Welcome to the North Carolina MWBE Coordinator's Network!
Our Mission: "To provide education, support, and resources
to our members and business communities!"
In 1987, few municipalities had legally established programs that featured the notion of inclusion for commodity purchases or construction projects. In that same year, the North Carolina Minority and Women Business Enterprise Coordinators’ Network (NC M/WBE Coordinators’ Network) was established with seven members as a “think tank” to share strategies and ideas on administering minority business programs.
Over the past twenty years, the members of the NC M/WBE Coordinators’ Network have been committed to ensuring that all segments of the community have an equitable opportunity to participate in professional service contracts, procurement contracts, and construction projects in both public and private sectors.
Today, the Network has increased its membership to more than 100 participants from state agencies, universities, community colleges, municipalities, and private organizations throughout North Carolina.
Pamela Gales has been in local and State government for 20 years. First with Durham County, and now with Wake County Public School System. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, and has certifications as a Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer, and a Master Compliance Administrator. She is a member of The American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA), the North Carolina MWBE Coordinators’ Network (NCCN), the Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), and the National Notary Association.
Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is in the midst of a billion dollar construction program and Pamela currently leads this effort as the HUB Program Manager. Since coming to WCPSS as the HUB Program Manager, Pamela has worked to increase minority participation in its construction program, and purchases of goods, supplies, and services. Under her leadership WCPSS has achieved an MBE participation rate of 25% for informal projects, and almost 30% for formal projects for the $1.5 billion of projects completed to date.
Pamela has spent countless hours at small business fairs and expos, and supports other partner agencies with her energy and commitment to the mission of educating, supporting and assisting the M/WBE community. Pamela served as Secretary for the North Carolina M/WBE Coordinators’ Network for two years, and she served as a Board Member, and Programming Committee Chair for the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce (GDBCC). She was selected as the 2015 Durham Med Week Individual Diversity Advocate of the Year, and NC DOA Historically Underutilized Business Office HUB Advocate of the year at the 2016 State Construction Conference.
Tammie Hall, CCA has joined Lend Lease as the Senior Regional Supplier Diversity Manager. She has a background in business with a focus in finance, human resources, procurement, legislation, budget and community relations.
At Lend Lease, Tammie serves as a resource on Minority, Women-Owned, Small and Local Business Program research and development. She helps to create innovative and unique programs that are designed to make a powerful impact and significant contributions in the communities in which we conduct business. Tammie also raises awareness of the relevance of creating procurement opportunities for diverse businesses while promoting initiatives to make the bidding process and award possibilities more accessible. She works closely with Lend Lease offices in California, North Carolina, DC and Florida.
Tammie previously served as a Senior Administrator for MWBE Programs for Guilford County Schools and the largest school district in North Carolina, Wake County Public School System serving as the liaison to diverse businesses, state and local government including city/county staff and elected officials. Other experience includes serving as Director of MWBE Programs at North Carolina Central University and Regional Director for United States Senator, Tim Hutchinson.
In 2000, North Carolina passed the largest bond referendum in the country for higher education at $3.1 billion for renovation and new construction. The General Assembly passed legislation that required public institutions to utilize small minority and women owned businesses in procurement opportunities. Tammie has worked closely with public entities to create diverse programs which have contracted over $100 million in minority communities.
In her volunteer time, she serves as a board member at the Global Scholars Academy, Co-Chair of Union Baptist Education Committee and an avid supporter of her alma mater, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she was recently elected President for The National Alumni Association serving a two year term.
Denisha Harris serves as the Purchasing Manager for the City of Greenville. In her role, she administers, supervises and coordinates the procurement functions of the City. She also oversees the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Program for which she developed and served as Coordinator for over eight years.
Currently, Denisha Serves the NC MWBE Coordinators’ Network as the Vice-President and has also served as the Scholarship Committee Chair and member of the Professional Development Committee. In 2008, the NC MWBE Coordinators' Network awarded Denisha the "Rising Star Award," given to the Coordinator who has taken his/her program to the next level of excellence. In two years, Denisha soared from a "Rising Star" to "Coordinator of the Year" as recipient of the "President's Award," an honor bestowed upon a Coordinator in recognition of his/her superior performance and continuing commitment to the mission of the NC MWBE Coordinators' Network. For several years, Denisha has also taught courses at the UNC School of Government in MWBE Outreach and provides training on this topic for the Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing.
