McDonnell seeks to increase SWAM procurement

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Gov. Bob McDonnell has created a Governor’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Board to revamp Virginia’s procurement process for small and minority-owned businesses.

The board will develop recommendations on how the state can increase the number of state contracts awarded to small, women and minority-owned (SWAM) businesses.

Virginia’s Secretary of Administration Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas will chair the board, which includes 18 business owners, business representatives and members of the governor’s administration. Additional members will be added in the next few weeks.

The board will first meet on Tuesday.

The board includes:
• Del. Kenneth Alexander, Virginia House of Delegates; Owner & CEO, Metropolitan Funeral Service
• John Biagas, president & CEO, Bay Electric Co. Inc.
• Al Bowers, CEO of Bowers Family Enterprises LLC
• Bill Cooper, director of supplier diversity, University of Virginia
• Julia Hammond, Virginia director, National Federation of Independent Business
• W. Christopher Harvey, vice president of hotel development, Armada Hoffler
• Cecil Hobbs, EVP & Commercial Lending, Townebank
• Tracey G. Jeter, president and CEO, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
• Ken Johnson, owner and founder of Johnson Inc.
• Clovia Lawrence, metro community development specialist and Radio One on-air personality
• Ida McPherson, director, Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise
• Dr. Mary Guy Miller, president, Interactive Design and Development Inc.
• Bob Sledd, governor’s senior economic advisor
• Peter Su, director, Virginia Department of Business Assistance
• Del. Ron Villanueva, Virginia House of Delegates; executive vice president, SEK Solutions
• Mark Whitaker, associate professor at Hampton University & member, Portsmouth City Public School Board
• Angela Wilkes, director, diversity and small business liaison officer, Owens & Minor
• Michel Zajur, CEO, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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