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MBE Spotlight: Masterex Technologies Inc.

Masterex Technologies Inc. established with a goal to provide cost-effective and best solutions to Client’s Information Management needs. They provide objective business advice of uncommon clarity that helps their Clients achieve market-leading results. More and more companies are turning to Masterex Technologies Inc. to help them create business value through technology value that translates into superior market share, revenue and profitability.

Masterex can assist both medium and large enterprises deploy and manage Workday, whether it is Workday HCM, Workday Financial Management, or any other Workday offering. With tomorrow on its way, they are here to help you get there faster. Workday continues to evolve and they are already prepared for the future. Here you will find all information about Workday Cloud Platform, which already offers you a real added value.

Starting with Workday or a long-time user, their perspective and resources run enterprise-wide, so they can go all in and deliver end-to-end or optimize what their client currently have. Whatever client need, they ensure every deployment adds up to sustainable growth—in the now-term and into the future.

Their consulting services put the power of the cloud and cognitive technologies to work to drive digital innovation and increase employee engagement. From strategic consulting services to cognitive solutions, Masterex can help our clients put the power of Workday’s cloud-based tool and cognitive tools. Modernising the way finance and HR teams operate and collaborate. With Workday services ranging from post go-live stabilization and release management to integrations monitoring and comprehensive health checks they have grown their business by providing our clients with superior support services.  

Masterex Technologies Inc. provides an enterprise-wide solution for core HR functionality, recruitment management; classification and compensation, absence management, position management, learning management, and talent and performance management. They also expertise in providing financial management and integration support.

They have a highly-qualified team that works diligently to implement, deploy & provide Workday support to all their clients. Since they are 100% focussed on Workday, they have passive Workday candidates reach out to them directly instead of posting their resumes online and that’s how they have a pool of talent.  

Corporate Spotlight: National Fuel Gas Company

National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) is a diversified, integrated energy company with a complementary mix of natural gas assets located in the heart of the prolific Appalachian basin and supplemented by quality oil-producing assets in California.  From the bottom of the wellbore to the customer’s burner tip, National Fuel has structured our collective group of businesses in a unique manner that leverages our vast upstream resources, valuable midstream footprint and reliable downstream operations to position us as a responsible player in America’s energy renaissance.  The Company was incorporated in 1902, is headquartered in Williamsville, New York, has more than $6.4 billion in assets, and more than 2,100 dedicated and hard-working full-time employees.  National Fuel has been a long-standing corporate member of the NY NJ MSDC for more than two decades.

National Fuel’s upstream business is conducted through its exploration and production subsidiary Seneca Resources Company, LLC, with natural gas-focused operations in Appalachia and oil-focused operations in California.  Most of Seneca’s activity is focused in Pennsylvania, where the Company controls the natural gas mineral rights to 785,000 net acres in the Marcellus and Utica Shales.

National Fuel’s midstream operations are carried out by the interstate pipeline and storage subsidiaries, National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire Pipeline, Inc., and the gathering subsidiary, National Fuel Gas Midstream Company, LLC.  Since 2010, National Fuel has invested more than $1.7 billion in gathering and pipeline system expansion and modernization projects to move more low-cost natural gas being produced in the Appalachian region to diverse markets served by the North American pipeline grid.

National Fuel’s utility subsidiary, operated by National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, provides safe and affordable natural gas services to more than 743,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in New York and Pennsylvania.  The utility’s on-going investment in its pipeline network ensures the continued safety of our systems, enhances service reliability and provides access to an abundant, affordable and clean-burning energy source.

To learn more about National Fuel Gas Company, please visit the corporate website at  To learn more about the Company’s supply chain and procurement efforts, please contact Evan Crahen at

MBE Spotlight: The Sophia Consulting Firm


Based in New York City, The Sophia Consulting Firm LLC (SCF) is a strategic scientific marketing and communications consultancy that partners with global emerging and established life science organizations with the goal of amplifying scientific innovation. Key therapeutic areas of focus include oncology, women’s health, regenerative and aesthetic medicine.

