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

David Morgan Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

D.W. Morgan Company helps the world's top manufacturers provide
Supply On Demand® for their clients. By combining transportation
management and logistics services with coordinated, real-time
information and strategic consulting, Morgan dramatically improves
efficiency and reduces costs—while maximizing flexibility. Since 1990,
Morgan has served a Who's Who of leading businesses, including
Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Life Technologies. Morgan has received
numerous industry awards and has been named a Cisco Systems
Supplier of the Year three times. Morgan is certified as a National
Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Corporate Plus™
minority-owned business. The company's headquarters is located in
Pleasanton, Calif., and it maintains operations offices around the
world. Morgan provides services to more than 172 countries
worldwide. To learn more about Morgan's products and services,
please visit

Justin Bennett Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Justin Bennett
Pallet & Packaging Management –

President at Ongweoweh Corp
Canisius College
Ithaca, New York

Ongweoweh Corp is a Native American-owned, pallet
management company providing pallet & packaging
procurement, recycling services and supply chain optimization
programs. Ongweoweh provides custom reporting along with
data and trend analysis for a very diverse customer base of
Fortune 500 companies.

Livia Whisenhunt Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Ms. Whisenhunt, President, CEO and founder of PS Energy Group, has more than 25
years of experience in purchasing and marketing fuels for transportation and
production. She has been instrumental in spearheading and executing most of PS
Energy’s major milestones and is responsible for setting the company's strategic
direction and leading its growth. .

Ms. Whisenhunt served as the Region IV Chairperson of the Federal Regulatory
Fairness Board (REGFAIR), established by Congress and the President under the Small
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, to represent small businesses
and comment on the enforcement activities of federal regulatory agencies. She was
appointed by Georgia’s Lt. Governor to the House Senate Study Committee for
House Bill 215, the Bill that deregulated natural gas in the State of Georgia; in
addition to being appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of
Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the state of Georgia
authority that works to improve the state's mobility, air quality and land use

Under Ms. Whisenhunt’s leadership, PS Energy Group, with annual revenues in excess
of $175 million in 2011, won the Administrator's Award for Excellence from the U.S.
Small Business Administration for five consecutive years and received the Hammer
Award from Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review Board. The
company received recognition from the Governor’s office as a Georgia Small
Business of Excellence and has been recognized as the Supplier of the Year by the
Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Marc C. Mills Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Marc Mills
President at Pacific Rim Capital

Harvard University
Orange County, California

Prior to founding PRC, Mr. Mills was Vice President, Headquarters
Marketing, for Capital Associates Portfolio Company. He has held
marketing and management positions with Capital Associates
International and Beverly Hills Savings.

He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a degree in
Finance from the London School of Economics.

John Walker Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

John Walker
Owner, Perfect Output
Perfect Output of Kansas City, LLC
Kansas State University
Kansas City, Missouri Area

After spending 27 years in various positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Mr.
Walker left his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to begin a business
of his own. He used his many years of experience in management and product positioning to create
a new and unique service oriented business focused on the most cost effective manners of doing

Our goals include:

-Development of offices in new geographic locations
-Management of new lines of business, especially higher- end, more sophisticated print production
-Large-scale, diversified customers, in both the public and private sectors
-Development and retention of a capable staff serving our customers in a variety of functions.

Byna Elliot Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Byna Elliot Experience
Senior Vice President • Director of Community Development Community Reinvestment Act Officer (CRA)
Fifth Third Bank
Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act
Develop and implement annual strategic initiatives to comply with CRA requirements
and meet business objectives
• Liaison with government and non-profit sector for community development programs
Responsible for management reporting for CRA and compliance assessments
• Coordinate regulatory examinations for compliance and CRA
• Oversight of annual training for CRA and compliance.

Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Walsh College
Master of Science, Finance

Continuing Education Courses
Fair Lending; The Art of Negotiating; Bank Analysis; Consumer Compliance
Omega Credit Analysis; Communicating Effectively with Board of Directors; Operational
Risk 101

Tags: finance, financial, math, financial industry, business, business administration

Derek Valdo Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Derek Valdo Experience
(Pueblo of Acoma) Tribal leader, certified risk manager, instructor, grant writer, program manager, board
Chief Executive Officer member, public servant...Proud Citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma.
AMERIND Risk Insurance
Goals - Expand Tribal Sovereignty, Economies, Independence and Culture.

Specialties: Tribal values, culture, risk management, Tribal data, building and supporting
Tribal business, statistical analysis

The only 100% Tribally-owned and majority Indian operated insurance company
providing Property, General Liability and Tribal Worker's Compensation coverage to over
420 Tribes for over 27 years. Tribes protecting Tribes!

Appointed CEO 07/2012 by the Board of Directors.

The University of New Mexico
BA, Major: Economics

Minor: Management
Cum Laude

Stanford University
Unearned, Economics

TAGS: Native American, economics, culture, public servant

Cheri Myron Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.
Cheri Myron

Native American Enterprises, LLC
& Chapter Coordinator of

American Indian Chamber of
Commerce CA

UCLA Anderson School of


Greater San Diego Area


We bring a turn key mobility
and sustainable solution to
tribal and rural clinics and
hospitals for the purpose of


Kelly Holmes Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Kelly Holmes Experience
President at Native Max
Native Max Magazine Kelly Holmes is Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation in South
Dakota. At only 20 years of age, Kelly launched Native Max Magazine,
Education alongside her buzzing fashion line and styling services business, Glamyr.
Broomfield High School Now, the 24 year old has expanded the Native Max brand across
multimedia platforms, eventually surpassing national borders. Not only
Location does Kelly handle the daily operations of the magazine, she also has a hand
Denver, Colorado in every venture and partnership within her company.

