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Alfred E. Osborne

Interim Dean
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Alfred E. Osborne Jr. is responsible for development, alumni relations, placement and career initiatives, and executive education at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Osborne is also the founder and faculty director of the highly acclaimed Harold & Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and an associate professor of Global Economics and Management in the UCLA Anderson School. The Price Center serves to organize all faculty research and student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development in the UCLA Anderson School. Dr. Osborne also serves as faculty director of the Head Start/Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows Program conducted at UCLA.

Dr. Osborne was educated at Stanford University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, an MBA in finance, a Master of Arts in economics and a Ph.D. in business economics. His research and teaching career include administrative duties at UCLA as an assistant dean, associate dean, and director of the MBA program as well as two years at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. while an Economic Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In addition to his responsibilities at UCLA, Dr. Osborne is currently a director of Kaiser Aluminum, EMAK Worldwide, Wedbush, Inc. and First Pacific Advisors, LLC.

Dr. Osborne remains active in the entrepreneurial and venture development community, has served on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, consults with growing companies on business and economic matters and is an occasional expert witness in business litigation. He is also the first recipient of the Richard J. Riordan Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award and is a recipient of the 3rd annual BridgeGate 20 Awards, which recognize contributions to the high technology community in Southern California. In 2004, the faculty of the UCLA Anderson School presented him with the 2004 La Force Award for exemplary service and leadership to the Anderson community. In 2006, he was recognized by MBN USA magazine as one of the 100 most influential men impacting supplier diversity in America. In October 2007, Dr. Osborne was honored to receive the Annual Leadership Award presented by the Southern California Minority Business Development Council, Inc., for his vision, leadership, and distinguished contributions to small and minority-owned businesses.

Steven Rogers

Kellogg School
Northwestern University

Before joining the Kellogg faculty, Steven Rogers owned and operated two manufacturing firms and one retail operation. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Rogers worked at Bain and Company Consulting firm, Cummins Engine Company and UNC Ventures, a venture capital firm.

Mr. Rogers has been named to the Faculty Honor Roll in every quarter he has taught at Kellogg. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the 1996 and 2005 Lawrence G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year. He is the only professor in Kellogg’s history to have received this award more than once. In 1996, BusinessWeek named him one of the top 12 entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the United States. In 1997, BusinessWeek named him one of 14 “New Stars of Finance.” In 1998, Ernst and Young selected Mr. Rogers as Entrepreneur of the Year (supporter category).

In addition to the regular MBA program, Mr. Rogers teaches in many Kellogg executive programs in the United States Toronto and Hong Kong. He has received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 15 times.

Mr. Rogers currently serves on the advisory boards of private equity firms SB Partners, Smith Whiley and Company, and O’Connor Partners. He also serves on the boards of SC Johnson Wax, W.S. Darley and Company, SuperValu, Oakmark Mutual Funds, and AMCORE Financial. He is a member of JP Morgan Chase’s Capital Investment Committee. Nonprofit board memberships include A Better Chance Program and Urban Prep High School. He is also a trustee of Williams College and a former member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.

In 2005, he received the Bert King Award for Service from the African American Student Union of Harvard Business School. That same year he was also selected as Chicago United’s Business Leader of Color. In 2006, he was selected as one of the 100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity by MBN USA.

He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.

Nathan George

Nathan George Conyers
Former Ford and Jaguar Dealer

Prior to his retirement in December 2007, Nathan George Conyers had the unique distinction of being the second longest-tenured African American retail vehicle dealer, with 38 years in the industry. He was awarded a Ford dealership in Detroit in January 1970, and subsequently received a Jaguar franchise in Novi, Mich., in 2001. What distinguishes Mr. Conyers is his singular and sustained commitment to minority dealer issues.

A Detroit native, Mr. Conyers received his law degree from Wayne State University and began practice in the city as well as doing work for several federal agencies. His brother, John Jr., also a lawyer, was elected to Congress in 1964 where he remains today as the longest serving African American in the House of Representatives.

At the behest of his family, he began a crash course in Car and Dealership Retailing 101, and participated in every training program offered under Ford’s Marketing Institute. When a Ford dealership on West Grand Boulevard became available, Mr. Conyers took control with his brother. The family dream of owning and giving back to the city of Detroit had been realized in January 1970.

During the mid-1970s, with few African American-owned dealerships, Mr. Conyers was instrumental in forming and leading organizations to assist the development of minority auto dealers, including the National Black Automotive Dealers Association and the Ford Lincoln Mercury Black Dealers Association. The formation of FLMBDA brought about the first regular meetings with Ford management to address issues facing minorities and a 1984 corporate directive detailing the company’s commitment to diversity in dealer networks and established objectives. FLMBDA was reorganized and renamed the Ford Motor Minority Dealers Association. Mr. Conyers became first chairman and president of the National Association of Minority Dealers.

From 1970-1986, Mr. Conyers operated his West Grand Boulevard dealership and in 1986 acquired a downtown dealership. In 2001, he merged the two operations, forming Conyers-Riverside Ford. In that same year he was awarded the Jaguar franchise in Novi, Mich.

