Northwest Mountain MSDC Hits Four Decades Of MBE Supply-Chain Inclusion

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Volume II 2018
By Genny Hom-Franzen

Fernando Martinez believes corporations that have not embraced supplier diversity are missing the mark. “They are not creating value for their stakeholders / shareholders by continuing to take the easy way out and remaining status quo,” he said. “They are alienating the consumer market. The market always reaches equilibrium. The prudent consumers align themselves to organizations that share their values. Failure to be inclusive in a meaningful way — as the market becomes more diverse — is a sure way to lose market share, customers and revenue.”

Martinez should know. For almost 10 years, he has served as president and CEO of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. “Being able to serve our region for 40 years is our biggest success. Our council’s longevity has established us as an institution within a region where MBEs [minority business enterprises] are truly the minority,” he said, referring to the Northwest Mountain region where ethnic minorities make up less than 25 percent of the population.

“The founding model of our organization — MBE inclusion within the supply chain, launched by The Boeing Co. — continues to exist today, but not without challenges,” Martinez said. “In the state of Washington, for example, legislations such as Initiative 200 are being misquoted to the detriment of minority-owned businesses. Given today’s economic environment, it is crucial that we innovate and build on the MBE inclusion model.

“While inclusion is our core focus, developing and growing MBEs remains as relevant as it was 40 years ago,” he continued. “At the end of the day, it’s about helping our members and MBE companies grow their businesses year over year, drive wealth into our communities, economically impact our region, create generational wealth and make our region a better place to live.”

While supplier diversity has helped minority-owned businesses grow and develop over the last 40 to 50 years, Martinez believes that currently, supplier diversity is being deprioritized. He said funding is dwindling, supplier diversity staffs are shrinking, supplier diversity practices are being absorbed into other departments as an adjunct role and — in some cases — supplier diversity is being completely shut down.

BRINGING PARITY TO SUPPLY CHAIN

“We must stave off this trend,” he said. “We must factually articulate the value a strong supplier diversity process delivers to the organization and its customers. Our advocacy/education must link supply-chain value to the customer-value chain.” To that end and to resolve these biases, Martinez is making education a top priority initiative at the council. He and his staff have provided MBE and member development training, including minority executive education, supplier diversity training for leadership and procurement teams, programs for innovators and industry experts and programs to connect business leaders who share the same values.

“Education and validation can silence some of the biases,” he said.
“Our goal is to support diversifying the workforce. By bringing parity to the supply chain and having an inclusive and diverse workforce, our council will have a much bigger impact on our communities,” Martinez said. “Parity will drive better community wages, better health care, better education, an increased tax base and, thus, empowered and vibrant communities. Once established, parity will gain momentum, self-perpetuate, build diverse companies and protect our communities of color from gentrification.”

Ultimately, via all its educational and development programs, initiatives and events, he said the council’s goal is to bring parity between the supply chains they support and the community demographic makeup.

In addition to the council’s ongoing educational programs, it will be celebrating with a 40th anniversary breakfast. Corporate and public agency members, MBEs, other partner organizations and friends will be gathering Oct. 10, 2018, at the Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington. The event will pay tribute and thanks to the council’s founding organization, Boeing. The council will present Legacy Awards to honor corporations, public agencies and MBEs that have been with the council for 10 years or more.

With 40 years of success to stand on, Martinez and his staff are poised for the future. “Thank you to all the corporate/public agency members and MBEs who have come before us,” he said. “We stand on your shoulders and dedicate ourselves to the continuous growth of our members, MBEs and community. We are committed to supporting the growth of our corporate/public agency members and MBEs — it is the path to keeping our diverse communities alive, growing and sustainable.”

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Adrienne Trimble is new NMSDC President and CEO

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (AUGUST 2, 2018) – The Northwest Mountain MSDC welcomes Adrienne Trimble as new President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc ® (NMSDC®).  The official announcement was made August 1, 2018 by Joe Hinrichs, NMSDC Chairman of the Board of Directors and President, Global Operations of Ford Motor Company.

“With impressive HR and Supplier Diversity background, Adrienne brings the necessary expertise to build a strong and sustainable team around our strategic goals,” said Hinrichs.  “In her new role, Adrienne will drive all aspects of the organization's work, including revamping processes, designing new programming, providing operational oversight, selecting and leading a strong national staff, and working with the Board and affiliates to implement strategy. I look forward to working alongside Adrienne to achieve our mission.”

NMSDC® is one the leading corporate membership organizations in the US serving minority-owned organizations and US-based corporations engaged in supplier diversity.  By matching more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to a vast network of corporate members, NMSDC® helps solve the growing need for supplier diversity.

The NMSDC® network includes:

  • A national office in New York City

  • 1,750 corporate members and growing

  • More than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses

  • 23 affiliate regional councils nationwide

The Northwest Mountain MSDC is one of 23 regional councils, serving the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

For more information, visit www.nwmtnmsdc.org.

 


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Senator Reuven Carlyle to open the 2018 Annual Conference

Senator Reuven Carlyle

Senator Reuven Carlyle

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (JUNE 7, 2018) – The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) 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.

Joining Senator Carlyle at the Opening Session are Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of Northwest Mountain MSDC, and Sharon S. Lucas, Program Manager, Integrated Services | Indirect Supply Chain, Supply Chain and Operations at the Boeing Company and Board Chairperson of Northwest Mountain MSDC.

The 2018 Annual Conference: “Sustaining the Future of our Communities” will feature Bobby Herrera, President of Populus Group and Luncheon Keynote Speaker; Clay Atkins, of Intel Corporation; Richard Chacon of MUFG Union Bank; Tim Hopper of Microsoft Corporation; Diane Lin of Starbucks Corporation; Chi Pak of T-Mobile USA; Vlad Poppel of Intel Corporation; Shay Reed of Costco Wholesale; Nelson Reyneri of Liberty Power; Mike Russell, Jr. of Vulcan Products Company; Gary Sheneman of Harmony Consulting; and, Alex Thyne of The Boeing Company.

For more information, please visit www.nwmtnmsdc.org/2018conference.

 

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.  

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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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