Please Support Your Council by Attending the 2014
GNEMSDC Annual Gala: May 6
The Award will be presented at the Black-Tie 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT on Tuesday, May 6.
You will be receiving your invitation to the Annual Awards Gala soon.
Please RSVP by April 15, 2014 tp www.boothleads.com/gnemsdc/gala2014
|David Hinson to Receive 2014 GNEMSDC President's Award|
|We are extremely happy to announce that David Hinson as accepted the 2014 GNEMSDC Presidents Award. Mr. Hinson's last day as National Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency was last week. During his tenure he oversaw a significant increase in the amount of contracts won by minority business clients of the 44 MBDA Centers across the county. We at the GNEMSDC are particularly fortunate to be a beneficiary of his leadership. In 2011, the GNEMSDC won a five-year contract to operate the Boston MBDA Business Center. And in 2013, the GNEMSDC won a four-year contract to operate the Bridgeport MBDA Business Center. Director Hinson is one of the global leaders in minority business development. He has traveled the world to promote business relationships between domestic minority businesses and minority businesses in Brazil, Africa, Australia and Europe. We are honored to have Director Hinson as the GNEMSDC 2014 President's Award recipient.|
The Award will be presented at the Black-Tie 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT on Tuesday, May 6. It is not too early to reserve your tickets. Call Jerilynn Clarke at203-288-9744 for ticket information.
|2014 Annual Gala MC - Jonathan Coachman|
We are very pleased to announce Jonathan Coachman is a Sports TV Personality for ESPN and ESPN Radio will be joining us at the Gala this year as our MC. Jonathan Coachman began his career in 19997 in Wichita, KS at KAKE-TV. He continued on to Kansas City in 1999 where he worked in the same sports department with NFL legend and Super Bowl MVP Len Dawson. In the fall of 1999 his career took an abrupt turn as Coachman took a hob as a TV personality in WWE.
He spent the next 9 years traveling the world working for Vince McMahon. In 2006 he began also doing sports again at CSTV and MSG network in New York City. In 2008 Jonathan left the road and the WWE for the friendly confines of Bristol, CT and ESPN. In His almost 4 years with the company Jonathan has done just about every sport but he has found a niche as a main host on the flagship show SportsCenter. You may have heard Coachman as you are driving around in your car on ESPN Radio.
In 2011 Jonathan joined forces with Freddie Coleman for "The Coach and Coleman Show" on ESPN Radio. Jonathan is married to Amy and has 2 beautiful kids, Kayana (3) and JJ (1).
|2014 GNEMSDC Nominees for MBE Awards Are In!|
On behalf of the GNEMSDC board of directors, I am proud to announce the 2014 MBE Nominees.
Category 1 (Under $1,000,000 in Annual Sales)
1. Light Speed
2. Picture That
Category 2 (Over $1,000,000 but less than $10,000,000)
1. Environmental Integrity
2. Horizon Services
3. Roxbury Technology
Category 3 (Over $10,000,000 but less than $50,000,000)
1. Essex Newbury North Contracting
2. Lancaster Packaging
3. Minute Man Trucks
5. SAI Systems
Category 4 (Over $50,000,000)
1. The Matlet Group
Reciprocal (Companies Located Outside of Greater New England)
1. Deluxe Delivery Systems
2. The Berrnd Group
3. World Wide Technologies
|2014 GNEMSDC Award Nominees - Congratulations|
|On behalf of the GNEMSDC MBE Input Committee I am proud to list the 2014 Nominees for Corporate Awards.|
Corporation of the Year - National Category1. Aetna
4. Comcast Cable
5. CVS Caremark
7. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
8. National Grid
9. TJX Corporation
10. United Technologies Corporation
Corporation of the Year - Local Category1.. Pratt & Whitney
2. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
3. Yale New Haven Health System
4. Yale University
5. The Metropolitan District Commission
Buyer of the Year1. Ed Frey, Yale University
2. Ron Swatt, Sikorsky Aircraft
3. Michael Jovovich, Yale New Haven Health Systems
4. Janice Beckner, Connecticut Lottery
5. Erik Collins, Dominion
Advocate of the Year1. Bob Pilney, The Hartford Insurance Company
2. Joyce C. Eriksen Eggers, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
3. Alton Moss, Pratt and Whitney4. Erik Collins, Dominion
5.Carla Hunter-Ramsey, National Grid
6. Al Tawrel, Northeast Utilities
7. Thomas Ray, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
8. Joan Davidson, UTC Areospace Systems
MBE Empowerment Award1. Eileen Hasson, The Computer Company
2. Arvin Chaudhary, Nadicent Technologies, LLC
Congratulations to all the nominees on jobs well done. Once again we have a very competitive field of nominees. THe MBE Input Committee will have a difficult time selecting one winner in each of these categories. All of these nominees are deserving of recognition for the great work that they do to support our mission of minority business development. It will be an exciting evening on Tuesday, May 6th when the winners are announced.