Denisha is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Sociology (concentration in Public Policy) and a Masters in Public Administration. In 2014, Denisha earned credentials as a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) by the Institute of Supply Management, an internationally recognized certification, and looks forward to receiving her Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO) certification in 2017.
Stacey Moretti has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) since 2006 and currently serves as a Supplier Diversity Compliance Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her responsibilities include monitoring compliance of the policies, procedures and guidelines of the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Program. She serves and a liaison between CMS and the contracting community, focusing on supplier identification and outreach. She assists with the development and evaluation of bid proposals, participates in pre-bid meetings and monitors MWSBE activities throughout the construction process.
Stacey became a part of the Network in 2014 and was elected Board Secretary in 2016. She is committed to supplier diversity and ensuring members of the MWSBE community are given every opportunity to succeed. She is a graduate of Ashford University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.
Luther R Williams, Business Assistance Program Manager for the City of Raleigh. He has been working with Minority and Women Owned Businesses for the past 22 years and prior to that he was employed by Peoples Bank as Branch Manager for the Falls of the Neuse Rd. Branch. Prior to working at Peoples Bank , he was employed with First Citizen Bank for 7 years as a Branch Manager at Oak Park and North Hills branches.
He has a BA in Economic s from NC Wesleyan College and MPA from North Carolina Central University. Additionally, he has served 31 years in the North Carolina National Guard as a member of the 130th Finance Battalion.
Chiquitha Lloyd has been with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since 2002 and currently serves as the Administrator of the Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Program.
Her responsibilities include developing/implementing MWSBE program initiatives, supplier development, system-wide compliance, and community outreach. She has over 15 years of research, facilitation and project management experience. As a graduate of both the University of Oklahoma with a major in Psychology (Political Science and Human Development minors) and the University of Phoenix School of Business with a Master of Business Administration, Chiquitha has continued to influence the business community on the importance of inclusive procurement practices.
Under her leadership, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' MWSBE utilization has grown from $14M to $98M in procurement transactions. Currently, 27 percent of eligible expenditures are spent with MWSBE firms. Honors include 2009 Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Public/Private Corporation of the year, 2009 North Carolina MWBE Coordinators' Network President Award, 2010 Pride Magazine 51 Most-Powerful Women and 2010 Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Honoree.
Chiquitha serves or has served on the board of directors of the North Carolina M/WBE Coordinator's Network, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Diversity Business Council, Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Metrolina Regional Advisory Council Vice Chair and ProForum Steering Committee Co-Chair, Small Business Resource Roundtable, The Diversity Forum, and United Way of Central Carolinas Community Building Council.
Annette is a graduate of Methodist College with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Military Science. She has over 27 years of professional work experience in the personnel/administrative management and procurement profession. Anette joined SAS Institute Inc. in September 1999.
During her career at SAS she has been responsible for producing various commodities and earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). Annette currently serves as the Supplier Diversity Manager at SAS. As part of the Corporate Services Division, she has been responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the company's supplier diversity initiatives.
Under Annette's leadership, SAS' supplier diversity program has been credited with several accolades and service awards. Most recently she was selected as a 2009 recipient of SAS' CEO Award of Excellence and 2009 MBE Advocate of the Year for the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council. She presently serves in the following positions: Board member of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils (Chair, Piedmont Region), Executive Board Member for the N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative, Executive Board (At-Large Board Member), N.C. Minority Business/Women Coordinators Network, Board member of the Triangle Chapter, Institute of Supply Management-Carolinas Virginia Region, Scholarchip Committee (Member) U.S. Pacific Asian-American chamber of Commerce and Member of the State of North Carolina's Diversity Advocacy partnership Council.
Her responsibilities with the Network include developing strategic Partner Relationships. The goal is to develop strategic relationships with numerous minority/women business development/resource organizations throughout North Carolina and keep NCCN members aware of relevant upcoming events and topics of interest.
Manage website design, layout, updates, content, calendar, video clips and other relevant content.
The Marketing Committee is responsible for ensuring Network events and news are released to industry stakeholders and media outlets in an effort to increase awareness of the value of the Network and its members and to attract new professionals to our association.
