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Grace McDermott


United Stated Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce - SW

Grace McDermott has served as president, US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Southwest since 2002. As president, Ms. McDermott oversees the education and advocacy efforts for promoting business opportunities for America’s Asian American suppliers and business owners. The chamber seeks to promote, nurture and propel economic growth by opening doors to contract and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporate America.

Under Grace’s leadership, the chamber started the Asian Business Assistance Center to train and connect the right people at the right time for success. The chamber’s annual EXPO has served as a powerful net-working venue which allows participants to take advantage of opportunities and focus on establishing strategic business relationships.

McDermott is a strong and effective advocate and role model for mentoring Asian women to assume leadership roles in the Asian American community and the community at large. She has served on numerous mainstream boards and community organizations giving the Asian communities a voice and presence. She has served as board member at The American Red Cross, Dallas United Way Executive Board, CHASE Bank Community Advisory Board, The Dallas Symphony, Texas Health Resources Trustee Board, Baylor Health Research Institute, Dallas Chamber Women Initiative Board, The Dallas Assembly, The Dallas Women Foundation, Super Bowl XLV Advisory Board, North Texas Commission Board, John Peter Smith Hospital Board, The New Texas Rangers Stadium and Texas Live Development Advisory Board and many others.

Ms. McDermott received numerous recognitions and awards for her business and community achievements including the Athena Award presented by the Dallas Regional Chamber; Women of Excellence Award; Dallas Can! Mother of The Year Award; Women of Influence Award; Texas Lifetime PTA Award; the Women of Spirit Award given by the American Jewish Congress and recently, she received the SBA Regional Small Business Champion of The Year Award for her hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to the business community. She was recognized for her achievements and her role in driving the nation’s economy.

Garry D. Castro


Logisticorp Group

For over 30 years, Garry Castro has made significant contributions to business and civic communities. As the chief executive officer of Dallas-based Logisticorp Group, he brings a unique combination of vision and executive experience.

Throughout the evolution and growth of his business, Garry has placed service quality and customer satisfaction at the forefront of his operating objectives. He and his team ensure the company’s business processes deliver measurable results and value to customers.

Demonstrating his dedication to reinvesting in the community, Garry has maintained an active involvement in leading community organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council, and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Commission and the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Garry attended the University of Texas at Arlington and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as well as the Tuck Executive Management Program at Dartmouth. He is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, Class of 1999.

Fred Moses

Founder and President

Telecom Electric

Fred has spent his career in the electrical supply industry. After 11 years with General Electric, he founded Plano-based Telecom Electric Supply Company in 1985, a small family-owned business that offers wholesale electrical, telecommunications, safety and power products to its customers. Fred and his business have been recognized numerous times over their 34 years for outstanding service, dedication to excellence, and commitment to the industry and the community. Some accolades include the Christian Business Leadership Award from CEO Institute, Minority Vendor of the Year for the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council, and the Plano Chamber of Commerce has had a business award named in his honor that is called “The Fred Moses Minority Business Award” that was given annually. In May 2017, Fred was elected to the Collin College Board Trustee for Collin County.

Fred’s commitment to excellence extends well beyond his business. He and his late wife, Mazzie, were staples in the community, spending countless hours serving others. The Collin College has recognized them with a Living Legend Award and they have established an endowment that gives a scholarship annually. Dallas Baptist University (DBU) has awarded Fred the Tom Landry Leadership Award. Fred has served on numerous boards and commissions including the Collin College President’s Circle, the Collin County Community College Foundation Board, the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Development Council, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Plano Partners Mentor Program, the United Way of Plano, and the Plano Metro Rotary Club. In addition to his involvement as a board member, Fred has also served as chairman of the Plano Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Plano Economic Development Board, chairman of the Plano Community Home (Senior Citizen Housing Board), commissioner on the State of Texas General Services Commission, commissioner on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations Commission, vice-chairman of the Deacon Board at Shiloh Baptist Church and is the immediate past chairman of the Collin County Republican Party.

