Certification/Recertification Application

Our 2021 COE Program is sponsored by Aramark and facilitated through two regional councils: EMSDC and SCMSDC. The Centers of Excellence program facilitates the development and growth of certified diverse businesses to compete and become more prepared to meet the more rigorous vendor requirements currently in use by the council member corporations.

Benefits

  • Helping minority businesses better compete in a global environment
  • Aligning more closely the sales methods of MBEs with the procurement processes of corporate members
  • Developing a portfolio of capacity building models/templates for use
  • Strengthening corporate supplier diversity processes
  • Enhancing corporation minority supplier development process by using NMSDC Best Practices
  • Providing opportunities for corporations to benchmark successful minority supplier development strategies among corporate peers
  • Providing increased business opportunities for both corporate members and MBEs through learning from each other’s competitive strengths
  • Having a greater impact on improving the economic environment of the community by reinforcing the concept of buying among and between corporations and MBE companies, improving competitive market position by helping corporations satisfy the expectation of an increasingly diverse customer base

Structure

Meetings for this program take place virtually and use video conferencing to connect EMSDC and SCMSDC’s Cohorts with Aramark ERGs, SMEs, and University Professors throughout the 6-month program. Upon Cohort completion, the Cohort will participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate award.

The cohort consists of Aramark Employee Resource Group (ERG) representatives serving as Executive Coaches and SMEs, along with Class III, IV, and Corporate Plus members* who are MBEs serving as Mentors, and MBEs in the food & beverage, hospitality, and facilities industries who serve as the Mentees.

*Corporate Plus® is an unprecedented membership program for NMSDC-certified minority businesses of the highest caliber. The Corporate Plus® members have demonstrated their capacity to execute national contracts for major corporations. NMSDC national corporate members nominate MBEs for this designation, which elevates their profile among national corporate members and facilitates the MBEs broader participation throughout the NMSDC network.

Autumn Bayles

SVP Global Supply Chain

Aramark

Gilbert Buchanan

Owner & Founder

Buchanan & Associates

Keely Costa

Director, Project Management Office

Aramark

Trevor Ferguson

Field President, Higher Education

Aramark

James W. Haile Jr.

Supply Management Founder and Consultant

JWH & Associates

Lauren Ibarra

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Aramark

Natily Santos

VP Specialty Supply Chain

Aramark

Ed Terrell

Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Avendra Group

Ray Verlinghieri

VP, Partnership Acitivation & PMO

Aramark

Sean Ames

Associate District Manager

Aramark

Micah Boudreaux

District Marketing Manager

Aramark Higher Education

Katie Davis

Vice President of Operations

Aramark

Margaret H. Fitzgerald

Vice-President of Operations

LifeWorks Restaurant Group

Carlos F. Gonzalez

VP of Data Privacy & Compliance

Aramark

Jenna Hagerich

VP of Business to Business Marketing

Aramark

Joel Hernandez

Food Service Director

Aramark

May Limbach

Brand Marketing Director

Aramark

Jessica MacKool-Todd

District Manager

Aramark

Melissa Merkel

Vice President and Associate General Counsel

Aramark

Dione Moore

District Manager

Aramark Higher Education

Shannon Nichols

Facilities District Manager

Aramark

Arianne (Ari) Phillips

Region Human Resource Director

Aramark

Carlos G. Ramos

VP, International Controller

Aramark

Danielle Rementer

Marketing Director, B2B Healthcare

Aramark

Katelyn Repash

Director Specialty Supply Chain

Aramark

Chris Schilling

Director, Specialty Supply Chain - Global Supply Chain & Procurement

Aramark

Paul Sizer

CFO

Aramark

Jessica Tantin

District Manager

Aramark

Joel Burstein

Chief Executive Officer

Keep it Simple Training and Development
EMSDC Cohort

David Groomes

Sr. Vice President, Head of Commercial Business

U.S. Facilities, Inc.
EMSDC Cohort

Michael Horsey

CEO

Horsey, Buckner & Heffler, LLP
EMSDC Cohort

Patricia Thomas-LaRoche

CEO

Cameron & Associates 8, LLC
EMSDC Cohort

Gene Waddy

Chief Executive Officer

Alpha Business Solutions
EMSDC Cohort

Joe Blackstone

Founder, President

Blackstone Consulting, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Fiddy Hakim

CEO

En Pointe IT Solutions
SCMSDC Cohort

Kirby Hays

CEO

Hal Hays Construction
SCMSDC Cohort

Mark Morales

Vice President - SBA Lending

City National Bank
SCMSDC Cohort

Linda Stone

Founder & CEO

APR Consulting, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Maria Thompson

President

Founder & Strategic Advisor at Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Andre Andrews

Owner/CEO

Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream
EMSDC Cohort

Nikisha Bailey

Co-Owner

Win Win Coffee Bar
EMSDC Cohort

Sean Banks

Founder/CEO

Krisp Drinks LLC
EMSDC Cohort

John Bronson

Managing

Finger Licking Dutch
EMSDC Cohort

Antwain Bullock

Co-Owner

Sweet Treat Hut
EMSDC Cohort

Albert Ndjee

President

Neilly’s Food, LLC
EMSDC Cohort

Ambarish

Managing

Bewley Irish Imports
EMSDC Cohort

Jiten Patel

Owner / Co-Founder

Green Smart Products
EMSDC Cohort

Yvette Watts

Owner & CEO

Watts Facility Solutions
EMSDC Cohort

John Brajevic

Managing

Twenty Four 7 Global Solutions, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Michele T. Carter-Freeman

Co-Founder & CEO

Venice Beach Tea Company
SCMSDC Cohort

Vanessa Faggiolly

Chief Financial Officer

Amerisal Foods LLC
SCMSDC Cohort

Dora Herrera

President

Yuca's Restaurants
SCMSDC Cohort

June Lim

Owner

Starlite Cuisine
SCMSDC Cohort

Sujata Mody Kamdar

Chairman

GBS Linens, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Anita Ron

President

BriteWorks, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort

Cheryl Tsang

Owner/Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Starport Foods
SCMSDC Cohort

Angella Wijmer

Vice President of Sales

Gaviña Coffee Solutions (GCS)
SCMSDC Cohort

Vincent Wu

VP of Finance

AFC Trading & Wholesale, Inc.
SCMSDC Cohort