2021 Spirit of Alliance Awards

2021 SPIRIT OF ALLIANCE AWARDS

The 39th Spirit of Alliance Awards is a time when the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council honors individuals, small businesses, corporate and government entities for their contributions to supplier diversity and minority business development in Georgia.

The 2021 Spirit of Alliance Awards stays true to its celebratory roots in achievement, tribute and recognition. The nominees, winners and the Blue Legend recipient represent the best and brightest minds in the business and ongoing advocates of progressive minority supplier development in Georgia.

2021 NOMINEES

Corporation of the Year

Aflac Inc.
AT&T
Equifax
Grady Health System
Southern Company
Truist Financial
UPS

Local Corporation of the Year

Accenture
Aflac Inc.
AGCO
Georgia Power
Grady Health System
Southern Company Gas
UPS

Executive of the Year

Kai Nowosel, Accenture
Pedro Cherry, Atlanta Gas Light
Taryn Thompson, Bank of America
Bryson Koehler, Equifax
Chris Womack, Georgia Power
John Haupert, Grady Health System
Fred M. Ehlers, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Tom Fanning, Southern Company
Daniel McNally, WestRock
Steven Murphy, Southern Company
Kim Greene, Southern Company Gas
Jennifer Williford Baker, Synovus Corporation
Brian Downer, Truist Financial
Jose Turkienicz, UPS

George Lottier Rising Star Award

Chick Fil-A
Emory University
Synovus
Wellstar Health System

Advocate of The Year

Sesley Brown, Accenture
Nedra L. Dickson, Accenture
Sally Wilson, Aflac Inc.
Angela Williams, AT&T
Tremese Davis, Atlanta Gas Light
La’Shaunda Smith-Pope, Atlanta Gas Light
Ryan Davis, Bank of America
Carol Attak, BMO Harris Bank
Mark Terranova, Grady Health System
Crystal King, Grady Health System
Todd Gray, Kaiser Permanente
Eric Fonville, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Keya Grant, Papa John’s
Barbette Hill, Southern Company
Vickie Irwin-Avery, Southern Company
Johnny Howze, Southern Company Services
Adam Moore, Truist Financial
Melody Davidson, UPS

Supply Chain Advocate of The Year

Keith Browning, Delta Air Lines
Randall “Randy” Lester, Grady Health System
Valerie N. Ramsey, Grady Health System
Andrew Vondrak, Southern Company Gas
Jason Broach, Southern Company Services
Lissa Miller, Truist Financial
Robert Paterick, UPS

MBE Advocate of The Year

Montina Portis, CIA Media Group
Damon Feguson, Healthcare Resources Staffing Agency
Calvin McCoy, Signature Contingent Management
Varun Jhanjee, Stellar Consulting
Karun Asireddy, InfoSmart Technologies

Crystal Award

The Coca-Cola Company
Cox Communications
Fifth Third Bank
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Southern Company

Eagle Award

Ascend Quality Contracting, LLC
IBEX IT Business Experts LLC
Pro Cutters Lawnscapes, Inc.
Up Advertising LLC

Buyer of the Year IT

Sally Wilson, Aflac Inc.
Victor Waycuilis, Cox Communications
Zack Smith, Southern Company Services
Tim Allen, Southern Company Services
Rich Rubino, UPS

Buyer of the Year Professional Services

Sally Wilson, Aflac Inc.
Lourdes Marisa Kuon Marin, Southern Company Gas
Manila McCombs, Southern Company Gas
Latasia Singleton-Hawkins, Southern Company Gas
Nita Divine, Southern Company Services
Elizabeth Rhody, Southern Company Services
Gerald Lopez, UPS
Richard Rubino, UPS

Buyer of the Year Staffing Services

Daron Davis, Equifax
Danielle L. Brenner, Norfolk Southern
Adam Moore, Truist Financial
Richard Rubino, UPS
Jason Jannett, Southern Company Services

Buyer of the Year Transportation & Logistics

Donna Farrow, Grady Health System
Jackie Reese, UPS
Jason Jannett, Southern Company Services

Buyer of the Year Construction & Facilities Management

Sally Wilson, Aflac Inc.
Derrick Foster, Georgia Power
Ivan Mann, Grady Health System
Carlos Ruiz, Grady Health System
Barbette Hill-Washington, Southern Company
Demetrious Ward, Southern Company Gas

Supplier of the Year Class I

Allen Spivey, Ascend Quality Contracting, LLC
Mardis Burnette, Burnette Cleaning Services, Inc.
Montina Young, CIA Media Group
Charlette Wynn, P3 Delivery
Tiana Lynne Person, Outsourc’d Consulting