Founder and editor-in-chief of Native Max Magazine, a 56-page glossy bi-
monthly publication that features the cultures and lifestyles of the Native
American and First Nations people of North America. Each issue has more
than 5 sections inside with content written and produced by Native
American and First Nations talent.

-Generates potential stories and content for each issue
-Oversee all operations of the magazine contributors as well as the
corporal, sales and marketing team

Tags: Native American, youth entrepreneurship, female, fashion industry,
publishing industy

Paris Hairston Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Paris Hairston 2016 Native American Music Award Winners "Best Blues
Creator – Producer Recording"​
Blue Mountain Tribe
Creator/Founder BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIBE Indigenous
Location American Father/Son Blues team. Promoting Native
Bakersfield, California American Talent, Native American Youth & Native Youth
with disabilities through Caleb Hairston on guitar, a person
Tags: with Autism and also a member of the Chiricahua people.
Native American Focusing on changing their outlook of themselves through
Music industry Music education and mentoring. Through Charity, concerts,
Promotions, mentoring, and Traditional values & music helping our Disabled Native
music education Youth to redefine themselves by their "ABILITIES". The world
"IS" their "Sacred Circle". Also to Represent & Promote our
Native "Wounded Warriors" & Veterans through retired Sgt.
Robin Hairston, Chiricahua , Harmonica...highly decorated
Veteran & "Wounded Warrior"& 1st responder to Hurricane

Kelly Jackson Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Kelly Jackson Indigenous Networks is an American Indian/Native
President/Owner, Indigenous Networks, LLC American owned and operated natural and cultural
resource management firm located in Madison
Indigenous Networks, LLC Wisconsin. We offer multidisciplinary environmental
consultation services, comprehensive historic
Location preservation planning, sustainable community-wide
Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin planning, specialized archaeological services, traditional
cultural property studies, National Register nomination
Tags assistance and many other support services for
Native American, cultural resources, implementing NEPA, NAGPRA, ARPA, AIRFA and other
management, environmental, workshops, environmental and civil rights laws. Other related
youth empowerment, arts, museum, services include formal training and workshops, grant
writing, youth empowerment programs,
services multigenerational programming, interpretive and
heritage tourism programming and museum services.

W. Ron Allen Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

W. Ron Allen
Chairman/CEO at Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

University of Washington

Sequim, Washington

Native American, Tribal leader

James Morales Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

James Morales Halito,
Publisher/Editor in Chief of Native Hoop My name is James Morales and a member of the Mississippi Band of
Magazine, Natives In Ink Magazine and Choctaw Indians. I grew up in the Conehatta community and went to school
there on the rez. I want to take this moment to welcome each of you to my
ProShoot Magazine humble page and tell you "​ Yahkoki ! " ( Thank you ! ) for taking the time to
Natives In Ink Magazine look at my profile.

Education Native Hoop Magazine is seen in 35 countries, Canada, and the lower 48.
East Central Community College We offer opportunities for new writers by providing a publication in which
the writers have creative control over their articles.
Location We offer everyone free download or read on the site for anyone.
Albuquerque, New Mexico We offer new businesses, organizations, and people to promote their work
and products through exposure in articles and advertising in our
Tags publications.
Journalist, newspaper industry, publications, We work to bring you a brand new magazine each month.

advertising, branding Nink magazine (Natives In Ink) is the first all indigenous ink and tattoo
magazine in NDN Country!
We bring new ink artists, musicians, artists, photographers, models, and
interviews in each magazine. NINK Magazine is a bi - monthly magazine!

I hope you join us for every new publication and projects in Native Hoop.

Star Nayea Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Star Nayea Star Nayea is a Native American GRAMMY Recording
Native GRAMMY Recording Artist, Motivational Artist, Three time NAMA Winner, (including Songwriter
Of The Year, Best Independent Recording, Best
Speaker, Multi-Faceted Prevention Advocate Compilation CD), a truly a gifted powerhouse female
Videographer, Music Producer. vocalist, songwriter and performer. A National
Ravens Last Laugh Productions Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, Prevention &
Wellness Advocate. A Music Mentor for Native Youth &
Education Teens. Most importantly, while raising her #1Gift (her
Berklee College of Music Son,) Star diligently throughout her career sought to
remain an Influential Positive Role Model. Inspiring
Location today's Native youth & teens well as setting a stellar
Greater Seattle Area example for her own child.

