Pacific southwest council celebrates minority-owned businesses

From left, Ying McGuire, Technology Integration Group; JoAnne Arvizu, Raytheon Missile Systems; Naidu Vos, AZCR Staffing; Jim and Mary Thomas, About Blind Cleaning; Greg Scott and Millie Gonzalez-Scott, Scott Business Group; Clarence McAllister, Fortis Networks, Inc.; Garry Walters, Southwest Gas Corporation; Edward Weil Reyes, Thermo Fisher Scientific

From left, Ying McGuire, Technology Integration Group; JoAnne Arvizu, Raytheon Missile Systems; Naidu Vos, AZCR Staffing; Jim and Mary Thomas, About Blind Cleaning; Greg Scott and Millie Gonzalez-Scott, Scott Business Group; Clarence McAllister, Fortis Networks, Inc.; Garry Walters, Southwest Gas Corporation; Edward Weil Reyes, Thermo Fisher Scientific

The Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council recently celebrated the success of its certified minority owned enterprises and the corporations supporting a diverse supplier base at its annual Awards Gala in Scottsdale.

Representatives from major corporations, minority business owners, and government officials, including City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, attended the awards ceremony.

Southwest Gas Corporation won the Corporation of the Year Award for its continued dedication to supplier diversity throughout Arizona and San Diego, according to a press release.

MBEs were recognized as Suppliers of the Year in four class categories: Class I–About Blind Cleaning, Inc; Class II–Scott Business Group; Class III–Fortis Networks, Inc; and Class IV–Technology Integration Group.

In addition, the Corporate Advocate of the Year was awarded to Edward Weil Reyes, manager, Small Business and Supplier Diversity Programs, Thermo Fisher Scientific; MBE Advocate of the Year awarded to Naidu Vos, CEO, AZCR Staffing; and the Chairman’s Award was given to Joanne Arvizu, manager supplier diversity program, Raytheon Missile Systems, according to the release.

The Pacific Southwest Council, as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, is actively engaged in advancing minority businesses in Arizona and San Diego County by connecting them to procurement opportunities with our corporate members. As the regional affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, it is part of the largest certifying entity of minority business enterprises in the nation.

Currently the council network is comprised of 460 national corporate members (75 percent are Fortune 500 corporations), 1,300 regional corporate members, and approximately 12,000 certified minority businesses, according to the release.

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