Press Release: 2023 Leadership & Advocacy Awards Winners




Contact: Jeff Bartley, NWMMSDC

Phone: (253) 243-6959




Northwest Mountain MSDC Recognizes Excellence in Performance for 2022


Seattle, WA — The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMMSDC) awards corporate and individual supplier diversity leaders annually. On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, the NWMMSDC celebrated the achievements in advocating, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises for 2022. These business professionals drive the NWMMSDC’s mission to “Foster an environment that develops equitable opportunities, creating economic value” year over year.


The Advocacy Awards were presented to individuals who displayed an unwavering commitment to the development of Minority Business Enterprises.

2022 Advocacy Award Recipients:

John A. Gilmore Award: Ben Zhang, Greater Pacific Industries

Robert L. Ryan Award: Kate Kleyman, McKinstry

Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award: Brenda Nnambi, Sound Transit


Leadership Awards were presented to Minority Business Enterprises that demonstrated excellence in performance and delivered exceptional value to their customers in the private and public sectors.

2022 Supplier Leadership Award Recipients:

Class 1 Supplier of the Year | Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars: OpConnect, Inc.

Class 2 Supplier of the Year | Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars: Pivotal Consulting, LLC

Class 3 Supplier of the Year | Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars: Greater Pacific Industries

Class 4 Supplier of the Year | Annual Revenues above $50M: Zones, LLC


Leadership awards were also presented to the Private Sector Corporations that commit and live the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.

2022 Corporate Leadership Award Recipients:

Regional Corporation of the Year: McKinstry

National Corporation of the Year: Starbucks Coffee Company

The Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council congratulates all the winners for their outstanding achievements and their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the Northwest Mountain region.




About the Council:

Founded in 1978, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to drive economic value by equalizing opportunities. As an affiliate of the National MSDC, the Council certifies minority-owned businesses and provides access to supplier development, supply chain inclusion, networking events, and formal introductions. The Council serves the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


If you would like more information about this topic, please call Karla Malacon, President and CEO, at (253) 243-6959 or email