His unwavering faith guides Fred in all he does. He was married to his late beautiful bride, Mazzie, for 48 years and among all of his achievements and recognitions, Fred is most proud of his two amazing children, Michelle and Frederic, and his three grandchildren. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Bridgeport and an associate of science degree in business management from Houston Community College. He resides in Plano and he is a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and serve as one of the associate ministers.

Robert J. Gonzalez


The Guadalupe & Lilia Martinez Foundation

Robert J. Gonzalez serves as treasurer of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, the position he has held since the inception of the foundation in 2001. He has been instrumental in providing leadership allowing the organization to grow while at the same time providing over $25 million in contributions to organizations for the benefit of the citizens of Webb and Zapata counties in west Texas.

A native of San Antonio, Bob graduated from Texas A&M University and, upon receiving his commission in the United States Air Force, was stationed at Laredo Air Force Base.

After being discharged from the service, he began a 36-year career with PepsiCo Inc. in its Frito-Lay division, working his way up to vice president of supplier diversity on the PepsiCo corporate staff. Under Bob’s leadership, PepsiCo was consistently recognized as one of the outstanding corporations for the development of women- and minority-owned businesses.

Active in the community, Bob has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including Junior Achievement of Dallas, the Cultural Arts Council of Plano and the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

He has been the recipient of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber Member of the Year Award, as well as the Bronze Leadership Award from Junior Achievement of Dallas and the President’s Award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council. The Collin County, Texas LULAC Council named Bob its Business Person of the Year. In addition, the National Hispanic Business Group presented him with the Corporate Procurement Appreciation Award.

Chicago Purchasing Council

Founders of the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council
Founders/Founding Members:

AT&T (formerly Western Electric)
AMOCO (formerly Standard Oil of Indiana; now part of BP)
Bell & Howell
Carson Pirie Scott
Chicago Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Urban League
CNA Insurance Companies
Commonwealth Edison
Continental Bank (acquired by Bank of America in 1994)
First Chicago Corporation
Hewlett-Packard Company
Illinois Bell (owned by AT&T)
Inland Steel Company
Jewel Food Stores
Lockheed Corporation
Montgomery Ward
National Can Company
R. Donnelly & Sons
Sears Roebuck Company

Following the Chicago riots in the mid-1960s, several corporations with headquarters and operations throughout the region realized one of the underlying causes for the riots was the lack of investments in the black communities which contributed to the lack of jobs and lack of opportunities to develop, grow and expand business opportunities for businesses in those communities.  Further, there was no platform to dialogue and connect with business owners regardless of the social and political climates.

A one-day business fair was established to provide black business owners the opportunity to meet corporate personnel responsible for sourcing products and services locally and regionally. The outcome of this fair resulted in several corporations and non-profit organizations deciding that meeting with these business owners once a year was beneficial. However, one-day a year was not sufficient to establish on-going, productive business relationships.

Thereafter, created the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council in 1968, the first minority purchasing council in the United States.  The work, vision, leadership and financial support these companies and entities provided to this council led to the creation of the first office of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) located in Chicago, and the establishment of a network of minority supplier development councils throughout the country that remains in existence today.

These companies and non-profit entities were the pioneers and trailblazers that laid the foundation for the inclusion of minority businesses in private sector and public sector economies, commerce and industries.

Billion Dollar Roundtable


The Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. (BDR) is a not-for-profit organization that provides thought leadership and solution-driven exploration of key issues and best practices in supplier diversity. The BDR member companies, among the world’s largest and most important business firms, each spend $1 billion or more annually for a broad range of goods and services from certified Tier 1 companies whose owners are minorities and women, making meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth and viability of diverse companies.

The BDR was founded in 2001 by Don McKneely, chairman and chief executive officer, TexCorp Communications Inc.; Sharon Patterson, president and chief executive officer, Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc., and Shirley Harrison (retired). Rick Hughes, a retired chief procurement officer with Procter & Gamble Co., serves as the current BDR chairman.

