NYNJ MSDC Presents Partnership Awards to Top Minority Businesses and Area Corporations

MetLife Earns the “National Corporation of the Year” Award, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wins “Local Corporation of the Year” Award, Illonka Javette Hines, SVP/Manager, at Citi was Awarded “Advocate of the Year” Award, Gene Waddy, CFO, at Diversant,LLC was Awarded “Chairperson’s Award”, and the “New Corporate Member Innovation” Award went to Kate Kleyman at Guggenheim Partners.

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – November 23, 2016) – The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council celebrated the service excellence of metropolitan area Asian, African American, Hispanic, and Native American-owned businesses along with the advocacy of some of the nation’s top corporations at its 43rd annual Partnership Awards Gala in New York City on November 3, 2016.

MetLife was presented the “National Corporation of the Year Award” by New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s certified minority business owners. Metropolitan Transportation Authority was honored with the “Local Corporation of the Year Award” and the “Advocate of the Year Award” went to I. Javette Hines, SVP/Manager, Citi.

The “Supplier of the Year Awards” were presented to three exceptional Council-Certified minority businesses which spanned fields from IT staffing to Translation services to consulting. They have achieved revenues ranging from under one million dollars to billions of dollars. The Council classifies its certified minority owned businesses by size based on annual revenue. Class 1 has revenues of up to $1 million; Class 2 ($1 million to $10 million); Class 3 ($10 million to $50 million) and Class 4 (Over $50 million).

Terrence Clark, Council President and CEO, said, “We want to grow Minority businesses from Class I to Class II and Class II to Class III and Class III to Class IV.”

The Class 1 Award winner was Willie Mae and Danny Veasy, co-Owners of Covenant Business Concepts LLC, a consulting firm specializing in professional development and management training; established in 2005. The Class 2 Award was presented to Elisabete Miranda, the sole owner and president of CQfluency. The Class 4 Award was presented to Gene C. Waddy, CEO and visionary entrepreneur of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm.

“In 2015, 53 percent of minority businesses certified by The Council had annual sales between $10 million and $99 million dollars. We also have 30 percent of minority businesses with annual sales under $1,000,000,” said Clark. “The Council is here to assist minority businesses and corporations in finding mutually beneficial business collaborations through networking, education programs, and business development.”

The Gala Corporate Chair was Arnold Sowa, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Global Procurement, MetLife. The Gala Minority Business Enterprise Co-Chair was Rafael Martinez, CEO, MBE Capital Partners and Romance Watson, Director, Diversity Business Development, SHI International Corp. The VIP reception sponsor was CIEN+. The Gold sponsors for the evening were Colgate-Palmolive Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, Consolidated Edison Co of New York and Time Warner Inc. The Silver sponsors were AIG, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, New York Life Insurance Company, PSEG and websignia.

Two very prestigious awards presented were the Chairperson’s award, presented to Gene Waddy, CEO of Diversant, LLC by the NYNJ MSDC board chairperson, Ms. Jeannie Maddox and the New Corporate Member Innovation Award to Kate Kleyman of Guggenheim Partners and The President’s Awards presented to Jeannie Maddox, Manager of Supplier Diversity at Colgate-Palmolive Company and outgoing Chair of the Board of Directors, and Claire Scanlon, former Vice President at BNY Mellon by Mr. Terrence Clark, President and CEO of NYNJ MSDC.


The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. identifies and certifies minority business enterprises, and facilitates procurement opportunities between Corporate America and Council-certified minority suppliers. The supplier groups include Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native-American businesses located throughout The State of New York and Northern and Central New Jersey including Trenton. The Council’s corporate membership consists of Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. The Council is one of the 23 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

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