MEET THE STAFF
Margo J. Posey
President & CEO
214.630.0747 ext. 2400
Encouraging and facilitating procurement and business opportunities between Buying Entity Members and Certified Minority Business Enterprises.
Ms. Posey reports to the D/FW MSDC Board of Directors and has ultimate managerial responsibilities of the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council, including financial, human resources, hiring, planning and execution. More specifically, Posey is charged with:
- Communicating and implementing the organization’s vision, mission and overall direction
- Overseeing the strategic direction of the organization
- Preparing and submitting of annual budget and operating plans for Board approval
- Successful managing directions and initiatives of the Board
- Working directly with the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee, the Suppler Diversity Working Group, Inclusive Supply Chain Working Group, Buy Those That Buy Us(TM) and Strategic Imperative Groups
- Representing the organization in media and other public events
Ms. Posey represents the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate relationship with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The D/FW MSDC, based on performance, was ranked Council of the year in 2011 and 2015 and ranked in the top percentile of all Councils in all other years.
Posey was elected by NMSDC peer presidents as their Chair, representing the Affiliate Councils on the NMSDC Executive committee and NMSDC Board of Directors from January 2015-2017. She provided direct input into the shaping of the network and program delivery at the national level.
Posey bid and was awarded the grant to operate the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency Business Center-Dallas in 2011. The Center specializes in procurement assistance, access to capital and import and export opportunities for its clients locally and nationally, resulting in new job creation, retention and true economic impact. The Dallas MBDA Center has been recognized as an outstanding national center by the National Minority Business Development Agency for six of the past seven years under Posey’s leadership.
Director of Operations
214.630.0747 ext. 3500
Andrew D. Nash is the Director of Operations for Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council. Mr. Nash reports to the President and CEO, Margo J. Posey. The Council certifies and brings together ethnic minority companies to do business with Fortune 500 companies. Andrew has overall responsibility for support staff, technology and the responsibility of tracking the organization’s progress.
Prior to joining the D/FW MSDC, Andrew completed eight years of service in the U.S. Army. He also worked in the Telecommunication Industry for DSC Communications, Alcatel, and World Wide Technology (telcobuy.com). Andrew attended the University of Maryland College, majoring in Business Management. He is a graduate of the Leadership Dallas 2010 Class and has attended the Minority Business Executive Program at The Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College. He is currently serving his second term on the Arlington ISD’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), and on the Board of the State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Working Group.
Andrew enjoys golf, music and spending time with family.
Manager of Certification and Sourcing
Edwin Cruz manages the “Gold Standard” minority business certification process that D/FW MSDC utilizes to ensure sound and verifiable minority business status. His years of expertise and interaction assists applicants understand the process and requirements of 51% owned and controlled. He works with the Certification Committee composed of Buying Entity volunteers to review submissions, conduct site visits and manage appeals. He also manages the State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification for eligible minority-owned businesses certified by D/FW MSDC. In addition to certification, Cruz manages the supplier information and assists Buying Entities with their sourcing inquiries to meet specific supply chain needs.
Wendell Braye is a Creative Marketing Professional with years of experience in niche firms. He has delivered creative marketing solutions and has a proven track record in both the B2B and B2C worlds. Braye has developed and implemented creative campaigns, managed marketing teams and brings his strategic marketing skills to the Council.
Construction Services Coordinator
ShaRon Richardson is a recognized construction specialist delivering pertinent, timely and necessary information to the construction industry seeking to increase and utilize minority-owned contractors/businesses as a part of their project deployment.
MBDA Business Center – Dallas/Fort Worth
The MBDA Business Center Dallas provides consulting services to MBE firms that include, but are not limited to, Access to Markets/Contracts, Access to Capital and Strategic Business Consulting. The MBDA Business Center Dallas program is a fee-for-service program. For further information about the MBDA Business Center – Dallas Fort Worth click here.
MBDA CARES Center
D/FW MSDC received an award through the Minority Business Development Agency to open a CARES Center to meet the business technical services and capital needs of minority businesses affected by COVID 19 and the resulting business restrictions and shutdowns. With their extensive experience and network, the CARES Team provides a focused approach to help guide businesses during their recovery and assist with redefining their market viability during and post-COVID 19.
Fredericka Lartey is an expert training leader who has successfully developed and managed instructor-led and web-based curricula, making companies profitable by outsourcing customized training to third party vendors. She has had 15 years of managing critical functions including process improvement, organizational effectiveness, needs analysis, coaching and project management. She has a proven ability to rally operational teams to levels of high quality and success.
LaTonya Darby is an Business Analyst/ Admin with a decade of successful experience in operations management. LaTonya specializes in streamlining processes and procedures regarding business applications, client support services, coaching and development through demand elimination while generating revenue growth within a fortune 500 company.