Minneapolis, Minn. (January 20, 2011) – Duane H. Ramseur has been named president of the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council. Ramseur, who once served as Vice President, Interim President and CEO for the Metropolitan Economic Development Association, will have a new leadership role for the local MMSDC and all of it markets of responsibility including, Minnesota, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.
“He (Ramseur) is someone who is well respected and admired in our community for his contributions and commitment,” said Craig Taylor, chairman of the MMSDC Board. “In addition to being a seasoned executive his integrity and principles will enhance the organizations credibility with corporate and MBE stakeholders”
Ramseur brings 25 plus years of experience in business, management and minority business development. He is currently a partner in Ramseur Consulting, a sales and marketing strategy firm. At MEDA he supported the creation and development of minority business enterprises throughout the state of Minnesota.
Ramseur has also held various leadership positions with Black Box Network Services and AT&T, where he managed their $12M Wireless Division with commercial, resellers, residential customers and multiple locations throughout the Midwest.
Ramseur replaces outgoing MMSDC President Steve Venable, who has served since his appointment in October 2009 until August 2010.
Previous presidents include interim Sharon Garth, Alvin-o Williams who served until 2009. Mr. Nhon Tran served until 2006 as the last executive director before the president position was created.
MMSDC will hold its next General Procurement Meeting on February 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel, 6300 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430. The event will be hosted by Cummins Power Generation and includes a presentation and networking sessions.
There is no cost to attend this event, but pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 15th.
The Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) was established in 1975 as the Minnesota Minority Supplier Development Council. It was created by corporations who saw a need to work with an emerging small business segment of the U.S. population that would enhance customer relationships with one of the largest consumer buying groups in the U.S. By providing business opportunities for and to its customer or its customer’s end user, the MMSDC creates a win-win relationship for both corporations and certified MBEs.
Today, the MMSDC celebrates over 33 years of building successful business relationships and has expanded to become the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council and serves the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
MMSDC is located at 111 Third Ave. South, Suite 240, Minneapolis, MN 55401. For information call 612-465-8881 or visit online at www.mmsdc.org.