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Circle of Influencers - Book 1

Circle of Influencers - Entrepreneurs, C-Suite Executives, Influencers

Ron Harland Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Ron Harland Widely considered to be one of the most professional businessmen around, Ron Harland
CEO Sr. serves as President and CEO of Evolv Solutions. A salesman by trade, Ron developed a
diverse background in technology from his first years at Bendix Corporation as an
Evolv Solutions electrician, to Xerox Corporation where he then began working as a field service
technician. A few years into his career with Xerox, Ron took a new direction with the
Education: company in sales and marketing. Ron spent 26 years with Xerox and held the position of
Sumner Academy Global Account Manager handling some of Xerox's largest corporate clients, plus
manufacturing assignments in Shanghai, China and New York as a Product Development
Location Manager. Collectively, these opportunities provided Ron with invaluable experiences and a
Kansas broad industry knowledge which he would eventually transfer into his own entrepreneurial
efforts.
Tags In 2001, Ron retired from Xerox and started Evolv Solutions based on long-term
Entrepreneur opportunities he saw in the office technology marketplace. Today, Evolv Solutions has
become one of the leading minority-owned enterprises in the country providing
document management and information technology services. Ron and his wife Pat, have
two sons Ron Jr. and Eric; both who are full-time partners in the day-to-day management
of the business.
A Kansas City native and graduate from Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, Ron
holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sales and Marketing from Avila University and
attended the small business management and entrepreneurial program at Kellogg Advance
Management School of Business. Ron has served on various local boards including the Kansas City,
Kansas School Board and MidAmerica Minority Supplier Council.

Manoj Sachdeva Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Manoj Sachdeva EWIE Company is a global leader in commodity management services spanning cutting
CEO tools, abrasives, special tools and industrial supplies with over 30 years of experience.
EWIE Our specialty is in total tool management.
At EWIE, we strive to lead in implementation and management of solutions focused on
Tag supply chain optimization for metalworking and industrial supply commodities.
Entrepreneur The objective of these solutions is to reduce customers “Total Cost” while increasing
customer satisfaction.
Our team of procurement specialists, analysts, engineers and information technology
personnel has a passion for continuous improvement.
EWIE currently manages over 70,000 parts comprising millions of dollars of inventory at
over 94 contracts globally.
Our unique approach of maintaining manufacturer neutrality through managed
competition and focus on best-in-class solutions creates an environment of innovations
where good ideas become embedded in the process. This approach has delivered over
$100 million dollars in engineered cost savings for our customers.

Patricia Watts Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Patricia Watts Established in 1998, FCI Management, Inc. (FCI) develops and implements energy and
CEO water efficiency solutions for corporate, residential, commercial and industrial clients,
public and private school, universities, and government and municipal agencies. FCI is
FCI Management a privately-held, California “C” Corporation. Our focus is on marketing innovative
technologies and energy efficiency strategies that lower energy costs for consumers,
Location heighten the security of energy and water supply and improve the quality of the
Los Angeles environment by reducing the carbon footprint.

Tags: FCI is distinguished by the expertise of its principal owners and professional staff,
Female, entrepreneur together representing over 150 years of experience in all aspects of the utility service
industry-from technical operations to regulatory affairs to customer services. FCI is
working to become a nationally-recognized company in providing comprehensive
energy solutions. We intend to do this by continuing to earn new and repeat
customers by providing exemplary service and by helping them achieve their
resource savings goals.

Joe Blackstone Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Joe Blackstone A successful minority business entrepreneur and a new member of SCMSDC’s board of
CEO directors, Joe Blackstone is in a unique position to help guide the council’s activities to
ensure its place as the preeminent minority business advocacy organization in Southern
Blackstone Consulting California. In 1991, Blackstone founded Blackstone Consulting Inc. (BCI), which has grown
into a multi-million dollar service company in various service sectors.
Education:
Southern Methodist The Los Angeles-based company provides food, janitorial, facilities maintenance, security,
staffing, and grounds and maintenance services. BCI employs people in 16 states and
University Germany, and has contracts with Sodexo USA, Northrop Grumman Corporation,
government agencies, and more. In addition, BCI is a Corporate Plus member of the
Location National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a membership program for
Los Angeles minority businesses with proven capability for national contracts.

Blackstone received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC and an MBA
from Southern Methodist University. He completed the Board of Directors Training with a
certificate from the UCLA Anderson Business School and previously served on several
boards, including USC Board of Governors, Los Angeles County Private Industry Council
Board and was a member of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles.

Tags: food industry, janitorial, facilities maintenance, security

Drew Hawkins 105Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Drew Hawkins is currently the Managing Director and Head of Drew Hawkins
Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment (GSE), a division of Managing Director
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management dedicated to serving the Head of Global Sports &
unique and sophisticated needs of professional athletes and Entertainment Morgan Stanley
entertainers. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
University of Delaware
Talent creates opportunity, along with a set of complex
interconnected financial challenges that not all Financial Advisors TAGS:
are equipped or trained to handle. Because of this, we chose a Finance, business, sports,
select group of Financial Advisors with significant experience management, leadership
working with sports and entertainment professionals and a deep
understanding of career and industry practices. The Financial
Advisors in this group have been designated as Morgan Stanley
Sports and Entertainment Directors and participate in advanced
education on financial topics affecting veteran and emerging talent.
These Directors often collaborate with other trusted advisors to
guide financial decision making, helping clients make smart choices
about how they save, spend, invest, borrow and give.

Drew began his financial services career in 1989 as a Financial
Advisor working with sports and entertainment clients. After 26
years of progressive leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, he
appreciated the opportunity to retrace my early days as an Financial
Advisor and combine two industries. He is most passionate about,
while making a positive difference through Financial Education and
Customized Solutions for this dynamic group of people.

