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Awards and Recognition

Some of the awards and recognition we have received:

2014

Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council - Extraordinary Commitment to Restructuring to Strengthen the Network Award (Frank Hinckle)

Frank Hinckle, director-Ethics and Compliance, recently received the “Extraordinary Commitment to Restructuring to Strengthen the Network” award from the Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Hinckle, formerly Dominion’s director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, was recognized for his work on the multi-state merger team which resulted in the joining of two councils; Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council with the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council.  He now serves on the board of directors of the Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council.

The award was presented in January at the council’s Annual Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

2013

U.S. Small Business Administration Virginia Small Business Week Award Winner - Minority Small Business Champion (Becky Merritt)

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Richmond District Office honors Virginia’s outstanding small business owners and champions at the Virginia Small Business Week Awards. Dominion's Becky Merritt, vice president-Shared Services, was named Minority Small Business Champion for her commitment to Virginia’s small business community and support of local entrepreneurs.

Along with her responsibilities at Dominion, Merritt is the chairperson for the advisory board for the Metropolitan Business League, a member of the board of directors for Women Presidents’ Educational Organization and the executive sponsor for the 2013 United Way campaign, and has served on committees for United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative and Edison Electric Institute. 

Learn more about the U.S. Small Business Administration online at www.sba.gov.

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization - 2013 President’s Award (Ronnette Anderson)

The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third party certification organization for women owned businesses. The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide certification services.

The President’s Award winners have gone above and beyond in their service to the WPEO, and are selected by Marsha Firestone, Ph.D, President and Founder of the WPEO and Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO - DC.

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council - 2013 Chairman’s Challenge Award (Frank Hinckle)

Frank Hinckle, director-Ethics and Compliance, recently received the “Chairman’s Challenge Award” from the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Hinckle, formerly Dominion’s director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, was recognized for his leadership on an initiative that resulted in the merger of the Virginia supplier development council with those of North and South Carolina. He now serves on the board of directors of the Carolinas/Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council.

“Supporting our local advocacy groups is an important mission of our supplier diversity efforts, and Frank offered the right support at the right time,” said Becky Merritt, vice president-Shared Services. “We are proud of him.”

The award was presented in December at the council’s 30th annual Minority Input Committee Awards celebration.

2012

Statewide Minority Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE) Taskforce Appreciation Award (Lee Field)

The Taskforce was organized in 1991 by the Columbus Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide a networking system for various agencies in the State of Ohio. Today the Statewide MBE/DBE Taskforce (a non-profit 501c3) is a diverse collaboration of MBE/DBE/SBD Contract and Procurement Officers in the public and private sectors, including business owners. The primary purpose is to provide hands-on outreach and technical assistance to ensure economic development advancements.  To discuss, plan and implement effective strategies and multi-dimensional contract and procurement opportunities for small, minority and disadvantaged businesses in the state of Ohio. The objective is to provide quality professional development training for our members.

Lee Field is currently on the Executive Committee and serves the role of Secretary. She has hosted and planned quarterly Taskforce meetings and will be hosting a meeting in 2013.
 

Metropolitan Business League (MBL) - Leadership Award (Dominion)

The Metropolitan Business League is a Richmond based organization dedicated to supporting small and minority-owned businesses through a network of members that provides development services and creates viable business opportunities. By offering technical assistance, seminars, workshops, training and one-on-one counseling, the MBL aims to help small and minority businesses develop. Each year the MBL recognizes those individuals and organizations that are not only devoted to their cause but go above and beyond what is asked of them. This year the Supplier Diversity team led by Rob Locke, Director Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity, received the League Leadership Award honoring their dedication to small businesses.
 

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) - Celebrating Our Partners Award (Dominion)

WPEO presents this award to recognize and celebrate corporate partners Members for their ongoing support and commitment to the WPEO.
 

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) - Advocate of the Year (Annette Ross)

The Advocate of the Year is presented an individual who demonstrates a passion for supplier development through the promotion of, or direct involvement with the VMSDC. The "MBE Advocate Award" is given to the individual displaying actions that affect tangible positive changes for VMSDC MBEs. The award is voted on by a panel of minority business owners that are certified and do business in the Commonwealth and the Virginia MSDC network. The VMSDC staff also has input to this award selection. It a very special award to the MBEs in that the person selected is viewed as their "champion".
 

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) - Raising the Bar Award (Dominion)

The award is presented to a company that has continuously executed intentional changes in their program; that seek to build a more robust procurement plan and strategy with the ultimate goal of enhanced utilization of diverse suppliers.

The MIC "Raising the Bar Award" recognizes a public and private sector VMSDC member or entity demonstrating unmatched commitment to supplier development and shows a significant improvement in their program from the previous year.
 

Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) - Lasting Impression Award (Dominion)

This award is presented to a corporation for their outstanding professional image exhibited in the business community.

2011
  • NOMSDC Economic Impact Award   (Dominion)
  • NOMSDC Board of Director’s Recognition Award  (Lee Field)
  • Black Pages Sponsor Recognition Award  (Dominion)
  • MSDC Raising the Bar Award (Dominion)
  • VMSDC Best Innovative Program (Dominion)
  • VMSDC Lasting Impression Award (Dominion)
  • WPEO Celebrating Our Partners Award (Dominion)
2010
  • Black Pages Sponsor Recognition Award  (Dominion)
  • Ohio Gate Economic Driver Award  (Dominion)
  • MBE Coordinator of the Year Award  (Lee Field)
  • Virginia Asian Chamber - Business Diversity Excellence Award  (Annette Ross) 
2009
  • Metropolitan Business League - Trailblazer Award (Dominion)
2008
  • Metropolitan Business League Distinguished Service Award (Dominion)
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