SMSDC News                                    July 2018
From the President's Desk

I would like to personally THANK all of you who attended SMSDC's 2018 Premier Face Time Expo, June 6th - 8th in San Antonio, TX.   

And, our sincerest THANKS to our Title Sponsor,   Toyota  for their continued involvement and support of SMSDC's Premier Face Time Expo,   "Innovation & Technology for the Future"  and the   Association of Electric Companies of Texas (AECT)  for their collaborative initiative with the SMSDC.
 We received numerous compliments from those MBEs in attendance on how well the information was presented and the relevance to their businesses.

To kick off the three day event, the SMSDC held their annual Premier Face Time Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 6th at the beautiful Resort Course at La Cantera Golf Club. Beginning with a Shot Gun Scramble at 8 a.m., golfers enjoyed the exquisite greens, inspirational views, networking and a great round of golf.  The networking continued over a delicious lunch concluding with the awards ceremony. 

On June 7th, the Premier Face Time Expo was kicked-off with our featured Developmental Plus Program: Benchmarking Plus for Corporate Members and Capacity Plus for Certified MBEs. The Plus Program, only available at SMSDC, has been providing invaluable information since 2012 to all of our Corporate Members and MBEs. The program is presented by Reginald K. Layton with JCI, a leader in Supplier Diversity.

Following the Plus Program classes, we celebrated the commencement of the conference with the Opening Chairman's Reception. During this reception, we brought back MBE "Idol" for our Certified MBEs. Thanks to our judges; Michael Hayes, ALDEZ CONTAINERS Shawn Green, CONOCOPHILLIPS Sheela Ooi, DELL Alex Payan, EL PASO ELECTRIC Debbie Trevino, TRECO SERVICES.

Each of the following presenters did an excellent job.

Representing Austin - Brian Fontenot, Elevation Firm and Jacky Washington, Requested Personnel
Representing El Paso - Beatriz Fernandez,, LLC. And Representing San Antonio, Nippy Betz, Scholarship Leadership Institute.

We are excited with the feedback we received and the number of MBE's as well as Corporate Members who established invaluable connections during the Buyer's Breakfast Roundtable (BBR). Our sincere thanks to all who participated in this year's BBR, the highlight of our Premier Face Time Expo. The Expo was over capacity with 40+ exhibitors who showcased their products, services and solutions to over 200 participants which included corporate CEOs, procurement executives, supplier diversity professionals and MBEs interested in engaging in business opportunities.

And a special thank you to the following executives who participated in the Supplier Diversity's Role Fostering Innovation & Capacity Building Luncheon; Randall Anderson, General Manager, Purchasing Supplier Relations, Toyota; Guy Schweppe, Vice President of Procurement of Dell; and Reginald K. Layton, Vice President, Supplier Diversity & Supply Chain Sustainability of Johnson Controls Inc. The entire dialogue was engaging and thought-provoking.

Following the luncheon panelist session, was our exciting Awards Ceremony where the winners of Corporation of the Year, Suppliers of the Year, and Advocate of the Year were announced.

Congratulations again to:

OnSite Contracting, 2018 Supplier of the Year,
Class II

Maldonado Nursery and Landscaping, 2018 Supplier of the Year,
Class III

Chuck Hendrix, Toyota, 2018 Advocate of the Year

Toyota, 2018 Corporation of the Year, Manufacturing

Dell, 2018 Corporation of the Year, Special Services 

Kevin Jackson, Vice President at Jackson Enterprises, President's Choice Award 

Overall, the three day event was one of the best ever! However, this event would not have been possible without the assistance of our volunteers. Thank you to all of our volunteers from Treco Services. We know your time is extremely valuable and we are very grateful for your help! We would also like to thank all of the event sponsors and all who donated goodie items for our event.  

See you next year at the 2019 Premier Face Time Expo, Awards Ceremony & Golf Tournament.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION is now open for the 2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Fair, October 14-17 in Austin, TX. If you have not already done so, please visit,  to take advantage of the Early Bird Specials. Early Bird registration closes on August 3rd, 2018 and we do not want you to be left out.

With over 6,000 participants, 700+ exhibitors, exciting receptions, educational forums and tremendous networking opportunities, you do not want to miss out! And, the SMSDC, YOUR council is the host council for this year's dynamic conference! Remember, you must be an active corporate member or an active Certified MBE to attend the National conference.  If your certification has lapsed, please contact Gabrielle Ramirez at to renew today!


In This Issue


All SMSDC offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in celebration Independence Day.  Offices will re-open on Thursday, July 5th at 8:30 a.m.

Please note:
Pre & Post Certification training calls will take place on Thursday, July 5th instead of Wednesday, July 4th.

