Doing Business with Corporations in Construction, Manufacturing, and Clean Tech Sectors
Suppliers will learn how to successfully get into and stay in the Construction, Manufacturing and Clean Tech industries, and the requirements to be a part of the supply chain of these large industries.
President and CEOAssociated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
President and CEO
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Michael D. Bellaman was named president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in 2011 after a 26-year career in the construction industry. He leads the association toward achieving four strategic goals: establishing ABC members as the world-class standard for health, safety and environment; increasing the political influence of ABC; being the leading force for workforce development and training; and continuously growing and delivering value to a diverse and committed membership.
Bellaman also leads the association’s advocacy for the merit shop philosophy, which emphasizes excellence and high performance on a fair and level playing field in the construction industry. He champions ABC’s industry-revolutionizing Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) and is a cofounder of the Construction Coalition for a Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace. He serves on the ACE Mentor Program Board of Directors and is a trustee for the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, which awards scholarships and grants for construction education.
Bellaman earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Senior Manager, Supplier DiversityGeneral Motors
Reginald E. Humphrey
Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity
Reggie Humphrey is the Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity at General Motors and joined the team in July 2012. He is responsible for managing GM’s supplier diversity process of inclusion, which consists of over 300 certified diverse suppliers. Reggie began his career journey in 1995 as a Production Supervisor at the Moraine Assembly Center in Moraine, OH. In 1998, he relocated to the Detroit metro area and has since worked in several operational and planning roles within multiple organizations including; Order Fulfillment, Supply Chain, Global Purchasing, and Logistics.
In addition to Reggie’s core responsibilities, he serves as a voluntary board member for several organizations including the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, and Chairman of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. Reggie also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Tuck School Minority Business Executive Programs at Dartmouth College.
Reggie has been recognized as one of Women’s Enterprise USA’s 2018 Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity, 2017 WBENC National Corporate Advocate of the Year, 2016 Emerging Leader from the Rainbow Push Coalition, 2015 NMSDC Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year, 2015 GLWBC Corporate Champion of the Year, 2015 Global Community Service Award from the Ajamu Group and the 2015 MMSDC President’s Award. In addition, GM has recently received the following awards under his leadership:
- 2017 Corporation of the Year- Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (GLWBC)
- 2017 Corporation of the Year- National Business League
- 2017/16/15 NMSDC Corporation of the Year: Category Award for Supplier Development
- 2017/16 WBENC Top Corporation-Gold
- 2017/1615/14 “Best in Class -Excellence in Supplier Diversity” by GLWBC
- 2016 Corporation of the Year: MMSDC, MHCC, and APACC
Reggie holds a B.S. in Finance from Alabama A&M University and a M.S.A. from Central Michigan University.
Global Director, Smart InfrastructureHatch, Ltd.
George D. Thomas
Global Director, Smart Infrastructure
George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than twenty years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader and team builder, George has helped clients develop successful strategies and execute transformational projects in business operations, capital improvement, enterprise processes and applications, organizational change management and strategic planning.
George currently serves as Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, for Hatch Ltd. In this role, he leads Hatch's efforts in helping clients maximize value across all Infrastructure and Urban Solution domains.
George also founded New Urban Informatics, a boutique business advisory firm, providing expertise to some of the most innovative companies and governments focused on Public Sector Analytics and Smart Cities. He is based in Washington DC.
George previously served as Global Director of Strategy & Markets for IBM’s Government Industry vertical. In this role, he was responsible for the strategy and execution of new innovations and solutions to assist governments globally in delivering improved services to their citizens. From 2013 to 2014 he was the Director of Smarter Cities for IBM Greater China, based in Beijing, PRC; and from 2010 to 2012, he was the Global Director for Smarter Cities Sales Strategy & Execution. Prior roles have included US Sales Director responsible for IBM’s services portfolio in State & Local Government, Education & Public Healthcare segment and Partner responsible for IBM’s US SAP State, Local and Education Practice. George has successfully delivered several complex, mission-critical transformation consulting engagements in the public sector which include innovative and breakthrough projects in technology, process and people transformation. Prior to joining IBM in 2000, George held senior positions with the management, business consulting and engineering practices of PSINet; Metamor; and Mott MacDonald respectively. In these roles, he was involved in global multi-million dollar engagements covering complex implementations in finance, human resources, supply chain, reengineering, process improvement, and core engineering projects.
