National Minority Supplier Development Council Honors
CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group, Roderick Rickman, for Entrepreneurial Excellence
NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2014
The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) honored Roderick Rickman, the Chairman and CEO of Rickman Enterprise Group, on May 21 for his growth and achievement as a minority business owner. Along with seven others, Rickman was recognized at a leadership gala at the Hilton New York Midtown.
More than 1,200 guests attended the black-tie event, including CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 corporations and minority business owners from across the country. Jay Williams, recently sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce, provided keynote remarks. Karen Finney, host of MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney,” was the emcee.
Rickman won The MBE Trailblazer Award, whichrecognizes the owner of a minority business enterprise (MBE) whose pioneering spirit has laid the foundation of success for other MBEs throughout the NMSDC network. For 10 to 20 years, this leader has established impactful programs, initiatives or collaborations designed to help their MBE peers achieve greater success.
Rickman Enterprise Group was named a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise by Black Enterprise magazine and Minority Business News. The company has received the Spirit of Detroit Award, the General Motors Corporation Supplier of the Year Award, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) Supplier of the Year Award, and the MMSDC Hank Aquirre Humanitarian of the Year Award.
You can find a bio for Roderick Rickman here.
The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.
The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 24 regional councils across the country. There are 1,750 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America’s largest publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The regional councils certify and match more than 12,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products, services and solutions.
For more information about NMSDC, call (212) 944-2430 or visit the Web site at http://www.NMSDC.org.