Minority Business Development Agency Honors Winners of 2022 MED Week Awards


Washington, DC, Sept. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) proudly announces the winners of the 2022 Minority Business Development Week (MED Week) Awards ). The MED Week Awards are the highest level of national recognition an American minority-owned business can receive from the Department of Commerce. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of minority-owned entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to advancing minority-owned businesses.

The 2022 National Minority Business Award winners are:


Robert J. Brown Minority Business of the Year is presented to HJ Russell & Company. HJ Russell & Company was established in 1952 as a general contractor. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, HJ Russell has since grown into one of the largest black-owned construction services companies in the United States and has expanded to include other service areas such as program management , real estate development and property management..

Minority Construction Company of the Year is presented to Onyx Enterprises, Inc.., a certified, minority woman and small business headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and provides engineering consulting, project management, and construction management services to local, state, federal, state, and local governments. engineering consulting firms and contractors. The President and CEO is Tarolyn Buckles. Onyx Enterprises has over 34 years of experience in project management and construction management services.

Minority Export Business of the Year is presented to Tecma. The organization was founded more than three decades ago by the company’s current President and CEO, K. Allan Russell, along with three mentor business partners. Tecma has designed a business model, the Mexico Shelter Manufacturing Partnership (MSMP), which has helped its customers streamline their business operations in Mexico. The company’s MSMP now covers sites throughout Mexico with more than 70 operating sites, including Torreon, Rosarita and Silao.

Minority Tech Company of the Year is presented to LilliiRNB. Lillii RNB, Inc is an enterprise solutions company specializing in enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, with a focus on retail technology for point-of-sale systems and returns management /refunds. Barbara Jones, Founder and CEO, specializes in point-of-sale systems, ACI and EMV hardware upgrades, and omnichannel and e-commerce technologies.

Minority Manufacturing Company of the Year is presented to Piping Technology and Products, Inc. Piping Technology & Products Inc is now known as a one-stop-shop for pipe hangers, expansion joints, impact control devices, and more. Piping Technology & Products and its wholly owned subsidiaries specialize in a wide range of manufacturing techniques including metal forming, bellows forming, machining and welding.

Marketing and Communications Minority Business of the Year is presented to The Carter Malone Group. The Carter Malone Group was founded in 2003 by Chief Executive Officer Deidre Carter Malone and is one of the largest women- and minority-owned public relations agencies in the South Central region. CMG opened with just one client and currently has over 30 active client accounts, including some of the largest organizations in the country.

Minority E-Commerce Business of the Year is presented to Curacubby. Curacubby is a complete online school management system that handles enrollment, billing and payment processing, account management, reporting, and revenue growth, without the complexity of other solutions. After founder Steven Khuong’s son was diagnosed with autism, a group of passionate parents and educators launched a preschool program that offered a whole-child approach to educating children with special needs. Curracubby aims to bridge the gap between quality education and mobile commerce.

Minority Veteran-Owned Business of the Year is presented to GC Green Construction Company. A Certified Veteran-Powered, Native American, and Disabled Veteran-owned business, GC Green’s consulting services focus on water/blue-tech engagements, energy efficiency, renewables, and energy. resilience solutions. GCG works to address climate change and climate resilience.


Capital access price is presented to Tom Espinoza of the Raza Development Fund and Erica Y. Miles of Wells Fargo. Erica Miles is a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Director with a proven track record of advancing D&I goals at large financial institutions through the development of data-driven strategies and policy recommendations. She served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, leading the work of the first-ever Congressional Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. Throughout her time on Capitol Hill, Erica helped draft and enact legislation to provide increased access to capital, markets, and technical assistance for minority business enterprises, among other initiatives. Ms. Miles is currently a Senior Consultant, SVP for Wells Fargo Bank, building national relationships with various businesses and communities and advising on the bank’s diversity, equity and inclusion company-wide.

Tom Espinosa is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Raza Development Fund (RDF), the largest Latin American Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) of the past twenty years with half a billion dollars in assets under management. Under Mr. Espinoza’s leadership, RDF has provided capital to Latino-serving organizations across the country and the organizations have received technical assistance and loans that have mobilized more than $5 billion in private capital for projects. education, affordable housing and health care to serve low-income families and individuals.

Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award is presented to Ralph Sagaille of the Walt Disney Company. Through inclusive sourcing practices, The Walt Disney Company’s Supplier Diversity team builds relationships with an ever-growing array of diverse suppliers, as well as certifying agencies and trade organizations. In 2021, Disney spent approximately $450 million with certified vendors from various companies. Building on its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, Disney has pledged to increase its diverse supplier spend to at least $1 billion per year by 2024. Ralph Sagaile is the Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability.


The Ronald H. Brown Leadership Award, inspired by the late United States Secretary of Commerce, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and achieved significant success in supporting diversity in the public or private sector. This year’s award recipient is John F. Robinson, of the National Minority Business Council, Inc. John F. Robinson is one of twelve founding members of the National Minority Business Council, Inc. (NMBC). For 50 years under his leadership, NMBC has enhanced the success and profitability of the small business community through the provision of high quality services, programs, advocacy and networking.

Lawyer of the Year Award is presented to Jason Trimiew of Meta Platforms, Inc. For two decades, Jason has worked at the intersection of market and social impact in international microfinance, community and economic development, and venture philanthropy. In 2016, Jason joined Meta (formerly Facebook) to launch and lead the company’s Supplier Diversity Program and create more opportunities for companies with diverse interests to do business with Meta and people and communities. that Meta links.

The Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement is granted to a person who has played an essential role in the creative, technical or professional evolution of the development of a minority business during his life. This year’s recipient is Robert F. Smith, Founder, President and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. As Founder, President and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, he leads the firm’s investment strategy, governance and investor relations. Smith has been recognized for his business achievements and philanthropic efforts, including being named one of Forbes’ 100 Greatest Living Entrepreneurial Minds and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy. He is an advocate for what he calls the “2% fix”, calling on companies to invest 2% of their net profits over the next decade to create equity and mobility for underserved communities. the United States. Smith is also one of the founding leaders of the Southern Communities Initiative, a catalytic program for racial equity in six southern communities that represent approximately 50% of the black population in the United States to create entire ecosystems that uplift communities. through targeted investments.

CONTACT: Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) MBDAPublicAffairs@mbda.gov

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