Ohio Businessman and Philanthropist Appointed to Prestigious Board Focused on the Advancement of Minority Business Opportunities

Energy Entrepreneur Stephen L. Hightower Has Been Appointed to the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Los Angeles, CA, December 15, 2017 --(PR.com)-- With over 1,750 corporate members, the highly respected NMSDC is considered one of the most successful and decorated corporate membership organizations in the United States. The NMSDC is committed to helping minority owned businesses (small or large) solve their growing need for supplier diversity.

To achieve supplier diversity, NMSDC matches more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to its vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC corporate membership includes many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.

On November 2, 2017 Stephen Hightower, the African American leader of a $350M business enterprise consisting of five national and international businesses, was appointed to the esteemed NMSDC Board of Directors. Other NMSDC Board of Directors include executives from Kroger, FedEx, Southwest, GM and Pepsi, all of which are clients of Stephen.

"The recent appointment to NMSDC truly is an honor. Much of my career has been dedicated to the progression and advancement of minority causes, particularly within the workplace, creating diverse economic opportunity and prosperity for our brothers and sisters.”
-Stephen Hightower

Stephen serves as President and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC). HPC is an energy solutions enterprise that today is recognized throughout North America for its customer service, integrity, creative fuel distribution model and expert handling of complex upstream and downstream issues. HPC continues to outperform the industry with technology, ISO quality standard, and a national distribution supply chain that satisfies blue chip “Fortune 100” customers throughout the USA, including FedEx and GM. To date, his wholesale diesel and gasoline company has 85 employees and sells 140 million gallons of oil per year. It did $350 million in sales in 2015 and hopes to hit half a billion in 2017.

Stephen serves on two boards, directly appointed by President Obama, "The National Petroleum Council (through the Department of Energy) and the National Parks Foundation Board (through the Department of interior); in addition, a State of Ohio Governor appointment, board member, and membership chair for the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association (SIGMA). Stephen also serves to a host of boards, commissions, and organizations throughout the country; for a full listing please reference www.StephenHightower.com.
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