Jo Ann Kauffman 106Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Jo Ann Kauffman Jo Ann Kauffman is a member of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe who
Kauffman & Associates grew up in Seattle, WA, and on the Nez Perce Reservation in
Kamiah, ID. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the
President University of California at Berkeley. After working in the field of
Indian health care for many years, including serving as executive
TAGS: Native American, director of the Seattle Indian Health Board, she founded
woman, health, education, Kauffman & Associates, Inc., (KAI) in 1990.
leadership
As the President and CEO of KAI, she has grown the company,
remained actively involved in its development, and ensured high-
quality management support for KAI clients. She has served on
national boards and was honored with the "Free Spirit Award" by
the Freedom Forum in 1998 for her longtime work as a
community activist and advocate for First Amendment issues. Jo
Ann was appointed by the governor of the state of Washington
to the Board of Trustees of Eastern Washington University, where
she recently completed 12 years of service.

Leon Richardson 107Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Metro Detroit native Leon C. Richardson is the founder and president of The Leon C. Richardson
Chemico Group, LLC, and (Chemico) one of the largest minority-owned chemical President/CEO
management and distribution companies in the United States. For 27 years,
Richardson has guided what was originally Chemico Systems, Inc., from a single The Chemico Group, LLC
employee start-up to an internationally recognized player in the chemical and
environmental services space. Today, Chemico employs more than 300 people across TAGS:
22 states and three countries, and in 2015, saw sales of more than $100 million. Automotive industry, mentor,
science, technology, engineering,
Chemico is a highly regarded Tier 1 supplier to automotive original equipment
manufacturers and has been recognized as a General Motors “Supplier of the Year” math, speaker, leader
for the past seven consecutive years. The company has received similar recognition
from Toyota and Chrysler Capital. Beyond automotive, Chemico has made a name for
itself in other industries, including aerospace and biopharmaceuticals.

Richardson is a passionate champion for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
development. He is a long-time supporter of the Michigan Minority Supplier
Development Council (MMSDC) and currently serves on the organization’s Board of
Directors. Richardson is a devoted mentor working formally and informally with up to
10 students or young professionals at any given time.

Richardson holds a business degree from the University of Maryland and is a United
States Marine Corps veteran having served his country for eight years as a non-
commissioned officer.

Walter C. Elliott, Jr. 108Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Walter C. Elliott Jr.
Vice President Commercial Banking
Level One Bank

Tags: finance, financial, business

Level One is a full service commercial and consumer bank inspired to strengthen the communities we serve and establish
tangible relationships with our clients. Level One Bankers are experienced, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial. Most of our
bankers escaped the constraints of a larger bank in search of a better way to serve their clients. They have developed a
customized, innovative approach to banking rarely seen at other financial institutions. With the heart of a community
bank, the sophistication of a big bank and the spirit of an entrepreneur, Level One decisions are made locally by people
who understand your banking needs. These creative bankers are supported by a bank that is highly rated by institutions
such as BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm, which has given Level One Bank a 5-star rating.
This high accolade from BauerFinancial indicates our bank’s stability, contributing to our ability to provide superior banking
services to our customers.

We take great pride in our dedicated bankers and our consultative approach to delivering financial services to our clients.
We are confident in our ability to provide a better way to bank for each customer, one by one. We welcome you to visit
with us and enjoy the experience of banking with Level One.

Lawrence SpottedBird 109Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Lifetime in business development, community development, and economic
development primarily with small tribes, organizations and remote
communities. I also have substantial executive management experience
with for- profit corporations, non-profit organizations, and American Indian
tribal governments.

I also have interests in developing international trade since 21st Century
economy and business development reaches the globe and can be an
essential focus for any business for its long-term sustainability.

Experience: President Lawrence SpottedBird
TRIBE President SpotttedBird Development, LLC President at SpottedBird Development, LLC
International Trade Tribal Economic Development SpottedBird Publishing: Novels, business,
Business Development Tribal Corporate Planning
Consulting Business Development childrens books, photography
Executive Management Business Consulting
Executive Management Education:
International Trade Development University of Central Oklahoma
Sustainable Energy Development
Business Financing Resources BA: Business Administration
Federal Contracting Development
Strategic Planning Facilitation Tags: Native American, publisher, business
development, tribal economic development,

consulting, strategic

Danny Morris 110Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Experienced owner with a demonstrated history of working in the
telecommunications construction industry.

Skilled in U.S. Department of Defense, Customer Service, Government,
Strategic Planning, and Business Development.

Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science
focused in Economics from Oklahoma State University

Danny Morris
President, City Service DataCom, Inc.

8a/DBE/MBE/Native American
City Service DataCom, Inc.

Education
Oklahoma State University

Tags: Native American, business
development, entrepreneur

Megan Minoka Hill 111Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Megan Minoka Hill
Harvard Project on American Indian Economic

Development
Harvard University

Education
Armand Hammer United World College

Location
Greater Boston Area

Tags: Native American, Economic Development

Robin Minthorn 112Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Robin Minthorn
Assistant Professor in Educational
Leadership and Native American Studies at

University of New Mexico

Education
Oklahoma State University

Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tags:
Native American Studies, education

To be an impactful professor, professional and mentor to students in the area of higher education,
educational leadership, Native American Studies, and for the community; to ensure continual

growth and development for the advancement of Indigenous education.

Jayson Braveheart 113Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Jayson Braveheart Tags
CEO and Founder at Brave Heart Native American, forensic

Group LLC accounting, insurance,
American Indian Cancer Foundation marketing industry

Location
Porcupine, South Dakota

The BraveHeart Group improves the business practices of Tribal governments and Tribal casinos by improving
their accounting practices, providing forensic accounting services, precisely targeting marketing strategies,
lowering insurance rates, and providing a wider variety of financing options.

Brave Heart is widely recognized for changing the paradigm for Indian businesses; focusing on empowering
Tribes with improved business knowledge, rather than simply obtaining long-term contracts for his own
company. He is a first generation Indian entrepreneur, and is a nationally recognized speaker on empowering
young native entrepreneurs.

