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Lynne Choy Uyeda

Asian Business Owners Association

In 1976, as an advocate for equity, along with other minority business organizations, such as the Black Business Association and the Latin Business Association, Lynne Choy Uyeda partnered with Dale Fukamaki to encourage eight Asian business owners to form the Asian Business Owners Association (ABA). Ms. Uyeda was elected president in 1988 and served two terms. Now in its 35th year, the ABA is a network of Asian Business throughout the state of California.

In 1984 Ms. Uyeda founded Lynne Choy Uyeda & Associates, the first marketing and public relations firm that developed strategic programs targeting the growing population of Asian-speaking consumers living in the United States. The firm was based in Los Angeles with offices in San Francisco. The firm’s clients were major corporations and government agencies. In 1995 she added a full-service video production company called Vision Works.

Ms. Uyeda founded the Federation of Minority Business Associations (FMBA). The goal of the federation was to encourage the myriad of minority business organizations to share information and to speak with one common voice on behalf of all minority business owners. The main objective of her presidency was to grow this organization by increasing its membership and its impact in the larger community. A special bond was formed among all the presidents and their representatives during monthly meetings. Most importantly, the organizations’ members supported each other’s events. FMBA became the united voice of all minority business owners and was considered southern California’s “one-stop” information source by the public and private sectors on issues that mattered to the minority business community.

After retirement in 1998, Ms. Uyeda became a media consultant to the U. S Census Bureau for the 2000 Census. She was recalled to active duty for the 2010 Census. Ms. Uyeda’s last client was the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. At the close of the Census 2010 campaign, she retired once again.

She has turned a passon for family and personal history into a new business. Her firm, Linking Lives & Legacies, produces video documentaries for her clients and their families’ future generations. Ms. Uyeda is a member of the national and international Association of Personal Historians.

Ms. Uyeda has re-married, and moved to northern California’s Bay Area on the beautiful peninsula. She still manages short-term projects and travels with her husband, Henry Gin.

Philip A. Duffy

First Executive Director,
National Minority Purchasing Council

The professional career of Philip A. Duffy began in the pharmaceutical world with industry giant Pfizer. For more than three decades, large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies benefited from his broad domestic and international leadership experience.

However, it was in the span of nine short years between the start of his successful burgeoning business career that began with Pfizer and his return to increasing responsibilities and positions within the pharmaceutical and biotech arena that Philip A. Duffy made a difference that resonates four decades later.

Newly hired at Pfizer. Inc. in 1969, Mr. Duffy was a returning Vietnam veteran. Pfizer, a forward-thinking, community-oriented corporation, was at the forefront of purchasing from minority-owned businesses. He found himself very involved with and very enthusiastic about what was then known as minority purchasing.

Two years after joining Pfizer, he became program director of the newly formed Interracial Council for Business Opportunity in New York as an executive on loan. In this role, he successfully networked with the business community, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Fortune 500 companies, making the case for private sector purchasing from diverse businesses.

In 1972, a group of Chicago companies organized the National Minority Purchasing Council, which was incorporated the following year. In Washington, the Office of the Minority Business Enterprise (now the Minority Business Development Agency), with local offices in a number of cities, was seeking ways to beef up its program to promote minority business development in the private sector and provided the seed money for NMPC. Mr. Duffy left Pfizer and moved to Chicago, where he became the organization’s first executive director. Working with executives at Standard Oil Co. and American Can Co., he expanded the reach of minority business development.

Under his leadership half the Fortune 500 companies became corporate members of the new organization, committed to purchasing from and assisting in the growth and development of minority-owned businesses. In addition to the Fortune 500 companies, more than 500 major corporations nationwide became affiliated with the 30 regional councils. In the 1975-76 time frame, Mr. Duffy oversaw the creation of the first national computer database linking minority businesses with corporations seeking their particular goods and services. He also initiated the certification process for minority businesses that established their readiness to be part of corporate supply chains.

Mr. Duffy, with members of the executive committee of the National Purchasing Council met with President Gerald Ford at a White House Conference in December 1975 to further discuss the efforts to incorporate minority businesses into the mainstream.

Currently, Mr. Duffy is a senior corporate officer and consultant in life sciences companies. He resides in San Diego with this wife.