His awards include Commitment to Excellence Award, Howard University School of Business and Public Administration; Business Achievement Award, Booker T. Washington Business Association, 1990; 25 Year Award, Ford Motor Company, 1996; North American Customer Excellence Award, Ford Motor Company, 1998; Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, 1999.

Gerald Frank Diez Sr.

The Diez Group

Gerald Frank Diez Sr. is the founder of The Diez Group, a Hispanic minority-owned holding group for steel sales, service and stamping companies. His companies currently employ over 600 people.

Delaco Steel Corporation, part of The Diez Group was founded in 1973 and is 100 percent owned by Mr. Diez. It is a steel sales and service center that specializes in precision slitting and blanking both exposed and unexposed for the North American automotive industry. Delaco is located in a 550,000-square-foot facility in Dearborn, Mich. Delaco Processing is a 140,000-square-foot facility also in Dearborn. Three other divisions are located in Woodhaven, Mich., and Buffalo, N.Y. Delaco-Kenwal, another joint venture, will soon select a site in Tennessee.

In 1988, Mr. Diez purchased controlling interest in Lapeer Metal Stamping. LMS specializes in the manufacturing of high-quality metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry. LMS is comprised of three separate facilities, located in Dearborn, Lapeer, and Sebewaing, Mich. LMS manufactures a wide range of metal stampings and assemblies.

The Diez Group’s customer base includes General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Johnson Controls Inc., Tower Automotive, T.I. Automotive, and many second tier customers.
Mr. Diez, who attended Walsh Institute from 1964-1969, is on the executive finance board of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, is the chairman of the Government Relations Committee for the MMBDC, is a board member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is chairman of the MHCC golf outing for eight years (largest Hispanic outing in the country), and is a board member of the Minority Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

His honors include Hispanic Business Man of the Year and the Minority Business Leadership Award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Community Service Award from Ford Motor Company, The Gift of Life Award by the Church of Madonna/Focus Hope, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Life Directions, the Entrepreneurial Award from Ford Motor Company, 2006 Chrysler’s MBE of the Year Award, 2006 National Minority Supplier of the Year, and JCI’s MBE of the Year Award.

Dorothy B. Brothers

Former Senior Vice President
Bank of America

Dorothy B. Brothers, a former senior vice president of Bank of America, was a pioneer in fostering and promoting higher education and diversity within communities and the corporate sector. Ms. Brothers was a 30-year employee with Bank of America and the national director for the supplier diversity and development group from 1993 until her death in 2002. The group works with minority- and women-owned businesses to ensure they are afforded maximum opportunity to participate in Bank of America’s competitive contracting and procurement processes.

Under Ms. Brothers’s leadership, spending with minority- and women-owned businesses increased from $11 million in 1990 to over $400 million in 1999. In addition, during her leadership Bank of America received 60 regional and 10 national awards for its efforts in raising the bar in minority business development. In 1994 and 2000, Bank of America received the National Minority Development Enterprise Week Distinguished Corporate Award—the first financial institution to be recognized. The National Minority Supplier Development honored the bank as the Corporation of the Year for two consecutive years (1996-1997).

Ms. Brothers was also the recipient of the coveted Chairman’s Crystal Hand Granade in 1995, the NMSDC’s 1997 MBE Coordinator of the Year Award, and the 1996 Outstanding Service in Business Award form the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals. She was also the recipient of the NationsBank Lend Award, the Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, and recognized as one of the Women Who Mean Business by Minority News USA. She served on the faculty of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and was on the board of the National Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Minority Business News USA at the time of her death.

Ms. Brothers was an inspiration to all who knew her with a fighting spirit and unwavering commitment to development and success of diverse businesses.

Carmen Muñoz

Former automotive supplier and

Clearly a 21st century business leader and community advocate, Carmen Muñoz is the 15th child in a family of 16 children born and raised in Detroit’s Hispanic community. Ms. Muñoz’s father, a Mexican immigrant, published La Chispa, the first Spanish language newspaper in Detroit. Early in life, Ms. Muñoz and her siblings helped their father print and distribute the newspaper and were involved in community affairs, introducing the children to the world of work and community leadership.

Ms. Muñoz’s first business was founded on 25 years experience in the precision machine manufacturing industry and the courage to venture out on her own. After buying out her partners, Ms. Muñoz’s company continued to excel by earning numerous prestigious supplier quality awards from Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Through her own business, her many board positions and her current responsibilities at Focus Hope Enterprise, she has opened doors for many minority business owners, particularly women.

Since 1996, she has taken her wealth of business and community leadership experiences and focused her energies on making a difference and opening up more opportunities for the disadvantaged and minority youth. When other women are ready for retirement, Ms. Muñoz’s passion and concern for minority equity has kept her working. Employed for a time with the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, she has helped countless other business owners and co-workers hone their entrepreneurial skills while building solid business practices. She is a lifelong-community advocate and mentor to emerging business leaders; she continues to help others to see the value of their work ethic, education, and training. She is still a proponent of the very values her father taught her as a child.

Ms. Muñoz received Crain’s Detroit Business One, named one of the top 10 businesswomen in Michigan; named Business Woman of the Year, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Region IV; awarded The Michigan Minority Business Development Council Minority Advocate of the Year; received the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s Dream Makers Award; and is a four-time winner of General Motors’ Supplier of the Year Award.