After graduating from Little Wound High School on Pine Ridge, Brave Heart joined the United States Marine
Corps where he traveled the globe, strengthened his character and determination, and opened his world. Since
proudly serving his country, Brave Heart has been engaged in all aspects of business and entrepreneurism. For
four years he owned his own successful medical services company. Brave Heart then took the knowledge and
experience he acquired running his own company back home to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where he
served his Tribal nation as small-business success coach. Eventually Brave Heart was recruited to join one of his
most successful clients, Native American Natural Foods.

At Native American Natural Foods, Brave Heart became one of the most prominent faces and voices behind the
marketing success of the traditional native food the “Tanka Bar.” Known nationwide in Indian Country as the
“Tanka Bar guy,” Brave Heart mastered marketing Indian Country businesses. Recognized for his excellence in
business and marketing, Brave Heart was recruited to run the marketing department for the Cheyenne Arapaho
Tribe’s casinos.

Theron Thompson 114Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

CEO and founder of TribalHotels.com, the first booking engine for Theron Thompson
Native American casino hotels and a full directory of all Tribal CEO and Founder at TribalHotels.com
casinos in the United States.
TribalHotels.com
A visionary Business and Marketing Professional with over two
decades of success in the Tribal Business Market, Casino Education
Enterprise Market, Non-Profit Organization, Digital Marketing and University of Minnesota
Media Agency business. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
• Executive Management
• Marketing Location
• Non-Profit Creation/Management Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
• Renewable Energy Development
• iGaming Consulting and Project Management
• iPayment Consulting and Project Management
• Tribal – State Compact Development, Negotiation and
Implementation
• Casino Management
• “Visionary” Consultant
• “Rain-Maker”

Tags: Native American, hospitality industry, Planning,
Development, Funding, Training, Negotiation Fund Raising,
Capital Raising, Marketing Planning, Digital Marketing “guru

Pat Crofts 115Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Pat Crofts is an executive with over thirty seven (37) years of management Pat Crofts
and ownership experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, having CEO
held executive positions in multiple jurisdictions with several major private
and public gaming companies with domestic, international, Tribal and non- Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos
Tribal operations.
Education
Currently CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, responsible for the Weber State University
daily operations as well as strategic direction and development of eleven
(11) gaming facilities located in northeast Oklahoma. Operations include Location
over 6,500 electronic gaming machines and table games, multiple food Tulsa, Oklahoma Area
and beverage outlets, entertainment venues and retail outlets with
approximately 2000 employees. Tags: Native American, business
development, entrepreneur
In addition duties as CEO duties, Pat serves as a member of the Muscogee
(Creek) Nation Economic Development Committee responsible for Tribal
economic development / diversification.

Charles A. Harmon 116Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Charles A. Harmon is the Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement and Charles A. Harmon
Corporate Services for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement

In his role as the company’s procurement officer, Harmon exercises total and Corporate Services
administrative responsibility in directing more than $2 billion of American American Honda Motor, Co. Inc.
Honda’s corporate spend to include oversight of all corporate purchasing
operating activities including strategic planning, establishment of Education
purchasing systems, financial planning, financial management, and
administration in the assignment of responsibility for the procurement of Location
goods, commodities and services.
Tags: automotive industry, leadership
Harmon also continues to lead American Honda’s efforts to develop a
diverse supply chain through his board appointments on the Institute of
Supply Management – Supplier Diversity Group, Southern California
Minority Supplier Development Council and the Orange County Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce, as well as active participation in organizations such
as the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce,
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, Asian Business
Association, The Latino Coalition and NMSDC.

Mario Munoz 117Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Mario joined Anthem (formerly WellPoint) in 2003. During his time at Mario Munuz
WellPoint Mario has had various roles including Sourcing Manager, Staff Vice President Procurement
Sourcing Director and most recently Procurement Operations and
Accounts Payable Staff Vice President. Anthem

In his current position Mario is responsible for Procurement Operations, Education
Contracts Management, Procurement Technology, Analytics and Accounts
Payable for the enterprise. Prior to WellPoint Mario was a manager at Location
Accenture’s supply chain practice where he led Procurement engagements Los Angeles
for clients in various industries including pharmaceutical, entertainment,
healthcare, finance, and consumer goods.

Before joining Accenture Mario worked for Southern California Edison
where he was part of the Executive Development Program and had roles in
the Procurement department and the Marketing team. Mario is a board
member of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council
and a member of the Ariba Technology Advisory Council.

Tags: Anthem, procurement, leadership

Monetta Stephens 118Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Monetta Stephens is the supplier diversity manager for Toyota Motor Sales
(TMS), U.S.A., Inc. In support of Toyota’s 21st Century Diversity Strategy,
Stephens is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive
strategic-supplier diversity plan that ensures Toyota’s suppliers reflect the
communities where Toyota does business throughout the U.S. She also
developed and implemented the company’s metrics for tracking minority
dollars spent. Stephens began her career with Toyota in 1986 as a tax
accountant filing state income tax returns.

She also held positions in financial repor ting, fixed asset accounting.
Stephens holds an Associate Science degree in accounting from Fairmont
State College in Fairmont, W.Va., and a Bachelor of Science degree in
business from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.

Monetta Stephens
Supplier Diversity Manager
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

Education
University of Redlands

Location
Dallas

Pat Crofts 119Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council Virginia Gomez
Virginia Gomez is president of Southern California Minority Supplier President
Development Council (SCMSDC), the largest nonprofit minority business
advocacy organization in the region. She was appointed to this position in Southern California Supplier Development
February 2012. As president, Gomez is responsible for leading council Council
activities to strengthen its position as the the premiere organization
strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign- Education
owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business
enterprises. This includes directing such activities as nationally recognized Location
certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between Los Angeles
corporate members and certified firms, and education, information, and skills
development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity.

