The celebration, usually an annual affair, was put on hold last year so the supplier diversity team could focus resources on the Business Forum and Supplier Showcase, which paired diverse suppliers with prime suppliers.
“As successful as the forum was, we missed formally celebrating our internal colleagues and external partners who contribute to our success,” said Terrez Thompson, vice president, global supplier diversity.
She also announced the launch of The
During the awards celebrations, diverse and majority suppliers that excelled in the areas of quality, delivery of products and services were honored. This event is a critical component of
“Despite challenges and obstacles, we forge ahead on our quest for best-in-class supplier diversity,” she said. “We have been tested and found ourselves up to the task. We have endured to gain greater confidence in our convictions. We’ve learned the path between here and our destination is not a linear journey. There will always be twists and turns. I challenge all of my colleagues to join us in getting there. We all win in the end.”
In the spotlight
The following advocates were lauded during the evening:
─ Diverse Supplier of the Year: Alpharetta, Georgia-based Pyramid Consulting Inc. has been working with
─ Outstanding Leadership Award: Mary Riddle, vice president, director flavor ingredient supply. Her team is responsible for managing the supply chain for the confidential ingredients of The
─ Chairman’s Award: Workplace 2020 is a group responsible for the design, creation and operation of
─ Buyer of the Year: Brandi Hubbard, GSP senior procurement manager, was recognized for her efforts that led to a rise in year-over-year percentage with diverse firms, a new first-tier contract and an increase of more than $1 million in her 2015 procurement category spend with diverse suppliers.
─ Champion of the Year: John Kocinski, CCBSS senior procurement manager, received the award thanks to a decision to rescind a decision that would have eliminated a contract with an annual diverse supplier spend of $4.1 million. Instead, he worked with the supplier to improve its capabilities and competitiveness. He was credited with adding about $9 million in first-tier spend with diverse firms.
─ Prime Supplier of the Year: Builders 2020, a joint venture partially owned by a minority business enterprise, handled the redesign of
─ Special Recognition: Analysts International Corp. were honored for helping
─ Special Recognition for support to The
─ Special Recognition for Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Participation: Ashish Patel was honored for unwavering advocacy of the inclusion of diverse firms in all requests-for-proposals he manages.