Council honors Corporations, MBEs at Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction


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Council honors Corporations, MBEs at Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction

More than 600 on hand to recognize leaders in Supplier Diversity

COLUMBUS – November 18, 2015 – – On Friday November 6, 2015 the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) hosted the 2015 Annual Awards Gala & Silent Auction at the Horseshoe Casino in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Gala is the Council’s signature event that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of the region’s most notable MBEs and Corporate Members. The Ohio MSDC Awards Gala exhibits the growth and success of minority business enterprises and the supplier diversity participation of corporate members in the region. More than 600 guests attended this year’s gala.

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The Gala commenced with General Reception featuring the Silent Auction and entertainment from Cincinnati-based violinist Kanako Shimasaki. Clifford A. Bailey, Ohio MSDC Board Member, NMSDC MBEIC Chair and President & CEO of TechSoft Systems, Inc., served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Ohio MSDC President & CEO Keith L. Eakins, Jr. gave welcoming remarks and Pastor M. Sadell Bradley of New Life Covenant Cincinnati gave the invocation before the evening’s meal.

Denise Thomas Chair of the Ohio MSDC Board of Directors and Director of Corporate Supplier Diversity for The Kroger Co., welcomed guests on behalf of the Board. The evening was honored by the attendance of National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) President & CEO Joset Wright-Lacy, who gave greetings on behalf of NMSDC.

Lisette Davis, Director of Diversity Services at TriHealth and Denise Thomas presented the MBE Awards nominees and winners:

Emerging Business of the Year

Building Mechanical & Energy Services

Class I Supplier of the Year

Integrity Development Corporation

Class II Supplier of the Year

Muñoz Brandz

Class III Supplier of the Year

Promotion Execution Partners

Christopher Che, Ohio MSDC MBEIC Chair and President & CEO of the Che Internation Group, joined Kimberly Martinez-Geiring, Ohio MSDC MBEIC Cleveland Region Vice Chair and President & CEO of the KLN Logistics Corporation to announce and present the Corporate Awards for 2015:

Advocate of the Year

Denise Thomas – The Kroger Co.

Buyer of the Year

Cathy Osborne – Honda North America, Inc.

Class I Corporation of the Year

Messer Construction Company

Class II Corporation of the Year

Cleveland Clinic

Class III Corporation of the Year

Nationwide Insurance

Class IV Corporation of the Year

Procter & Gamble

Ohio MSDC Corporate Relations Director LaShawn Reed presented the Leadership Award to Stephanie A. Smith, Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at Fifth Third Bank for her service and dedication to the mission of supplier diversity.

Denise Thomas presented the Chair’s Award to Scott Hardwick, Manager of Strategic Sourcing for Rockwell Automation, and Keith Eakins presented the President’s Award to Cathy Mock, Ohio MSDC Board Member, Chair of Certification and Director of Supplier Diversity at Cardinal Health.

Following the awards, guests continued to network and celebrate the evening at the Awards Gala Afterglow. Thank you to all of the Gala sponsors, which included:

Title Sponsors – Honda North America, Inc., Macy’s Inc., RCF Group, Toyota

Dinner Sponsors – Standard Register, The Kroger Co., Procter & Gamble, Cintas

Reception Sponsor – Cardinal Health

Afterglow Sponsor – Eaton

Awards Sponsor – Cleveland Clinic, U.S. Bank, Computech Corporation

Decorations Sponsors –Danis Building Construction, General Motors, ConnXus, SmartIT, UNICON International, Outreach Promotional Solutions, Luxottica, JSI, General Motors, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, LLC

Additionally, a special thank you is extended to all volunteers, Corporate & MBE Table Hosts, OMSDC staff, and the Awards Gala committee, without whom this event would not have been possible.


The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. Founded in 1972, the Ohio MSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and assists Corporations in the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. Over the past four decades, Ohio MSDC has been a bridge between corporate America and minority owned businesses. Every year, Ohio MSDC’s Corporate Members spend over $7 billion with MBEs certified by the Council. For more information about Ohio MSDC, please visit

Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council | (614) 225-6959 | marketing |
100 E. Broad Street
Ste. 2460
Columbus, OH 43215
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About Greater Dayton MBAC

The City of Dayton Human Relations Council is host to the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC). A component of the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, MBAC provides management and technical assistance, procurement information, bonding assistance, cost estimating services and organizational assessments. For businesses engaged in the construction sector, the Center also provides Construction & Plan Room assistance. MBAC offers free assistance to minority, woman and small businesses in Montgomery, Green, Clark, Dark, Preble, and Miami counties of Ohio.

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