AT&T, Boeing and Union Bank among "Top 50 Companies for Diversity"

Congratulations to Northwest Mountain MSDC Corporate Members AT&T, Inc., The Boeing Company and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. for making it into the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. AT&T remained in the top three position for the second year, and top six on the 2018 Top Companies for Supplier Diversity.  The company continues to build on the success of its supplier diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 

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Council memo regarding Stream Gift Card email spoof

Announcements | Fernando Martinez

Dear Stakeholders,

Memo Purpose:  This memo is intended to inform you about a very recent hack which has taken place.  Within the last 24 hours, my Outlook and LinkedIn Accounts have been spoofed.  No one else in our office has been compromised.  Some of you may have already received or may receive “authentic looking messages” from my account requesting $500 in $100 and $50 denominations via “Steam Gift Card” activation. 

 Actions: We are in the process of locking down all our unsolicited points of entry.  We are communicating with our technologist to ensure we lock down our access while continuing to provide service to all our stakeholders.  If you receive such a message, immediately delete it from your mail.  Do not purchase any cards.  Do not communicate with the person on the other side of the message - they are pushy!  We have determined that this spoof originated in Nigeria, but cloaked to appear as if it was coming from my email address.

 Current State: We are committed and have taken measures to protect against these types of activities.  However, nonprofit organizations continue to be major targets for cybercrimes.  We have conducted a Cyber Security Assessment and are pleased to inform you that the findings state: “Northwest Mountain MSDC’s data is well-defended by various layers of security controls” (GMI. Feb. 2018).  Our Member, MBE, and Community information is very important to us.  Taking measures against security threats is top of mind with us daily.  The Council’s MBE files are protected by various layers of security.  Our Office Operating System is protected on the Cloud.  And, this intrusion has been reported to the appropriate organizations. 

 Request for Assistance:  With your assistance, we can shut down the email spoof with little or no impact to our stakeholders.  How you can help:  1. immediately delete any request for money coming from my email address, 2. do not send cash to anyone; and, 3. immediately notify the Council of such messaging.

Thank you for your understanding.  We will keep you updated on our activities to keep data and communications secured.  Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Fernando Martinez

President and CEO, Northwest Mountain MSDC

Senator Reuven Carlyle to open the 2018 Annual Conference

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council made an announcement on Thursday that Sen. Reuven Carlyle is the guest speaker at the 2018 Annual Conference’s Opening Session.  Senator Carlyle represents Washington State Senate’s 36th Legislative District and serves as Committee Chair for the state’s Energy, Environment & Technology Committee.

Sen. Carlyle is one of Washington State’s proponents for Environmental Sustainability.  On a recent blog post on his website, he called for state action to “plan for the future and invest in our own methods of recycling and reusing materials” and urged the general public to learn best practices of waste reduction, recycling and utilizing renewable technology.

The 2018 Annual Conference: “Sustaining the Future of our Communities” will feature Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group and Luncheon Keynote Speaker…

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The Complete Winners List: Northwest Mountain MSDC Leadership & Advocacy Awards

Announcements | Alex Llorente


SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (MARCH 9, 2018) – Microsoft Corporation won the National Corporation of the Year Award at the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction on Thursday, March 8th.  Enterprise Holdings won Regional Corporation of the Year and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center won Public Agency of the Year.

Every year, the Northwest Mountain MSDC presents Leadership Awards to corporate and public agency members to recognize their supplier diversity excellence in the Northwest Mountain region. The awards criteria is based on information including, but not limited to dollars spent with certified MBE suppliers, outreach to the MBE community, and the firm’s overall supplier diversity strengths and efforts. 

The Northwest Mountain MSDC also presented: Supplier of the Year Awards to Council-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs); and, Advocacy Awards to individual supplier diversity advocates who tirelessly work to support member and MBE growth.

President’s Awards came last.  Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC concluded the awards ceremony with the presentation of four awards.  “The President’s Award is the only Award presented at the discretion of the President,” he said.  “The award is simply based on the premise that we need to recognize individuals, companies, organizations, or entities that selflessly serve our Council Community.  I am very pleased to close out tonight’s Awards Program by recognizing and acknowledging several individuals and one of our corporate members’ efforts over the years.”

Here is the complete list of winners at the 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction.


Leadership Awards:


2017 National Corporation of the Year

Microsoft Corporation


2017 Regional Corporation of the Year

Enterprise Holdings


2017 Public Agency of the Year

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tacoma Business Center


Supplier of the Year Class I

inlingua Utah


Supplier of the Year Class II

Magellan Architects


Supplier of the Year Class III

Eagle Beverage & Accessory Products, LLC


Supplier of the Year Class IV

Zones, Inc. 


Advocacy Awards:


2017 Robert L. Ryan Award

Diane Lin

Director, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations – Ethical Sourcing and Supplier Diversity

Starbucks Corporation


2017 Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award

Bramby Tollen

Purchasing Manager

Snohomish County


2017 John A. Gilmore Award

Earl W. Overstreet II


General Microsystems, Inc.


2017 President’s Award:


T-Mobile USA, Inc.


Richard Chacon

Director, Supplier Diversity and Development

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.


Fernando J. Hernandez

Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability

Microsoft Corporation


Diane Lin

Director, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations – Ethical Sourcing and Supplier Diversity

Starbucks Corporation


About the Council


The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) is a Washington nonprofit established in 1978 to aid in growth and development of minority-owned businesses, serving the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. We are an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), providing Council membership and supplier diversity support to corporations and public agencies.  The Council manages Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification and development services.  To learn more, visit


Rosa Santana: Keynote Speaker at 2018 Awards Dinner

Rosa Santana, Founder and CEO of Santana Group

Rosa Santana, Founder and CEO of Santana Group

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (FEBRUARY 16, 2018) – The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is pleased to feature Ms. Rosa Santana as the Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Santana is the Founder and CEO of Santana Group, a group of companies providing innovative outsourcing solutions to organizations across all industries.  In her biography, Santana’s remarkable career spans over 35 years of commitment to integrity, innovation and continuous improvement, leading to the success of her companies, which include Forma Automotive, Toyota’s first Hispanic woman-owned direct Tier I supplier. 

To view Rosa Santana’s full bio, visit


About the Event

The 2018 Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction is presented by the Northwest Mountain MSDC, and Platinum Annual Sponsors, Microsoft Corporation, Mike Nakamura Photography, Starbucks Corporation, TDW and Co., T-Mobile USA, Inc., Trio Group, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., World Wide Technology, Inc., Zones, Inc.; Gold Annual Sponsors, Alaska Airlines and The Boeing Company; Silver Annual Sponsors, AT&T, Inc., Costco Wholesale, General Microsystems Inc., and MBDA Tacoma Business Center; Bronze Annual Sponsors, LDC, Inc., PetroCard, Inc. and Promoshop, Inc.; Emerging Sponsors, Ecobrite Services, LLC, ELYON International, Inc., and the Russell Group, LLC; and Wine Sponsor, Twisted Cedar Wines.  Event support will be provided by Zones, Inc.

To learn more, visit