Supplier of the Year Class II

Monica Maldonado, Fuentes Enterprises DBA IPCOMM
Tracey Grace, IBEX
Kew Ray, KR Elixir
Saurel Quettan, QM3 Utility Services, Inc.
Calvin McCoy, Signature Contingent Management
Six Consulting
Troy Robinson, SprayTec Coating Solutions, LLC

Supplier of the Year Class III

Bernard Bronner, Bronner Brothers
Evelyn Wilson, Chime Solution
Sunny Park, General Building Maintenance
Metasys Technologies

Supplier of the Year Class IV

Pallavi Shah, Ask Staffing
Sanjeev Tirath, Pyramid Consulting, Inc.
Adam Walker, Summit Packaging Solutions
Sachin Alug, Next Level Business Services, Inc

AWARD TIMELINE

Nomination Opens: May 10
Nomination Closes: June 17
Nominees Notified: June 21
Completed Applications due to GMSDC : July 23
Review and Tabulation Begins: July 30
Winners Announced Spirit of Alliance Awards: August 19

AWARD CATEGORIES

Corporation of the Year
Local Corporation of the Year
Executive of the Year
George Lottier Rising Star Award
Advocate of The Year
Supply Chain Advocate of The Year
MBE Advocate of The Year
Crystal Award
Eagle Award

Buyer of the Year IT
Buyer of the Year Professional Services
Buyer of the Year Staffing Services
Buyer of the Year Transportation & Logistics
Buyer of the Year Construction & Facilities Management
Supplier of the Year Class I
Supplier of the Year Class II
Supplier of the Year Class III
Supplier of the Year Class IV

AWARDS NOMINATION CRITERIA

CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council corporate or government member-partner that demonstrates commitment to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, minority business development, and to equal economic access through its minority procurement or supply chain program. The Corporation of the Year serves as a sponsor of minority firms and programs, as well as, endorsed the guiding principles of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

The winner of this award shall not participate in Corporation of the Year competition for a two-year period following the year of the award. The recipient of this award is eligible for the next year submission to the NMSDC national awards.

A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

LOCAL CORPORATION OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council local corporate or government member-partner that demonstrates commitment to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, minority business development, and to equal economic access through its minority procurement or supply chain program. The Local Corporation of the Year serves as a sponsor of minority firms and programs, as well as, endorsed the guiding principles of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

The winner of this award shall not participate in Pinnacle Award competition for a two year period following the year of the award. The recipient of this award is NOT eligible for the next year submission to the NMSDC national awards.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

The Executive of the Year Award recognizes the Chief Executive Officer, President, or Senior Vice-President of a Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council corporate or government member-partner that consistently demonstrates support for minority business development, corporate spend, financial support of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council programs, and initiatives. Additionally, the Executive of the Year operates as an integral force in their organization’s Minority Supplier Diversity efforts. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

GEORGE LOTTIER RISING STAR AWARD

The Rising Star Award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member whose supplier diversity program is active for less than 3 years and has significantly impacted the growth of supplier diversity within their organization. A Rising Star corporation has effectively taken proactive measures to advance and expand the presence and capacity of Minority Business Enterprise within their organization. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes the individual (i.e. supplier diversity coordinator, manager or director) whose contributions to minority business development have long-term, positive effects. This individual is an active participant with Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and a catalyst that openly demonstrates specific efforts to advance minority business development. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit the nomination.

SUPPLY CHAIN ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

The Supply Chain Advocate of the Year recognizes the supply chain leader (Director/Manager Level) that has purchasing responsibility and supply chain personnel direct reports. The Supply Chain Advocate of the Year can be a manager, director or such title of a Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council corporate or government member-partner that consistently demonstrates support for minority business development, corporate spend, financial support of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council programs, and initiatives. Additionally, the Supply Chain Advocate of the Year operates as an integral force in their organization’s Minority Supplier Diversity efforts. Corporate Buyers are NOT eligible for this award. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

MBE ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

The MBE Advocate of the Year Award recognizes the certified ethnic minority business whose contributions to minority business development have long-term, positive effects. This company is an active participant with Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and a catalyst that openly demonstrates specific efforts to advance minority business development.

Awardees are individuals who advocate for Minority Business and positively impact the MBE community by working to educate decision makers, the public and the media and/or affecting policy through effective advocacy at the local, state and/or national levels. Awardees are effective influencers and have a sustained commitment to collaboration, innovation, engagement and demonstrated leadership of the MBE community. The activities of the nominee must have taken place within the previous 12 to 18 months. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit the nomination.