|Photo Memories from the GNEMSDC Gala 2010-2013|
The 2014 GNEMSDC Annual Awards Gala is Tuesday, May 6 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT.
There are several events coming up on our calendar that are designed specifically for MBEs to learn about corporate opportunities. We know how busy everyone's schedule is, but these are events often hosted by our corporate members with the expressed purpose of finding out more about you and your business with the ultimate aim, to make you a valuable supplier to their companies. Here are some events you should consider:
|Corporation of the Week: Burns & McDonnell|
From airports, military bases and defense facilities to power generation and transmission, to water treatment and remediation, to refineries and industrial facilities, hospitals and institutional buildings,Burns & McDonnell delivers planning, design, engineering and construction expertise.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions from offices across the United States, including the New England Regional Office located in Wallingford, CT.
From 2010 through 2013, the Hartford Business Journal has ranked Burns & McDonnell as one of the Best Places to Work. Additionally, Burns & McDonnell ranks 14th in FORTUNE's 2014 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. As a 100% employee-owned firm, each employee-owner has a vested interest in the success of every project and client. More than 80 percent of our projects come from repeat clients.
Our employee-owners also know that small/diverse businesses are critical to the success of countless industries and employ many of this nation's forward thinkers. After all, Burns & McDonnell was founded in 1898 by two young engineers - so we really do get it. We appreciate that same entrepreneurial spirit today and proud that it works on our projects
We have received the following recognition on behalf of our diverse business utilization:
*Prime Supplier of the Year Award, Edison Electric Institute's National Supplier Diversity Conference (2013)
* Champions of Diversity Award, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (2012)
* Corporation of the Year, MidAmerican Minority Business Development Council (2007 and 2011)
* CEO Advocate of the Year, MidAmerican Minority Business Development Council (2007 and 2011)
* 27 awards for projects nationwide from 2005 through 2012
If you are interested in teaming with Burns & McDonnell, please complete the online registration form.
Let's build the relationships that build our projects!
|Congratulations to the Newly Certified MBEs|
Invitations for Bid and Opportunities
Don't you just love the spring in the Northeast? Even though we got snow just a week ago, the longer days, the sounds of birds, the blossoming of tulips are all early signals of the warmth to come . We are reminded that another season is upon us; a gentler season. And just as the seasons come and go, so too do our businesses and I dare say, our spirits, get renewed in the hope of now. Hope is the fuel that powers and inspires entrepreneurs, and MBEs are no different from others in this clan of opportunists. I know the power of hope in my experiences, particularly my experience as the executive of this organization. I remember and remind myself that we are not now where we were, nor are we where we will be. I know that it takes time, it takes the dedicated support of others who share our dreams, and it takes resources that come from opportunities. MBEs are no different from what I have experienced. We are on this journey together, and to paraphrase Martin Luther King, I may not get there with you, but we will be successful together. It is through this unshakable belief in your own success that you will create solutions to whatever business challenges you face. Entrepreneurs know that disappointment and success are not served in equal portions. But with each disappointment, with each delay, with each false start, the successful entrepreneur gets back into the game. And each time, there is a lesson in that disappointment. We are working hard to do every thing we can to provide MBEs with the opportunities to reach their goals. And I must say that our Gala coming up in just two weeks is one of those opportunities. I hope to see you there. I believe in you.
In your service