Marx L. Cazenave II

Co-founder and former CEO
Progress Investment Management Company,

Mr. Cazenave has devoted his professional career to expanding business opportunities for minorities, women and start-up companies. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Progress Investment Management Company, a San Francisco-based manager of managers, focusing on emerging firms (small, minority, and women owned investment companies). Since its inception in 1990, Progress Investment Management has funded more than 125 emerging firms across a broad range of public security asset classes. The firm grew the assets to $3 billion in eight years was sold in 1998 to Liberty Financial, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Life. Progress Investment Management Companies currently manages more than $7 billion in assets for some of the world’s largest public and corporate pension funds

Mr. Cazenave was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as regional administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), and has served as director of Business Development for the State of California and as a principal consultant to the State Assembly Office of Research. Mr. Cazenave served on the board of the National Associate of Securities for Professionals (NASP) Foundation and was awarded the 8thAnnual NY NASP Foundation Wall Street Hall of Fame Award in February 2006. Mr. Cazenave also received the NASP Travers Bell Award In 2011.

Today, he serves on the advisory boards of the UCLA Anderson’s Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Busara Advisors, Bennu Ventures, Cazenave Consulting Group, Vicente Capital Partners, Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, California, the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California and formerly on the board of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University.

Mr. Cazenave received his B.A. in political science from California State University, Los Angeles, 1962, and completed Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Smaller Companies in 1978.

Jo-Ann Butler

Former Director
Global Multicultural Procurement & Sales Support Program
Hewlett Packard

More than 40 years ago, Jo-Ann Butler began a career in minority supplier diversity development as an administrative assistant, then program manager at Chicago United, the precursor of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, the first minority business development council in the United States.

Committed to the concept of working for economic parity, Ms. Butler went on to become the executive director of Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council, expanding corporate membership, corporate minority business programs and increasing minority business opportunities and development initiatives.

Later, as director of Hewlett Packard’s Global Multicultural Procurement & Sales Support Program, she expanded HP’s diversity program to include all U.S. business units. In addition to launching HP’s minority business program throughout Canada, the UK, France, Germany and South Africa, Ms. Butler created the first international minority business database that enabled those businesses to register with HP.

Ms. Butler represented HP as a founding member of Supplier Diversity Europe, a program of the Migration Policy Group based in Brussels, Belgium, where she served as the senior advisor. In that capacity, she created processes and documents to assess status of UK and European corporate supplier diversity programs, including identification of procurement opportunities and areas for minority development programs and initiatives. She created the first supplier diversity database in the UK, Germany and France designed to capture supplier profiles and procurement opportunities in one system, the first to be approved by the European Union’s Data Privacy and Collection Commission. Ms. Butler represented Supplier Diversity Europe at the United Nations Conference on Supplier Diversity. After her retirement from HP, she worked as a consultant to Supplier Diversity Europe in London. Her work in these efforts prompted a letter of recognition from Paul Boateng, member of the British Parliament, to HP Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina, praising Ms. Butler for her efforts.

Ms. Butler was instrumental in the creation of Concordis Advisors with assistance from HP Real Estate and Legal senior management and the chairman, president & CEO of Cushman Wakefield Global Real Estate Solutions. Concordis Advisors, the first U.S. minority business real estate firm, was created to provide real estate services and solutions to HP, manage HP real estate properties throughout the US, and to open the real estate market to other corporate minority business real estate opportunities.

The recipient of numerous awards and recognition, she currently works as an independent supplier diversity consultant working with engagement based on referrals from the Department of Defense. She is the volunteer project manager, overseeing the creation and development of the first community garden in her neighborhood. In addition, she crochets afghan baby blankets that are included in gift baskets for military families stationed at Fort Lewis-McChord Joint Base in Ft. Lewis, Wash.

She is married, with one daughter and three grandchildren.

Hector V. Barreto

U.S. Small Business Administration

Hector V. Barreto is a nationally recognized businessman and community leader. As a young man, he helped his father manage the family businesses. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, he worked for the Miller Brewing Company as the South Texas Area Manager. In 1986, he moved to California and founded Barreto Insurance and Financial Services.

Appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously approved by the United States Senate on July 25, 2001, he served five years as the administrator of the U. S. Small Business Administration. During his stewardship, the SBA exceeded all previous records in small-business loans, women and minority-owned business support, disaster relief and private-public sector procurement opportunities.

Notable accomplishments include serving as the chairman of The Latino Coalition, a national organization representing Latino interests with senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. He has also been elected to the national board of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Founder of “Tributo a mi Padre, Tequila” in honor of his late father Hector Barreto Sr., he is also the founder and president of Barreto Associates, a Southern California-based international business consulting firm developing relationships among major corporations, government agencies and small businesses.

In addition, Mr. Barreto was the founder and former chairman of Business Matchmaking, a leading non-prof it small business procurement program. Business Matchmaking brings together countless entrepreneurs, including women-, minority- and veteran-owned small business owners with procurement representatives of federal and local government agencies and several hundred major corporations. Since its inception, Business Matchmaking has been responsible for over 80,000 face-to-face meetings and facilitated the granting of more than $80 billion in verifiable contracts for small firms.

Mr. Barreto is the former vice chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber (founded by his father, Hector Barreto Sr.) and the past chairman of the board of the Latin Business Association in Los Angeles. During his term, he increased membership by 50 percent, doubled revenues and substantially increased procurement opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to serve as commissioner on the California Commission for Economic Development. In addition, he has received special recognition from the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, the YMCA and the American Red Cross. In 2006, President Vicente Fox of Mexico honored him with the prestigious Aguila Azteca award, the highest recognition bestowed to a citizen of another country. He is frequently identified in key publications as one the most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country.

His book, The Engine of America provides motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs through the stories and ideas of business leaders.

Mr. Barreto resides in Southern California with his wife Robin, son and two daughters.

Honorable Henry T. (Hank) Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA

An advocate for small businesses for over 20 years, Henry T. (Hank) Wilfong Jr. founded the National Association of Small and Disadvantaged Business in 1987 after his return from serving in the Ronald Reagan Administration. The NASDB has nearly 300 small, minority firm members and is a trade association that seeks the full involvement of minority-owned high-tech firms in mainstream American business.

Mr. Wilfong Jr. began his career serving his country in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1956. After his military service, he received his bachelor of science degree and was the first African-American to receive a master of business administration from the UCLA School of Business. He graduated with honors and was selected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the honorary scholastic society.

Owner of the second largest Black CPA firm, Henry Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA, specialized in audits of the construction industry and governmentally funded programs and municipalities. These included audits of the city of Los Angeles, county of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport, and Southern California Rapid Transit District. Mr. Wilfong’s firm pioneered the practice of joint venturing minority CPA firms with larger majority CPA firms: Coopers & Lybrand; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.; and Touche Ross.

In 1992, he was appointed to chair the NASA Minority Business Resources Advisory Committee (NMBRAC). Daniel S. Goldin, the longest-tenured administrator at NASA, gave Mr. Wilfong tacit instructions to, “create the best small disadvantaged business (SDB) program in the government.” Today, NASA’s SDB program is among the best anywhere. In a 1995 interview with MBE Magazine, President Bill Clinton cited NASA’s SDB Program as “exemplary.”

Mr. Wilfong Jr.’s notable achievements include twice being selected as chair of the Los Angeles County Task Force. He was successful in eradicating a $110 million-dollar shortfall for the Southern California Rapid Transit District FY93 budget. He secured a contract with the International Space Station Alpha (ISSA) to devise a working plan by which NASA could dramatically improve the SDB’s involvement with the Space Station project. The Space Program improved its SDB gures by almost 100% since the initiative began in 1994.

In 2000, he served on the Bush-Chaney transition team and was given the unique opportunity to influence the overall transition policy effort. He was elected as a city councilman in Pasadena, California. In 2004, he received the Asian American Business Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award.

His past and present civic and professional affiliations include: National Association Small Disadvantaged Businesses; former associate administrator, SBA; former chair, NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee; NASA Advisory Council; Presidential Task Force on International Private Enterprise; National Council For Policy Review (Black Capitalism Committee); founder, former president, National Association of Minority CPA Firms; National Business League; NAACP Life Member; National Urban League; C.O.R.E.; founder, Afro-American Leadership Council.