Congratulations the U.S. Department of Commerce Sixty-Second Honor Awardees from MBDA


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Secretary Locke, Eric Dobyne, Director Hinson

Gold Medal
Personal and Professional Excellence
Eric Dobyne - Regional Director

Mr. Dobyne is recognized for leading the creation of the Minority Investment Management Forum. The Forum resulted in increased investments for minority assets managers in both public and private sector retirements funds. This program directly resulted in nearly $1 billion in procurement transactions for minority-owned firms. Due to this success, the Minority Investment Management Forum will be duplicated and expanded to include brokers and other financial services companies.


Silver MedalSecretary Locke, Ivonne Cunarro, Bridget Gonzales Young, Tillie Welch, Efraim Gonzalez and Director Hinson
Personal and Professional Excellence
Efrain Gonzalez, Leticia Banuelos La Voy, Bridget Gonzales Young, Bernice Martinez, Ivonne Cunarro and Tillie Welch

The group is recognized for its successful efforts in bringing together over 135 individuals comprised primarily of minority business enterprises, financial institution representatives, trade organizations, federal agency representatives and elected officials to MBDA's access-to-capital forum.  As a result, MBDA documented new concepts for increasing the flow of capital to minority businesses and confirmed community support within key Federal agencies for advocacy on behalf of minority businesses.

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