, supplier diversity advocates and corporate/public agency leaders. Their achievements represent not only their individual and organizational success, but translates to the growth of our regional communities.  Every company engaged in supplier diversity in our region directly and indirectly contributes to our economy, society and culture. Being nominated for any of these awards is an honor. Receiving an award is true acknowledgment from your customers that you are a successful business.  

We honor and celebrate all of you, for it is you that brings us all together at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction. Welcome!

Fernando Martinez
President & CEO
Northwest Mountain MSDC


Welcome guests and congratulations to the Awardees and Nominees of the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction! The mission of the Northwest Mountain
Minority Supplier Development Council is to drive economic value by equalizing business opportunities. In 2016, the Council extended the value received by its members and MBEs by providing access to publicity, and event marketing. The Council promoted over 100 brands with an estimated marketing value of $2.3 million.  As we celebrate the individual achievements and organizational successes of the 2017 Awardees, we thank everyone who supports the Council through sponsorship, program partnership and event participation. We are confident you will see the Council’s impact among all our businesses and our community at large. 

Gary Sheneman
Board Chairperson
Sr. Director, Cloud &Enterprise
Applications & Services
Microsoft Corporation

The Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) applauds the outstanding minority business enterprised (MBEs) who are in the running for Suppliers of the Year. We are grateful to the corporate/public agency members who day after day lead supplier diversity success in our region. The Northwest Mountain MSDC focuses on certification of MBEs and increasing their degree of expertise, capabilities and innovation.  We aim to support Corporate/Public Agency Members in achieving their goals.    

As we express our appreciation and accolades to  MBEs and Corporate/Public Agency Members that excelled in Supplier Diversity leadership and advocacy last year, the MBEIC also congratulates MBEs who continue to drive business with other MBEs. Thank you and congratulations to the winners and nominees!

Shahzad Q. Qadri
MBEIC Chairperson
Partner, Wong Fleming, P.C.

Annual Sponsors

Event Details


2017 Awards Dinner & Silent Auction



Thursday, March 9th, 2017

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM



DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel

Gland Ballroom

16500 Southcenter Parkway

Tukwila, WA 98188


Event Registration will cover one person admission to :

  • Business Opportunity Networking & Silent Auction (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
  • Awards Dinner (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Registration fee is $200 per person.

Book a Hotel

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel offers discounted social rate of 15% off Sunday - Wednesday and 20% off Thursday - Saturday, until end of April. Rates are discounted off the best available rate and are variable. Rates are applicable to state and local occupancy taxes plus $2.00 per night Tourism Promotion Area Fee.

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Guest of Honor

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney was born to migrant farm workers. Her parents were born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1919. Phyllis grew up in the Yakima Valley where she helped her family in the fields before and after school from the age of five.

Phyllis began her career as a community activist in the Yakima Valley and in the Tri-Cities where she was the co-founder of the Washington State Migrant Child Care Centers, the Educational Institute for Rural Families and the Farm Workers Clinics. She was also instrumental in establishing statewide Child Care and Early Childhood Educational Teacher Training Programs.

Kenney was appointed to the Washington State Legislature  in January 1997 where she served for 16 years in the House of Representatives. She chaired the House Committee on Community and Economic Development and Housing and also chaired the Committee on Higher Education for seven years. She served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Labor & Workforce Development Committee, and the House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development and International Relations chaired by the Lt. Governor. She served on the Washington State Economic Development Commission and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Aerospace Council and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.

Phyllis has always been a champion for higher education, leading the way in sponsoring and supporting programs and funding that have helped many students to get an opportunity to achieve their education dreams. In 2005 Kenney sponsored House Bill 1794 to allow branch campuses to offer four-year degrees. She also sponsored House Bill 1079 that allowed undocumented students to go to college with in state tuition and was instrumental in in getting the REAL Hope Act (also known as the Dream Act) passed in 2014. HB 1096 created the Opportunity Grants, a program that helps provide training for low income students in high demand fields. She also was instrumental in the development of the I-BEST program that helps limited English speaking students learn a trade while also learning English. Both of these programs have been recognized nationally. President Obama has recognized the I-BEST as a model program for the nation.

Kenney sponsored landmark legislation to create the Building Communities Fund, which provides grants to under served communities for projects that help revitalize their community. Additionally, she has sponsored legislation and supported funding to provide housing for farm workers, low-income families, foster children and the homeless.

Phyllis is a former small business owner and has served on local, state and national boards and commissions regarding education, economic development and national and global health . Phyllis was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She also serves on the Washington GovernorsUniversity Board. She has been presented with numerous awards and commendations on the state and national level.


Plated Dinner Menu

DoubleTree Signature Romaine Heart Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Crisp Prosciutto, Cherry Tomato & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Citrus Seared Breast of Chicken
Asparagus and Red Onion Relish Lemon-Thyme Butter Sauce

Oven Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetables



Plated Vegetarian Menu

DoubleTree Signature Romaine Heart Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Cherry Tomato & Balsamic Vinaigrette


Vegetable Wellington - Roasted Spring Vegetables with Aged Cheddar Cheese Wrapped in Puff Pastry, served with Cream Plum Tomato Sauce



Dessert & Beverage Menu

Chocolate Decadence - Rich Chocolate Ganache, White Chocolate Mousse, Belgium Shaved Imported Chocolate & Raspberry Coulis. Garnished with Raspberry ChocolateTwig

New York Cheesecake with Mixed Berry Compote

Twisted Cedar Wines, Starbucks Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee & Tazo Teas


Annual Silent Auction Preview Catalog

Proceeds from the Annual Silent Auction benefit the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.  Every year, the Council awards over $20,000 in scholarships for minority business owners for specialized education programs at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and the Tuck School at Dartmouth University.  The Council has provided over $200,000 in Minority Business/Education Scholarships in the last 8 years. The Scholarship Fund also provides MBE executive development, training and subsidized admission to events and conferences. To learn more, visit the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.

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