Native American, music industry, female,

vocalist, songwriter, performer

William Harjo Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

William Harjo My work focuses primarily on helping client organizations get
President clear, get focused and start addressing their most important
strategic, organizational and operational challenges. I facilitate
American Native Services high-stakes, issue-based discussions with diverse stakeholder
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples groups where reaching a common ground is imperative in order
to move forward.
Stanford University I use a systems oriented cultural effectivness process to provide
clients with straight-forward, practical guidance on how to align
Location organizational mission vision and goals. I works across multiple
Bozeman, Montana industry categories, including Education, Government, Tribal and
For Profit and Non Profit.
Native American, cultural resources,
management, environmental, workshops, youth
empowerment, arts, museum, services

John Henderson Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

John Henderson A recognized senior executive with strong sales and leadership skills,
Supply Chain Executive John Henderson offers a unique blend of executive acumen, business
management experience and entrepreneurial vision. As president of
AEL-Span, LLC AEL-Span, LLC a Joint Venture Company of UTi Worldwide (NASDQ;
UTIW); he has helped to successfully engineer a high growth MBE
Education company into a significant and stable participant in the Contract
Northwestern University Logistics and Distribution industry.
Kellogg School of Management
John has over 30 years of business management experience and has
Location held senior management and board level positions in Banking, Venture
Greater Detroit Area Capital management, Contract Logistics and Contract Electronics
Manufacturing. He began his career in the banking industry, rising to
Tags Vice President and Manager of Seattle-First National Bank’s New York
Automotive Industry Office and later as a Vice President in Bank of Boston’s Specialized
Industries Group. In addition to the academic degrees mentioned
below, John has been a faculty member in the Finance department at
the University of Phoenix’s Troy Michigan campus; he is a graduate of
Andersen Consulting Venture Capital School, The Tuck School of
Management’s (Dartmouth College) Executive Management Programs
and is a former United States Marine.

Bill Kincaid Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Bill Kincaid Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in
President at Momentum Interiors the construction industry. Skilled in Hardwood Flooring, Process
Scheduler, Negotiation, Sales, and Carpet. Strong business
Education development professional graduated from Dartmouth College -
Dartmouth College The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth


Automotive Industry

David Hernandez Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

David Hernandez, Liberty Power CEO and Co–founder participated in a panel discussion “Are Hispanics Natural Born
Entrepreneurs?” at the annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on June 16,
2006. The panel focused on the booming growth of Hispanic businesses and the entrepreneurs fueling that growth.
Hernandez, who started Liberty Power from his living room after separating from Enron in 2001, has taken the company
from four employees and less than $800,000 in revenue, to 36 employees and $102 million in revenue in 2005. He was
named Hispanic Business Magazine’s Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2005.
Additionally, Hernandez is leading a national campaign to promote the value of choice to customers of electric retail
service. Currently, only 21 states offer their citizens the right to select their electricity provider, while the remaining states
promote a monopolistic structure that prohibits customers from choosing.
About Liberty Power
Liberty Power is the only national, minority–owned retail electric provider in the United States, and is certified and
licensed by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, the New York State Public Service Commission, the Maryland Public
Service Commission, and the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission. The company is also GSA, SBA, and SBA–8A certified. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty
Power supplies electricity to over 20,000 small and medium–sized businesses in Texas, New York, Maryland and the
District of Columbia. Liberty Power also provides energy to numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as to various
governmental agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, Linens ‘n Things, New
York Life and Wal–Mart.
A privately held company, Liberty Power is also one of the fastest growing independent retail electric providers in the
country, surpassing $100 million in revenue in 2005 after just four years of operations. Liberty Power CEO David
Hernandez was named Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic Business magazine in 2005, and was recently named
Businessman of the Year for Region VI by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC. Liberty Power Corp. — encompassing Liberty Power
Maryland LLC, Liberty Power District of Columbia LLC, and LPT LLC dba LPT SP LLC — is certified and licensed by the
Public Utilities/Service Commissions of: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD (IR793), MA (CS-057) MI, NJ (ESL-0001), NY, OH, PA, RI,
TX (10118) and VA; and is licensed and certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

For background information on competition in the electricity sector, visit

Alex Lopez Negrete Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Alex is intricately involved in providing strategic counsel and
creative direction to all of the agency’s clients. His passion,
vision, determination and commitment truly are forces to be
reckoned with. His approach to Hispanic marketing has proven
to be effective, innovative, involving and, most importantly,

Alex Lopez Negrete
President and CEO
Lopez Negrete Communications

University of Houston


Advertising Industry, Hispanic

Manny Flores Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Manny Flores Founded in 1998 by Manny Flores and Alejandro Ruelas, LatinWorks is
CEO based in Austin, TX and is a cross-cultural agency that believes brands
live by their connection with culture. And today, culture is evolving
LatinWorks Marketing faster than ever before.

Culture is created through a natural tension – between diverse people,
ideas and values. We believe that brands thrive not by simply reflecting
this culture, but by affecting it. Using an approach we call Positive
Friction, we harness the tension in today’s society and inject the energy
it creates into our work, affectively getting to great ideas that begin to
change culture itself.

Recognized on a global scale as one of the most awarded multicultural
agencies, LatinWorks is a three-time Ad Age “Multicultural Agency of
the Year”, a two-time recipient of Ad Age’s “Agency A-List” award and
one of Forbes’ “Most Influential Agencies.”

