|Rick Hobbs, Board Chair
Director of Supply Management and Supplier Diversity
Southern California Gas Company
As Director of Supply Management and Supplier Diversity for Southern California Gas Company, Rick is solely focused on and responsible for the utility’s entire supply chain, which includes Procurement of Goods and Services, Warehousing and Logistics and Supplier Diversity. In the latter responsibility, Rick is responsible for increasing procurement with minority, women and service disabled veteran owned businesses in all aspects of utility and corporate operations. Rick is also responsible for the development and execution of capacity building and technical assistance programs designed to encourage small business growth. He is responsible for 150 supply chain employees. Rick joined SoCalGas in 1983. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, public affairs, strategic planning, customer service, energy efficiency program portfolio management and distribution operations. Most recently, Rick was the director of customer assistance where he was responsible for the development and deployment of programs to assist income eligible customers in paying, understanding, and managing their utility bills. He is a founding member of the Long Beach Heritage Foundation and a member of the Los Angeles Conservancy and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
|Charles Harmon, Board Vice Chair
Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement and Corporate Services
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Charles A. Harmon is the Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement and Corporate Services for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. In his role as the company’s procurement officer, Harmon exercises total administrative responsibility in directing more than $2 billion of American Honda’s corporate spend to include oversight of all corporate purchasing operating activities including strategic planning, establishment of purchasing systems, financial planning, financial management, and administration in the assignment of responsibility for the procurement of goods, commodities and services. Harmon also continues to lead American Honda’s efforts to develop a diverse supply chain through his board appointments on the Institute of Supply Management – Supplier Diversity Group, Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as active participation in organizations such as the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California, Asian Business Association, The Latino Coalition and NMSDC.
|Derek Johnson, Board Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement (SS&P),
Media Networks, New Media & Technology, Marketing and Advertising
The Walt Disney Company
Derek Johnson is Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (SS&P), Media Networks, New Media & Technology, Marketing and Advertising, for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, he is responsible for sourcing support for the Media Networks segment, which includes ESPN, the Disney ABC Television Group (DATG), the Cable Networks Group (CNG), and the Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG). Additionally, he is responsible for sourcing support related to the New Media & Technology and Marketing categories across the Walt Disney Company. He joined Disney in September 2005.
Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council
Virginia Gomez is president of Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC), the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization in the region. She was appointed to this position in February 2012. As president, Gomez is responsible for leading council activities to strengthen its position as the the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises. This includes directing such activities as nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity. She previously served as SCMSDC vice president, where she assisted the council president in the organization’s day-to-day operations, including information technology, certification, and annual major events functions and supported council board committees. Prior to joining the council in 2001, she held several management positions at the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the nation’s largest municipally owned utility. Her experience at the utility included directing and overseeing contracting policies, budgetary, human resources, systems development/automation, and other administrative functions. As DWP contract compliance officer, she successfully led the development and implementation of the first supply chain management e-procurement system implemented among Los Angeles’ municipal agencies.
|Robert Dyer, Board Secretary
Divisional Merchandise Director
Robert Dyer, a highly experienced retail industry executive with over 40 years of diverse and multi-faceted experience across retail, consumer packaged goods and marketing companies, is the newest member of SCMSDC’s board. Since 2010, Dyer has been divisional merchandise director at Wal-Mart, where he is focused on store merchandising execution, customizing store assortments to their market demographics, and other merchandising focused strategic initiatives for its 300-plus stores on the west coast. He previously served as vice president of Center Store for Save Mart Supermarkets, overseeing 249 stores across three banners – Save Mart, Lucky and Food Maxx. During his tenure at Save Mart, Dyer played a key role in the acquisition and integration of 130 Albertsons stores. Dyer spent nine years as an industry consultant affiliated with Winston Weber & Associates, Inc., where he worked with retailers and suppliers in the U.S., Asia, Canada, and Mexico. He started his retail career in Southern California with the Vons Companies in various retail operations, and information systems management positions, where he helped pioneer personal computer usage, scan data analysis, segmentation marketing, store demographic cluster analysis, and strategic store design and development.
Blackstone Consulting, Inc.
A successful minority business entrepreneur and a new member of SCMSDC’s board of directors, Joe Blackstone is in a unique position to help guide the council’s activities to ensure its place as the preeminent minority business advocacy organization in Southern California. In 1991, Blackstone founded Blackstone Consulting Inc. (BCI), which has grown into a multi-million dollar service company in various service sectors. The Los Angeles-based company provides food, janitorial, facilities maintenance, security, staffing, and grounds and maintenance services. BCI employs people in 16 states and Germany, and has contracts with Sodexo USA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, government agencies, and more. In addition, BCI is a Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a membership program for minority businesses with proven capability for national contracts. Blackstone received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He completed the Board of Directors Training with a certificate from the UCLA Anderson Business School and previously served on several boards, including USC Board of Governors, Los Angeles County Private Industry Council Board and was a member of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles.
Supplier Diversity and Development
Southern California Edison
Eric Fisher has over 25 years of Supply Chain Management experience with established Fortune 100 companies. His role in Supplier Diversity includes ensuring that SCE complies with all public law, as well as CPUC rules and regulations related to diverse business enterprise procurement practices. Before becoming a Principal Manager in Supplier Diversity, Eric worked for progressive Supply Chain organizations throughout his career with an additional emphasis on Supplier Diversity. He managed Supply Chain groups in the Category of Information Technology, Professional Services, Consulting and Contingent Labor. His wealth of knowledge has afforded him opportunities with SCE where he has worked cross functionally across the organization delivering successful sourcing initiatives achieving significant Prime and Subcontracting results for Diverse Business Enterprises. Eric is a certified sourcing and contract negotiator; he received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands. Eric is very active in his community and many professional organizations, Eric sits on many boards where his leadership and strategic business acumen has afforded him the opportunity to network with many organizations where he has been able to pay it forward.
