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The Ohio MSDC honors businesses, individuals at the Annual Awards Gala

COLUMBUS - December 6, 2017 - - Recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the its most notable MBEs and Corporate Members, the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) hosted the 2017 Annual Awards Gala & AfterGlow on November 17th at the JACK Cincinnati Casino. The Gala is Ohio MSDC's signature event, highlighting the growth and success of minority business enterprises and the commitment to supplier diversity by the corporate members in the region. 


"I am honored to be here with you tonight celebrating your achievements over the last year. 2017 was a special year for the Council," Master of Ceremonies Karim R. Ellis told the crowd. “The National Minority Supplier Development Council celebrated its 45th anniversary. 2017 also happens to be OMSDC’s 45th anniversary as well.”

Leading the event were the Awards Gala's Corporate and MBE Chairs. Corporate Chair Elly Bradford is the Senior Manager, Purchasing-Procurement at Honda North America, Inc. MBE Chair Carl Satterwhite is President & CEO of Cincinnati-based RCF Group. Both Bradford and Satterwhite serve on the Board of Directors for Ohio MSDC - Bradford is the Board Chair and Satterwhite is the Cincinnati Vice Chair of the Ohio MBE Input Committee.

“2017 has been a challenging and successful year for Ohio’s supplier diversity community and I am very proud of everything we have been able to accomplish together,” Bradford told the crowd. “It is through our commitment, intentional activity and team work that makes a difference. There is no better group of constituents than right here in this room - you all make it happen.”

Jacqueline D. Neal, President & CEO of the Ohio MSDC, gave welcoming remarks.

“Tonight we have gathered to recognize our Corporate Members, Certified Minority Business Enterprises, colleagues and friends for outstanding achievement and success during this past year. We are here to celebrate your work and efforts toward advancing supplier diversity initiatives in Ohio and throughout the nation.”

Neal also shared highlights of OMSDC’s work during 2017, including completion of the Economic Impact Study to be released at the beginning of 2018 and the Council’s partnership with The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business to develop a unique training and development program for MBEs focused on operational excellence.

Dan Dunn, Vice Chair of the Ohio MSDC Board of Directors and Regional Vice President & Supplier Diversity Director for Taylor Communications, presented the MBE Awards nominees and winners. Christopher Che, Ohio MSDC MBEIC Chair and President & CEO of the Che International Group, joined Carl Satterwhite to announce and present the Corporate Awards for 2017.

Ohio MSDC Corporate Relations Director Steven A. Miller presented the Leadership Award to Curtis Clark, Partner at The Pension & Retirement Group LLC for his continuous support of the Ohio MSDC and the mission of supplier diversity.

The entire OMSDC Board of Directors then took the stage for a special presentation celebrating the career and impact of Cathy Mock on Ohio’s Supplier Diversity community. Mock, currently the Director of Supplier Diversity at Cardinal Health, has also been a certified MBE earlier in her career and led the then-named South Central Ohio Minority Business Council, a predecessor to the current Ohio MSDC. Mock’s unique experience with all aspects of Supplier Diversity contributed to her success. The Ohio MSDC was excited to close the Awards Program by naming the Cathy Mock Lifetime Achievement Award in her honor.

Following the awards, guests continued to network and celebrate the evening at the Awards Gala AfterGlow.



Advocate of the Year – Dan Dunn – Taylor Communications

Buyer of the Year – Jinjing Zhao - The Kroger Co.

Class I Corporation of the Year – Premier Health

Class II Corporation of the Year – Macy’s Inc.

Class III Corporation of the Year – Honda North America, Inc.

Class IV Corporation of the Year - Procter & Gamble



Class II Supplier of the Year – TIE: E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co.

                                                        KLN Logistics Corporation

Legacy Business of the Year – Diversified Systems, Inc.

Thank you to all of the sponsors and supporters who made the Gala a success. Additionally, a special thank you is extended to all volunteers, without whom this event would not have been possible.

Title Sponsors - Honda North America, Inc., RCF Group

Dinner Sponsors - Cintas, The Kroger Co., Procter & Gamble, TriVersity Construction

Reception Sponsor – Cardinal Health, Huntington National Bank

Silent Auction Sponsor - Toyota

Afterglow Sponsor - Eaton Corporation

Wine Sponsor - US Bank, Modular Assembly Innovations

Corporate Decorations Sponsors – American Red Cross, Ascendum, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Cleveland Clinic, Danis Building Construction, Lbrands, Messer Construction Company, Premier Health, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

MBE Decorations Sponsors – ATS Training & Consulting, ConnXus, Journey Steel, MES Inc., TechSoft Systems Inc., UNICON International Inc.

Red Carpet Sponsor – Warhol & Wall St. 



The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (Ohio MSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing a direct link between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and its Corporate Members. Founded in 1972, the Ohio MSDC certifies minority businesses, provides MBEs with access to procurement opportunities, and assists Corporations in the development and maintenance of effective corporate supplier diversity programs. Over the past four decades, Ohio MSDC has been a bridge between corporate America and minority owned businesses. Every year, Ohio MSDC's Corporate Members spend over $7 billion with MBEs certified by the Council. For more information about Ohio MSDC, please visit


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