Virtual Awards Ceremony Celebration

Join us to Celebrate Our Awardees of the Evening!

NMSDC Leadership Awards
June 11, 2020
Musical Performance 4:40 – 5 p.m. (EDT)
Awards Ceremony 5 – 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
Registration Fee: $150 (tax deductible)


Star Power:
Special Musical Guest BeBe Winans

Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles

Jazz Musical Performances:
Three Excellent Sets by Jazz House Kids In Concert

Awards Presentations

Special Presentations

Join the NMSDC Awards Ceremony and create a celebratory virtual atmosphere in your home. Sip on your favorite wine or cocktail and dress festively, a little bling is perfectly OK. Join our virtual room as we spend the evening recognizing leaders within the NMSDC network who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to advancing opportunities for minority businesses.

Award Categories
– Vanguard Award
– Supplier Diversity Professional
– Minority Business Enterprise
– Chief Procurement Officer
Presidential Awards
– Lifetime Achievement Award

Our Emcee

Thomas 'NephewTommy' Miles
Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles
Co-host, Steve Harvey Morning Show

Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles has built a career that encompasses radio, television, film and more. Thomas’ role as co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show puts him in front of a live radio audience of more than 8 million listeners daily. Nephew Tommy provides a key role in the morning show, lighting it up with his own cast of colorful characters and zany humor.

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Special Musical Guest

BeBe Winnas, Recording Artist
BeBe Winans
Recording Artist


Benjamin, “BeBe” Winans, the six-time Grammy Award winner, is the seventh child and youngest male of the Detroit based first family of gospel music. BeBe is best known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist/songwriter, who along with his musical partner and sister CeCe Winans are the first true Christian crossover artists to hit the mainstream. After 10 years working behind the scenes on projects such as serving as a former Executive Music Producer for the OWN Network’s latest scripted series, “Greenleaf” and host of his own radio show on the Heart & Soul Channel (68) on Sirius/XM Radio Networks on Sunday Mornings (9am ET/7am PT), he moves back into the forefront with plans to release a new album.

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2020 Honorees

Vanguard Award
Margo Posey, President & CEO, Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
Margo Posey
President & CEO
Dallas/Fort Worth
Minority Supplier Development Council

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The Vanguard Award is presented to an NMSDC affiliate council president who has exhibited leadership in driving the value proposition for minority supplier development among corporate and MBE constituents throughout the NMSDC network.

Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year
Derek Cantey, Supplier Diversity Senior Manager, Wells Fargo
Derek Cantey
Supplier Diversity Senior Manager
Wells Fargo
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The Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year Award is presented to a national corporate member with at least two years of experience in a corporate supplier diversity role. The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional action, engagement and leadership in supplier diversity and in support of NMSDC’s mission.

MBE of the Year
Frank Venegas, CEO and Founder, The Ideal Group, Inc.
Frank Venegas
CEO and Founder
The Ideal Group, Inc.

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The MBE of the Year Award is presented to the owner of an NMSDC-certified minority business enterprise who has been actively engaged within the NMSDC network for a minimum of two years. The up and coming or seasoned recipient demonstrates exceptional leadership, is paving the way for other MBEs and is fully committed to minority supplier development and supporting the NMSDC network.

CPO of the Year
Burt Jordan, Vice president, Global Vehicle Purchasing, Ford Motor Company
Burt Jordan
Vice President
Global Vehicle Purchasing
Ford Motor Company
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The CPO of the Year Award is presented to the year’s outstanding corporate executive who advances the cause of supplier diversity, both within his or her corporation and throughout the corporate world. The honoree’s transformative vision, passion, integrity and record of success have raised the bar in developing supplier diversity, even in the face of an evolving business environment and the challenge of effecting fundamental change in the corporate world. The honoree is a world-class thought leader, redefining and enhancing the standard for supplier diversity’s place in corporate America.

Lifetime Achievement Award
James Lowry, Visionary management consultant and entrepreneur
James Lowry
Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
President, James H. Lowry & Associates
Visionary management consultant and entrepreneur
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The award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to the individual who has been tireless, visionary and game-changing in supporting and advocating for NMSDC and its leadership in supplier diversity.

Special Musical Performances

Jazz House Kids

“State of Minority Business”

Leading Economist, William Michael Cunningham, will address the overall State of Minority Business domestically and globally, current and future, as it relates to COVID-19 and the impact of recent social injustices.

In Conversation
NMSDC President & CEO Adrienne Trimble along with MMSDC President & CEO Michelle Sourie Robinson and MBEIC Chair, Clifford A. Bailey will speak to the State of Minority Business for NMSDC’s network.

William Michael Cunningham, AM, MBA, Creative Investment Research, Inc.,, protégé of the late Andrew Brimmer, first black Federal Reserve Governor
William Michael Cunningham

Creative Investment Research, Inc.,; and protégé of the late Andrew Brimmer, first black Federal Reserve Governor

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

President and CEO

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Michelle Sourie Robinson, President, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
Michelle Sourie Robinson

President and CEO
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

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Clifford A. Bailey, President & CEO, TechSoft Systems, Inc.
Clifford A. Bailey
NMSDC National Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (NMBEIC)
President & CEO
TechSoft Systems, Inc.

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