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Outstanding Minority Entrepreneurs to be Recognized at SCMSDC Supplier of the Year Awards Luncheon July 10
[June 29, 2014]

Outstanding Minority Entrepreneurs to be Recognized at SCMSDC Supplier of the Year Awards Luncheon July 10

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) LOS ANGELES, June 19 -- The Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council issued the following news release: The 38 minority business enterprises (MBEs) nominated for Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council's (SCMSDC) 2014 Supplier of the Year Awards are a diverse group, representing a wide variety of industries, specialties and skills. But these MBEs have one thing in common - they have achieved outstanding results in their contracts with corporate members.

This group of MBEs will be honored at SCMSDC's Supplier of the Year Awards luncheon on July 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, located at 111 East Ocean Boulevard. American Honda Motor Co. will serve as the event's title sponsor for the 24th consecutive year. The keynote speaker is Myles Kovacs, a leading voice of the influential, trend-setting youth segment who propelled his DUB Publishing, Inc. and family of companies into a $50 million-plus business.

"Our 2014 award nominees are an impressive and remarkable group," according to SCMSDC President Virginia Gomez. "Together, they employ nearly 60,000 people, of which approximately 24,000 are minorities, and have gross annual sales of about $16.1 billion." This year's nominees include (nominators are in parentheses): Class I: Cho Estrada Communications (Southern California Gas Co., Southern California Edison), based in Valencia, provides public relations consulting, writing and editorial services; Decor Interior Design, Inc. (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California), a Los Angeles facility resource company specializing in tenant improvements, design, planning, janitorial and grounds maintenance; DHS Creative (The Walt Disney Company), a San Diego firm with expertise in entertainment and special events; and San Gabriel-based Earl Security (Turner Construction), an alarm and electrical contractor focused on building safety and security.

Class II: Alameda Construction Services (Southern California Gas Co., Southern California Edison, Turner Construction), headquartered in Compton, provides site concrete, asphalt, paving, demolition and grading services; Andry Specialty Vehicles (Toyota) in Torrance formulates and executes special events marketing programs; Avery Group (Metropolitan Water District), a full food, facility attendant and janitorial services company in El Segundo; BeyondCurious (Toyota), a Los Angeles firm that provides digital consulting services for the web, mobile and tablet; Blair, Church and Flynn (Southern California Edison), a professional consulting engineering firm in Clovis offering land surveying, planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture and construction management; Glow Electric Co. (Los Angeles World Airports), provides electrical, voice/data, energy management and preventive maintenance services from its Torrance office; ICE Safety Solutions (Toyota), headquartered in Fremont, specializes in safety training; Icon Blue (Macy's, American Honda Motor Co.), based in Los Angeles, designs, manufactures, packages and distributes promotional merchandise; Kambrian Corporation (Los Angeles World Airports) offers IT/Telecom products and services from its West Covina base; Kanemura Marketing Affiliates (Toyota), a Torrance-based distributor of promotional items; Marrs Services, Inc. (Metropolitan Water District), headquartered in Fullerton, provides construction and project management, engineering, environmental, GIS, drafting and remediation services; SuperbTech, Inc. (Southern California Gas Co.), based in Culver City, specializes in contract and staffing services; Think Ink (Toyota) provides printing, promotion and design services from its headquarters in Corona; (Toyota), a Bayside, New York-based firm provides automotive marketing, events and publishing services; Vobecky Enterprises (Metropolitan Water District) offers nationwide trucking, construction, tenant improvement, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, demolition, masonry, concrete, painting and wall coverings, flooring installations from its Glendora base; and Zeesman Communications, Inc. (The Walt Disney Company), a marketing and consulting company in Los Angeles.

Class III: Advantage Mailing, Inc. (Southern California Gas Co.), a printing and direct mailing company in Anaheim; GDM (Southern California Gas Co.), a Chino-based provider of construction equipment, tools and materials; IW Group (Southern California Edison), based in West Hollywood, offers advertising production, public relations, event coordination, community outreach and media buying services; PromoShop, Inc. (Nestle North America), a Los Angeles firm provides promotional and marketing services; RMI International (American Honda Motor Co.), based in Paramount, offers security services; and Trinity Sterile Systems (Kaiser Permanente), a Salisbury, Md., company that manufactures, sources and distributes medical equipment.

Class IV: Agile Sourcing Partners (Southern California Gas Co.), based in Corona, is a sourcing and supply chain solutions supporting utilities, suppliers, and manufacturers in the gas and electric industries; APR Consulting (Kaiser Permanente), a staffing solutions provider headquartered in Diamond Bar, offers talent acquisition, payroll, vendor managed services, recruitment process optimization and business process outsourcing; Collabera (Southern California Edison), a Morristown, New Jersey firm that offers IT staffing, consulting and solutions services; GKK Corporation (Kaiser Permanente), based in Irvine, is an architecture and construction firm focusing on healthcare, education, government/civic and hospitality/mixed-use projects; Rose International, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente) provides workforce services and information technology solutions, staffing, vendor management, payroll processing, application development, operations support and project management from its headquarters in Chesterfield, Mo.; SBM Management Services (WellPoint), a McClellan, Calif.-based company that offers facilities and janitorial services; SHI International (Kaiser Permanente, IBM); based in Somerset, New Jersey, a global provider of computer software, hardware, peripherals, networking products, accessories and a broad range of IT lifecycle services; Technology Integration Group (Johnson Controls, Inc.), system integrator, professional service provider and value-added reseller of computer systems, supplies, accessories and peripherals, headquartered in San Diego; The Matlet Group (Kaiser Permanente), a Pawtuckett, Rhode Island-headquartered printing, packaging and fulfillment company; Walton Isaacson (Toyota) of Los Angeles implements corporate marketing and media campaigns; World Wide Technology (Kaiser Permanente) based in St. Louis, Mo., provides technology and supply chain solutions; and ZeroChaos (Toyota) of Orlando, Fla., offers contingent workforce solutions.

One winner is selected in each class category, based on annual sales of less than $1 million (Class I), $1 million and under $10 million (Class II), $10 million and under $50 million (Class III), and $50 million and greater (Class IV). Local winners receive business scholarships and special recognition, move on to compete in the regional competition, and if selected as regional winners, compete for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Supplier of the Year award.

Established by NMSDC, corporate members nominate certified MBEs in good standing with the council. The Supplier of the Year Award Selection Committee, comprised of corporate members judge and evaluate the nominees on their demonstrated growth and development; employment and job creation; consistent high quality operations, products/services and business performance; procurement/purchasing spend with MBEs; mentoring and other forms of assistance to MBEs and regional council involvement.

In addition to recognizing outstanding nominees, the Supplier of the Year awards luncheon is an excellent opportunity to network with corporate members and other MBEs.

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