Fernando Martinez Defines the 7 Attributes of True Leadership

“Leadership is the ability to motivate and lead individuals, teams, and organizations through discovery, discussion, and actions they would not have arrived upon on their own.”

It took a lifetime of work, research, experimentation, and refining before I arrived at my definition of leadership.  To become a great leader, more importantly a visionary-leader requires a significant deal of work and conscious effort. I had to be very intentional in my search for understanding what a great leader does, why a great leader seeks this role, and ultimately understand how to become a visionary.

1st attribute of Leadership – Desire:  I consciously committed myself to become a great leader.  It takes time, effort and risk.

2nd attribute of Leadership – Be a Teacher:  I have enough confidence in myself to be willing to share all my learning’s from my work, education, and experience.

3rd attribute of Leadership – Challenge:  I have been willing to lean forward into risk throughout my career and being a provocative thinker: consistently asking the question “So What?” – not to be difficult but to encourage thoughtfulness and deep level 2nd and 3rd level thinking (i.e., critical thinking).

4th attribute of Leadership – Courage:  Intelligently face challenges.  It takes courage to lead into the fray day-after-day, defining accountability, holding people accountable, and putting the right people in the right seats.

5th attribute of Leadership – Team Builder:  Respect for everyone is the foundation of building a team: Respect for themselves; their teammates, and, for the organization.  Respect for the leader that sets the course and helps them understand how to get there.

6th attribute of Leadership – Collaborator:  Very early in my career I found that all the good leaders pull all the appropriate resources/stakeholders together and help them achieve a common goal.

7th attribute of Leadership – Communicator:  Without the appropriate level of communication the other characteristics of leadership are of no value.  A good leader communicates, communicates, communicates!

Lastly, as these seven attributes build upon each other and become an innate skill, we achieve the pinnacle of leadership – Insightfulness – Visionary:  Through my years of experience I feel I have moved from being a first line employee to becoming a Visionary – a state of “Enlightened Competence.”  This is a state true leaders desire to achieve.  It is the state where we see things no one else sees as well as gaps, solutions, opportunities, and improved methodologies that no one else sees. This is the highest state of Leadership we can achieve – become a Visionary, become a Great Leader!

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Northwest Mountain and Fernando Martinez: Helping Small Businesses Dream Big

March 10, 2021 | Port of Seattle

The Northwest Mountain Minority Suppliers Development Council (NWMMSDC) is a national organization that links government agencies, corporations, and private sector prime contractors with certified minority-owned businesses (MBE’s) wanting to do business. NWMMSDC is a 501c3 with two-tier participation. The Northwest chapter includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Shepherding the organization for the last eight years is president and CEO, Fernando Martinez. Fernando says the council’s purpose is laser-focused to create equity between qualified minority businesses and Fortune 500 corporations, regional corporations, and public agencies like the Port of Seattle.

Q: Who should join the Northwest Mountain Minority Suppliers Development Council?

A: From a corporate perspective, entities that believe in diversity workforce, marketing, and supply chain. From the minority business perspective, companies that want to be on a grander scale and wish to grow. 

Q: What is NWMMSDC’s relationship with the Port of Seattle? 

A: The council has had a relationship with the Port of Seattle for over thirty years. We support the Diversity in Contracting team members. We provide them with a list of competent WMBE’s with a proven history to meet the contracting needs of the Port.  

This past summer, I was invited to speak and I talked about our pillars. Our organization has four key pillars. The first is the certification process, a robust approach to certify minority businesses. The second is development. That’s where we (with our partners) work with MBEs to help them understand their gaps and their strengths. We also assist them in building capacity for their organization. The next pillar is networking. That pillar matches competent businesses with opportunities at the Port of Seattle.  

We hold events and offer one-on-one meetings and personal introductions. It’s relationship building. The last piece is advocacy. This is where we work to educate our MBEs, our corporate and public agencies, and, in some cases, legislators about supplier diversity. We want to educate everybody on the value of supplier diversity and the value of being inclusive. 

Q: What advice do you have for small and WMBE businesses?

A: Dream big and let people help you with your dream. Don’t assume you know everything, that you don’t need any help, or can do everything yourself. Be willing to let others help and support you with your dream. Open yourself up to exposure and vulnerabilities because that will make you stronger, and it will put you in a better position to do business with organizations like the Port. 

Q: What expectation does the council have for its businesses?

A: We hold them accountable for who they are and what they want to be. We point out that pitfalls and help them change their strategies. The best thing we can be is honest and truthful with them and not give them veiled statements. 

Q: What should businesses do now in these uncertain times?

A: Small MBEs should take advantage of everything the government offers, including paycheck protection, and emergency disaster loans. Firms need to understand business sustainability, be willing to engage and network with others, and able to expand their businesses since 25 to 30 percent won’t come out of this pandemic. Businesses should look at how they can grow and absorb those that won’t make it. 

Q: What are some of the council goals for the future?