The University of Texas – San Antonio


Advertising Industry, Hispanic

Gonzalo Del Fa Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Responsible of all GroupM Multicultural activity
across Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus

Gonzalo Del Fa

GroupM Multicultural

Universidad de Palermo

New York City

Advertising Industry, female,


Lisa Torres Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.
Lisa Torres
President, Multicultural

Publicis Media

Advertising Industry, Hispanic

Jerly Marquez Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Jerly Marquez
Director, Multicultural Brand Strategy at

Horizon Media
New York University

Advertising Industry

Cristina Martinez Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Cristina Martinez
VP Connections Director at MediaVest

Multicultural (MV42)

Cornell University

Advertising Industry

Ron Shahani Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Ron Shahani Mr. Shahani is President and CEO of Acro Service Corp. with
President at Acro Service Corporation headquarters in Livonia, Michigan. As a young undergraduate student
living in India, Shahani made the bold and life changing decision to
Education leave family and friends behind and pursue an MBA degree in the
University of Detroit Mercy United States. Ron received his MBA from the University of Detroit in
1977 after which he went to work for Ford Motor Company as a
Location financial analyst until 1982.
What started out as one man's opportunistic idea has now blossomed
Tags into a large and diverse corporation with over 30 offices in the United
Automotive Industry States and additional offices in England and India. Acro provides staff
augmentation, outsourcing, and consulting services in information
technology, engineering and design, and professional and office
administration services to the world's leading organizations.

Acro has received numerous awards and commendations. In addition to
serving on APACC's Board, Ron is on the board of the Michigan
Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Regional Chamber of
Commerce. He is involved in fundraising activities for Henry Ford Health
System's new Multicultural Dermatology Center as well as other civic
and charitable organizations, such as the Covenant House of Michigan
and Zoe Foundation.

Alfred Hollingsworth Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Alfred Hollingsworth Aldelano Packaging Corporation, now known as Aldelano
President/CEO Corporation, has been developed by Al into a successful contract
packaging corporation with plants that service well known
Aldelano Corporation clients.

Education Aldelano Corporation is known for exceptional service and value.
University of Colorado Boulder Aldelano has built a reputation of trust and dependability, and
has received numerous awards and accolades, including
Location NMSDC’s Corporate Plus distinction.
Ontario, California

Packaging industry, diversity

Raj Vattikuti Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Raj Vattikuti Raj B. Vattikuti, Founder of Altimetrik, is a philanthropist and serial
Co-Chairman & Founder entrepreneur who has seeded a string of successful enterprises,
including Altimetrik, Covansys, Synova, Vattikuti Ventures, Vattikuti
Covansys Corporation Technologies, and Davinta Technologies.

Education Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, USA, Altimetrik, his present
College of Engineering venture, is a rapidly growing technology enterprise with more than
2,500 associates across development centers in San Francisco and
Guindy, India New York City (USA), Bangalore and Chennai (India) and Montevideo
(Uruguay). Altimetrik is committed to driving noticeable change to
Location client businesses, leveraging a world-class workforce.
Raj is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the College of
Tags Engineering, Guindy, India. He is a post-graduate in Electrical and
Automotive industry, technology, engineering Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University, USA.

Furthermore, Raj was conferred an honorary doctorate for Business
Administration [SS1] by Bryant University, [SS2] USA. He was also
conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to
the IT industry by Dykema Gossett [SS3] at the third annual Michigan
IT Summit in 2001.

Dr. Thomas Mansah Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Dr. Thomas O. Mensah US NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORS, Fellow, NAI * World Renowned Inventor of Fiber Optics
President & CEO Technology, 7 Pioneering patents awarded in six years, a total of 12 patents critical to the spread of
Georgia Aerospace Systems Fiber optics networks in the entire USA since 1985 while expanding the global reach of the Internet
Hug Innovations Corp Technology Platform through ultra High Strength Optical Fibers for submarine cable transmission
Massachusetts Institute of applications.
The extraordinary Fiber Optics Network and Global infrastructure platform, both Terrestrial and
TAGS: science, technology, Submarine, based on his Innovations, provides enormous bandwidth neccessary for a robust and
engineering, math, faster Broadband Internet transmission of Pictures, Videos, Movies, Voice and Data Worldwide in
aerospace industry, Modern times..
• Novel applications of the Fiber Optics technology in Smart Weapons; Demonstrated Fiber
Optics Guided Missile FOG-M at AT&T Bell Laboratories at speeds approaching Mach 1.

• Recently won Major United States Air Force Contracts for Nanotechnology based weapons
Development. (US Department of Defense)

• Current Interests include Multi-Billion Dollar Infrastructure Capitalization and Development in
Emerging Countries for Electric Power Generation, Surface and Air Transportation Projects, Ports
Expansion and Security including Border Security Solutions etc.

• Lightwave Corporation Chairman: Fiber Optics infrastructure Networks Implementation for
Broadband, 4G LTE , Internet and Telemedicine applications in Developing countries.

