Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum

Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum The MBHF&M was founded in April 2004 to spotlight the achievements of pioneers in the development and growth of minority businesses globally.

The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, a non-profit organization, was founded in April 2004 through the collaborative efforts of John F. Robinson, president of the National Minority Business Council, Inc., New York; Don McKneely, president and publisher of the Business News Group; and Carol Daugherty Foster, editor of MBN USA, to spotlight the achievements of individuals and institutions who were pioneers in the development and growth of minority businesses globally. The purpose of the MBHF&M is to preserve, recognize and educate society on the contribution of these individuals and institutions.

04/27/2018
foster.uw.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information contact
Carol Daugherty Foster
214.334.9538
[email protected]

Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum,
University of Washington Foster School of Business
Honor Business Pioneers

DALLAS – April 23, 2018– The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. (MBHF&M), in collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business, will recognize four minority business pioneers at an awards dinner on May 1, at The University of Washington Club, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

PepsiCo, the founding sponsor; The Foster Russell Family Foundation; IBM; and Northrop Grumman are sponsors of the ceremony that will induct the following trailblazers: the Founders of the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council, Daniel R. Gill, Garland C. Guice (posthumously) and Vera Moore into the MBHF&M. The non-profit organization will also recognize the late Vilma Pamilla Robinson with an honorary induction and will give an award in her name to recognize advocates of minority business development.

“We are pleased to be back at the University of Washington, where we were welcomed five years ago when our relationship began” said John F. Robinson, president & CEO of the MBHF&M. “The Foster School of Business is the home of the Wall of Honor, documenting current honorees and allowing all who visit to learn of their accomplishments and history.”

“The Foster School of Business welcomes the Minority Business Hall of Fame for the third time in five years,” said Michael P. Verchot, director, Foster School of Business, Consulting and Business Development Center. “Our partnership with the Hall of Fame enables us to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders who are starting and growing minority-owned businesses. ”

About the Inductees:

Founders of the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council. Recognized for their collaborative response to the late 1960s Chicago riots, 20 corporations and organizations came together to establish a one-day business fair to allow black business owners and corporate personnel an occasion to examine sourcing opportunities. This collaboration grew into the Chicago Regional Purchasing Council, now, the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council and became the genesis of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (nmsdc.org).

Daniel R. Gill (ret.) was the highest ranked black career professional in the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES-06) in the Department of Defense (DOD), Acquisition Workforce. Following his work within DOD, he served as vice president and principal of Dayvon Service, Inc., a privately-owned firm specializing in acquisition, consulting, coaching and training. Previously, he acted as vice president for Institutional Advancement and was the founder of the Institute for Development and Entrepreneurship Advancement (IDEA) at Bowie State University, Maryland.

Garland C. Guice (posthumously) was one of the early voices that challenged corporate America to do business with black companies. He was a founder of the Chicago Economic Development Corporation (CEDCO), a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1965. CEDCO helped small, black and other minority businessmen develop and manage viable businesses and improve economic conditions, particularly in the inner city of Chicago.

Vera Moore, founder of Vera Moore Cosmetics, was one of the first black actresses on the NBC soap opera “Another World,” where she soon realized the void in the market for quality cosmetics geared to women of color. Her trademark products have resulted in a partnership with Duane Reade/Walgreens, making her the first black vendor in their upscale high-end cosmetics department called the “LOOK” boutique.

Ralph G. Moore, president of Ralph G. More Associates (RGMA), will be the emcee for the program.

ABOUT THE MICHAEL G. FOSTER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business (foster.washington.edu) was founded in 1917 and is ranked among the nation’s Top 25 business schools. For nearly 25 years the school’s Consulting and Business Development Center (foster.washington.edu/consult) has been a national leader in engaging students and faculty in growing minority-owned businesses through consulting and business education programs.

ABOUT THE MINORITY BUSINESS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

The National Minority Business Council, Inc., based in New York and Minority Business News USA, founded the MBHF&M in April of 2004. John F. Robinson, Don McKneely, and Carol Daugherty Foster are the charter founders of the MBHF&M. Since 2004, the MBHF&M has inducted over 60 pioneers and trailblazers of minority business development in the United States.

For more information about the MBHF&M please visit our website at mbhf.org or contact us at 347-289-7620 or 214-334-9538. For information about the MBHF&M at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business contact Michael Verchot at 206-543-9327.
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