17th GCMSDC Awards Luncheon A Success
The Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council (GCMSDC) presented its 17th Awards Ceremony honoring Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) during a luncheon on Thursday, June 9 at Tempe Buttes Resort. Corporations, clergy, and community leaders attended the event in support of minority businesses and the council. The two hour event was well orchestrated in a stylish informative manner, honoring several levels of minority business. Event house speaker and public relations representative, Deb Jackson encouraged attendees to their seats as a Twin Tygr film was presented opening the awards event with show time elegance. SRP audio and visual was superb.
An introduction from GCMSDC President and CEO, Johnnie Funderburg was shared, welcoming and thanking everyone for their attendance and support. Funderburg’s official announcement stepping into the interim role as President and CEO was solidified. Chester (Chet) Yancy also garnered an official title as Chair for the GCMSDC. The council continues to evolve into aggressive status thoroughly representing the vast minority businesses in the state and across the country. International author and motivational speaker Robert Van Arlen was the engaging program emcee. Bishop Eduardo Nevares from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix gave an encouraging Invocation and Secretary of State Ken Bennett provided a wealth of information regarding the state of minority business in Arizona.
Award winners were recognized for their work in 2010 and included the following: 2010 MBE Supplier of the Year Class I with annual sales less than $1 million: Kay Weldon, Owner of Yashi Foods, LLC. 2010 MBE Supplier of the Year Class II presented with annual sales between $1 million and $10 million: Steve Macias, President of Pivot Manufacturing. 2010 MBE Supplier of the Year Class III presented to a MBE with annual sales between $10 million and $50 million: Dean Whitefield, President/CEO of Executive Technology. Whitefield also announced at the event, becoming the first African American technology company partnering with Apple. 2010 MBE Supplier of the Year Class IV presented to a MBE with annual sales greater than $50 million: Mickey Hamano, President of Electro-Wire, Inc. 2010 MBE Advocate of the Year presented to a GCMSDC Certified MBE Owner for strong support and leadership, advocating minority businesses: Lorena Valencia, Owner of Reliance Wire and Cable. Reliance Client Director, Cheryl Lawyer accepted the award for Lorena Valencia. 2010 Volunteer Member Organization of the Year was presented to Hensel Phelps Construction represented by Jose Diaz for his important work on the GCMSDC Certification Committee. 2010 Corporate Advocate of the Year was presented to Chester “Chet” Yancy from Arizona State University. 2010 Corporation of the Year winner was Salt River Project (SRP) accepted by Art Oros and Carrie Young.
A special award was presented by the current GCMSDC Chair, Chet Yancy to Johnnie Funderburg for serving dual roles in 2010 as Chair and GCMSDC President. Both GCMSDC Chair Chet Yancy and President Johnnie Funderburg thanked everyone for their support and ever evolving sense of spirit toward growth and success for minority businesses. An inspirational video by Twin Tygr productions also closed the event.