Long Beach, CA, July 22, 2016 – Osceola Consulting founder and CEO, Kevin Narcomey received the prestigious Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) 2016 Supplier of the Year (SOTY) Award. The Award was presented at SCMBDC’s 26th Annual SOTY Awards luncheon held July 22nd at the Hilton, Long Beach. Presenting the Award were Rick Hobbs SCMSDC Chairman and Director of Supply Management and Supplier Diversity, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas); Charles Harmon, Board Vice Chair and Senior Manager of Corporate Procurement and Corporate Services, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; President Virginia Gomez and Joe Chow of SoCalGas who nominated Osceola for this award.
“Winning this Award recognizes Osceola’s growth, job creation, procurement from other minority businesses, strong business performance and community involvement," stated Virginia Gomez. She added “Osceola won this award in 2013 for Class 2 and their winning it again this year in Class 3 is testimony to both continued development of their business and outstanding performance for one of our major corporate members.” Gomez also noted: “Subsequent to winning SCMSDC’s Award Osceola was selected as one of four regional National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) award recipients making them eligible for the national Class 3 SOTY Award,” concluding that “Osceola was also a regional winner when they previously won the award in Class 2.”
“Southern California Gas Company started working with Osceola Consulting in 2008 as a subcontractor on a major business improvement project and we are pleased to see the firm’s growth and strategic contributions as a result of our minority supplier development efforts” stated Joe Chow. He continued that, “Their outstanding performance on that project has led to Osceola considered as a strategic partner and their engagement on 17 current projects.”
Rick Hobbs commented that, “As one of our top performing suppliers Osceola also demonstrated how to make effective use of the supplier development assistance we provide at UCLA’s Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) Program by doing a Business Improvement Plan (BIP) where they planned an onshore business services operation on tribal land in support of job creation and business opportunities with our local communities.”
Vaughn Williams, of SoCalGas’ Supplier Excellence team emphasized that “Osceola’s outstanding contributions to our core business efforts and partnership afford SoCalGas the opportunity to remain at the forefront of community and economic development, as well as technological innovation.”
“We are grateful and humbled for this recognition to both SCMSDC and The Gas Company, especially considering the many outstanding businesses also nominated” said Kevin Narcomey, “and we are particularly appreciative for the trust SoCal Gas has in continuing to work with us and with assisting in our growth and development.” Narcomey added, “Our recent efforts – expanding our services into the mid-West and East Coast - have continued to grow our business and thanks to The Gas Company’s assistance through the MDE program and Sempra Energy’s willingness to use our services we were able to develop the Technology Delivery Center (TDC) on the Morongo Indian Reservation, an alternative onshore outsourcing resource to offshore outsourcing that retains high value jobs in southern California.” “We are also currently developing a California State Certified Apprenticeship program to train local Riverside County residents for positions at the TDC,” Narcomey concluded.
About Osceola Consulting
Osceola Consulting provides management consulting and information technology services focused on the energy and utilities industry. Management consulting services include program management, change management, and business process reengineering typically around large, complex business transformation programs. Information technology services include software procurement, solution planning, software support services and testing, as well as end-to-end systems integration and support. The company provides highly experienced industry and solution experts with specialties including customer service, finance and performance management, field operations, and asset management. Osceola is a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) founded in 2006 committed to the sponsorship and promotion of diversity. Osceola’s founder is a former utility industry partner with one of the major global consulting firms and is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. See www.OsceolaC.com for more information.
About the Supplier of the Year Award
The Supplier of the Year Award (SOTY) is one of the most recognized programs of the NMSDC and its network of 23 regional councils stretching across the U.S., including SCMSDC. The award is given annually to certified minority suppliers nominated by NMSDC member corporations with whom they are doing business in recognition of outstanding supplier performance. One winner is selected in four categories based on annual sales: <$1 million (Class 1), $1 million – $10 million (Class 2), $10 million –$50 million (Class 3), and >$50 million (Class 4). SCMBDC had 39 SOTY nominees (5 Class 1, 15 Class 2, 15 Class 3 and 5 Class 4) out of approximately 1100 total certified MBE suppliers in its database. Winners receive business school scholarships and special recognition. They also compete for regional and national NMSDC Supplier of the Year honors awarded at the Annual Conference. Nearly 1600 suppliers are nominated nationally for this prestigious recognition of supplier excellence out of a total of 11,000 NMSDC-certified minority businesses across the country eligible to be nominated. See www.scmbdc.org and www.nmsdc.org for more information