By Mitchell Acks

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Council's 41st Partnership Awards Gala theme reflected "Reflections of Excellence in Diversity”, was held at the majestic Cipriani Wall Street on November 14th.

The diverse attendees of various industries enjoyed the beautiful upstairs and library of this former bank for the cocktail hour with the delicious constantly passed hors d'ouevres like their famous lamb chops and full open bar. Then we enjoyed the continued great service for our scrumptious dinner in the main area with jumbo shrimp as the appetizer and then their legendary prime roast fillet of beef. The vanilla crème merigue cake was different and not too sweet.

David Ushery, an Emmy Award Winner, was an engaging and funny master of ceremonies. He is co-anchor for the weekend editions of “ News 4 New York” at 6p.m. and 11 p.m. and is the host of “The Debrief with David Ushery.

Mitchell & Titus, LLP was awarded the Supplier Of The Year class III award. This firm has been around since 1974 and is the largest minority-controlled professional services firm in the US.

Tronex International was honored with the Supplier Of The Year class IV award. This Asian- American owned Minority Business Enterprise , is a multiple-award winning, New Jersey, USA- based manufacturer and leading global brand of nearly 600 disposable personal protective equipment for over 25 years.

Rondu Vincent, Global Supplier Diversity Worldwide Procurement at Pfizer, Inc and director of the Council, received the Advocate of the Year. Pfizer was awarded with the National Corporation of the Year.

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (The Council), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides helps and resources such as: identifying minority suppliers, certifies bona-fide minority business enterprises with their national computerized database of over 15,000 certified members; and facilitates procurement opportunities between Corporate America and Council-certified minority suppliers. The supplier group includes Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native-American businesses located throughout the State of New York and Northern and Central New Jersey.

The Council’s membership consists of Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. More about the council can be found on their website . There was an after-party in the upstairs to top off this fine evening with delicious desserts and open bar. Many including myself danced to the disco, latin and reggae tunes.

Photos courtesy of LUXXELIVING.

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Council's 41st Partnership Awards Gala theme reflected

"Reflections of Excellence in Diversity”