SCF was founded in 2017 by Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia, a scientist, entrepreneur and strategic communications leader with over 15 years of cross-functional experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. While Dr. Ononya-Onyia has worked in many disciplines and acquired many honors and affiliations, her main focus is on areas of drug discovery, clinical development, medical affairs, commercial development, strategic marketing and corporate communications. Dr. Ononye-Onyia is also a leading STEM and diversity advocate with frequent speaking engagements and editorials in top media outlets. You can follow her on Twitter at @drsophiao to keep up on her busy schedule.

Amplifying Scientific Innovation®

The Sophia Consulting Firm’s proprietary Amplifying Scientific Innovation® platform utilizes a three-pronged approach to maximize visibility, scientific credibility and thought leadership for client partners via the curation of advisory services, an influential video podcast series and thought leadership pieces in leading media outlets.

In addition to its scientific strategy core, SCF also supports the amplification of credible scientific information via its acclaimed Amplifying Scientific Innovation Video Podcast. Since its launch on YouTube in June 2020, the series has received close to 1M views and showcased luminaires like the CEO of the American Cancer Society.

For more information, visit their website at, or contact Dr. Ononye-Onyia at

2022 National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

In a month jam-packed with diversity celebrations, the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council would also like to take a moment and recognize the contributions of Caribbean-Americans to our nation—and our economy. We hope that by commemorating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we will remind all Americans that this country’s strength is rooted in its diversity, helping to highlight the pivotal role Caribbean immigrants play in shaping the American dream through their cultures, traditions, languages, and values. 

Historically, the Caribbean American population in the United States grows more than 50% every ten years, though the pace of growth has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. According to U.S. Census data, there are around 4.4 million people of Caribbean descent working in and contributing to the U.S. economy and culture. From their distinct cuisine to influential music and dance styles, Caribbean traditions have had a profound impact on U.S. popular culture. 

The celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage month began in June 2005 when the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, which recognized the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In February 2006, the resolution passed the senate, with the Proclamation being ultimately issued by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2006.

This year marks the fourteenth celebration of June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. We take this time to celebrate the extraordinary leadership shown by the Caribbean American community, including the achievements of Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American of Jamaican heritage to hold this high office, and Karine Jean-Pierre, the first White House press secretary of Haitian descent. 

We also take the time to remember past visionaries like Alexander Hamilton, one of this nation’s founding fathers, and the late General Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants and the first Black Secretary of State. These and many other leaders have made significant contributions to American society and forged new paths in service to the American people.

This June, we ask you to uplift and celebrate the Caribbean-American entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, artists, medical professionals, police officers, athletes, and others who are boldly sharing their heritage and culture to create a lasting positive impact on our society.


Terrence Clark

A Juneteenth Message from Our President

Juneteenth, celebrated the 19th of June, is a holiday that observes the end of slavery in the U.S. and marks the day in 1865 when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy. Though only officially declared our nation’s newest federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth has been celebrated for decades through family gatherings and other local celebration events, such as memorials, parades, or public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

It has been troubling to know that the holiday has only received national attention in recent years due to an onslaught of transgressions against the African American community — in particular after the global protests sparked in 2020 by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks. This Juneteenth, I want to remind you that allyship for the black community isn’t confined to a day, month, or social movement; rather, it’s an ethical and moral compass that can and should be used to guide day-to-day interactions. 

For many, celebrating Juneteenth provides the opportunity to honor Black culture and the Black experience, recognizing the depth and complexity of African American history and its implications for us all. To The Council, we believe that in celebrating Juneteenth, we are reaffirming our constant and unwavering commitment to amplifying the voices and experiences of minority communities across the globe. After all, our central mission is to help educate, develop, and uplift minority communities in business, creating systemic change in how leading corporations engage with them now and in the future. 