Brenda Fulmore, is the Director of Supplier Diversity at Winston Salem State University. She is responsible for management of the HUB process, strategic plan which includes HUB outreach and reporting to ensure compliance with both the State of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina General Administration for goods/services and construction. WSSU overall HUB participation has increased from 12 to 34 percent and for African Americans from .04 to 25 percent in 2009-2013.
Under her leadership, Winston Salem State University received three awards in 2011, 2012 and 2015 at the N.C. State Construction Office Conference. The Good Faith Effort HUB Award for Public Sector/Agency in 2011, WSSU, UNCG and NCAT in 2012 for their collaboration and outreach efforts to further minority and women business participation on campus projects and 2015, all HUB Coordinators were presented awards by the North Carolina Department of Administration HUB Office. She established the UNC System Triad Coalition in 2010 with sister Universities, UNCG and NCA&T. This event brings suppliers, contractors and subcontractors together under one roof to network, educate and discuss upcoming project opportunities.
She worked in the financial industry for 27 years before coming to Winston Salem State University. She developed, managed and implemented strategic plan for the Supplier Diversity Program and identified barriers. Encouraged matchmaking sessions between suppliers and internal department decision makers for diverse participation in the sourcing process. Mentored diverse suppliers and contractors on how to do business with corporate america, public sector and each other (B2B).
She received numerous awards and recognition for her minority and woman-owned business advocacy and featured in several publications, such as, Minority and Women Business and MBE magazines, Winston-Salem Chronicle Newspaper, Winston-Salem Journal and the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils, Inc. (CMSDC) Newsletter. Most recently, she wrote an article on Corporate Strategies: Collaboration Nation, published in the MBE Magazine (2015).
Brenda was recently appointed to the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA) Board for the Mid-Atlanta Region. She serves on the executive board of Creative Corridors Coalition (CCC) as Secretary and Administration Chair, board member of the NC MWBE Coordinators Network. Her past board involvements have been on the executive boards of the Supplier Diversity Group, formally known as the M/WBDG board of ISM and the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Councils, Inc. (CVMSDC) and as past president and chairperson of the Triad MSDC.
Programs Chair, Gina Dean
The Programs Committee’s purpose is to provide quality professional development seminars by capitalizing on the strengths of the organization and individual members. It is the responsibility of the Programs Committee to organize, coordinate and execute the annual conference. The Conference Committee is customarily chaired by the Vice President, although he/she may appoint a co-chairperson.
Legislative Chair, Trent Rawley
The primary responsibility of the Legislative Committee is to promote legislative, rules, and public policy activities that are consistent with the goals of NCCN. This includes national, state, and local activities. This is an advocacy committee.
As a Small, Minority and Disadvantaged Business Advocate, Trent currently serves as a supplier Diversity Specialist for the NC Department of Administration's Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB). Trent manages the Statewide Uniform Certification (SWUC) Program. In addition, he serves as Senior Business Developer focusing on Renovation and Repair initiatives and the Connect NC Bond Projects.
Creating and Managing Emerging Contractors Program (ECP) Assessing HUB Business Workflow/Process for Efficiency Working with State Agencies Working with Contractors (HUB, DBE, WBE and MBE Certified Firms) Managing the SWUC/HUB Certification Program Managing the Connect NC and Repair and Renovation Business Portfolio Prepare Certification Reciprocity Agreements with other States and other accredited Small, Minority and Disadvantaged Certification business organizations Prior to joining the HUB Office, he served as the Director of the NCDOT Office of Civil Rights where he managed the DBE, MBE, WBE, SBE, SPSF and the BOWD small, minority and disadvantaged business programs. He has held several senior management positions working in the private sector and the US Congress, where he served as a Small Business Advisor. He worked with US Small Business Administration (SBA), 8(a) Program, WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOB and VOB Small Business Programs. He also worked with US Department of Transportation (DOT), working in the DBE, WBE and MBE small, minority and disadvantaged programs.
Trent has over 25+ years of progressive, small business advocacy, supplier diversity, inclusion, business development, program and project management experience with federal state and local governments, mostly in the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas. He received his BS Degree from Winston-Salem State University (NC) with studies in Business Education, he later attended the University of Maryland Master’s Program in Management of Information Technology.
In addition, he brings the following relationships: