October 8, 2015, Detroit, MI— Michigan’s top corporations and MBEs gathered this week at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 32nd Annual Awards celebration, renamed the ACE (Ambassadors Championing Excellence) Awards and the Inaugural Hall of Fame at the Max M. Fischer Music Center in Detroit to honor those who champion excellence in business. FOX2’s Roop Raj and WXYZ-TV7’s Glenda Lewis were co-hosts for the evening.
ACE Award winners were: Minority Supplier of the Year – Class I, The Sowell Law Partners, PLLC; Minority Supplier of the Year – Class II, Integrated Supply Chain Solutions; Minority Supplier of the Year – Class III, Computech Corporation; Minority Supplier of the Year – Class IV, NYX, Inc; Luminary Award, SEEL, LLC; Buyer – Local, Ulysee Rice, Jr., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Buyer – National, Janet Pompey, Ford Motor Company; Jethro Joseph Advocate – Local, Erica White, Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Jethro Joseph Advocate – National, Carla Preston, Ford Motor Company; President’s Award, Reginald Humphrey, General Motors; Corporation of the Year, Education & Government Entities, Wayne State University; Corporation of the Year, Finance & Insurance Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Corporation of the Year, Healthcare, Henry Ford Health System; Corporation of the Year, Information Technology, IBM Corporation; Corporation of the Year, Manufacturing Level I, Johnson Controls Inc; Corporation of the Year, Manufacturing OEM, Ford Motor Company; Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame Inductee, Congressman John Conyers.
“We recognized corporations, minority businesses and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating diverse suppliers this past year.” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President & CEO of MMSDC. “Our Ambassadors are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development, with our inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee Congressman John Conyers having helped pave the way.”
The ACE Awards is one of the most prestigious business events that takes place annually in Michigan where top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region gather to celebrate those who are making significant contributions to minority business development. Here, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year as well as major corporations celebrated for their commitment to supplier development and supporting minority owned businesses through purchasing contracts.
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and develops capacity for minority business development. The Michigan Council has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as ‚’Regional Council of the Year’‚ three times since 2007 for its work in promoting minority business development. For more information about the MMSDC, visit www.minoritysupplier.org