The National Minority Supplier Development Council held its Conference and Business Opportunity Fair on Nov. 2-5, 2014, in Orlando. Approximately 6,000 Corporate Members, MBEs, and guests attended the four-day event. Northwest Mountain MSDC Members and MBEs that were represented included Starbucks Corporation, Collabera, Inc., Kalani Packaging, Inc., Petrochem Insulation, Inc., World Wide Technology, Inc., Zones, Inc., American Paper Converting, Inc., Liberty Power Corp., and Dynamic Language.
The conference, which was designed to help MBEs and Corporate Members grow in their business through effective networking and robust workshops, provided attendees with the opportunity to highlight their value propositions.
The conference kicked off with a Welcome to Orlando reception at the Epcot World ShowPlace and featured a surprise performance by Earth, Wind & Fire. Monday's Power Breakfast included a motivational speech by renowned life coach Simon T. Bailey, president of the Brilliance Institute.
The headliner of the Monday Luncheon was Magic Johnson, who sat down for an interview-style conversation David Hernandez of Liberty Power. Joined by his colleagues at Magic Johnson Enterprises Eric Holoman and Christine Simmons and, the Basketball Hall of Famer talked about his transition from a champion on the basketball court to be one of the world's most successful businessmen, and the lessons he learned along the way.
Dedicated and passion Corporate Member advocates were recognized at the Conference Awards Banquet. Specific companies and individuals that received recognition were Chrysler Group-Company of the Year; Michael Bartschat of Johnson Controls, Inc.-Global Link International Award; Carla Preston, Ford Motor Company-Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year; Johnson & Johnson-Corporate Innovation; and Capitol One-Corporate Excellence in Access to Capital.
MBEs that were recognized for their business acumen and excellence in community service including Enterprise Publishing Inc. of Henderson, NV in Class I; The Royster Group, Inc. of Atlanta, GA in Class II; ChemicoMays of Southfield, MI in Class III; and World Wide Technology, Inc. of Maryland Heights, MO in Class IV.
The four-day conference generated a $30-million economic benefit to the local region. In 2015, the National MSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair will be held in San Diego, CA Oct. 18-21. We hope to see you there!