Fiddy brings decades of experience to her role as CEO, including her years with AT&T where she was awarded for her consistent talent and drive. Her technical background from UCLA with a BS in Electrical Engineer and her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA set the stage for her success. When she hasn’t been leading in the business sector, she’s been driven to contribute socially to people who are often underrepresented. As a long-time volunteer within her local and national communities, she’s volunteered with shelters, fundraisers, and even coached female entrepreneurs in how to start and run their own business.
It’s the same spirit of commonality and stewardship that led Fiddy to found En Pointe ITS, where she’s helped build a team that represents and encourages diversity in the technology supply chain of Fortune 500 companies. Under her leadership and through her solid commitment to organizations like the NMSDC and WBENC, En Pointe ITS was quick to establish itself in the industry.
In 2006, Maria Bastian Thompson took her years of experience in supply management and started Agile Sourcing Partners, a sourcing and supply chain solutions firm that has grown to operations in more than nine states and more than 250 employees. The Corona, Calif.-based company specializes in transporting, warehousing, assembling, procuring and kitting customer products and handling complex logistics and supply matters for Fortune 1,000 companies in the energy, construction, manufacturing and engineering sectors. Before Agile, Maria held supply chain positions in the energy, semi-conductor, and furniture manufacturing industries. Maria is a certified purchasing manager, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an international MBA from the University of San Diego. Agile has received numerous awards and honors including Pacific Gas & Electric’s Supplier of the Year (2018), Best of the Best Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award in the Inland Empire (2016), International Women’s Entrepreneur Challenge Award (2016), California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame (2016), Southern California Minority Development Council’s Supplier of the Year finalist (2013-2016), E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year-Orange County finalist (2014, 2016), US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Elite Business Award (2016) and Southern California Gas Co.’s Diverse Supplier of the Year (2016). In addition, Agile Sourcing Partners was named Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 Large Latino Business of the Year.
Marquita Thomas is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles affiliate of the NGLCC, the third party certifying body for LGBT Business Enterprises. For 10 years, she has advocated for increased LGBT inclusion in corporate, government and municipal supply chains as well as strategic alliances between all diverse communities to increase opportunities for all.
Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner is Vice President and Co-Owner of Diego & Son Printing a successful MBE/SDVOSB/DVBE second-generation printing business in San Diego. She has over twenty-five years of experience in sales and marketing and has been essential in the continued growth of the 45-year-old family-owned business. Her list of corporate clients includes CVS Pharmacy, MetLife, Blue Shield, SDG&E, Southern California Edison and more.
Rebecca’s business has won several awards including the SDMSDC MBE Supplier of the Year and Family-Owned business of the year. In 2016, Rebecca won the John Rak Award for her dedication in helping SDVOSBs. Rebecca was honored at the MCCSN “Women Leading the Way” luncheon in March 2017. In April she was recognized at the Diversity Professional Women of Excellence Awards Brunch and received the Leadership Award.
In 2016 Rebecca co-founded Veterans In Business (VIB) Network, with Navy Veteran/SDVOSB Cole Woodman. The VIB Network is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that advocates on behalf of all Veteran businesses nationwide. The VIB Network offers free business resources, webinars and helps connect Veteran businesses to Corporations, Government Agencies and Prime Contractors looking to create business opportunities. All are invited to join the VIB Network for FREE today at www.vibnetwork.org. Rebecca’s enthusiasm to truly help minority and veteran businesses grow is infectious and she believes that with shared knowledge and support we can all succeed together.
Terry Carter, CEO, Travertine Spa Collection, is a seasoned business professional with over 30 years of combined experience in entrepreneurship, corporate strategy, international business, product development, product placement, and intellectual property law. His career ranges from positions in government and law firms to Fortune 500 companies. Terry began his career in Japan as a United Nations trained Information Officer coordinating development assistance in Asia and served as an interpreter for the deputy mayor of Yokohama. He earned a BA in International Affairs with a minor in Japanese from the University of Puget Sound. Terry then went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University. While he was a law student, he worked in the patent and antitrust group at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP, one of the largest law firms in America. Further, studies include corporate contracts and international joint ventures at the National University of Singapore. Terry also served as a project finance intern at the Export-Import Bank of the United States where he drafted the Ex-Im Bank Charter for Funding Request document, which was then reviewed and approved by Congress. While exploring his creative side, Terry worked to make skin and body care products as a hobby. This hobby later became the noted Travertine Spa Collection. He solidified his knowledge product formulation and fragrance by studying in at the Institute Supérieur International du Parfum, de la Cosmétique de de l”Aromatique Alimentaire (ISIPCA – Paris).