News Release: Two New Members Join Northwest Mountain MSDC Board of Directors

Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council | August 5, 2021

Tukwila WA | The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Richard Cardone of Vulcan Inc. and Richard Chacon of MUFG, Union Bank both assumed their roles on August 1. There are now 11 members on the Board of Directors.

“We are excited to have both Richard and Richard join our Board of Directors.  Their commitment to Supplier Diversity and expansive experience in Corporate America adds strength to an already strong Board” said Fernando Martinez, Northwest Mountain MSDC President & CEO. “The strength of our Board continues to grow and position the Northwest Mountain MSDC as regional leader in minority business development and growth.”

Richard Chacon is rejoining the Board of Directors after serving the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in other regions of the country.  Mr. Chacon brought MUFG, Union Bank to the Council as a Corporate Member in 2008.  He has been with MUFG Union bank for 23 years and brings a wealth of experience in Supplier Diversity Development, External Affairs and Community Development.

“I’m honored to be a member of the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors” says Chacon. “Union Bank is a longtime supporter of the Council.  We strengthen our commitment to the Pacific Northwest supplier community through my direct involvement on the Board.”

Richard Cardone brought Vulcan, Inc. into the Council as a Corporate Member last November and has been active with the Council since then. Mr. Cardone has over 25 years of global business experience in information systems, accounting, financial reporting, tax, operations, cash disbursements, supply-chain, and inventory management. Prior to joining Vulcan Inc. he worked with Starbucks, Amazon, and AT&T.

“Over the past year, my participation with the NWMMSDC has been a pivotal career experience that has brought me into the work of MBE development” says Cardone. “Awareness through NWMMSDC has helped me improve the way I do business in thought, word, and deed.  Diverse people coming together make a difference in making the world a better place.  I am honored to be accepted as a board member and look forward to taking up my role with the utmost gusto!”

About the Northwest Mountain MSDC

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) is a nonprofit organization certifying, developing, and connecting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with major corporations and public agencies. They are an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) providing certification, membership and subscription services to the Pacific Northwest Mountain region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.