A: We are committed to leaning in. We don’t just think about the business. We think about the people the firms employ and help them grow to pay their employees better wages. The employees can then provide food and shelter, and their kids can go to school with full tummies and focus on learning. Our council’s utmost agenda is your great-grandchild. I want to help you grow, so you leave something for your great-grandchild. If we do this, we will have generational wealth, and we will have economic and political strength. We can truly change the dynamics of racism in this country.

https://www.portseattle.org/blog/northwest-mountain-and-fernando-martinez-helping-small-businesses-dream-big

Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council Stands Firmly in Support of our Asian American Pacific Islander Community

The Northwest Mountain MSDC stands strongly in support of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community and against all forms of hate, racism, and violence. We condemn current and past acts of anti-Asian violence and support the civil rights of AAPI community.  This hate, racism, and violence, deeply rooted in personal and institutional beliefs, has no place in our society. We, at the Northwest Mountain MSDC, are committed to the eradication of such hateful, violent, and destructive behaviors.

The attacks in Seattle, Atlanta, and across the country against our AAPI Community has no place in a civilized society. Attacks have escalated over the last year. Hate crimes against our AAPI Community increased 149% in 2019, while overall hate crimes in the U.S. declined. Other sources, that do not necessarily report crimes to the Police Department, indicate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community ranged between 3,800 and 4,800 incidents. Most of these hate crimes, 68%, were committed against women.  The trend continues. In 2021 there have already been over 500 reported hate crimes against members of the AAPI Community.  Hate crimes will continue to increase in numbers, simply because individuals think they can commit acts of violence against innocent people based on their race, ethnicity, and gender without fear of repercussions from our legal institutions.

The Council vehemently opposes these acts of hate, racism, and violence. We must stand together as a community to #StopAsianHate and stop all hate, racism, and violence.

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.

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2021 Leadership & Advocacy Awards

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE FOR 2020

The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. Yesterday, we celebrated outstanding corporate and individual supplier diversity leadership and advocacy achievements in 2020, a year full of challenges for all businesses. Congratulations to all Award Winners! Read more here.

To view the presentation, click here: 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Awards by Fernando Martinez.

Thank you for your contributions to the MBE Scholarship Fund! 

                 

 

 

 

 

Covid-19 2020 Impact by Fernando Martinez

President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, Fernando Martinez, shares information regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Minority Business Enterprises and Corporate/Public Agency Members in 2020.

 

COVID-19 2020 Impact Presentation

Northwest Mountain MSDC Recognizes Excellence In Performance For 2020

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN MSDC RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE IN PERFORMANCE FOR 2020

The Northwest Mountain MSDC recognizes excellence in performance annually. This year,  we celebrate outstanding corporate and individual supplier diversity leadership and advocacy achievements in 2020, a year full of challenges for all businesses. On Thursday, March 18, 2021, the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (Northwest Mountain MSDC) will be recognizing organizations and individuals that excel at advocating, promoting, and contracting with Minority Business Enterprises. The 2020 Award Winners are:

Advocacy Awards: Presented to individuals who exemplify an unselfish commitment to Minority Business Enterprise Development.

Recipient of the John A. Gilmore Award: Dicran Arnold, World Wide Technology, Inc.

Recipient of the Robert L. Ryan Award: Tim Otani, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Leadership Awards:  Presented to Minority Business Enterprises that deliver excellence in performance and value to private or public sector customers.

Class 1 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues up to $1M dollars: Mike Nakamura Photography LLC

Class 2 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues between $1M – $10M dollars: RLA Engineering LLC

Class 3 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues between $10M – $50M dollars: ServiceMaster of Swan Island

Class 4 Supplier of the Year – Annual Revenues above $50M: Rose International, Inc.

Leadership Awards: Presented to the Public Agency and Private Sector Corporations that commit and live the practice of Minority Business Enterprise inclusion.

Public Agency of the Year: Port of Seattle

Regional Corporation of the Year: Skanska USA Building Inc.

National Corporation of the Year: Intel Corporation

Congratulations to all our Award Winners!

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.

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Apply Now! First Bank of the Lake is Accepting PPP Loan Applications

Dear PPP Borrowers: 

The NMSDC Business Consortium Fund “BCF” has partnered with First Bank of the Lake “FBOL” to allow our MBEs to apply for the first and second PPP loans. FBOL serviced over $500MM worth of loans in the first round, and is currently accepting applications for the second round.

What this means for you:

  • Quicker turnaround times as FBOL was one of the top lenders in processing PPP loans in the first round.
  • The process is fully automated and will only require a “wet ink” signature upon your receipt of the closing package prior to disbursement.
  • You will be required to upload all requested documents in the FBOL loan portal. All customer service is handled directly on the website through FBOL.
  • You will get your money much faster as long as you meet the qualifications and provide the requested documents.

You can start your PPP loan application in the First Bank of the Lake online portal! 
To make your application process as seamless as possible, First Bank of the Lake partnered with ApplyforPPP, a trusted technology partner, to make it easy for you to provide what is needed.

Follow the steps below to start your application:

1. Click the button below to go to https://applyforppp.com/BCF and verify your email address. (Please use the Google Chrome browser.)

2. Once your email is verified, you will receive an email from info@applyforppp.com with a secure link to your PPP application. Remember, this is your unique login!

3. When you log into your application, instructions will guide you on which reports or documents you’ll need to upload to complete your application.

Click here to get started with First Bank of the Lake’s PPP Loan Application portal.

A message from:

Adrienne C. Trimble
President and CEO
NMSDC