• Global Leader in Sustainability , Green and Renewable Energy Deployment in Developing
Countries. Invited Presentations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology., June 2014

• Best Selling Author of 4 Books; International Speaker on Technology, Innovation and American
Competitiveness. See, and

• Fourth Book: Frontiers of Nanotechnology, Manufacturing Processes and Products, in Press by
Wiley-AIChE Publishing NY.(2016 Release)

Frank X. Walker 79Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Awards Frank X Walker
2004 Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award Poet
2006 Thomas D. Clark Literary Award for Excellence, Actors Theatre's Keeper of the Poet Laureate Of Kentucky
Chronicle Award University of Kentucky
2005 Recipient of a $75,000 Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry
Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship recipient TAGS: poet, arts, education,
2013-14 Kentucky Poet Laureate writer
2014 NAACP Image Award: Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

About Flight. Accents Publishing. 2015. ISBN 978-1936628360
Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers. University of Georgia Press.
2013. ISBN 978-0820345413
Isaac Murphy: I dedicate this ride
When Winter Come: the Ascension of York. University Press of Kentucky.
2008. ISBN 978-0-8131-9184-3.
Black Box. Old Cove Press. 2005. ISBN 0-9675424-1-3
Buffalo Dance: the Journey of York. University Press of Kentucky. 2003. ISBN 0-8131-
Affrilachia. Old Cove Press. 2000. ISBN 0-9675424-0-5

Reginald Humphrey 80Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

A passionate & innovative leader with an established track record of Reginald E. Humphrey
building effective relationships and high performance teams that emphasize Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
robust strategic initiatives, key performance indicators, professional General Motors
development, and continuous improvement. Based on 20 years of extensive
cross functional experiences from the ever-evolving automotive industry, I
am able to draw from a cachet of skills that yield impactful and sustainable

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity
Global Purchasing & Supply Chain (7/2012 - Present)
Supply Chain Engineering Manager- Global Logistics (7/2010 - 7/2012)
Global Commodity Manager-Shocks and Gas Struts (11/2007 - 6/2010)
Global Commodity Manager-Suspension Modules (11/2006 - 11/2007)
Global CT Leader/Senior Buyer-Exhaust Systems (9/2002 - 10/2006)
Supply Chain Supervisor- Manufacturing Supply Operations (8/2001 - 9/2002)
Capacity Planner- Manufacturing Supply Operations (3/2000 - 8/2001)
Model & Option Forecaster-Order Fulfillment (4/1998 - 3/2000)
Production Supervisor- Moraine Assembly Center (8/1995 - 4/1998

Alabama A&M University
Bachelors of Arts
Central Michigan University
Masters, Business Management

Automotive Industry, business, math

Scott Vowels 81Vision to INSPIRE.

Mission to CHANGE.

Education California Intercontinental
• 20+ years of Supplier Diversity, Diversity & Inclusion and University Doctorate, Business
Procurement experience Administration, 2009 - 2012
• Develop, implement, and share best practices in project Tennessee State University MBA,
management, risk management and change management. Business Administration, 1994 - 1996
• Manage key internal and external relationships with community Western Kentucky University Masters,
partners, Fortune 500 corporations, government and elected Economics, 1987 - 1989 Western
officials and minority business owners. Kentucky University BA,
• Develop team members and provide ongoing professional Economics/Sociology, 1986 - 1987
guidance and direction. Vanderbilt University
• Identify and resolve project issues, interdependencies, and conflicts Economics/Sociology, 1983 - 1986
to ensure positive outcomes. Tuck
• Manage procurement/sourcing processes for manufacturing
environments. WORK EXPERIENCE
• Non-Profit and Manufacturing experience with developing
budgets, forecasting and inventory management. MANAGER, SUPPLIER DIVERSITY at Apple August
• Provided reports to NCMSDC Board of Directors and US Dept of 2013 - Present
Commerce, MBDA for MBOC grant.
• Former World Ranked Professional Tennis Player. Managing Partner at The Institute for Thought
• MBA with Finance concentration; MA in Economics Diversity (ITD) May 2012 - Present
• Doctorate in Business Administration The Institute for Thought Diversity (ITD) is a full-
• Top 100 Most Influential in Supplier Diversity by MBNUSA fledged think tank, which now includes a Linkedin
Magazine, 2006, 2010. group, a publishing arm, a workshop series, IMPACT
advisory services, and the most viewed video in
Meet me at history about the future of supplier diversity.

Supplier Diversity
Supplier diversity, procurement, thought leadership, Apple, speaker, Diversity & Inclusion
diversity, economics, supply chain, technology Project Management
Change Management
Supply Chain Management
Economic Impact Analysis

Pamela El Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Pam El
Chief Marketing Officer
National Basketball Association

Brookings Institute
New York, New York

As EVP, CMO, Pam is responsible for the NBA's global marketing operation, directing brand development,
overall marketing, and advertising for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League.

Prior to the NBA, Pam served as Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing, for Nationwide Insurance where
she was responsible for driving financial services marketing strategies and break through executions. She
has over 30 years of related marketing and communications experience including 15 years with world class
advertising agencies.

Prior to Nationwide, Pam led the State Farm marketing organization for over a decade where she was
responsible for marketing and sales strategy, brand management, and all media and sponsorships.

Pam holds a degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was named by
Advertising Age as one of the Top Most Influential Marketers in 2012 and Top 50 Marketing Executives in
2010. Pam and her husband, Bill, are currently relocating from Columbus, Ohio to New York City

Kevin Stark Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Picture not The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived along the shores of the Puget Sound
available yet in Washington State for thousands of years.

The people of the Puyallup Tribe have been know for "generous and
welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands.“

Living off the waters of the Puyallup River fed by Mount Rainier, the Puyallup
People fished, hunted, and traveled by these waters. Using the Western red
cedar to make many things like homes, utensils, and canoes.

