I attended the 2014 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair last month and wanted to share a particular experience I had with all of you. It caught me a little by surprise at how important it turned out to be, and how simple it could have been to miss the chance to turn a negative into a real positive.
ATR International was awarded the "2014 Class IV Regional Supplier of the Year” award at the annual conference and business opportunity fair hosted by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in Orlando, FL on November 5th. This four day event attracts more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations.
The annual Supplier of the Year awards presented by the NMSDC is the most prestigious supplier diversity event in the US. This was ATR’s first year in contention, having been nominated by Wells Fargo. This annual award recognizes ATR’s outstanding efforts and accomplishments as a certified Minority Business Enterprise. According to the panel of judges, ATR’s submission, which included growth rates, client letters of recommendation, charity efforts, a volunteer time off program for employees, and concerted efforts to support the supplier diversity community, was scored the highest in the western region.
“ATR is proud to be recognized by a leading organization like the NMSDC,” said President and CEO Jerry Brenholz. “Our goal as a certified MBE is to provide staffing services for our clients with an unmatched level of service and quality. We do this while also supporting the communities around us through our supplier diversity initiatives and our volunteer time off (VTO) program.”
About ATR International, Inc.
ATR International is a leader in IT and enterprise-wide staffing services. The company recruits, screens, and places thousands of IT and other employment categories of critical talent for technology-based organizations across the country.
I have been attending the NMSDC Annual Opportunity Fair in Orlando, FL this week, along with some of my ATR team members. As always, the conference was wonderful! – a great chance to meet with other MBE organizations and connect with supplier diversity program managers from Fortune 500 and other global multinational companies. There were interesting keynote speakers and great workshops too. If you haven’t been to one before, start planning for next year!
Last night the conference closed with an Awards Banquet, where the NMSDC announced their national Supplier of the Year Awards, recognizing companies for their work in and commitment to the diversity business community. After winning our regional Supplier of the Year award last spring, we were thrilled to be nominated as one of the four in the running for the Class IV national award, representing the entire Western Region. We want to congratulate World Wide Technology, Inc., the winner in the Class IV category!
The time is approaching for the NMSDC to host its Annual Conference and Business Opportunity Fair. This year, it will be taking place in beautiful Orlando, FL, the Theme Park Capital of the World, November 2nd-5th. Looks like many of the tourists traveling around this time will include corporate supplier diversity leaders and procurement professionals from numerous multinational corporations seeking top minority owned companies that are looking to do business with them.
On November 2-5 in Orlando, FL, the NMSDC will be holding its 2014 Conference and Business Opportunity Fair. The conference attracts corporate leaders, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from top multinational companies, as well as leading MBE owners and international organizations. There are great workshops and keynote speeches as well as the opportunity to network and meet people.
No one has a crystal ball that can predict the future but it’s certainly human nature to try! The end of one year and the beginning of the next prompts a flurry of such reflection. Fortunately, since we don’t have a crystal ball, most prognosticators rely on information – data, surveys, study results, economic facts and figures, etc. – to make educated guesses. Often enough, the predictions are correct and it behooves us to pay attention; why?