This year, I implore you to look within yourself and your organization, seeking out places and opportunities where you can amplify diverse thoughts and perspectives—and speak up for those otherwise silenced or overlooked. It is only together that we can work to dismantle systemic structures of oppression that have plagued African Americans and other minority communities for generations, thereby allowing them the same freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by white Americans for decades. 

Let this continue to be a movement and not just a moment.


Terrence Clark

It’s Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and we are excited to amplify the rainbow of voices, experiences, and history shared by LGBTQIA+ people. As allies, we use this time to share our commitment in supporting the queer community as we work together to create a future free from discrimination and cruelty. 

This June, we pay tribute to generations of queer people who have fought to ensure equality and rights for all Americans, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We take the time to remember early activists like Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, founders of the Daughters of Bilitis, the U.S.’s first national lesbian organization; Frank Kameny, who worked to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder; and Marsha P. Johnson, a black, queer, and trans liberation activist who played a prominent role in the Stonewall uprising. The ground-breaking actions of these individuals served to inspire future generations of queer individuals to be their true selves, unapologetically, while working to change the perceptions of bigotry against their community. 

We also take this time to recognize the historic leaps taken by the queer community in recent years. Today’s leading role models include Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender person to be confirmed to federal office by the U.S. Senate; Carl Nassib, the first active NFL player to come out as gay; and Laverne Cox; the first trans person to be nominated for an Emmy. Pride Month is about being proud of who you are, and all of these individuals (along with many more than we could possibly name) play an important role in empowering and supporting the present and future queer community to do just that. 

This Pride Month, we reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and respect for all, as we truly believe that everyone is deserving of dignity, support, and understanding no matter how they identify, who they choose to be, or who they choose to love. We think Harvey Milk said it best:

“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”


Terrence Clark

AAPI Spotlight: Chih-Chin Sun


Chih-Chin Sun has extensive branding, marketing, and communications experience, having worked with a large roster of global brands. She has focused her career on positioning and promoting products and services for companies that are expanding internationally. Ms. Sun founded EMMA Worldwide in 1998 as a marketing and promotions house in New York City. She expanded the company based on client demand and is now at the helm of a full-service agency that offers an array of services including public relations and media buying.

Born in Taiwan and raised in the Netherlands, Chih-Chin brings a unique marketing perspective and insight to the companies she works with. Having spent significant amounts of time in major cities she brings to the table a cultural understanding necessary to successfully enter and thrive in any world market. Her career began in public relations at the Office of Government Information in Taiwan and continued in marketing and business development in the Netherlands.

Her knowledge of the North American market has proven an asset for Asian companies such as China Southern Airlines, whom Ms. Sun helped position in the United States.

What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to Chih-Chin?

She is an advocate for Asian businesses crossing borders, improving international relations, and growing economies. Chih-Chin honors Asian Americans and Pacific Islander history that dates back to the 1850s. She knows the contributions the AAPI community has made since and continues to make in this country. But, she also knows how much work still needs to be done to halt racial violence and irradicate hate.

Ms. Sun lends her expertise to organizations in her community. Wherever there’s a need, she contributes. She’s a known friend of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Hope Gala and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, among others. During the pandemic, Chih-Chin tapped into personal resources in China to help import almost one million pieces of PPE, bringing in needed supplies while helping lift the stigma related to China and Covid.

Ms. Sun holds Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations from the International College of Tunon in the Netherlands and studied International and Global Affairs at NYU.

AAPI Heritage Month Spotlight: Navin Persaud

As the Procurement Outreach Partner at  the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (FHLBNY) for over four years Navin Persaud has been responsible for procurement, supplier diversity and facilities management in the Corporate Real Estate department.

Navin’s primary role is to support the procurement function, which includes supplier diversity initiatives under the pillars of governance, internal and external outreach, and education. In this role, Navin serves as a trusted adviser to the various business areas to ensure that policy requirements are met and procurement opportunities are provided to diverse suppliers whenever possible. Navin also partners with external organizations to promote the FHLBNY Supplier Diversity Program. 