Kevin Stark
Director of Grants at Puyallup Tribe

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

University of Sydney

Tags: grants, business
development, Native American

Sylvestor Hester Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Sylvester Hester GAA is the marketing entity for five manufacturing and logistics companies with eleven
President & CEO U.S. operations. GAA companies are: ARD Logistics, Global SQ, Grupo Antolin Wayne,
Global Automotive Alliance Key Logistics and Vitec.

Education: Global Automotive Alliance began in 1999 as an automotive supplier and today has the
Central Michigan University reputation for providing quality manufacturing and exceptional logistics management to
aerospace, automotive, food & beverage, government and retail clients.
Tags: Automotive industry,
manufacturing, logistics GAA is one of the country’s largest African American-owned businesses with 1,600
national and international employees. GAA is a global provider of contract logistics,
procurement, quality containment, warehousing, freight forwarding and contract
assembly services.

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Clarence Robie Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Clarence Robie B&S Electric Supply Co., a Georgia corporation, was founded on January
B&S Electric Supply Co 31, 1977. John Blessinger and Steve Summers founded and controlled the
company until Clarence W. Robie acquired his initial interest in the company
in 1980. Mr. Robie is now the president and sole stockholder of the company.

We offer a complete line of high quality products and value-added services
to our customers. This broad line of products helps us to find the right
product quickly and cost effectively for our valued customers. For product
accessibility we offer electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities, which
include requisition response, purchase order, purchase order release, order
acknowledgement, and invoicing.

As a minority distributor, B & S has been an intricate part of several major

Eric G. Johnson Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Eric G. Johnson Eric G. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Baldwin Richardson Foods
President and CEO Company, one of the largest African-American-owned businesses in the food industry.
Baldwin Richardson Foods Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois with manufacturing facilities located outside of
Rochester, New York., Baldwin Richardson Foods is a leading manufacturer of custom
Education ingredients for the food and beverage.
Babson College
Serving the industrial, food service, retail and private label market segments, the company
Location combines its formulation expertise, unique packaging options and flexibility in custom
Chicago product development with state-of-the-art processing capabilities to meet the needs of its
customers within consumer packaged goods and quick service restaurants channels.
Tags: food industry,
leadership, corporate A second generation entrepreneur, in 1992 he purchased Baldwin Ice Cream Co., a small ice
citizenship cream company with a fine history, established in Chicago in 1921. Mr. Johnson expanded
the distribution and sales of the company and in 1997 completed the acquisition of
Richardson Foods from the Quaker Oats Company to form Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.

Mr. Johnson serves as a member of the board of directors for Supervalu and Lincoln
National Corporation where he is the chairman of its Finance Committee. He also sits on the
board of trustees for Babson College and serves on the Board of the Urban League of

Under Mr. Johnson's leadership, Baldwin Richardson Foods has a strong commitment to
supporting the community in Chicago, Rochester, and elsewhere. The company has won the
“Loving Hands” award from Ronald McDonald House Charities in Rochester in 2008 and the
Crystal Heart Award in 2011. In 2010 the company built a primary school in Haiti in response
to the 5000 schools destroyed in the earthquake. Good corporate citizenship is a core value
of the company.

Tillie Hidalgo Lima Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Tillie Hidalgo Lima Tillie leads Best Upon Request, an on-site concierge service serving
President & CEO organizations nationwide. Best Upon Request gives employees the freedom
Best Upon Request to focus on what's important to them by taking care of their to-do lists and
alleviating distractions. In healthcare, the services give patients the
Education freedom to focus on healing by addressing their non-clinical needs.
University of Cincinnati
Born in Cuba, Tillie and her parents escaped to find freedom in the United
Location States. Coming with only 10 pesos, her parents, Matilde and Alberto
Cincinnati Hidalgo, taught her resourcefulness and determination.

Tags: Automotive industry, After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Tillie was a pharmacist
manufacturing, logistics for 13 years before coming to Best Upon Request as vice president of
operations. She became president/CEO in 2003. Since then, the company
has grown more than 600 percent in revenue.

She frequently speaks at events and has published dozens of industry
articles. Her personal values are the Seven F's: faith, family, friends, fitness,
financial strength, freedom and fun.

Tillie and her husband Dave reside in Loveland and have three daughters,
Jessi, Natalie and Sofia, two sons-in-law, Josh and Mike and five
grandchildren, Grace, Samuel, Francesca, Teddy and Lucas.

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.
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

Gregg Ontiveros Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Gregg Ontiveros Turning Group O from a startup business into the $710 million diversified services
CEO at Group O firm it is today is due in large part to Gregg Ontiveros’ entrepreneurial spirit and can-
do philosophy. As principal owner and CEO of Group O, he has provided the vision
Education necessary to attract marquee clients who represent a veritable who’s who of
Colorado State University America’s most respected brands, including AT&T, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Best Buy,
Caterpillar, John Deere, Staples and Michelin. By creating innovative marketing,
Location packaging and supply chain solutions, Ontiveros and Group O have helped these and
Davenport, Iowa Area many other Fortune 500 companies turn their most complex business challenges into
centers of profitability and efficiency.
Hispanic, Entrepreneur Throughout his career, Ontiveros has mentored Hispanic and other minority and non-
minority business owners and entrepreneurs. He has been candid about his lessons
learned and supportive in offering advice, referring individuals to other key contacts,
collaborating to determine business opportunities with Group O, or matchmaking
them with other businesses. He was able to share his knowledge on a more global
level, when he had the honor of being selected to speak at a recent President’s
Hispanic CEO Roundtable discussion at the White House.

