NaVOBA and our Founding Partners Lowes, Shell, and USAA proudly recognized the 2018 Minority Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s annual conference last week in Austin, Texas. NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of America’s veteran business owners working as supplier partners to NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies.
The Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year demonstrate the finest attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business; sustained business growth and success; and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship as well as a commitment to give back to their communities. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a U.S. military veteran business owner who actively runs the company.
The awards dinner was hosted by NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies at Abel’s on the Lake. NaVOBA Board Chair Heather Herndon-Wright presented the first honorable mention to Shon Barnwell of Shon Barnwell Events.
Shon Barnwell Events provides complete event planning and management services for government, military, corporate and private clients in the U.S. and around the world. Barnwell said her firm is committed to operational excellence shaped by 25 years of military experience in logistics, project management and event operations. They customize events with professionals who specialize in making events memorable, adding style and grace to meet their clients’ needs and budgets.
Next, NaVOBA Board Member Brian Hall, Supplier Diversity Manager for Shell, presented the second honorable mention to Anthony Bryant of A2A Integrated Logistics, Inc.
A2A (Analysis to Action) is an innovative company with a diverse expertise base ranging from integrated logistics to intelligence support activities in support of contingency operations worldwide. The firm supports an array of clientele that includes Business-to-Government (B2G) and Business-to-Business (B2B) operations to private large-scale consumers.
Next, NaVOBA Board Member Tabatha Bowman, Supplier Diversity Manager for Lowes, presented the first Minority Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year Award to Staci Redmon Strategy and Management Services, Inc. Redmon was also recognized last year as NaVOBA’s 2017 Woman Vetrepreneur® of the Year.
SAMS is a team of problem solvers, strategists, and creative thinkers. Redmon believes that great companies are made of great people, not products or programs, and this conviction is at the heart of everything they do.
SAMS team members take their jobs seriously—but personally—and have built a corporate culture that is committed to integrity, continuous learning, and social responsibility. By investing in people that share those values, they have cultivated a dynamic, entrepreneurial team unlike any other in the industry.
The firm’s expertise is rooted in the diverse backgrounds of employees. Thirty-seven percent of SAMS employees are women, 60 percent are minorities, and 75 percent are veterans. Like the organizations and communities SAMS serves, they see diversity as an asset that strengthens their ability to make a difference.
Next, NaVOBA Board Member Wayne Shanks, Supplier Diversity Manager for USAA, presented the final Minority Veteran’s Business Enterprise of the Year Award to Doug Crawley of Synasha LLC.
Synasha was created as a joint venture between Staffing Synergies and Menasha, which organically evolved based on a shared vision. Synasha believes that the synergy between the two companies defines a partnership that is greater than the sum of the two. The partnership provides both the large company benefits (resources and stability) and the small firm advantages (flexibility and customization), generating solutions for clients that can only be developed through teamwork.