PILAR BERND RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS LORIAN WILLIAMS AWARD AS THE BERND GROUP IS DECLARED THE 2012 MINORITY SUPPLIER DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR
Dunedin, FL, August 20, 2013 – The Bernd Group was designated the 2012 Minority Supplier Distributor of the Year by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the Central & North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s 30th Annual Business Opportunity Fair & Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL, August 7-10, 2013. The Minority Supplier Distributor of the Year Award is given to the minority company that has achieved exceptional success in both the domestic and international markets. Accepting the award on her company’s behalf, Pilar Bernd, President of The Bernd Group, also received a surprise honor when she was presented with the Lorian Williams Award. This humanitarian award is presented to a council member who is dedicated to the cause of minority business development and who has significantly impacted the council and their community.
The annual awards ceremony was held August 8, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Contemporary Resort. Corporate members and Minority Business Entrepreneurs (MBEs) of the CNFMSDC were eligible for nomination. Nominees were selected by a representation of the more than 200 major corporate members of the CNFMSDC including Walt Disney World Resorts, Lockheed Martin Corp., Darden Restaurants, and Office Depot.
Of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Pilar Bernd said, “I love the network. When times are tough, the councils continue to give exposure to [minority-owned business enterprises] and assist in the development of opportunities for us all. I have been a proud certified MBE for 22 years.”
About the CNFMSDC
An affiliate of the nation’s largest minority business development organization, the CNFMSDC helps its members achieve their supplier diversity goals. Founded in 1980, the privately funded group provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. It is the only ISO 9001-2000 Certified Council in the NMSDC Network and hosts the largest MBE trade fair in the Southeast United States.
About The Bernd Group
Founded in 1989 by Pilar Bernd as a wholesale distributor of industrial equipment, The Bernd Group expanded its services to specialize in supply chain management largely for the aerospace and defense industry. The Bernd Group has been certified as an ISO 9001:2008 Supply Chain Management Specialist since 2003 and became an ACE Gold Supplier for United Technologies in 2008. The Bernd Group currently employs 68 outstanding individuals dedicated to supporting their customer’s world-class supply chain procurement departments.
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