She previously served as SCMSDC vice president, where she assisted the
council president in the organization’s day-to-day operations, including
information technology, certification, and annual major events functions and
supported council board committees. Prior to joining the council in 2001, she
held several management positions at the City of Los Angeles Department of
Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally owned utility. Her
experience at the utility included directing and overseeing contracting
policies, budgetary, human resources, systems development/automation, and
other administrative functions. As DWP contract compliance officer, she
successfully led the development and implementation of the first supply
chain management e-procurement system implemented among Los Angeles’
municipal agencies.

Vicky Harper-Hall 120Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Vicky Harper-Hall manages the strategically important small business Vicky Harper-Hall
and socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman’s Sector Manager
Aerospace Systems sector. In this position, she oversees all aspects of
sector programs related to small, small disadvantaged, women- Socio-Economic Business Programs
owned, historically underutilized, veteran-owned and service-disabled Government Relations
veteran-owned small business, and historically black
colleges/universities and minority institutions programs. Northrop Grumman Corporation
Aerospace Systems
As part of helping ensure Northrop Grumman’s competitive position
in the defense industry, Harper-Hall also guides the company’s work Location
in surveying and assessing potential small business partners, and Los Angeles
works to increase those partners’ participation in government and
commercial contracts.

Harper-Hall also provides guidance to small business liaison officers
at Integrated Systems sites, maintains U.S. government customer
approval of the small business program and master subcontracting
plan, and executes procedures to ensure compliance with federal,
state and corporate laws that govern the administration of the
programs.

Jorge Gomez 121Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Established in 1952, Colonial Press International has Jorge Gomex
grown to become the largest Minority Owned and CEO
Operated commercial printing company in the United
States. We are headquartered in Miami, FL and provide a Tag
single source solution opportunity for our clients for their Miami, entrepreneurs
print category spend. Over the years we have grown
beyond the "ink on paper'​ approach to the industry,
focusing on direct mail, lettershop, fulfillment and
distribution as added value areas of growth and service.
Our production platforms contain Sheetfed and Web
offset printing, inclusive of inline finishing on our web
presses. Colonial houses the largest in-house bindery in
the Eastern United States, allowing our clients with
flexibility in production and excess capacity by design.

Hiten Patel 122Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Hiten Patel is the Founder and Chairman of Collabera, Inc.a leading global IT Hiten Patel
services and solutions provider. Founded in 1996, Collabera is considered one Founder & Chairman of Collabera
of the fastest growing companies in the US with more than 9,000 professionals
in more than 30 offices and four world-class delivery centers in the U.S., UK, Education
India, Singapore and Philippines. Hiten’s commitment to “building client value Stevens Institute of Technology
for life” has been the guiding tenant of Collabera and each endeavor he has
taken on over the years. He has instilled in his workforce culture the notion Location
that success can only be built and maintained if values are shared and aligned New York City
with that of the client’s.
Tag
Hiten’s relentless focus on the vision for Collabera since the company’s Entrepreneur
inception has resulted in several global recognitions for both Collabera
business units – Professional Services and IT Solutions. And, personally, Hiten
has been routinely recognized as one of the country’s most interesting and
successful entrepreneurs and received accolades including Ernst & Young’s
prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Under his leadership, the
company has consistently been recognized for its excellence by industry-
leading organizations such as International Association of Outsourcing
Professionals (IAOP), Fintech100, https://www.linkedin.com/redir/invalid-link-
page?url=DiversityBusiness%2ecom, InformationWeek, Software Magazine,
New York/New Jersey Business Council, USPAACC, National Minority Supplier
Development Council (NMSDC), United States Pan Asian American Chamber of
Commerce (USPAACC) and others.

Marco Campos 123Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

WHO IS CAMPOS EPC? Marco Campos
Campos EPC (CEPC) employs a staff of highly-qualified engineering, Founder and Managing Principal
procurement and construction professionals specializing in providing
services for oil and gas pipeline/facility organizations. Campos EPC

We provide efficient and cost effective EPC services that keep our Tag
clients compliant with industry standards and requirements. We Entrepreneur
maintain fairly priced services while striving toward a profitable
business model. This allows us to hire and retain the most talented
employees who can share in the success of the company. Our people
are our success.

MARCO CAMPOS
Founder and Managing Principal
Marco Campos is the Founder and Managing Principal of Campos
EPC. He has 20 years of experience working in a variety of
engineering, operations, project management, and management
capacities for oil and gas pipeline/terminal and consulting companies,
with an emphasis on pipeline integrity management. He is a graduate
of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Certified Project
Management Professional and licensed Civil Engineer.

Dr. Jesus J. Saurez 124Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Dr. Suárez is Chairman & CEO of CSA Group, a full services project delivery, consulting, and Dr. Jesus J. Suarez
asset optimization firm serving the Transportation, Energy, Water, Environmental and Chairman & CEO of CSA Group
Building markets. With over 500 employees, CSA Group is the largest Hispanic owned
professional service firm of its kind in the United States – its multidisciplinary capabilities Education
include, program management, management consulting, architecture, engineering,
environmental, sustainability, project management, construction management, operations Location
and maintenance services to public and private sector clients throughout sever-al regions in Cincinnati
the United States, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Tags
Fresh out of graduate school, Dr. Suárez was recruited by Structural Dynamics Research Entrepreneur, leadership
Corporation (SDRC), based in Cincinnati, Ohio. SDRC was then a fledgling company focused
in solving complex structural and mechanical problems in the automotive, aero-space, and
manufacturing industries applying novel Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies.
His expertise in Finite Element Analysis (gained through his research at Cornell) helped
SDRC become a world leader in CAE technology over the following 5 years. During his ten
years at SDRC, the company grew from a single office of 70 employees to an international
company with over 500 employees. In 1986 SDRC went public, and Dr. Suarez joined Belcan
Engineering, also based in Cincinnati.