Socio-Economic Business Programs and Government Relations
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Vicky Harper-Hall manages the strategically important small business and socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. In this position, she oversees all aspects of sector programs related to small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, historically underutilized, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small business, and historically black colleges/universities and minority institutions programs. As part of helping ensure Northrop Grumman’s competitive position in the defense industry, Harper-Hall also guides the company’s work in surveying and assessing potential small business partners, and works to increase those partners’ participation in government and commercial contracts. Harper-Hall also provides guidance to small business liaison officers at Integrated Systems sites, maintains U.S. government customer approval of the small business program and master subcontracting plan, and executes procedures to ensure compliance with federal, state and corporate laws that govern the administration of the programs.
|Albert BW Louis, CPSM
Supplier Diversity and Business Development
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Albert Louis is the Director of Supplier Diversity and Business Development for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience group. Albert started his career with Johnson Controls in 1999 and has held several positions with Johnson Controls since his start with Johnson Controls. Albert’s role as Director of Supplier Diversity and Business Development is to create strategy and align tactics to the grow Johnson Controls’ supplier diversity spend while building robust diverse suppliers that can compete in the marketplace. The strategy and tactics must result in solutions that help Johnson Controls maintain a competitive advantage in their lines of business. Albert is aligned in the organization so he can effectively reach executives vertically as well as his peers and all those that influence spend and decisions. His alignment has allowed him to effectively influence strategy and decision-makers to bring about a strong supplier diversity process in the across the lines of business; Automotive Experience, Building Efficiency, and Power Solutions. Prior to Johnson Controls, Albert has held positions in Manufacturing, Materials Management, and Purchasing. One of his proudest achievements in his career is developing and bringing to fruition a Focus Factory complete with Kanban and Just-in-Time planning to support manufacturing and materials management of a fortune 500 company. Albert serves as a member of the certification committee for the Michigan Minority Supplier Development council, Board Member for the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, Executive Board Member for the Canadian Aboriginal Supplier Development Council, and serves as a Global Strategic committee member for WEConnect International.
Vice President of International
Operations and Business Development
Technology Integration Group (TIG)
Ying McGuire is the Vice President of International Operations and Business Development at Technology Integration Group (TIG), a premier minority owned IT products, solutions and services provider based in San Diego, California with 24 offices in US, China, and a global partner network. In this role, she oversees TIG’s existing international operations and expansion of global business. She also leads TIG’s corporate business development and supplier diversity initiative. Prior to TIG, Ying was the Global Supplier Diversity Officer at Dell Inc. She was responsible for driving three billion dollar procurement spend with diverse suppliers and she was a leading voice in the supplier diversity industry. Ying holds a variety of community leadership role. She serves on an advisory board of the International Trade Center, a United Nation agency based in Switzerland, and is currently a board member of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the board chair of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council in Texas, a global committee member of the Woman Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), an International Committee member of the National Minority Supplier Development council (NMSDC), and a board member of the Billion Dollar Round Table. DiversityBusiness.com named Ying as an “America’s Top Diversity Advocate”. Minority Business USA recognized Ying as one of its “Best of The Decade”. DiversityPlus Magazine named Ying as a “Champion of Diversity”.
Staff Vice President
Procurement and Accounts Payable
Mario joined WellPoint in 2003. During his time at WellPoint Mario has had various roles including Sourcing Manager, Sourcing Director and most recently Procurement Operations and Accounts Payable Staff Vice President. In his current position Mario is responsible for Procurement Operations, Contracts Management, Procurement Technology, Analytics and Accounts Payable for the enterprise. Prior to WellPoint Mario was a manager at Accenture’s supply chain practice where he led Procurement engagements for clients in various industries including pharmaceutical, entertainment, healthcare, finance, and consumer goods. Before joining Accenture Mario worked for Southern California Edison where he was part of the Executive Development Program and had roles in the Procurement department and the Marketing team. Mario is a board member of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council and a member of the Ariba Technology Advisory Council.
Supplier Diversity Manager
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Monetta Stephens is the supplier diversity manager for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. In support of Toyota’s 21st Century Diversity Strategy, Stephens is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic-supplier diversity plan that ensures Toyota’s suppliers reflect the communities where Toyota does business throughout the U.S. She also developed and implemented the company’s metrics for tracking minority dollars spent. Stephens began her career with Toyota in 1986 as a tax accountant filing state income tax returns. She also held positions in financial repor ting, fixed asset accounting. Stephens holds an Associate Science degree in accounting from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va., and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif.
President and CEO
Zeesman Communications, Inc.
Bonnie Nijst is President and CEO of ZEESMAN, an award-winning brand strategy, marketing and design firm where she brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, public relations and communications consulting to the branding and marketing programs the company creates. ZEESMAN’s clients have included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., HMSHost, Panasonic, Pioneer Electronics, USC’s Marshall School of Business, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Los Angeles World Airports, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Beverly Hills, Griffith Observatory and Rock the Vote. Active in the business and nonprofit communities, Bonnie is past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles and past vice chair of the NAWBO-LA Foundation. In addition to serving as chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee and as a member of the board of directors of the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, Bonnie serves on the boards of the California Family Health Council, Barco’s Nightingales Foundation, and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles Education Fund. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management.