Current BDR members are:

• AT&T Inc.
• Avis Budget Group Inc.
• Bank of America
• The Boeing Co.
• Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
• Comcast NBCUniversal
• Dell, Inc.
• Ford Motor Co.
• General Motors Corp.
• Honda North America
• IBM Corp.
• Johnson Controls, Inc.
• Johnson & Johnson
• Kaiser-Permanente
• The Kroger Co.
• Microsoft Corp.
• Procter & Gamble Co.
• Toyota Motor North America
• Verizon Communications Inc.
• Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

A key measurement for BDR member companies is the spend component. The consolidated Tier 1 spend of minority and women-owned enterprises for member companies reached a record $75.0 billion in 2015, up from $67.0 billion in 2014. Consolidated Tier 2 diverse spend for 2015 was $21.9 billion, up from $17.6 billion the previous year. Member spend is audited annually by a third party.

A major achievement for the BDR was the publication of  “Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. Supplier Diversity Best Practices,” a compendium that examines 12 specific best practices in supplier diversity.

Other BDR accomplishments include:

Launch of the iChannel/BDR Network Mobile App - available to everyone
Development of an “ambassador” support program for prospective new members
Creation of the Capital Connector for Growth initiative, or “The Triad,” to explore the capital needs of diverse suppliers
Development of a platform for supplier diversity practitioners for “Establishing the Value of Supplier Diversity”
Serving as a participant and sponsor of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Sponsor an annual BDR Appreciation Dinner produced and executed using inspiring speakers including an Olympic gold medalist, corporate executives and diverse company leaders
Participated in global supplier diversity conference in London sponsored by the Minority Supplier Development UK Ltd. (MSDUK)
Published paper entitled “Advancing Mature Supplier Diversity Programs”
Published paper about the return on investment for supplier diversity with the University of Washington (BDR’s research partner)
Received the Bridgeman Organization of the Year award in 2014.
Developed a template for supplier diversity practitioners on “Working with Advocacy Groups.”

The BDR website is located at.

Daniel Gill

Owner, Dayvon Services Inc.
Department of Defense
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Daniel R. Gill (Dan) owned and operated Dayvon Services Inc. a company that specialized in small business and federal acquisition consulting, coaching and training. Previously, he served as the Bowie State University acting vice president for Institutional Advancement and founder and director of the Institute for Development and Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA).

Mr. Gill retired from federal civil service in 1996, as the highest ranked black career professional in the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES-06) in the Department of Defense (DOD), Acquisition Workforce. He served as the DOD director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. He developed acquisition and small business policy and provided oversight for appropriated expenditures to ensure DOD compliance with national policies and executive orders to maximize the department’s expenditures to small and disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and minority institutions (MIs).

From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Gill served in a similar capacity with the Department of the Army, Office of the Secretary of the Army. He served on the Army Contract Adjustment Board, the Executive Board of the Army Acquisition Corp, and the executive boards for two Centers of Excellence at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

His professional career includes positions in contracting and procurement management and policy within the DOD. He was designated a Certified Professional Contract Manager by the National Contract Management Association from 1975 to 1981.

Mr. Gill designed the Department of Defense set-aside policy and regulations to implement PL 99-661, which mandated goals for DOD contract awards and subcontracts to SDBs, HBCUs, and other MIs.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in business from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971, and a master’s degree in contracts and procurement management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1975.

Mr. Gill is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers Program and the author of two books: How the Federal Government Disenfranchises Small Businesses and Acquisition Smart Guide.

Vera Moore

President & CEO
Vera Moore Cosmetics

Vera Moore has been a trailblazer in vision and innovation, community involvement, and inspiration, breaking down barriers, meeting needs, leadership and empowering women.