As President of Belcan Engineering, Dr. Suárez led the planning, implementation and
supervision of several strategic alliances and long-term programs with public and private
sector organizations. A few of the companies included Procter and Gamble, Eli Lilly, General
Electric, DuPont, and General Motors. During his tenure at Belcan, the company grew from
about 400 employees to over 1200.

In 1996 Dr. Suárez founded CSA Group. Starting as a 40 person operation in Puerto Rico,
CSA implemented an aggressive growth strategy, expanding rapidly into what it is today.

Sanjay Govil 125Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Sanjay, Chairman of the Board of Directors, founded Infinite Computer Sanjay Govil
Solutions in 1999 with $1000 of his own money. Under his leadership, Chairman
Infinite grew with minimal outside funding to become one of the most
successful IPOs a decade later. The company’s 2010 IPO became one of Infinite Computer Solutions
the biggest successes on NSE/BSE for the year. It was 43 times
oversubscribed, garnering upwards of $1.8 billion. Education
University of Pennsylvania
Infinite currently has a global group strength of over 5,000 employees
located in India, US, UK, Germany, China, and Singapore and many The Wharton School
premier clients that include several leading Fortune 100 companies. In
2011, Forbes rated Infinite as Asia's 200 Best Under a Billion and the Location
organization was also recognized as the 5th best employer by IDC in Washington, DC
India. Most recently, Nasscom ranked Infinite Computer Solutions
amongst top 20 players in its services. Infinite continues to be recognized
as technology thought leaders for many of the markets they serve. In
2012 alone, they were finalists in several awards including CTIA Emerging
Technology, Mobile Merit Awards, Hot Companies, and Technologies
Award and the World Communication Awards

Kedar Morarka 126Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Manufacturer of advanced technology highest reliability
monochrome and color toner cartridges for use in desk top laser

printers, fax machines and for MICR printing of financial
documents. IPW has two manufacturing facilities in the United
Sates with over 130,000 sq. ft manufacturing and wahrehouse

space. WWW.ipwusa.com

Kedar Morarka
CEO

Image Projections West, Inc.

Education
Texas Tech University
Rawls College of Business

Location
Denver

Cora Williams 127Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation, T/A Ideal Electric, is a full-service wholesale Cora Williams
distributor of electrical, industrial and telecommunications infrastructure products. CEO
Ideal also serves its diverse clientele by providing commodities such as street
pavement marking tape, pedestrian street signs, safety products and water works Idea Electrical Supply
products, which includes water meters, water meter parts and pumps. Corporation

Founded in 1991, Ideal Electric is an authorized distributor for more than 200 major Location
manufacturers. The company has a full-time staff of more than 20 employees; a Florida, Ohio, Georgia
25,000-square-foot secured and bonded warehouse at its headquarters in located in
Washington, D.C.; a satellite facility in Lanham, Md.; a state-of-the-art, integrated
accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a company-owned
fleet of delivery vehicles.

Ideal Electric has strong business relationships in the manufacturing community; a
talented, management team with decades of business and industry experience; and a
well-earned reputation for quality service and reliability among its growing clientele.

At Ideal Electric, the strong work ethic, pride in industry expertise, and high standards
of customer satisfaction all flow from the top. CEO Cora Williams and current board
member Ken Rogers founded Ideal and merged their government and corporate
experience to grow the company, with hard work, commitment and a solid business
plan that has brought success to Ideal and its clients for more than 20 years.

TAGS: female, entrepreneurship, electrical industry, industrial industry,
telecommunications industry

Christopher Che 128Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

The Che International Group, LLC (CIG) is a multinational holding company that Christopher CHe
targets and acquires established, high-performing subsidiary companies with CEO
experienced management teams and a proven ability to serve large, multinational
corporations. The Che International Group

CIG identifies and helps develop strategic alliances and joint ventures with Tier 1 Location
suppliers and/or our large customers. The objective of CIG is to create large, scalable Ohio
and high-performing subsidiary companies across industry lines in an effort to
provide “total solutions” to our common customer base of multinational
corporations while also promoting supply chain excellence. The end result is we help
our customers maximize their supply chain diversity goals with stable, sustainable
and wealth creating minority companies.

CIG focuses on developing a win-win strategy for corporate objectives regardless of
the company size or operation. CIG is more than just a holding company. We are
committed to optimizing well-managed opportunities and work to stay close to our
client’s operation with a focus on promoting supply chain excellence.
As of 2014, CIG has three subsidiary companies: Hooven-Dayton
Corporation (HDC), Cog, LLC, and TrueChoicePack Corporation(TCP).

These three companies combined have more than 120 employees in three state-of-
the-art facilities across two states, with more than 160,000 sq. ft. total facility space.
We are always actively seeking new acquisition and joint Venture opportunities to
expand existing subsidiaries and/or acquire new ones.

Raj Sardana 129Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Raj Sardana is Chairman, CEO and founder of American CyberSystems (ACS). He is Raj Sardana
a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with CEO and Chairman
multinational companies in several industries includingTechnology, Aerospace, American Cybersystems
Defense, Venture Investment and Financial industries. Raj founded American
CyberSystems in 1998 and has grown it to a multinational organization with over Education
10,000 employees in 25 different countries worldwide. Prior to founding ACS, Raj University of Pennsylvania
served as President and CEO of Applied Communications, Inc., a multi media and
Technology company in Atlanta, GA. He also served as the President and CEO of a The Wharton School
multi-million dollar private equity company with a diverse and extensive
investment portfolio in real estate, retail and service industries. Raj has held Location
Technical and Operations Management positions at Teledyne CAE, a multi billion Atlanta
dollar US Department of Defense Contractor and at a Pratt and Whitney supplier
in Connecticut.

