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2014 Highlights

The 29th Anniversary CelebrAsian Procurement Conference was held at the Sheraton Premiere At Tysons Corner in Vienna, VA on June 2-4. This year’s theme was “Galloping With Change”.

Our Conference Chair was Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo who gave an inspiring keynote speech at the Excellence Awards Gala Dinner on June 2.

AT&T, PepsiCo, UPS and Wells Fargo were the Corporate Co-Chairs and Ampcus, SevenTablets, Technology Integration Group and VXI Global Solutions were our Asian American Business Co-Chairs. More than 700 Conference participants – representing more than 215 Asian American businesses, 85 Fortune corporations, 25 government agencies and 7 media partners – came in full force from all over the country

29th Anniversary Memorable moments:

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“This was the best conference in terms of attendance, content and organization. We really enjoyed it, and I heard the same sentiment from other businesses (small and large) who were there at the conference.”
Prince Niyyar, CEO, Commdex Consulting

“Congratulations on a superb conference!”
Didi Anekwe, Supplier Diversity Consultant, Nationwide

“Congratulations on the fantastic job.  In a nut shell - a) Fantastic employee engagement;  b) Seamless coordination; c) 3 C’s (Communication, Communication, Communication); d) Leadership. Overall, everybody in your team ‘ROCK STARS’.”
Sowmiya J Narayanan , Sr. Vice President, V.L.S Systems Inc.

“It was a real honor and pleasure to be part of this great event.. the way your team and yourself are taking extra care of details make this event for CPOs really enjoyable. I will do my best to be again with you next year!”
Stephane Masson, CPO, Marriott International

“I just wanted to take a moment to convey my congratulations and thanks on putting together an excellent conference. I appreciate what you have done to bring this community together in such a way. We look forward to continuing to expand our relationship with USPAACC.”
George Nikanorov, Head of Marketing, Data, Inc.

“As always, it was a very engaging, informative and beneficial event!  We were thrilled to be able to participated and I was delighted to be able to lead one of the tables!  I look forward to a successful 30th year and conference!”
Dominica Groom, Director, Supplier Diversity, Marriott International

“It was one of the best matchmaking sessions I’ve ever had.  I’ve got to know many opportunities that will be coming out in 2014/2015. We would like to get certified by USPAACC and engage in any future activities.  I really enjoyed the event.  Thank you so much for putting this excellent event together.”
Matthew Lee, Account Executive, C.J Maintenance, Inc.

“I was very impressed with the number of vendors that we interviewed regarding items to sell in our stores during the matchmaker sessions.  This is the first conference that I have attended with those types of results.”
Cheryl Smith, Director, Supplier Diversity, Ahold USA

“I wanted to commend you on your efforts in putting together a very well organized event in Virginia last week. USPAACC has a new fan, and we expect to be associated with your organization for a long time.”
Dinesh Gulati, Managing Director, IIT, Inc.

“I was so impressed with all you accomplished at this event and it was truly my honor to attend.  It was worth every penny!  I hope to join you in 2015 and celebrate your birthday.  You are doing great things for so many businesses.  I have a follow-up meeting this week with two of your participants to help them better navigate our agency.”
Christy Jackiewicz, Outreach Program Manager, GSA

“It was a terrific event and we met some well-qualified and innovative small business IT companies. Thanks for hosting…..we’ll see you next year!”
Mary Mahoney Hellem, Small Business Liaison Officer, IBM

“Thank you so much for inviting us to the USPAACC conference. After seeing for myself the caliber of members in USPAACC, I am honored to also call myself a member. Please extend my gratitude to your team for a job well done with the event.  It was flawless well organized; jam packed with lots of value.”
Tom Bryan, Managing Partner, ISGF

“Attending your conference is always a pleasure!”
Joyce Christanio, Supplier Diversity Manager, Sprint

“It was a pleasure to participate in the Supplier Diversity Managers’ Caucus and in the conference overall.  I look forward to it for next year. Most importantly, thank you so much for your leadership and advocacy.  Also thanks very much to your team for an excellent event.”
William Irizarry, Supplier Diversity Manager, Dell

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