Join us live on Facebook this Friday, December 22nd for Council President Fernando Martinez's holiday message. We will be streaming from the Council office in Tukwila, Washington at 11:00 A.M. on www.facebook.com/nwmtnmsdc.
As the President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council since 2008, Fernando leads the Council’s growth and economic impact upon minority businesses in the Northwest Mountain region. Fernando works with Council members to identify opportunities and integrate minority suppliers into their strategic supply chains. He leads Minority Business Enterprise certification, development and connection to corporations and public agencies engaged in supplier diversity.
Fernando is regarded as one of the leading advocates for supplier diversity in the U.S. He represents the interest of minority businesses and has provided valuable insight and advice to both private and public sector leaders, decision makers and influencers.
From 2013 to 2014, Fernando was Chair of the National MCSD’s President’s Council, leading 36 regional council presidents through a national strategic restructure. He served as a member and consultant to state, local and public groups, including City of Seattle Mayor’s WMBE Advisory Committee, Airport Retail and Dining Advisory Committee, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s MBE recruitment initiative and other community and advocacy roundtables.
Prior to joining the Council, Fernando led and managed business units within companies such as Xerox Corporation, Starbucks Corporation, Westin Hotels & Resorts, and the former Washington Mutual, Inc. His work resulted in successful collaborations between operations and sales and delivered year-over-over increases in efficiencies, revenue, and profit.
As the Council enters its 40th year of serving member corporations and public agencies, MBEs and supplier diversity partners, we give thanks to the organizations and individuals who have become part of our diverse network. We look forward to certifying and developing more MBEs, supporting more companies and agencies with supplier diversity programs, connecting more businesses and growing our economy.
We wish everyone a happy holidays and a prosperous new year!
2017 – 2018 Council Members