Council Awards Celebration Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 16, 2013

Contact: Sylvia Thomas
Vice President Operations
Virginia MSDC

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council Awards Celebration Honors Diversity Champions and Salutes Rich History of Success

RICHMOND, VA---The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council’s (VMSDC) 30th Annual Minority Input Committee (MIC) Awards Celebration on Tuesday, December 10th honored leadership from the Chairman of the Board to the CEO’s of minority business enterprises statewide. During the awards celebration, Chair Emeritus, William “Bill” Cooper, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond presented the coveted crystal gavel to outgoing Board’s Chairperson, Diane Dempsey, Director, Socio Economic Business Programs for BAE Systems, Intelligence & Security Sector in Herndon, Virginia.

Led by its chairman, Thomas Bowles, CEO of Key Personnel, Inc., the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) hosted the 30th Annual Awards Celebration honoring the best in supplier development and diversity initiatives. “It is important to publicly recognize and congratulate these corporations and individuals for seeing the tremendous value in greater diversification of their supply chains.” Bowles said.

Altria Group, Inc. took top honors and was awarded the “Soaring Eagle” Award during the event held at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Richmond. In addition, Rueben Turner, Manager Corporate Responsibility and Supplier Diversity of Altria was awarded the MBE Advocate of the Year for 2013. Capital One Financial Corporation, received the highly regarded “Raising the Bar” Award. The University of Richmond walked away with the Virginia Council’s “Best New Program” Award. Frank Hinckle, Director Ethics and Compliance, Dominion Resources Services and Chireda Gaither, Manager Supplier Diversity, CSC, were each bestowed the prestigious Chairman’s Challenge Award, an honor bestowed on an individual exhibiting extraordinary leadership in bringing resolution to a particular challenge, issue or injustice.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Vincent Tucker, President & CEO of Quality Moving Services, a company established in 1989 to serve local communities with professional relocation services that are dependable, honest, and responsive to client’s needs. Tucker credits the company’s roots in the community as one reason for their success. Tucker, a descendent of the first African American child born in America has been recognized nationally for his company’s commitment to communities. Quality Moving Services is headquartered in Chesterfield, Virginia.

The Lasting Impression Awards were presented to companies voted on by the audience during the awards program. The 2013 corporate and MBE winners were Altria Group, Inc. and Astyra Corporation.

The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC), founded in 1977 is a membership organization of major corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, universities and Virginia based companies. The primary purpose of VMSDC is to promote and facilitate the development of business relationships between its members and certified minority-owned enterprises. VMSDC is an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and regional councils across the country. [Source: Virginia MSDC –]