In addition to Navin’s role at FHLBNY, he has served as the President of the Institute for Supply Management in New York and as the Director of Supplier Diversity. Navin was awarded the “Champion for Industry” award by Thomas Net in 2020 for his work in Supplier Diversity.

Previously, Navin worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, also in the procurement department,  where he developed his passion for promoting Supplier Diversity. 

What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to Navin?

It is commendable to be able to celebrate AAPI Heritage month as part of the larger Supplier Diversity initiative. It is also equally important to be able to recognize the contributions of AAPI businesses and the positive impact on organizations and the American economy as a whole. 

AAPI businesses have been making great strides in bringing diverse perspectives, different cultures and business practices to organizations to enhance efficiency, promote cultural tolerance and acceptance, and to drive overall progress in advancing Supplier Diversity.

It is in this spirit that I would like to encourage AAPI businesses to continue to deliver on commitments, be innovative and to prove to organizations that Supplier Diversity is a true success, as Lamar Alexander puts it: “We are the only country in the world that has taken people from so many different backgrounds, which is a great achievement by itself, but an even greater achievement is that we have turned all of that variety and diversity into unity.” 

2022 AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and we are honored to be able to join our Asian Pacific business owners and corporate members in celebrating their rich and storied history. Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States and AAPI Heritage Month celebrates their unique life experiences, traditions, and cultures.

During this time, we pay tribute to generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and contribute daily to its future success. We are humbled to acknowledge that nearly 40% of our certified MBEs are Asian American and that the success of their businesses contributes to the employment of millions of people around the globe.

The Council would like to thank Asian American business owners for their commitment to accelerating nation-wide business growth and the billions of dollars generated by their dedication and determination each year.


  • Of all the major racial and ethnic groups, Asian Americans are the most likely to own small businesses
  • There are more than a million Asian-owned businesses in the United States (that’s about 9.9% of all businesses, or about 1 out of every 10)
  • Asian Americans currently employ over 3.5 million people in the U.S.
  • Asian-owned small businesses support almost 50% of all private-sector employees
  • Asian American businesses account for more than 60% of our country’s new jobs

In particular in recent years, AAPI business owners have grown exponentially to achieve growth and meet business expansion goals. According to 2019 Census Data, 86% of all AAPI adults work in management or business roles, solidifying their standing as huge contributors to the national and local economies. 

The Council is steadfast in providing Asian American members and businesses at large with the continuous support they need to achieve their growth and business expansion goals and objectives. If you’re able to this month, we highly encourage you to consider sharing your patronage with an AAPI-operated establishment. 


Terrence Clark

A Message of Sustainability from The Council President

Spring has finally sprung and with it comes one celebration that gets more and more attention each year: Earth Day. 

What began 52 years ago as a movement to bring awareness to environmental issues has become a global call-to-action to help combat climate change. And whether you celebrate Earth Day or Earth Week—or if you bypass the celebration altogether—there’s no denying that the green movement is here to stay and is having an impact on businesses big and small. 

In fact, a recent study from MIT found that nearly 90% of companies in the S&P 500 index published sustainability reports detailing their economic, environmental and social impact in 2019—up from just 20% ten years previously. 

Knowing that sustainable business practices are at the forefront of what investors are looking for means that the role of The Council is to raise awareness of the integral role diversity, equity and inclusion plays in sustainability. Because without bringing diverse groups to the table when building sustainable business models, we are leaving out the unique perspectives of social and economic groups who are most impacted by climate change. 

Sustainability and DEI go hand-in-hand. Which is why The Council is committed to helping eco-friendly businesses thrive and we’re proud to say there are several certified-MBEs within our network that have dedicated themselves to sustainability and environmental services. We’ve highlighted these businesses below – and we look forward to more eco-friendly businesses joining our mission so that we may continue to grow this vital ingredient in economic development. 


Terrence Clark

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