George is a recognized industry expert at the intersection of technology and business in areas such as cognitive computing, deep analytics, smarter cities, Blockchain, the API economy, internet of things, and cloud computing. George is a founding member of the Smarter Cities Council, a member of the US NIST Executive Committee for Global City Teams Challenge, a prior resident expert at the IBM Center for Cognitive Government, a Senior Advisor to the Virginia Center of Innovative Technology, leads the Transportation Segment for Governor’s Virginia Smart Communities initiative, and is a mentor, board member and coach to several start-ups and innovative companies. George is a proven thought leader and a regular speaker at conferences and events including at the C40 Mayor’s Conferences, TEDx, Chambers of Commerce, Harvard Club, American Institute of Architects, the World Bank and the United Nations.
George holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Director of Supplier DiversityAARP
Director of Supplier Diversity
Mrs. Kimberly Marcus is the Director of Supplier Diversity for AARP. Mrs. Marcus is responsible for redefining supplier diversity at AARP. The AARP supplier diversity program resides at the intersection of who we are, what we do, and how we do it. AARP’s supplier diversity program is directly linked to our mission and why we exist. AARP not only seeks to work with diverse suppliers, we also serve them by helping them grow their businesses and promoting them in the marketplace.
Mrs. Marcus comes to AARP with over 17 years of combined experience in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. Prior to AARP, Mrs. Marcus was a presidential appointee for the Department of Commerce. Mrs. Kimberly Marcus was appointed in July 2012 to serve as Associate Director for the Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs (OLEIA) at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). In this capacity, she led all Agency efforts in the areas of communications, public affairs, external relationships, outreach, research, and policy development. She also oversaw the Agency’s relationships with elected officials, as well as its advocacy and outreach strategies. Mrs. Marcus focused primarily on stakeholder outreach, with an emphasis on global business development. Fortune 500 stakeholders, both domestic and international, were key to her outreach methodology.
One of her career highpoints before her appointment was when she was the National African American Outreach Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In this high-profile role, Mrs. Marcus worked closely with the African American community to emphasize the importance of the African American vote.
Mrs. Marcus also worked for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, serving as Executive Director of its Public Policy Institute’s Government Relations office. Mrs. Marcus advocated on behalf of urban communities and minorities by interacting with members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She was responsible for the creation of public forums and the development of influential coalitions, as well as the publication of relevant policy analysis and research studies.
Mrs. Marcus considered her position as Director of Economic Development for the NAACP to be an exciting turning point in her career, as it gave her the chance to tackle issues of immediate relevance to equal opportunity for people of color. Mrs. Marcus is no stranger to the world of minority-owned business, as she owned and ran her own diversity consulting firm, KC Consulting. As the Principal Consultant for her firm, Mrs. Marcus expanded on the type of work she had done for the NAACP. She continued to advise client firms on diversity initiatives, and recommended implementation strategies.
At the outset of her career, Mrs. Marcus worked as a Senior Sales Executive at the Strategic Research Institute (SRI), where she spearheaded the organization’s successful launch of African American/Multicultural conferences and seminars. At Bank of America, she established a Living and Learning Center—a cutting-edge facility designed to help employees enhance skills related to both business and personal issues.
A native of Oakland, California, Mrs. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Mrs. Marcus is a recipient of the 40 Most Influential Young Professionals Under 40 In Washington Award by IMPACT and The Loop, Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity Award by DiversityPlus Magazine and Women of Leadership and Power Award by MEA Magazine and serves on the Honorary Advisory Board of The National Veterans Opportunity Coalition, the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Board, and the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization Board. Mrs. Marcus is happily married, with a twin son and daughter.