2016 National MED Week Award Winners

The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.

Minority Construction Firm of the Year
Hal Hays
Founder and Owner
Hal Hays Construction, Inc.
Riverside, CA

Minority Export Firm of the Year
Vanessa J. Garcia
General Manager
Royal Shipping Lines
Houston, TX

Minority Manufacturing Firm of the Year
Adam Walker
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Summit Container Corporation
Alpharetta, GA
       
Minority Energy Firm of the Year
Dawn Lindsey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Next Gen Fuel
Middletown, OH

Minority Technology Firm of the Year
Bruce Geier
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Technology Integration Group
San Diego, CA

Minority Health Products and Services Firm of the Year
Abrar Solatch
President and Chief Executive Officer
Trinity Sterile,Inc.
Salisbury, MD
 
Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year
Lili Hall
President and Chief Executive Officer
KNOCK, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN
    
Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year
Roy Roberts
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Alliance of Professionals and Consultants, Inc (APC)
Raleigh, NC
    
Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year
Angela O’Byrne
President
Perez, APC
New Orleans, LA

MBDA Minority Business Enterprise of the Year
Donna Fujimoto Cole
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cole Chemical, Inc
Houston, TX
    
Access to Capital Award
Ross Alan Hill
Chief Executive Officer/President
Bank 2
Oklahoma City, OK

Advocate of the Year Award
Ron Busby
Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Black Chambers, Inc
Washington, DC

Advocate of the Year Award
Frank Lemos
President
National Minority Business Advisory Council
Woodinville, WA
    
Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award
Burt Jordan
Vice President, Global Vehicle and
Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI
    
Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement
Shelley Stewart
Vice President
Sourcing & Logistics and Chief Procurement Officer
DuPont
Wilmington, DE

Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award
Carla Harris
Vice Chairman of Wealth
Management and Senior Client
Advisor, Managing Director
Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

MBDA National Director’s Special Recognition Award
Paul Zielinksi
FLC National Chair
and Director of the
Technology Partnerships Office (TPO)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD
    
MBDA National Director’s Special Recognition Award
Patricia Loui
Chairman and Founder
OmniTrak Group
Honolulu, Hawaii
    
National Director’s Special Recognition Award
Michelle Ebanks
President
ESSENCE Communications, Inc.
New York, NY