Buckingham Greenery is Proud to accept the VMSDC "Lasting Impressions" award for 2010. This award is presented to a certified minority business for the outstanding professional image exhibited in the business community. The Lasting Impressions award is voted on by industry peers.
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Capital One is awarded top honors at the annual diversity awards program
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(Richmond, VA)—Capital One Financial Corporation won the coveted "Soaring Eagle" award at the 27th annual MIC Gold Star Awards celebration hosted by the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council on Thursday.
The luncheon, held at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, recognized companies and individuals for their efforts to support minority business development and showing a strong commitment to supplier diversity and development throughout 2010.
"Capital One's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes well beyond the walls of our offices and bank branches. Our supplier diversity initiatives embody that commitment and we are honored to have our efforts recognized by the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council," said Jerry Miller, Director of Procurement for Capital One. "We have worked closely with the VMSDC since we first began our Supplier Diversity program, and their partnership has enabled Capital One to establish lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with dozens of minority-owned businesses from across the Commonwealth."
Erica Billie, of Capital One Financial Corporation was named the Advocate of the Year.
"Being a part of Capital One's Supplier Diversity Mentoring program has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for me both professionally and personally," said Billie, Supplier Diversity Manager for Capital One. "Working directly with local entrepreneurs to provide counsel and advice is rewarding. At the same time, I'm learning more about their business and their potential, which allows us to explore new development opportunities and work toward a shared vision of success."
The University of Virginia was also awarded the "Soaring Eagle" award for the public sector.
"We are honored to be recognized by the VMSDC this year with the Soaring Eagle Award. The University has made supplier diversity a high priority and that focus along with the hard work of many individuals has brought about positive results," said Colette Sheehy, Vice-president for Management and Budget at UVA. "In the last five years we have increased our spending with minority owned firms more than six fold from $3 million to $20 million. Likewise growth in our business with woman-owned firms has increased from $8 million to $22 million. We look forward to growing the number of sustainable business relationships with small, woman, and minority -owned firms that can successfully partner with the University in delivering our mission of instruction, research, and service."
Prior to the luncheon the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee, which consists of certified minority firms, hosted its annual statewide meeting with keynote speaker, Anthony W. Robinson, president and CEO of the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund. The topics centered on the legislative agenda for minority business owners. At the conclusion of the Council's annual meeting, it was announced that William "Bill" Cooper, the Director of Supplier Diversity for UVA will serve as the Council's new chairman of the board. "The timing could not be better for this type of leadership," remarked Virginia Council President & CEO, Tracey Jeter. "Bill's unique experience and vantage point in this arena is unmatched in Virginia."
"The University of Virginia is a proud member of the VMSDC and its parent NMSDC. The University has retooled its supplier diversity efforts and as a result, spending with diverse firms has increased significantly despite the policy challenges presented by the Virginia Public Procurement Act," said Cooper. The root of our success is the implementation of the NMSDC best practices. More importantly, supplier diversity has become an integral part of the University's culture and its daily routine – it is no longer viewed as something else to do in a day. As a result, we are one step closer to being the best that we can be."
Altria Group, Inc., and MeadWestvaco, MWV were awarded the "Raising the Bar" award. This is the second year in a row that MeadWestvaco, MWV won the award for dramatically increasing its participation in the Council and engagement with certified suppliers. These companies show unmatched commitment to supplier development, creativity and unique or significant changes to their program year over year.
The County of Henrico was presented with the "Best New Program" award.
Kevin Russell, CEO of Accurate Courier Express, Inc. won Entrepreneur of the Year for companies with sales between $1 million and $10 million. Mike Bruce, CEO of InScope International was named Entrepreneur of the Year for companies with sales of more than $50 million.
The President's Award for their continued service to the Council staff and commitment to the Council mission went to Landis Productions, LLC a Richmond-based small business and Northern Virginia company- SMART Technology, Inc.
The Lasting Impression Award is awarded by the attendees at the luncheon and is based on a vote of each respective peer group. Altria Group, Inc., and western region, Buckingham Greenery were the 2010 recipients.
"Increased utilization with minority business enterprises is an economic indicator for us at the Council," say, Jeter. "It illustrates that the pendulum may be swinging forward for our diverse suppliers and for our corporate customers. I applaud the efforts and performance of all of our honorees."
The Council, which matches its members with numerous certified minority suppliers, has the ultimate goal of supporting and promoting growing minority suppliers and creating wealth in the communities in which they live.