Raj has an Advanced Management Degree from The Wharton School of Business
(U Penn), a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a
Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering,
New Delhi, India. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three
children. He is actively involved with and sponsors Atlanta YWCA’s Teen Girls in
Technology (TGI Tech) program.

Raj brings a strategic vision and extensive experience in both the US and off-
shore markets.

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Himanshu Bhatia 130Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

CEO at Rose International
School of Planning and Architecture

Irvine, California

Under Himanshu Bhatia’s leadership, Rose International became the largest woman-owned business in St. Louis, MO, and
has received numerous honors and other acknowledgments. Rose has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts and
was named to these distinguished lists: Largest U.S. Staffing Firms and Largest U.S. IT Staffing Firms. These lists are made
up of all publicly traded and private firms that participate. The company has also been recognized as the largest
temporary staffing firm in St. Louis and named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in North
America by the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). The company was also awarded the National Minority Supplier
Development Council’s (NMSDC) Regional Supplier of the Year award.

Himanshu Bhatia herself has received many awards, including the NMSDC’s Minority Business Leadership Award, and
was also ranked 13th on Fast Company’s list of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in North America. She was also
awarded an Enterprising Women of the Year Award by Enterprising Women magazine. Mrs. Bhatia has also received the
U.S. Small Business Administration's National Entrepreneurial Success Award, and the Missouri Small Business Person of
the Year award.

Himanshu Bhatia also works to develop and promote women entrepreneurs around the world. Furthering global
women’s business development is an important area of focus for her. Mrs. Bhatia spoke at the WEDF in Switzerland on
the vast contribution that women business owners can make to the growth of the global economy. She currently serves
on the NMSDC’s Board of Directors and as Vice-chair of the Board of Managers of the St. Louis Minority Business
Council. Other involvement includes; serving on the President's Initiative on Race, acting as a mentor for Women in
Technology International (WITI), previous member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and previous service as a
board of director for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBEN

Jorge Plasencia 131Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Republica

Northwestern University
Kellogg School of Management

Miami, Florida

Jorge A. Plasencia is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Miami-based Republica, one of America’s leading and fastest-growing
independent marketing and communications agencies.

A member of MAGNET, the world's leading network of independent agencies, Republica has received numerous industry
awards and accolades, including an Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Award, and PR News' Top Places to Work distinction.

Before Estefan, Plasencia was the first director of Hispanic marketing for the Florida Marlins. During his tenure, the team won
its first World Series and received the Hispanic Marketer of the Year Award.

Plasencia has served as chairman of the board of UnidosUS, the nation's largest Hispanic organization. He is the first Cuban-
American, first Floridian and youngest person to hold the post.

In 1991, at age 17, Plasencia co-founded Amigos For Kids, a non-profit that advocates for child abuse prevention, and works
with underprivileged children and families. In 2003, he also co-founded DC-based Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
(CHLI).

A former Board Director of TotalBank, he has been recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce CEO of the Year Award, among others.

Plasencia has been included in PRWeek's Global Power Book and has been named one of America's most influential Latinos by
Poder.

Carl Satterwhite 132Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

CARL SATTERWHITE, PRESIDENT AND OWNER

Carl is a member of the Board of Trustees for numerous
professional organizations including: Chair of the United Way
of Cincinnati, 5th 3rd Bank Regional Advisory Board, Lindner

School of Business Board of Advisors, BEARE Board of
Advisors, Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council Board

Trustee, BEARE Board Member, Cincinnati Reds Diversity &
Inclusion Board of Advisors, Munoz Foundation Board of

Directors.

He a member of the Cincinnati Leadership Advisory
Committee, Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee VP

for Cincinnati and Founder and host of Executive Straight
Talk, a minority CEO roundtable for established corporations

in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland.

Alfred Liggins 133Vision to INSPIRE.

Alfred C. Liggins, III is Chairman of TV One and has been the Chief Mission to CHANGE.
Executive Officer & President of Radio One Inc since January 1997.
Radio One owns and/or operates 67 radio stations located in 22 urban
markets in the United States and reaches approximately 13 million
listeners every week.

He took over day-to-day operations of Radio One in 1994,
accelerating Radio One’s growth with the acquisitions of WKYS-FM
Washington in 1994 and two FMstations in Atlanta in 1995 and 1997.
By the time the company filed its application to go public in May
1999, Mr. Liggins had negotiated deals to acquire another 17
stations,making Radio One the largest urban broadcaster in the
nation. Previously, he had served as General Manager for Radio One’s
WOL/WMMJ stations in Washington,D.C.

Before joining the management team of Radio One, he was active in
marketing in California. In 1984, he served as a Sales Executive for
Light Records, a gospel recording company in Newberry Park,
California and was responsible for Western regional sales, which
included telemarketing and retail promotion. He holds an MBA from
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sanjeev Tirath 134Vision to INSPIRE.

Sanjeev Tirath Mission to CHANGE.
Co-founder and CEO

Sanjeev’s insights and day-to-day involvement enable Pyramid
Consulting to provide value-added IT solutions to numerous
Global 1000 companies, as well as many growing, mid-tier firms.
Sanjeev co-founded Pyramid in 1996 after garnering more than
15 years of software development and marketing experience,
serving in senior management roles for several leading software
consulting firms, including Wipro, TCS, and Unisys.

While managing large software development and integration
projects for clients operating in a number of vertical markets, he
honed his technology expertise and consistently delivered to his
clients targeted, cost-effective IT solutions.

Sanjeev earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics
engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in
Pilani, India. He currently serves on the board of TAG, the
Technology Association of Georgia; and GMSDC, the Georgia
Minority Supplier Development Council.

Leslie Prystup Emory 135Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Leslie Prystup Emory
CEO/BOD at Prystup Packaging Products, Inc.

