Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council
2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction
The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
16500 Southcenter Parkway
Tukwila, WA 98188
Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dress Code: Business Professional Attire
Registration Fee: $200 per person / $1,600 per table
The Silent Auction benefits the Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fund.
Over the last 9 years, we have provided over $236,000 in scholarships for MBE development, minority enterprise education programs and subsidized admission to regional and national events, thanks to the support of corporate members, sponsors and donors. Read More
Platinum Annual Sponsors
Rosa Santana | Keynote Speaker
Founder & CEO, Santana Group
Rosa Santana is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Santana Group; a group of companies providing innovative outsourcing solutions to organizations across all industries.
For over 35 years, Rosa Santana has been a driving force within the U.S./Mexico staffing industry and is recognized internationally as a human capital solutions expert. Santana is a fearless leader who harnesses her passion to successfully create and develop companies through impeccable client service and innovative business solutions. As a visionary trailblazer, Santana’s unwavering integrity has established her staying power and success throughout the course of her remarkable career. Realizing this passion early in her career at Kelly Services, a Fortune 500 Company, Santana made a substantial financial impact by delivering extraordinary results to client challenges. Santana expanded Kelly Services footprint into Mexico and was named corporate Vice President in 1993. In 1998, Santana accepted a Senior Vice President position at Westaff and again successfully established operations in Mexico while leading a U.S. division.
Nelson Reyneri | Keynote Speaker
Senior VP, Sales & External Affairs, Liberty Power
Nelson Reyneri serves as Senior Vice President for Sales and External Affairs for Liberty Power, one of the leading electricity suppliers in the U.S.
Nelson has been with Liberty Power for over a decade and has played a leadership role in the company’s growth, leading various departments and initiatives, including sales, business development, corporate communications, Quality Assurance and regulatory affairs. Liberty Power has served one of five of the Fortune 500 and has been awarded Supplier of the Year by Pepsi, JC Penney and Costco. In December 2013, Liberty Power was named the 2013 Minority Retail Energy Firm of the Year by the United States Department of Commerce.
Nelson also has extensive leadership experience in the public sector. He was a senior appointee in the Clinton Administration, including serving as Special Assistant to the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff and later as Chief of Staff himself at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He also served as Senior Advisor to Senator John Kerry and led the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Hispanic Outreach in 2004. In 2016 he was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a position requiring Senate confirmation.
Advocacy Award Nominees
Advocacy Awards are presented to individuals who have demonstrated an unselfish commitment to the development of MBEs.
John A. Gilmore Award
The John A. Gilmore Award is presented to a Northwest Mountain MSDC certified minority business owner or employee who exemplifies the spirit of activism and business expansion by strongly advocating for fellow MBEs of the Northwest Mountain MSDC.
- Sue DeFlorio, General Microsystems Inc.
- Frank Lemos, LDC, Inc.
- Inez Lolohea, Kalani Packaging. Inc.
- Earl Overstreet, General Microsystems Inc.
- Kim Schmitt, Kalani Packaging, Inc.
- Bianca Vobecky, Vobecky Enterprises, Inc.
Robert L. Ryan Award
The Robert L. Ryan Award is presented to an individual employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC corporate member who exemplifies the commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority business success through the Northwest Mountain MSDC.
- Lana Gosnell, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
- Diane Lin, Starbucks Corporation
- Chi Pak, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
- Gary Sheneman, Microsoft Corporation
- Kevin Utt, The Boeing Company
Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award
The Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award is presented to an individual employed by a Northwest Mountain MSDC government/agency member who exemplifies the commitment and dedication to creating business opportunities and advancing the development of minority business success through the Northwest Mountain MSDC and the community.
- Ramanuj Biyani, City of Seattle
- Earl Key, Washington DOT
- Chris Liu, Washington DES
- Nancy Locke, City of Seattle
- Roger Millar, Washington DOT
- Servando Patlan, Washington DES
- Bramby Tollen, Snohomish County
- Linda Lee Womack, MBDA Tacoma
- Edson I. Zavala, City of Seattle
Leadership Award Nominees
Leadership Awards for MBEs are presented to certified minority business enterprises that excelled in their commitment to leadership excellence in business performance, inclusive performance, and minority business development.
Supplier of the Year Class I
- inlingua Utah
- Lanier’s Fine Candies
- North Western Machinery
Supplier of the Year Class II
- LDC, Inc.
- Magellan Architects
- TokuSaku Consulting
- U.S. Translation Company
- Vulcan Products Company, Inc.
Supplier of the Year Class III
- American Paper Converting
- Eagle Beverage & Accessory Products, LLC
- General Microsystems Inc.
- Greater China Industries, Inc.
- PromoShop, Inc.
Supplier of the Year Class IV
- Apollo Sheet Metal, Inc.
- PetroCard, Inc.
- Populus Group, LLC
- Redapt, Inc.
- Zones, Inc.
Leadership Awards for corporate and public agency members are presented to corporate/public agency member organizations that excelled in their commitment to leadership excellence in business performance, inclusive performance, and minority business development.
Public Agency of the Year
- City of Seattle
- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center
- Port of Seattle
- Seattle City Light
- Snohomish County
- University of Washington
- Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
- Washington State Department of Transportation
Regional Corporation of the Year
- Amazon.com, Inc.
- Costco Wholesale
- Enterprise Holdings
- Northwest Natural
National Corporation of the Year
- Coca-Cola Company
- Microsoft Corporation
- NIKE, Inc.
- T-Mobile USA, Inc.
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