NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas Hosted Suppliers of the Year Awards At Detroit Conference

At a black-tie Gala wrapping up its annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange, held this year in Detroit, October 23-25, Isiah Thomas, Chairman and CEO, Isiah International presented the National Minority Supplier Development Council awards ceremony to member corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs) for their contributions to NMSDC’s goals in fueling business opportunities for minority-owned companies of all sizes. Honored as well were XX MSDC, named Regional Council of the Year.

Louis Green, NMSDC’s interim president, congratulated the honorees, saying, “We are truly proud to recognize the leaders among our corporate members, and the individuals who work to advance minority supplier diversity and development; and to recognize, too, the outstanding minority business enterprises in our network for their business growth and development, operational success, support of other minority businesses and active participation in the community.”

NMSDC Suppliers of the Year awardees were grouped by Region (North, South, West and Central) and by Class – Class 1 for companies with annual sales of less than $1 million; Class 2, annual sales of $1 to $10 million; Class 3, $10 to $50 million in sales, annually; and Class 4, with annual sales greater than $50 million.

Recognized in the Class 1 category were: for the Northern Region, Brownstone PR, a public relations agency, and for the Western Region, Sumnu Marketing, a marketing firm focused on small businesses.

In Class 2, the regional honorees were: for the Northern Region, CIEN+ which provides big data analytics and strategic marketing services; for the Western Region, ICE Safety Solutions, a CPR and First Aid training for childcare providers & coaches; for the Central Region, Mac Arthur Corporation, which provides custom labels, tags, decals, and die-cut components for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications; and for the Southern Region, Intellectual Concepts, a company that provides international and domestic health services, transit consulting, and information technology support to Federal departments, the US military, and State agencies

Class 3 awardees were: for the Northern Region, Saviance Technologies, a leading provider of technology and business consulting services to Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences organizations; for the Southern Region, Ampcus, a global leader in end-to-end IT Business Solutions and Services; for the Central Region, V2 Soft, Inc., a leading provider of IT services; and, for the Western Region, Blair, Church & Flynn, a civil engineering consulting firm.

Class 4 saw four awards: for the Northern Region, The RFC Group, a company that provides tailored and comprehensive workplace solutions; for the Southern Region, VDART, an emerging global leader in IT staffing solutions; for the Western Region, ATR International, Inc., a company providing clients with IT consultants and enterprise-wide staffing services; and for the Central Region: Select Source International, a certified consulting firm that specializes in candidate placement and staff augmentation.

XX MSDC’s award recognizes an exemplary affiliate council that demonstrates the programs, activities and accomplishments which establish it as a model of organization, operation and success. In accepting, XX MSDC’s president XX said, “The XX Minority Supplier Development Council is honored to receive this award. It is truly a cooperative effort between our Board of Directors, Corporate Members and MBEs. They continually help us deliver innovative and high quality programs designed to build capacity and increase business opportunities for our MBEs.”

NMSDC’s Conference is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. More than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies and international organizations, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners, gathered to re-energize their collective efforts to develop and advocate for more vigorous participation by minority-owned firms in global corporate supply chains. For the host city, Detroit, the economic impact generated by the Conference is considerable: $7.5 million total, including an estimate of more than $1 million in state and local taxes and 1,400+ jobs supported.


The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 23 affiliate regional councils across the country. The network also includes five international partner organizations located in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and South Africa.

To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain. For more information, visit


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Detroit, Michigan, Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

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