Category: Town Hall Bios

Adrienne Trimble

Adrienne Trimble

Adrienne Trimble, President and CEO, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.Adrienne Trimble
President and CEO
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Adrienne Trimble is the President and CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). She is a known thought leader for advancing corporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to her role with NMSDC, Ms. Trimble was General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor North America, responsible for leading and executing diversity & inclusion strategies across Toyota’s North American operations.

In her role at Toyota, Ms. Trimble worked closely with the company’s senior leadership team in developing advocacy and accountability measures to integrate DEI processes across the organization’s business operations. She also worked closely with the company’s External Diversity Advisory Board, chaired by the Honorable Alexis Herman, former United States Secretary of Labor. She led the company’s rise on the DiversityInc Top 50 list from #42 to #25 in two short years. She also firmly solidified the company’s recognition by third party advocacy organizations such as Black Enterprise Best Companies for Diversity, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and The United Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Adrienne Trimble’s appointment marks a unique, significant milestone in NMSDC’s long and close relationship with Toyota. Ms. Trimble led Toyota’s Supplier Diversity initiative from 2005 – 2012. In this role, she grew the company’s diverse supplier base to reflect more than a 300 percent increase in total spend, topping nearly $3B in spend with diverse suppliers. Toyota received numerous accolades under Ms. Trimble’s direction, including Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as well as Corporation of the Year honors from the organization’s affiliates in Arkansas, Michigan, South Central Ohio, Southwest Texas and Tri-State KY/IN/WV. She was named Advocate of the Year by the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council. In recognition of her efforts to advance economic development for diverse suppliers, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder and CEO of Rainbow PUSH, presented Ms. Trimble with their Corporate Leader Award and Women in Leadership Award.

A graduate of Wilberforce University, Ms. Trimble earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Organization Management. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for her alma mater in 2014. Other board and committee leadership positions have included NMSDC and several of its regional Councils, as well as Executive Committee roles for the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Ms. Trimble has previous Human Resources leadership experience in financial services, healthcare and media industries. She resides in McKinney, Texas with her husband Jamiel.

Leon Richardson

Leon C. Richardson is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemico Group, one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. For 30 years, Richardson has guided what was originally Chemico Systems, Inc., from a single employee start-up to an internationally recognized player in the chemical and environmental services space. Today, Chemico employs more than 400 people across 30 states and four countries and amasses more than $100 million in sales annually. Black Enterprise has named Chemico to its list of the top 100 Black Businesses nine times.

Roderick Rickman

Roderick K. Rickman, Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group is a native Detroiter whose roots are firmly planted in the community. He is the founder of the Rickman Enterprise Group, an Industry leader in complete Facility Management Demolition, Industrial Environmental Technical Cleaning Waste Management, Interior Finishing for Manufacturing, Utility, Education, Aerospace, and Defense/Military Industries.

Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca is Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the country in 2015 and 2018. Pinnacle has also been included on the Inc 500/5000 list of fasting growing companies 13 times. Vaca is one of the few Latinas in the nation serving on the boards of publicly traded companies.

Sidd Ahmed

Sidd Ahmed, Founder and CEO VDart GroupSidd Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of VDart Group, one of the leading digital talent management, solution and product companies found in the industry globally. VDart was born months after the recession during a time when companies were closing, and its success was the result of sheer effort and motivation from its captain, Sidd. He claims that it’s because the mindset has always been to “create opportunities for the success of others,” the company is standing where it is today.

Sidd’s vision has always been to build a leading enterprise that would “touch the lives of people, to create success, wealth and quality of life.” He was able to orchestrate this goal successfully by navigating a workforce of more than 2550+ people located in 7 different countries, and at the same time increasing those figures year on year. His vision is also the force that drives VDart’s CSR program which helped change the lives of children in need, the disabled, and the hundreds of people were victims of natural disasters.

It is a remarkable feat considering that prior to VDart’s success, Sidd had never worked in any large organization nor had he come from a corporate background. However, despite lacking those experiences Sidd has maintained exponential growth in the IT talent management industry and is now embarking on the digital frontier of technology, Industry 4.0.

Today among many other accolades VDart holds wins such as Inc. 5000 – 8 times fastest-growing firms in the US, NMSDC National MBE of the Year 2019, Supplier of the Year Class IV by NMSDC, MBE Advocate of the Year by GMSDC to name just a few. Along with those victories, Sidd also received Government’s Small Business Administration for Entrepreneurial Success 2018, Small Business Person of the Year – 2017 and the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Award for 2017 and Eagle Award for 2017 & 2018.

Sidd has participated in several different leadership mentoring programs from outstanding corporations such as Accenture and Delta Airlines because he believes that being a leader should not be viewed as a license to increase the volume of rhetoric, but instead a leader is a prime opportunity to realize the value of everything that can be gleaned from the minds of others.

Along with VDart, Sidd is also the CEO of VDart Digital, Vouch, and VDart BPM. While VDart has oces in the USA, Canada, UK & India and is ranked Inc 500 with revenue over $180 million. His leadership in the world of digital transformation has now expanded VDart into new countries such as Japan, Australia, and Belgium. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Education Foundation which supports GMSDC Academy an active alumni advocate of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, Vice-Chair to the Stang Industry Group in MBEIC (Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee), Alumni Advocate at the Georgia Mentor Protégé Alumni Association. Sidd contributes to the foundation’s goal of scaling new heights of excellence

Brian Brooks

A business leader with a diverse entrepreneurial background, Brian Brooks is someone to know. Since 2001, Brian has served as President of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co., an agent of North American Van Lines, a SIRVA Relocation company. E.E. Ward provides professional relocation services for local, long distance and international household goods relocation, commercial office moving and corporate employee relocation.