CRYSTAL AWARD

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee made up of Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified minority business owners presents the Crystal Award. This award goes to the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Corporate or government member-partner that publicly demonstrates commitments to minority business development through their programs, corporate spend, and aggressive procurement opportunities.

A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate member-partner or Minority Business Enterprise shall submit nomination for this award. The recipient of this award is selected exclusively by certified Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise suppliers.

EAGLE AWARD

This award is given to the Minority Business Enterprise constituent who has demonstrated a commitment to transacting business with other certified Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprises through promoting and creating business opportunities for the economic development, job creation and the advancement of minority business development in the State of Georgia. The recipient is a certified Minority Business Enterprise in good standing with the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and during the previous two (2) calendar years utilized the products and services of other Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprises and:

  1. Conducted business with Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise by forming alliances and/or partnerships to provide products and/or services to Corporate or government organizations.
  2. Participated in and supported Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s events and activities.
  3. Demonstrates a consistent track record in Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s Minority Business Enterprise — to — Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise (MBE 2 MBE) spend.
  4. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate member-partner or Minority Business Enterprise shall submit nomination for this award. A Minority Business Enterprise may self-nominate.

BUYER OF THE YEAR

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BUYER OF THE YEAR

This award is for a corporate member-partner (i.e. Buyer or Procurement Professional) responsible for providing active contracts to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified or Reciprocal Services Minority Business Enterprise in the Information Technology field during the preceding calendar year.

The contracts shall be for 1st Tier expenditures. If 2nd Tier dollars are substantial and the award is for a certified or Reciprocal Services Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise entity, then consideration shall be given to 2nd Tier expenditures.

The category excludes the Staffing sector of Information Technology. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BUYER OF THE YEAR

This award is for a corporate member-partner providing active contracts to a Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified or Reciprocal Service Minority Business Enterprises in the Professional Services field during the preceding calendar year.

The contract is for 1st Tier. However, 2nd Tier is considered, if the 2nd Tier dollars are substantial, and the award is for a certified or Reciprocal Services Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise entity. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

STAFFING SERVICES BUYER OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a corporate member (i.e. Buyer or Procurement Professional) responsible for providing active contracts to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified or Reciprocal Service Minority Business Enterprise businesses in the Staffing Services field during the preceding calendar year.

The contract is for 1st Tier. However, 2nd Tier is considered, if the 2nd Tier dollars are substantial and the award is for a certified or Reciprocal Services Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise entity. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS BUYER OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a corporate member responsible for providing active contracts to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified or Reciprocal Service Minority Business Enterprise businesses in the Transportation & Logistic Services field during the preceding calendar year.

The contract is for 1st Tier. However, 2nd Tier is considered, if the 2nd Tier dollars are substantial, and the award is for a certified or Reciprocal Services Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise entity. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

CONSTRUCTION AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT BUYER OF THE YEAR

This award is given to a corporate member (i.e. Buyer or Procurement Professional) responsible for providing active contracts to Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council certified or Reciprocal Services Minority Business Enterprise businesses in the Construction and Facilities Management field during the preceding calendar year.

The contract is for 1st Tier. However, 2nd Tier is considered, if the 2nd Tier dollars are substantial, and the award is for a certified or Reciprocal Services Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Minority Business Enterprise entity. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Member-partner or certified Minority Business Enterprise may submit a nomination for this award.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR, LESS THAN $1 MILLION

The Supplier of the Year Class I award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Certified Minority Business Enterprises with annual sales less than $1 million.

CLASS II SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR, $1 to $10 MILLION

The Supplier of the Year Class II award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier

Development Council certified Minority Business Enterprises with annual sales between $1 to $10 million who consistently provide quality products and exceptional service to their customers.

CLASS III SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR, $10 to $40 MILLION

The Supplier of the Year Class III award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Certified Minority Business Enterprises with annual sales between $10 to 40 million who consistently provide quality products and exceptional service to their customers.

CLASS IV SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR, GREATER THAN $40 MILLION

The Supplier of the Year Class IV award recognizes the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Certified Minority Business Enterprises with annual sales of over $40 million who consistently provide quality products and exceptional service to their customers.

These minority businesses consistently provide quality products and exceptional service to their customers. These outstanding companies exemplify strength, power, and promote the viability of minority businesses.

The winner of this award shall not participate in this category for a two-year period following the year of the award. A Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate member partner shall submit nominations for this award. Suppliers cannot self-nominate for this category.

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