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Matt Thursam -Manager, Supplier Diversity Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S.
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media.
Disney views supplier diversity as a strategic imperative and a critical part of their overall commitment to diversity and inclusion. Over the last few years, a steadily increasing number of minority and women owned companies have won more and more business from Disney and are now recognized as a travel and entertainment industry leader in this area. Today, supplier diversity considerations are woven into all phases of their standard sourcing process for the billions of dollars in products and services that Disney contracts globally every year.
Steve Lamar- LEED, AP Director of Construction Diversity NFS Kaiser Permanente
To provide minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and small businesses the most practical opportunity to participate in our contracting and subcontracting activities. Kaiser Permanente purchases a wide variety of medical and nonmedical products and services. Our efforts to promote supplier diversity include but are not limited to training, participation in outreach activities, supplier referrals, and sharing of best practices.
As demonstrated by the composition of our workforce and membership, Kaiser Permanente has a long tradition of supporting programs which foster diversity in our organization and in our communities. Our unwavering commitment to supplier diversity brings value to our health care operations and responds to the demographics of the environment in which we operate now and in the future.
We also believe in the contribution supplier diversity makes towards fueling the economic growth of our communities. Supplier diversity promotes competition and innovation, and ensures efficient economic allocation of resources. By providing small and diversity businesses with the most practical opportunity to be included in our contracting and subcontracting activities, we ensure that the dollars we spend contribute to the economic health of our communities and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.
J.D. Calhoun - Senior Analyst I Supplier Diversity
To develop and assist with the outreach to and inclusion of Diverse Suppliers (minority, women, and disabled veteran business enterprises) into the Company's database of suppliers and contractors; to ensure consideration for contracting and purchasing opportunities. To support the Company's growth, economic development and vitality in our service territories, including Diverse Suppliers participating in growth and serving the customers. Today, the Company's Supplier Diversity Program covers not only its California service area but also its Nevada and Arizona service areas.
Southwest Gas' Supplier Diversity Program has taken advantage of the phenomenal population growth in the Company's service areas to create business opportunities for Diverse Suppliers. These business opportunities support the program's theme "There is a network of helping hands behind every genuine success". Southwest encourages its prime contractors and suppliers to utilize diverse supplier as subcontractors. Prime contractors and suppliers are informed that subcontracting is one of the elements Southwest considers when awarding contracts.
What to Expect from Southwest Gas Corporation:
An equal opportunity to compete for our business. A clearly stated product/service description. Evaluation of vendor information by appropriate company personnel. A meeting between appropriate company personnel and minority supplier/contractor.
What We Expect from You:
Timely response to requests for quotations. Quality products and reliable services at a competitive price. Adherence to scheduled delivery dates. Companies claiming Diverse Supplier status are requested to be certified.
Hilton O. Smith
Senior Vice President
The company has a long and positive track record in the utilization of small firms and M/WBEs on its projects. Turner's objective is to increase the visibility, improve the economic viability, and expand opportunities for the utilization of these businesses.
Since 1979, Turner's total awards to M/WBEs and involvement with M/WBE joint venture partnerships exceeded $14.4 billion. The company has been recognized nationwide-and has received well over 100 awards-for leadership in utilization of such businesses.
Established in 1969, Turner developed and implemented a Construction Management Training Program for M/WBEs. This eight-week course is taught by professional Turner staff volunteers and includes such topics as Risk Management, Construction Estimating, Safety and Effective Marketing. It has helped attendees win major contracts, often to work with or for Turner, and has also helped them build networks among themselves, leading to fruitful joint ventures and long-term business relationships.
Turner was among the first in the industry to promote opportunities for M/WBEs. Due to the success rate in New York, other
Turner offices have copied this program and, today, it is now offered in more than 30 cities. Today, more than 15,000 people have successfully graduated from this program. Turner has established an annual goal of 20% relative to the utilization of M/WBEs in the areas of construction, subcontracting, prime contracting, joint venture relationships/associations, and goods and services.
Lynn R. Littlejohn
Director of Community Affairs
Mortenson is committed to providing meaningful and lasting benefits to the communities in which we work. We are proud to be an industry leader in promoting a diverse workforce and maximizing the participation of small, women, and minority owned business enterprises (SWMBE) on our projects.
Our success is leveraged from our Community Participation Program, which was introduced more than 20 years ago and has been implemented successfully on projects across the nation. Key elements of the plan include:
- Structuring bid packages to allow for maximum participation consistent with the availability of M/WBE firms in a specific scope of work.
- Maintaining and monitoring subcontractor reporting and reinforcing project goals throughout the project.
- Conducting open houses and workshops to explain the bid packages, schedule, and process to interested bidders throughout the procurement process.
