ATR International Awarded 2014 Supplier of the Year

By Jeff Monaghan, Director of Marketing |   Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

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.

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The Must-Have NMSDC Conference Guide for Corporate Professionals

By Jeff Monaghan, Director of Marketing |   Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 08:19 AM

“To succeed in today’s business environment, we must all be committed to supporting and fostering the benefits of a diverse supply chain. As a long-time certified MBE, we make every effort to find and utilize fellow MBE vendors to meet all of our business needs. In addition, ATR International is committed to building relationships within the supplier diversity community in an effort to learn from others and to share what we know.”

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Advice For MBEs Attending The 2014 NMSDC Conference

By ATR International |   Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

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.

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MBE Suppliers: It's More Than Providing A Great Service Or Product

By ATR International |   Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

As I’ve discussed before, MBEs trying to become preferred suppliers for large corporations need to be aware of the many qualifications that these companies consider when choosing who to do business with. To a certain degree, being able to provide the product or services that they are looking for is the easy part, certainly it’s only the first step. Companies have other criteria that they consider important like financial stability, ethical behavior, environmental impact, fair hiring practices, and a host of other things that could negatively impact them if their suppliers were not up to their standards.

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Corporate Spotlight: L. Jay Burks PhD., Supplier Diversity Manager at Comcast

By ATR International |   Tue, Jul 08, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

This week we turn our Corporate Spotlight on L. Jay Burks, PhD. I met Jay over a year or so ago. He’s been a great resource for me, and I think you’ll all benefit from learning more about Jay and his work. Jay is currently the Manager of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast Corporation, with numerous responsibilities including, of course, increasing procurement opportunities for diverse businesses. 

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Industry Experts Reveal The Keys To Success For MBEs

By ATR International |   Mon, Jun 23, 2014 @ 09:09 AM

The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council’s (WRMSDC) Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) held a General Assembly hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on June 6, 2014. The event, “Think like a Corporate Buyer,” included a panel of Corporate Supplier Diversity Professionals from major corporations as well as breakout sessions, and was attended by dozens of area MBEs.  The panel consisted of:

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Corporate Spotlight: Brian Tippens, Chief Diversity Officer

By ATR International |   Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Congratulations to Brian Tippens, on his new role at HP as Chief Diversity Officer!  Brian has been with HP for over 14 years, most recently as the Global Real Estate (GRE) Director of Energy, Sustainability and Integrated Facilities Management and before that as a member of the Global Procurement Executive Leadership Team, where he built a Supplier Diversity and Small Business program that ensures a globally inclusive supply chain, and helped design and implement HP’s Strategic Supplier Development program which focuses on delivering new value from top suppliers through innovation and collaboration.  HP has made a great choice! 

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The Unexpected Impact Of Networking As An MBE

By ATR International |   Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 08:14 AM

Networking, we are reminded of its importance but what does it really mean? Traditionally, networking meant meeting someone in person and exchanging business cards but in today’s business world, it takes on broader meanings and encompasses much more. It’s about more than just getting leads; you can also learn and grow as a professional through your network. It’s about developing a relationship and sharing useful information, advice or assistance, and oftentimes business opportunities grow out of that. Networking isn’t something that you only do in person at events either. These days, online networks are just as important. Whether you share your own knowledge with others or learn from someone else’s experiences, networking this way leads to good things.

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ATR International Wins Multiple Diversity Supplier Awards

By ATR International |   Thu, May 08, 2014 @ 08:36 AM

When my wife Maria and I started ATR International 25 years ago, we had no idea of the crazy, wonderful journey we were embarking on. I think few entrepreneurs really do, and I often joke that if they did, they might not actually start a business at all! Most of the time your focus as an owner is on the business – making sure that clients are satisfied, employees are happy, keeping the day to day operations running while also planning strategically for the future and continued growth. It is hard work but we’ve never minded that. You plan well, work hard and hope for the best. One way you know your business is doing well is if you are making money – that’s obvious, but other times you receive external validation for your efforts.

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Should MBE Suppliers Only Attend Diversity Events?

By ATR International |   Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 08:43 AM


A few weeks ago I was on a conference call planning for an upcoming panel at a diversity event that we were all a part of. On the call were people from the corporate diversity office of a large global company, their procurement department, and several other MBEs, such as ourselves. One of the procurement people made a comment that I thought was really interesting. He said that he doesn’t attend diversity events very often, and being on a panel like this one was a rarity for him. If a diverse supplier wants to meet and impress him, it won’t usually be able to be done at a diversity event. He stressed that MBE companies also need to attend events in their own industry, which is something he was much more likely to attend.

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