English call will take place  from 10am - 11am CST and Spanish call is from 11 a.m. CST to 12 p.m. CST.
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code: 372354#


We are delighted to introduce Gabrielle Ramirez to all of SMSDC's stakeholders.  Gabrielle, Executive Assistant/Project Manager, joined the SMSDC team earlier this month.  She is enthusiastic to join our team and is ready to assist our MBEs with any questions related  to Recertifications.  She is available in our Austin office, M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Gabrielle can be reached via phone at 512.386.8766 or via email at


Thank you for your SMSDC Application. To ensure your application is processed in a timely manner,
will be added to ANY applications that are received via FEDEX, CERTIFIED MAIL or REGULAR MAIL.
ALL NEW and RECERTICATION applications are to be uploaded without exception. If you are having trouble uploading your documents, please contact:
Eduardo-Muniz-Fraticelli at 512.297.6478, e-mail

He is available Monday - Friday 8:30-5:00p.m. CST


Requirement for All New MBEs:
You must participate in the training prior to the Certification Committee reviews your application.

All new MBE's must attend a Pre-Certification & Post-Certification training.  The training will be held by conference call several times a month for each session.  Please make sure to attend one pre-certification & one post-certification training in order to complete the certification process. Appointment is not necessary.

The following are dates available for July:
Thursday, July 5th
Wednesday, July 11th
Wednesday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 25th
Each training is from 10am - 11am CST
Conference call number: 641-715-0700
Access Code:  372354#
En Español:
La llamada requerida para poder obtener la Certificacion de Minoria esta disponible cada Miercoles del mes de 11am - 12pm CST.  Esta conferencia es requerida para todas las certificationes nuevas. 
Porfavor marcar al 641-715-0700, codigo: 372354# 

"How to print my MBE certificate"

1.  How to retain a copy of your certification:

First, visit our website 

2.  Click on the "MBE Login" on the top right.

3.  On the next screen on the top right select "Login"

4.  Enter your e-mail address as your username and password.

5.  Lastly click on the "Print" button  (located on the left side of your screen, as seen in the attached picture) this link allow you to download and print your certificate.

If you have any other questions, doubts, or concerns, please don't hesitate in contacting Eduardo Muñiz-Fraticelli or direct line: 512-386-8766.

SMSDC offers subscription services to all of our Corporate Members, Certified MBEs & Certified MBEs from other RMSD Councils.  What are subscription services & how will they benefit my business?
Subscription services include:

Access to developmental tool: Benchmarking &  Capacity Plus during our major events


Business Plan Enhancement




Lunch with the SMSDC President


Referrals & Introductions


Corporate Supplier Diversity Portal Registration


Industry Group Participation


Business Market Research


Targeted Matchmaking during the Premier Face Time Expo event


Access to MBE2MBE Database


Fees for subscription services vary.  Contact our Austin office at 512.386.8766 or email us at today.  

OCTOBER 14-17, 2018
Host Council of
"NMSDC's 2018 Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange"
Austin Convention Center
Austin, TX


The SMSDC is pleased to welcome our newest Premier Platinum Corporate Member, ConocoPhillips!  Our sincerest thanks to Shawn Green, Director, Transactional Excellence & Business Automation.

Aldez Containers, SMSDC's newest Local Corporate Member & Silver Corporate Sponsor!  Thank you for your support!









    Real Time Solutions

The SMSDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to certifying, connecting and developing minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Through active leadership & professional education, the SMSDC works with major corporations throughout the United States and MBEs within the Central and Southwest Texas regions, Oklahoma and New Mexico to increase participation in diversity programs.


Austin headquarters: 512.386.8766 
El Paso: 915.433.0612
Oklahoma: 405.767.9900 
San Antonio : 512.297.6478

From your MBEIC Chair:

Innovation & Technology for the Future being at the center of the 218 Premiere Face Time Conference from June 6-8 in San Antonio, brought together an array of sponsoring corporations and MBEs (to whom we are deeply grateful for supporting SMSDC's efforts) as well as energy and utility companies, state agencies, Supplier Diversity professionals and engaged MBEs; for an exceptional opportunity to connect and learn from professionals and industry leaders about trends, where the market is going, including the Economics of the Marketplace; how Creative Ideas are Working for the Electric Industry (and how to be part of it), and how to develop Supply Chain, and capacity building and improving our marketing practices respectively, for corporations and MBEs.

The unique chance for corporations and MBEs to connect over a fun and enjoyable round of golf, the networking receptions, the chance to be under the spotlight talking about our small businesses in front of potential buyers, including state agencies during the MBE Idol Semifinals, to the Buyer's Breakfast Roundtables where MBEs were able to open or reopen the communication channels with corporations and agencies; provided more than one way to showcase what we do and how we are able to help buyers achieve their goals, and truly brought participating MBEs closer to opportunities.

These, among many other invaluable educational experiences, far exceed the cost of attending these types of events; demonstrating the value offered by being certified and putting our certifications to work. The takeaway? It makes us reflect on how many missed opportunities we may have had, and... What is costing MBEs not to participate in SMSDC's and NMSDC's conferences and events?

So, MBEs, let's not miss one more opportunity or more importantly, THE OPPORTUNITY to be at the National Conference in Austin this coming October 14-17.

Get ready to be there!

Beatriz Fernandez


2018 NMSDC Conference & Business Opportunity Exchange
Austin, TX  |  October 14-17

SMSDC is proud to be the Host Council of the 2018 NMSDC Conference. 