In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the Hispanic business
community, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Ontiveros as
its 2012 HBE Hispanic Businessman of the Year. He also earned a place on the 2013
50 Influentials list, published by Hispanic Business.

Robert Ontiveros Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Robert Ontiveros Robert Ontiveros is the Chairman of Group O, a company he founded in 1974. As
Chairman & Founder Chairman, Ontiveros oversees the entire Group O family of companies, which is
composed of marketing, packaging and supply chain divisions. Ontiveros has grown
Location Group O to more than 1,500 employees across 40 national locations, making it one of
Illinois the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.

Tags Bob’s leadership is evident by his numerous honors, including:
Hispanic, Entrepreneur
Order of Lincoln — the state of Illinois’ highest honor, recognizing his professional and
community achievements
Outstanding Community Leadership — State of Illinois Comptroller
U.S. Department of Commerce — Legacy Award
Minority Business Hall of Fame — Inductee
Lifetime Achievement Award — National Minority Supplier Development Council
Lifetime Achievement Award — Chicago Minority Business Development Council
Lifetime Achievement Award — Negocios Now
Honorary Doctorate — Augustana College

Tera Vazquez Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Tera Vazquez Hispanic Female Becomes CEO of $200 Million
President &CEO Business Supply Company

President & Chief Executive Officer
Location Tera Vazquez is a co-founder of Guy Brown and now serves as the company's President
Nashville and CEO. She attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she received her
Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She then pursued her Master of Business Administration
Tags from American University in Washington, D.C. Tera began her career as a brand manager
Hispanic, Female, at Pelikan, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee, an affiliate of Pelikan AG in Hanover, Germany. In
1994, she joined NuKote International in Dallas, Texas as the Director of Product
Entrepreneur Marketing and was later promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Latin America.
Tera was elected as the Chairperson of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee
(MBEIC) for the TSMSDC in December 2012 and also serves on the executive board of
Elected to the Presidency of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce in
November 2008, Tera assumed office in January 2009 and held the position until January
2012. She is the first female to hold this position.

Tim Harris Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Tim Harris Established in 1994 by Tim Harris (pictured), Joe Ford and Chris LaMothe, Harris &
CEO Ford, LLC is a major distributor of chemicals, ingredients and related products and
services to food, personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, water treatment and
Harris & Ford industrial customers. The company's consistent growth and success is testimony
to the experience and commitment of its founders. With more than 55 years of
Tags combined experience in chemicals, Harris & Ford is well respected for the vision,
Chemical Distribution integrity and proficiency it brings to the distribution business. We believe in
adding measurable value, providing result-oriented solutions and exceeding
Industry customer expectations. Harris & Ford is a company founded upon and focused on
Food Industry providing our customers the highest standard of service in our industry.

Industrial Location, Location, Location
Automotive Harris & Ford is geographically well-positioned to deliver your product mix at
Entrepreneur significant cost savings. We are located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Crossroads of
America, which is ideal for warehousing and shipping
nationwide. Six major highways converge in Indianapolis. The city also offers
heavy concentrations of rail with readily available container and intermodal rail car
services, plus an international airport with customized commercial and industrial
cargo handling services. The proximity of suppliers and manufacturers, combined
with the balance of transportation systems, reduces inventory and transportation

George P. Barnes Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Heritage Vision Plans began in 1991 as a second line of business within Heritage
Optical, a full service retail optical dispensary, founded by George P. Barnes, Jr.

As the vision benefits plan business began to expand, a decision was made to
spin-off the vision benefits plan business as a separate entity, which was officially
launched in 2006.

Today, the retail business, Heritage Optical, continues to operate three retail
centers, and Heritage Vision Plans is a benefits underwriting and management
company with a national network of providers that covers all 50 States.

George P. Barnes, Jr.

Blackstone Consulting

Vision Industry

Thai Lee Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Thai Lee has been the CEO and President of SHI International Corp. since 1989. Under her

leadership, SHI transformed from a $1 million reseller into a $7.5 billion global provider of

information technology products and solutions with 25 offices around the world.

SHI's growth has been achieved completely organically. Dynamic, scalable, innovative

solutions delivered with world-class customer support have made SHI the complete IT

solution provider it is today.

According to Businessweek, SHI is one of the top ten privately held companies in the

Information Technology field in the United States.

•Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Economics, Amherst College
•MBA, Harvard Business School

In Addition:
•Life Trustee, Amherst College
•Former President, Amherst College Alumni Society
•Harvard University, Dean of Advisory Board
•Distinguished Alumni Award, Harvard Business School

Andra M. Rush Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Rush Trucking is the largest woman and Native American-owned freight transport company in North America,
and was founded by Andra M. Rush, a Mohawk Native American, in 1984. Headquartered in Wayne, Michigan,
Rush is an industry leader in providing world-class transportation services to the automotive and
manufacturing industries.
Our 12 nationwide locations can handle your transportation needs, from over-the-road, local, and expedite
freight services to full-service supply chain management.
Our transportation services include dedicated over-the-road and local lanes. Rush has a strong network with
over 500 tractors, 1,000 trailers, 500 company drivers, and 170 owner operators.
If you have critical freight needs, we have an expedited service that will handle your shipment on time, every
Our Supply Chain Management services include shipment planning, load execution, material order, and
event and financial management.
Rush Trucking believes “Safety First is Safety Always” in everything we do.

Carmen Castillo Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

President and CEO

SDI provides its clients with fully scalable global indirect procurement solutions
(tail-end) centered on Procure-to-Pay and Source-to-Pay. These programs are
designed to manage large numbers of small suppliers handling non-critical/non-
catalogue transactions that are often untracked, resulting in inefficiencies in
process times, compliance and costs. Our service portfolio also includes
payrolling, independent contractor compliance programs and other indirect
procurement deliverables.

As part of my responsibilities as President/CEO, I am hands-on with the overall
coordination of company operations, global advertising, business development
and marketing programs, along with proposal strategies and preparation. I
evaluate new markets for SDI’s service offerings and monitor compliance with
contract administration and corporate agreements. I am also in charge of SDI’s
branding and corporate identity, acting as the face of the company in industry
events, corporate networking and in speaking opportunities throughout the

From the advocacy perspective, I act as a Board Member of the United States
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and lead their Audit and International
Committees. I am also Vice Chair of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial
Challenge (IWEC), and collaborate with the boards of many other Minority- and
Woman-owned business organizations. I am very active in community affairs,
direct mentorship programs and business development organizations that further
the entrepreneurial efforts of minorities and women worldwide.

Ron Alvarado Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

CAO/ Partner
With more than 20 years of experience within the facilities
and real estate service industry, Ron Alvarado has been
instrumental in establishing SBM's reputation as a
premiere minority-owned business and actively supports
the company's diversity initiatives. He became partner in
1993 and supported the organization as it embarked on
national expansion initiatives. An innovative thinker, Ron
focuses on collaboration with his two partners to help
provide the Senior Leadership Team with strategic
oversight and planning. Ron enjoys time traveling with his
family, including cozy weekends at the North Central
California Coast.

SBM is a soft service provider focused on
developing empowered associates,

standardized processes, management
systems, and reporting tools that make

your life easier.

George P. Barnes Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Heritage Vision Plans began in 1991 as a second line of business within Heritage
Optical, a full service retail optical dispensary, founded by George P. Barnes, Jr.

As the vision benefits plan business began to expand, a decision was made to
spin-off the vision benefits plan business as a separate entity, which was officially
launched in 2006.

Today, the retail business, Heritage Optical, continues to operate three retail
centers, and Heritage Vision Plans is a benefits underwriting and management
company with a national network of providers that covers all 50 States.

George P. Barnes, Jr.

Blackstone Consulting

Vision Industry

Steve Hightower Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Steve Hightower One the the premier wholesale distribrutors in the petroleum industry. Hightowers
President Petroleum Co, continues to out perform the industry with technology , iSO quality
standard, a national distribution supply chain to include Mexico and Canada. And most
Hightowers HP Energy importantly satisfied blue chip fortune 100 customers throughout the USA.

Education: Increased focus on upstream and mid stream expansion in the US Africa and the Middle
Wright State University East. Currently with offices in Nigeria and S Africa.

Location Steve serves on two boards appointed by the President Obama, " The National Petroleum
Middletown, Ohio Council, through the Department of Energy, and the National Parks Foundation Board,
through the Department of interior, in addition to State of Ohio Governor appointment,
and board member and membership chair for SIGMA, Society of Independent Gasoline
Marketeers Association. And a host of boards and commissions and organizations
throughout the country.

Gene C. Waddy Vision to INSPIRE.
Mission to CHANGE.

Gene C. Waddy Gene C. Waddy is a visionary entrepreneur and owner of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s
CEO largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm. In many ways, DIVERSANT is
a reflection of Gene’s professional expertise, personal drive, and his commitment to helping
DIVERSANT others. The company has enjoyed dramatic growth, even during the economic downturn,
and has developed a reputation for excellence among numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Education: The son of two Harlemites, Gene was raised in New Jersey. Gene attended Fairleigh
Fairleigh Dickinson University Dickinson University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A “Jersey Guy” at
heart, Gene chose to stay in his home state where he now resides with his wife and
Location children.
New York Prior to founding DIVERSANT, Gene was the National Practice Director for Infrastructure
Services at Spherion Technology where he managed the provision of IT staffing and
solutions for large clients nationwide. With an extensive background in the staffing and
technology services industry, Gene now combines his business acumen with his desire to
help others by developing transformative programs that promote diversity in the workforce
and supply chain.
In his local community, Gene coaches minority youth about how they can get involved with
technology and use it to advance their careers and lives. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the
country’s first African-American fraternity, Gene is very active in many of their community
service programs. Gene believes that each person should set his or her own destiny, and
does what he can to help them on their path. “No one can stop you from reaching the
stars,” he says. “It’s up to you. How badly do you want it?”

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