30 Jun 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The inaugural event drew 80-plus guests, including a surprise visit from Mayor AC Wharton, who reinforced the importance of entrepreneurism and wealth-building in minority communities. This month’s topic is Keys To The C-Suite: Competitive Strategies For Winning Corporate Contracts. Mary McDaniel and George Brown will be the featured speakers.
McDaniel retired in 2010 as vice president of Material and Corporate Sourcing for FedEx Express, with over 30 years as a senior executive. She was the only female vice president in air operations, managing a multi-million dollar operating budget and more than 600 employees and contractors.
Brown, a former Tennessee State Supreme Court Justice and now retired Circuit Court Judge, is the CEO of Memphis Chemical and Janitorial Supply Company. As one of Memphis’ fastest growing businesses, Memphis Chemical has grown its annual revenues more than tenfold since being acquired by Brown and his family.
“I have no doubt that this set of speakers, Judge Brown and Ms. McDaniel, will impart critical knowledge from the perspective of both the minority business owner and the corporate procurement side,” said Donnell Cobbins, COO of Universal Commercial Real Estate. “Securing corporate contracts is a key to exponential growth for most small businesses.”
The mission of the Universal Commercial Regional MBE Power Breakfast is to foster the growth of minority-owned businesses by building relationships, sharing information and encouraging business-to-business commerce between minority business owners and their advocates.
“If we have directly or indirectly helped – or inspired – one minority-owned business grow as a result of attending the Power Breakfast, then we have made a major contribution to the economic development of the Memphis region,” said Darrell Cobbins, Universal Commercial’s president and CEO.