One of the first black actresses on the NBC soap opera “Another World,” she soon realized the void in the market for quality products geared to women of color — specifically, a natural looking foundation. This gave birth to Vera Moore Cosmetics. Her journey has led to national recognition on the coverageinBlack Enterprise Magazine, Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business, Networking Women, People Magazine, Essence Magazine, UpscaleMagazine and the Wall Street Journal. She received the Success Stories Award from Volvo Cars of North America, and has hosted her own half-hour radio segment “Skin Deep & Moore” on WWRL Radio.Her Broadway show appearances include the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical “Purlie Victorious,” “A Teaspoon Every Four Hours,”“Jackie Mason,” and Scott Joplin’s “Opera Treemonisha.”

Vera is an active participant in the community and in several organizations. She is a coveted motivational speaker, addressing such groups as the National Minority Business Council Conference,the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurial Conference, the Women’s Power Summit, Urban Economic Council presented by the White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Essence Festival. She is a board member of the New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce.As a passionate advocate for women owned businesses, Vera continues to strive to knock down barriers that impede their growth by leveling the playing field. In 1982, Vera broke the color barrier when her company became thefirst black-owned business to set up shop in the 50-year history at the prestigious Green Acres Mall Valley Stream, Long Island, N.Y.

Numerous publications, includingWomen’s Wear Dailyannounced her partnership with Duane Reade/Walgreens, making her the first black vendorin their upscale high-end department known as the “LOOK boutique.”

Garland Guice

President and CEO
Chicago Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO)

Garland Colvin Guice was born on February 15, 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He moved to Chicago as a child and later earned a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of arts in public administration from Roosevelt University. Mr. Guice served in the U. S. Air Force and was honorably discharged.

From the late 1960s throughthe 1970s, Chicago was recognized as the Black Business Mecca. A key factor in this was the Chicago Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO), a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1965 to help small, black and other minority businessmen develop and manage viable businesses and improve economic conditions, particularly in the inner city of Chicago. Initially serving as its executive director, Mr. Guice was one of the early voices that challenged corporate America to do business with black companies.
He established the collaboration between CEDCO and Western Electric in 1968 to host the first ever Minority Business Opportunity Fair. CEDCO also planted the seeds for development of the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council, which became the Chicago chapter of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. It is estimated CEDCO secured over $72 million in financing for more than 1,000 minority enterprises, procured more than $10 million in contracts, and created or saved over 5,000 jobs, worth $37 million to the Chicago economy. Often sought out as a speaker on issues regarding the state of black and minority business, Mr. Guice was considered a national leading voice for the creation of wealth building opportunities for minorities.

Mr. Guice became CEDCO’s president and CEO in 1975. In 1976, he become president of Inner City Foods, a group of 16 Burger King Restaurants that for several years was listed as one of the nation’s 100 largest black-owned businesses. President Jimmy Carterappointed him a member of his Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise. The late Mayor Harold Washington nominated him for a seat on the Illinois International Port Authority, however his untimely death in 1985 at age 52 preceded his confirmation. Garland was a director, Independence Bank in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest black-owned banks and trustee of Evanston-based, National College of Education.

Garland and his wife, Doris had four daughters: DeNalda Guice Gay, DeRonda Guice Williams, DeKarla Guice Armstrong, and Deirdre Guice Minor.

Vilma Pamilla Robinson

Assistant Regional Director
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency

Vilma Pamilla Robinson was a native of Georgetown, Guyana. A graduate of St. Joseph’s Convent in Georgetown, she worked for the Ministry of Education for several years. In 1963, she immigrated to the United States. She received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Hunter College in 1975. She later received her master’s degree in social sciences from New York University in 1982.

In 2006, Mrs. Robinson retired from her position as a business development officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency, where she had been a devoted employee for 27 years. Mrs. Robinson was the first MEDWeek coordinator for the MBDA–NY Regional Office (1985). She later served as MEDWeek coordinator from 1986-1988.

She was actively involved with the National Minority Business Council, Inc. where she worked with the Women’s Division. Pamilla was the wife of John F. Robinson, co-founder, president and CEO of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum.

Mrs. Robinson passed in May 2017.

We are pleased to issue the first Villa Pamilla Robinson Award this year to an outstanding advocate of minority business development.