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation's premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Austin, Texas, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

This one-of-a-kind event features:
  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!

To register today, please visit

Early bird registration ends on August 3rd!

*Please note, you must be a Corporate Member or an Active Certified MBE to attend the conference.  If your certification has recently expired, please re-new now.  You do not want to miss this event!
Wednesday, June 6th
La Cantera Golf Club, Resort Course 
San Antonio, TX

Thursday, June 7th & Friday, June 8th
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

MBE "Idol" Finalist
Beatriz Fernandez, LLC

MBE "Idol" Finalist
Jacky Washington
Requested Personnel

MBE "Idol" Finalist
Brian Fontenot
Elevation Firm

MBE "Idol" Finalist
Nippy Betz
Scholarship Leadership Institute

Additional images are available on our website, under Photo Gallery.  If you would like a copy of an image, please contact Mayra Pena at


New Certified MBEs!

MAY 2018
High Dive, Inc. - Austin, TX
Innovative Gateway Talent, LLC - San Antonio, TX
Mobile Cardiac Imaging, LLC - Austin, TX
Redding Construction And Management LLC - Austin, TX
Xyples, LLC - Round Rock, TX
APRIL 2018 
3 Kings Transport, LLC - San Antonio, TX 
Eagle Energy Oilfield Resources, LLC - Odessa, TX 
JC Floors - Pflugerville, TX 
Medwheels Inc. - San Antonio, TX 
Office Express Janitorial Services, Inc. -  Tulsa, OK 
South Texas Institute of Learning and Teaching - Pharr, TX 
Spun Ice Cream, Inc. - Austin, TX 
Westwind Computer Products, Inc. - Albuquerque, NM 

MARCH 2018
A Medrano Produce LLC - McAllen, TX 
Enrique Mata Sr. Drywall, LLC - El Paso, TX 
Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PLLC - San Antonio, TX 
Nationwide Fleet Installations - El Paso, TX 
Steck Systems, Inc - Austin, TX 
WiseChoice Foods LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Welcome Back!  Returning MBEs

MAY 2018
All Pro Realty Inc
America Transportation Group, LLC
AMN International, Inc.
B2B Transport Market LLC
Bestica Inc
Cardinal Point, LLC
Circle B
Dean Baldwin Painting LP
DSK Investments LLC
Electro Systems Engineers, Inc.
Elevation Energy Group LLC
eMetric LLC
FMC Industries LLC
Galvotec Alloys Inc
Galvotec Corrosion Services
Gobar Systems Inc
Gomez Floor Covering, Inc Corporation
Intercon Carriers
JAT Energy Services LLC
JN3 Global Enterprises LLC
La India Packing Company
Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping Inc
Mone Transport, LLC
Newton Design, LLC
Nova Landscape Group, Inc.
Oveana LLC
Rays Flooring Specialist, Inc
SARF Locksmith LLC
SnS Global Corporation
STOVEN Construction Inc
The 5125 Company
Vondle & Associates, Inc.
Yardi Marketplace Inc.
Zamora Enterprises, Inc. dba Bearings & Seals of El Paso

The Importance of NOT Letting your  
SMSDC Certification Expire!
We frequently receive frustrating calls by our MBEs telling us their SMSDC/HUB Certification has expired. Once your SMSDC certification expires, ALL MBEs have to begin the entire certification process from the beginning. Please note, WE NO LONGER ACCEPT PAPER APPLICATIONS. ALL certification is now done on-line. There are no exceptions.
For those MBEs in the STATE OF TEXAS, in addition to beginning the entire certification process all over again, the HUB certification, which enables you to bid on contracts, is no longer valid. The HUB certification process is only done once a month. This means for those MBEs in the State of Texas, they will now have to wait an entire month for their HUB certification.
Please make sure to check the expiration date on your SMSDC certification. You will receive an e-mail notification from the AdaptOne portal which looks similar to the image above.   

DO NOT ignore this e-mail. It is a courtesy reminder your certification is about to expire.   
Please contact Michelle Veloz at .
SMSDC along with Corporate Member, Johnson Controls Inc, is proud to offer Developmental Classes to all Corporate Members & Certified MBEs during each of our regional events. 

Learn more about these classes and how to register for the next session!

Benchmarking Plus is a process for corporations that seek to accelerate their supplier diversity initiatives based on real world experimentation. This two year process takes your corporation from where it is today to where it needs to be in the future in order to engage minority businesses in a sustainable manner.  Benchmarking Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your corporation determine what it is doing right and how you can help it approve.
Capacity Plus is a process for certified minority business enterprises that seek to enhance their sales and marketing processes and build their capacity to work with Fortune 500 corporations. This two year process provides practical insights that will help you address business challenges.  Capacity Plus delivers the tools and management perspective to help your company demystify corporate procurement processes.

Benchmarking Plus & Capacity Plus are led by Johnson Controls Inc, a world leader in supplier diversity, with more than 600 diverse suppliers and $1.8 billion in diverse spend.

If you are interested in signing up, please contact Mayra Pena at or call 915.433.0612.  These classes are complimentary but you must be an active corporate member or certified MBE to attend.