- Communicating and advertising opportunities via letters, faxes, e-mail, and advertisement in targeted local papers, web-based information posting and telephone follow-up contacts.
- Collaborate with community-based organizations for the recruitment and referral of women and minorities on our projects.
- Implement the Community Workforce Program which will educate the workforce regarding viable career options and provide a hands-on industry experience.
- Sponsor an internship program that will offer high school students paid summer internships to expose them to the construction industry and give students the opportunity to gain experience in varied aspects of the construction business.
Charles "Rick" Moore
Vice President - Corporate Equal Opportunity Officer
MBE/WBE/DVBE CORPORATE PHILOSOPHY Swinerton Incorporated and Affiliated Companies (Swinerton Builders, Harbison-Mahony-Higgins Builders, Inc.) are committed to promote and increase participation of minority, women, and disabled veteran business enterprises (MBE/WBE/DVBEs) in all of their purchasing and contract business. Swinerton Incorporated believes there are a number of benefits in doing business with MBE/WBE/DVBE companies, not only to help such firms achieve long-term success but also to enhance competition and provide real opportunity for those MBE/WBE/DVBE businesses who can make important contributions to our industry.
Swinerton Incorporated will endeavor to provide qualified MBE/WBE/DVBEs with the maximum opportunity to participate as suppliers and subcontractors on all construction projects. To meet this commitment, the Company will actively seek to and solicit bids from MBE/WBE/DVBE suppliers and contractors. Affirmative action will be taken consistent with prudent business practice, sound procurement policies and applicable law.
Maria Jose Gatti-Director of Diversity Relations MGM Resorts International
As a leader in the gaming industry, MGM Resorts International is committed to being one of the best companies practicing construction diversity. MGM Resorts International is constantly looking for certified MWDBE general contractors, sub- contractors and other construction related providers. MGM Resorts International is dedicated to building relations with MWDBEs that can provide construction services in a timely and competitive manner. Our company has grown exponentially and our construction diversity efforts are keeping up with our substantial growth. Through MGM Resorts International's Construction Diversity initiatives, we provide access to bid opportunities for MWDBEs.
MGM Resorts International is committed to evolving our partnerships with existing MWDBE contractors, enabling these firms to grow and prosper, while providing our Company with quality buildings and amenities that our customers expect. At the same time, in order to keep pace with the Company's construction demands, we will continue to seek qualified MWDBEs across the country that may serve as general contractors and/or subcontractors on our projects.
Contact: Linda Graves
Rep to National BOD
We are committed to growing diversity within Gilbane Building Company, as well as with the vendors and subcontractors that we work with. We encourage Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) participation on all of our projects, regardless of funding requirements, and seek to maximize local business involvement without sacrificing quality, time or cost.
Unlike most major construction management firms, we have been working with small business, women and minority contractors, and suppliers and numerous non-profit associations- such as ACE Mentor Program, Rebuilding Together, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity- for more than 30 years. Our corporate goal for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation, regardless of whether it is a contract requirement, is 15% of contract values. We also have many Gilbane members involved with the National Association of Women in Construction, which was founded in 1953 to create a support network for women and the National Association of Minority Contractors which was founded in 1969 to create and support a network for minority owned contracting firms.
We make this team effort happen by working closely with each owner to establish local inclusion goals for a building program. Many times, Gilbane works closely with third-party consultants that assist with the development of those goals or community groups that monitor the outreach efforts on a regular basis. Our policy towards local participation is much more than a written statement – it has real meaning in the execution of our projects.
Frank Cara –EVP General Counsel
Judlau Contracting Inc.
Since 1983, Judlau Contracting, Inc. has been a leader in the heavy construction industry, specializing in large public works projects. They are proud to be in and of New York, one of the world’s greatest cities, whose infrastructure they have helped build and maintain for nearly three decades. Their ambition now is to be in and of the larger world around them, as they enter new markets and areas of opportunity.
Judlau is known for innovative leadership, experienced project management and a commitment to safety and quality second to none. They are proudly ISO 9001:2008 Registered. With detailed planning, innovative techniques and accomplished teams of experts, Judlau has a strong track record of completing projects on time and under budget. Most important of all, their employees are united by a commitment to be the best in the industry, to work cooperatively with their business partners, and to always meet and exceed the expectations of their clients.
James Threalkill -Senior HR Director Diversity Skanska USA Building
Skanska USA Building is a leading provider of world class construction services within the building construction sector in the United States. Skanska delivers the best results by working together with other contractors as a team, as partners in business, during the building process and in the community. They also proactively identify and support minority businesses in the communities where they work, with the ultimate goal of utilizing the economic impact of projects to benefit local communities and strengthen small local businesses.