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The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Top Corporations and Minority Businesses with 2011 Partnership Awards

AT&T Named “National Corporation of the Year” and New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Named “Regional Corporation of the Year.” “Advocate of the Year” Presented to Claire P. Scanlon, BNY Mellon and “Lifetime Achievement” Awarded to Joy Crichlow, Con Edison.

New York, NY, December 14, 2011 --( The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) Partnership Awards Gala honored top minority entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies and public agencies for their successes in creating outstanding business collaborations during 2011 on November 17 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The “National Corporation of the Year Award” was presented to AT&T. New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) received the “Regional Corporation of the Year Award.” Claire P. Scanlon, vice president, global sourcing and manger supplier development, BNY Mellon, received the “Advocate of the Year Award.”

“This is a major accomplishment for the MTA," said Michael Garner, MTA chief diversity officer. "In a very short period of time, we have transitioned the MTA into a leading driver of innovative and effective change that is expanding our pool of contractors and providing new opportunities to minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged small business enterprises. Our efforts are aligned with Governor Cuomo's directive to increase contract awards to New York State certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, from 10% to 20%. These efforts are also supported by the MTA's Board and executive management with a focus on competitive pricing, job creation and economic development within our 14 county region.”

Notable African American, Hispanic American and Asian American-owned businesses certified by The Council received “Supplier of the Year Awards.” Class I: Barbara Stubbs, president and CEO, Business Promotion Ideas, a promotions products marketing company; Class II: Elisabete Miranda, president and CEO, Translation Plus, a language translation firm; and Class III: Yoindra “Ryan” Ramnarayan, president, Deluxe Delivery Systems, a leading New York City courier company.

“These corporate members and minority entrepreneurs showcase the opportunities for business growth even in this economy,” said Lynda Ireland, president & CEO, The Council.

The “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to Joy Crichlow, director, supplier diversity program, Con Edison of New York and chairperson emeritus of The Council. At the gala, Crichlow announced her retirement from Con Edison after a career in supplier diversity that spanned over 20 years.

“What has evolved since I started in this business? Procurement agencies that now see the value of diverse small businesses and now contribute more freely to these businesses. I’ve witnessed prime contractors giving greater opportunities to small businesses. I’ve also witnessed greater preparation by our vendors to meet the challenges of the professional business landscape,” said Crichlow. “Most importantly, I’ve watched Con Edison’s annual commitment to small businesses grow over the years from thousands of dollars to more than $300 million.”

Although Crichlow is leaving Con Edison, she will continue to serve as chairperson emeritus of The Council. “ Prior to joining Con Edison, Joy Crichlow was an educator with a bachelors and masters degree from New York University,” said Lynda Ireland, president and CEO, The Council. “In corporate America, Joy taught minority business owners how quality products and services sustain a company. She instructed Con Edison and other corporations on how to develop successful supplier diversity programs. Joy was responsible for educating corporate America on the value of supplier diversity.”

The glamorous evening was hosted by Power 105 radio personality Cherry Martinez. Hilton O. Smith, senior vice president, Turner Construction/Council chairman, was recognized for his role in building the historic Martin Luther King National Memorial. The gala program featured corporate co-chair John Thompson, vice president of strategic programs, Novation and MBE co-chair Leo Russell, founder and CEO, Pride Technologies. Russell presented two New York City High School of Art and Design students with monetary awards for winning a diversity tee shirt design completion. Partnership Award sponsors included: Prudential Financial, Con Edison, PepsiCo, BNY Mellon and Microsoft.

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council has over 200 corporate members, including Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and educational institutions. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 New York and New Jersey minority-owned businesses with annual revenues from $100,000 to $3 billion that are certified by The Council. For more information contact The Council at 212-502-5663.

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