University of West Alabama
Livingston, Alabama

Our mission at PRYSTUP PACKAGING PRODUCTS,
INC. is to perpetuate the accomplishment of our
founders, J. Leslie Prystup & Kathryn C. Prystup, to
build an exceptional family business of distinction
that manufactures quality paperboard packaging.
As our third generation begins to assume
responsibility we will continue to merit
opportunities for success guided by Les and
Kathryn's principles of FAMILY, EXCELLENCE &
INTEGRITY

VisionIT, Inc. 136Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

David Segura Founder and Chief Executive Officer
The corporation is comprised of three specialized brands, VisionIT, VisionPRO and Prime
Workforce that delivers a distinct range of IT practices to workforce solutions that drive
operational efficiencies and innovation for customers across the globe.
Segura leads the VisionPRO corporate strategy and under his leadership, the company has
become one of the 30 largest IT staffing and permanent placement companies in the U.S.
VisionPRO specializes in delivering today’s most sought-after IT talent to Fortune 500, mid-
size organizations and large government agencies on a contract-to-hire, contract and
permanent placement basis across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Segura develops executive level relationships with customers, corporate partners, and state
and local governments. He also serves as a board member of Stanford University’s Latino
Business Action Network with famed professor Dr. Jerry Porras, co-author of Built to Last.
Segura is an advisor to the Michigan eLAB, a venture capital fund operating in Silicon Valley
and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Segura has global impact by serving with the U.S. Trade
Ambassador on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and the U.S.
Secretary of Commerce on the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He
maintains strong relationships with many diversity organizations, such as the National
Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), as well as numerous local minority councils,
Hispanic chambers, and minority-owned firms around the nation.

Segura has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Detroit Regional Chamber,
Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). He is
honored to have had his accomplishments recognized by many organizations, including Ernst
& Young, who named him Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Great Lakes region and
Hispanic Business Magazine’s national entrepreneur of the year.
He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Chuck Sanders 137Vision to INSPIRE.

Chuck Sanders has built Urban Lending Solutions (ULS) into a highly respected Mission to CHANGE.
provider of outsourced fulfillment and settlement services to the mortgage origination
and servicing industry. Chuck’s journey from professional sports to helping people
stay in their homes through ULS’ diligent work supporting Home Affordable
Modification Program (HAMP) is a success story that compliments his belief in
fostering a more inclusive mindset surrounding procurement within corporate culture.

In 2011, ULS was ranked No. 15 in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in the
financial services industry and No. 205 across all industries. Year after year, ULS finds
itself as a Top company. In the Black Enterprise magazine’s Top 100 list, ULS ranked
No. 1 in revenue in the services industry; and overall, ULS ranks No. 23 among the
companies listed.

Before building ULS, Chuck learned the industry business working in operations and
sales at ValuAmerica. There, Chuck became a nationally recognized vendor recruiter
and provider of real estate information, technology, products, and services.
Chuck attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where he led Division II in
rushing and was a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Chuck is a member of the Penn
Hills and Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame. He graduated with a BS in Business
Management in 1986 and was drafted by the NFL San Diego Chargers. He played the
1986 and 1987 season in his hometown of Pittsburgh for the Steelers.

Chuck lives with this wife, Elisa, and their three sons in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chuck
and his wife started Chuck Sanders Charities (CSC), an organization dedicated to
helping fund and support existing charities and youth programs.

Donald L. Chu 138Vision to INSPIRE.

Tronex International, Inc., is a multiple award-winning enterprise and leading Mission to CHANGE.
global brand of over 650 SKUs of innovative disposable Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE).

As a medical-based company, Tronex offers nearly three decades of focused
expertise in providing cross-contamination control and infection-prevention
solutions to major healthcare, foodservice/food processing, hospitality,
manufacturing, janitorial/sanitation, retail, and government businesses worldwide.
Driven by the company’s incomparable quality standards, customer service
excellence, extraordinary team, and steadfast dedication to innovation, Tronex is
continually ranked as one of the top privately held and diverse businesses in the
United States, and has earned numerous Supplier of the Year and Business
Leadership awards from leading Fortune 100 brands and industry associations.

An Asian-American-owned Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and elite Corporate
Plus® member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC),
Tronex’s unwavering commitment to honoring the best interests of both
customers and the communities we affect around the world has been recognized
through Diversity and Philanthropic awards, further affirming Tronex’s
commitment to “Making a Positive Difference and the World a Better Place®.”

Ralph E. Brown 139Vision to INSPIRE.

Incorporated in August 2001, Trillion Corporation (Trillion), Mission to CHANGE.
a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), has been
recognized as a strategic and reliable service provider to the
telecommunications marketplace.
Headquartered in Bessemer, Alabama, Trillion’s core
competencies include:
•Procurement
•Warehousing
•Just-In-Time Inventory Management
•Advanced Kitting/Staging
•Project Management

Sean Cogdell 140Vision to INSPIRE.

Sean Cogdell Mission to CHANGE.
Chief Executive Officer

The-Panther-Group
Iona College

Greater Boston Area

Sourcing Human Capital for companies throughout
the U.S. and Latin America in Accounting/Finance,
Information Technology, Engineering,
Administrative/Clerical, Healthcare, Information
Technology, Management/Operations in a wide
variety of industries.

Our consultative approach enables Panther to
identify the specific skills and backgrounds
required for company needs on a contract and
permanent basis, and to provide top talent to our
clients

Jeff Davis 141Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Jeff Davis is president and chief executive officer of Carter Brothers Jeff Davis
Technology Group, Inc. CEO

CB Tech is a market-driven managed services firm specializing in facility Carter Brothers Technology Group
maintenance management offering its expertise in program, project and
account management. Education
BA – University of Miami
Jeff oversees the strategic direction of the Ohio-based facility maintenance
management company. With a combined workforce of over 75,000 self- Location
performed and certified affiliate service providers across the United States, Florida, Ohio, Georgia
Canada, and Puerto Rico, CB Tech is a leading provider of managed
services.

