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National Minority Supplier Development Council names top suppliers of the year

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by ConnXus on October 31, 2012

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) has named its 2012 Regional Minority Suppliers of the Year.

The NMSDC named 16 high-achieving Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses across a range of industries. The businesses were honored Oct. 31 at the end of its 2012 Conference and Business Opportunity Fair in Denver, Colorado. The conference theme was, “Minority Businesses and Corporate America: Advancing Minority Suppliers in the Global Supply Chain.”

Combined the award winners had more than $50 million in annual sales.

You can read about some of the winners below, and read about each winner in its entirety here, at NMSDC HONORS TOP REGIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIERS.

  • The Bartech Group, Inc., Livonia, MichiganDavid W. Barfield is the chief executive officer of The Bartech Group, an integrated professional services firm that specializes in workforce management solutions, staff augmentation business process outsourcing and consulting. The Black-owned firm is an NMSDC-certified minority-controlled company that is responsible for more than 25,000 consultants and $2 billion in managed services expenditures. It spent $600 million with other minority business enterprises (MBEs).
  •  Pyramid Consulting, Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia Sanjeev Tirath is the chief executive officer of Pyramid Consulting, an information technology consulting services company that specializes in staff augmentation and lifecycle IT solutions, including application development and maintenance, legacy migration, outsourced product development, mobile development and maintenance, mobile test automation and quality assurance. The 16-year-old firm has nearly 1,900 employees operating out of its headquarters near Atlanta, five regional offices and global services via offices in India and Europe. In 2011, the Asian-Indian American firm recorded $139.2 million in sales and spent nearly $5 million with other MBEs.
  • World Wide Technology, Inc., Maryland Heights, Missouri David L. Steward is co-founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, a 22-year-old systems integrator that provides cost-effective technology and supply chain solutions to the commercial, government and telecom sectors. With major customers like AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Pacific Gas & Electric and Wells Fargo, the Black-owned company had $2.7 billion in sales in 2011.
  • Vision Information Technologies, Inc. dba VisionIT, Detroit, Michigan – David Segura is the chief executive officer of VisionIT, a Hispanic-owned information technology and engineering staffing services firm. Established in 1997, the company has grown into one of the largest Hispanic-owned IT firms in the country. VisionIT employs more than 400 individuals and had sales of $239 million in 2011, doing business with major customers like Comerica Bank, Detroit Public Schools, Freddie Mac, Johnson & Johnson, Meritor, Pfizer, Siemens and Toyota. A supporter of other minority-owned businesses, VisionIT spent $30 million with MBEs last year.
  • Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation, Washington, D.C.Ken Rogers and Cora Williams, a husband and wife team, are executive vice president and president, respectively, of Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation. This Black-owned distributor of electrical products was established in 1991 and counts Baltimore Gas and Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) and several federal agencies among its clients. The firm has 27 employees and is an authorized distributor for 3M, General Electric, Hubbell and Motorola. In 2011, Ideal’s sales surpassed $21 million and the company spent more than $250,000 with other MBEs.
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