In addition, Jeff has received the following honors and recognition:
• Diverse Supplier of the Year Award from Limited Brands
• Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University – “Advanced

Management Education Program” scholarship awarded
• Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) - Supplier of the

Year 2014
• National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Regional

Supplier of the Year 2015

A native of Ohio, Jeff earned his B.A. from the University of Miami.
He is also a combat veteran of the United States Army Airborne Ranger. Jeff
has five children and one grandchild. Jeff enjoys golf, fishing, travel, and all
water sports.

Pamela M. Roberts 142Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Pamela M. Roberts
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Howard University
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Kia Silver Hodge 143Vision to INSPIRE.

Kia Silver Hodge , PHR Mission to CHANGE.
Sr. Manager, EEO & Diversity

Lockheed Martin
Howard University
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Human Resources leader with extensive experience
developing targeted strategies to support the

recruitment, development and retention of diverse
talent.

Specialties: Diversity & Inclusion strategy development
and disability/military recruitment & retention
initiatives. Significant experience working on the

development of programs and trainings to support the
transition of Veterans from the military into the private

sector

Pamela M. Roberts 144Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Traci Wade
Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle

American University
Washington D.C.

More than 20 years of professional recruiting and driving of
Diversity & Inclusion initiatives to create a sense of community

and culture of belonging.

Specialties: employee resource groups, recruiting, diversity
recruiting staffing salary negotiations, career coaching, Diversity

& Inclusion program management, internship programs,
employee recognition programs and brand awareness.

Erby Foster 145Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Erby L. Foster, Jr. is Chief Diversity Officer for The Clorox Company, where he
advises senior management and board of directors on the Company’s inclusion
strategy, employment-branding initiatives, external partnerships, and employee
resource groups. Foster is a CPA with broad experience creating and implementing
business strategies that increase customer satisfaction, drive profitable growth, and
expand market share.

As first diversity executive in 100 year history of Clorox, focused inclusion efforts on

tightly integrating with business strategy. ERGs serve as vital internal focus groups,

innovators of product placement, provide cultural insights on multicultural

marketplace. Results include product launch, brand acquisition, advertising Chief Diversity Officer
campaigns that foster a competitive business advantage. The Clorox Company
Research shows that women and multicultural consumers account for 80% of

shoppers. To reach these diverse consumers, workforce and corporate governance University of Southern California

need to reflect them. At Clorox, 41% of global managers and 33% of senior San Francisco Bay Area

executives are women. Board of directors is 40% women and 40% minority. This

compares favorably to other Fortune 500 companies, where the average board is

20% women and 14% minority.

Not only are CEO and C-Suite executives engaged … mid-level managers are
committing to behavior that creates inclusive environments for diverse cultures
around us. Where each person feels a sense of belonging, respected and valued for
who they are, supported by others, so they can do their best at work.

Meredith Carroll Groesbeck 146Vision to INSPIRE.

Meredith Carroll Groesbeck Mission to CHANGE.
Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Google

McGill University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvani

Ken Barrett 147Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Chief Diversity Officer at General Motors
The United States Naval Postgraduate School

Detroit, Michigan

Barrett has 14 years of executive experience, including five years of award-winning performance as the
U.S. Navy’s Diversity Director. Before joining GM, he served as the Under Secretary of Defense’s Acting
Director, Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, in Washington, D.C. Prior to that,
Barrett had five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director, where he
achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions and transformational work-life balance
initiatives.

A Worcester, Mass. native, Barrett holds a bachelor’s in political science from the College of the Holy
Cross, a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and an
executive master’s in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School. He completed the
Federal Executive Senior Fellow Program at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Armed Forces
Staff College.

Under Barrett’s leadership, the Navy’s Strategic Diversity Working Group was selected as the nation’s
No. 1 Diversity Council by the Association of Diversity Councils. The Navy also was selected as the Top
Federal Agency by DiversityInc. For his efforts as lead of the Navy's Task Force/Life Work, Barrett and
his team were recognized with the Ted Childs Work Life Excellence Award. Other personal awards
include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal (two stars), Navy Commendation Medal (three stars) and the Navy
Achievement Medal, as well as many other unit and campaign awards.
Eric Peterson, vice president of Corporate Diversity, will report to Barrett and continue the focus on
GM’s outreach to diverse communities. Barrett will report to Cynthia J. Brinkley, vice president, GM
Global Human Resources.

Pamela M. Roberts 148Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Pamela M. Roberts
Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Howard University
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Shannon Brown 149Vision to INSPIRE.

Sr VP/Hr at Fedex Mission to CHANGE.
University of Denver
Greater Memphis Area

Shannon A. Brown is Senior Vice President / Chief HR & Diversity
Officer for FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation

company. With more than 160,000 team members, the company
provides fast and reliable delivery to every U.S. address and more

than 220 countries and territories. As the most senior human
resources executive for FedEx Express, Brown provides strategic
direction for all human resources practices, policies and operations
for the company. His role includes overseeing global initiatives to
develop and retain a highly-talented and diverse workforce, where
employees are empowered to respond to customer needs in an
environment that promotes a safe and sustainably responsible work

place.

David L. Casey 150Vision to INSPIRE.

David Casey serves as Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Mission to CHANGE.
Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Health. Casey joined the company in
2010 and is responsible for developing and driving diversity and
engagement strategies across the company. He is also focused on
ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in CVS Health’s
recruitment, talent development, performance management and
succession planning efforts.

In prior roles, Casey was Chief Diversity Officer at WellPoint, where
he led the development and execution of enterprise-wide
strategies to leverage diversity management for the workforce,
workplace and marketplace. Casey was also a Regional Director of
Business Development for Bernard Hodes Group, where he
consulted with regional, national and international clients. Casey is
a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in
Operation Desert Storm.

Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration
from Indiana Wesleyan University.


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