Since the institute’s inception in 1997, its founder, Carmen Garcia, had the vision of establishing a forum to educate and inform minority businesses on state issues that would have an impact on their businesses.
The initial legislative trip to Austin provided the participants an opportunity to meet state legislators and to discuss pertinent issues during that legislative session. Thus, the need for a "MBE Public Policy" project came to fruition.
The purpose of this public policy day in Austin is for minority businesses to voice their opinions during the legislative sessions at the Texas State Capitol. The initial contingent to Austin during the 75th Legislative Session was made up of more than 20 businesses supported by the Dallas minority chambers and the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers (TAMACC).
In 1999, the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Council joined the initiative and the concept was accepted by a variety of other minority groups statewide such as the Texas Association of Mexican American and African American Chambers of Commerce. That year, the Historically Underutilized Business legislation (known as the HUB bill) was introduced, and the participants played a major role in the implementation of changes to the way the state of Texas did business with minority businesses. The statewide elected officials recognized our contributions and enthusiasm in addressing issues important to the success of minority businesses in Texas, and the inclusion of the group’s participation increased.
A group of additional supporters, in 2001, envisioned the mission to empower the legislative process on a nonpartisan effort to develop active participation on public policy issues. It was then that the focus took on another level of inclusion: public policy. That year, the Minority Business Enterprise Public Policy Day in Austin drew interest from the Fort Worth and Houston areas, including minority business councils and members of both the African American and Hispanic contractors associations and chambers of commerce. Thus, in 2003, approximately 100 participants went to Austin and the participation of some 10 statewide organizations was now on board, and the one-day event in Austin became one of "inclusion".
The organization and its efforts to educate the MBEs on the importance of public policy continues to grow as was apparent during the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, when more than 150 business owners and advocates attended the Legislative Day activities at the state capitol in Austin. Participation and support has continued to increase throughout the years.
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Carmen García accepted the position of AVP Diversity Outreach Programs for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), July 14, 2008.
In her role, García oversees DART's Outreach Programs by directing, coordinating and administering the agency’s minority outreach program as it relates to minority contracts and D/MWBE vendors. She maintains programs relative to the needs of the community. She develops and maintains external strategic partnerships and serves as a liaison to major chambers representing minorities, women and other groups whose goals include the development of economic opportunities for minorities and women.
Clifton Miller is Managing Principal of Cemetrics, a Dallas, Texas based multi-disciplinary management consulting
firm founded in December of 2020. Cemetrics enables clients in transforming or re-engineering selected
Processes and Behaviors to align with targeted business objectives, and current and emerging operating realities.
Areas of practice include a range of Consulting Solutions including Public Policy and Constituent/Community
Relations, Public Wellness in the Built Environment, Sustainability and Smart Growth. As Managing Principal. As
an entrepreneur, Clifton leads the development and implementation of innovative solutions for the above areas
During his 30-year corporate career, Clifton had executive level responsibilities for supplier standardization
management, strategic alliances, and supply chain management.
Vice-President / Outreach
Ruben Landa is an experienced and accomplished leader in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. He has more than 17 years of experience in public involvement, public affairs, communications and diversity program management. His career includes time with STV Incorporated, HDR Inc., the Texas State Senate, K Strategies Group and now with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, where is the Senior Communication Manager for the Texas and Mountain region of the US.
Vice President - Operations
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.
Dorothy R. Cheatham is the President and women-owned business of Vision 11, LLC, since 2009. The company is a full-service distributor of advertising specialty products and services. All types of products and apparel can be customized with the company’s logo and integrated to meet any companies marketing need to promote smart advertisement that makes the users experience memorable, fun, and useful.
Prior to starting her own business, she was the Vice President of Sales with Proforma Edge with expertise in account management, marketing promotional products, branded apparel, and printing services. Successful at increasing sales, establishing, and maintaining loyal profitable relationships.
She currently maintains leadership roles with advocacy organizations in the transportation industry and with public policy. She is a committed leader and volunteer in her community, and currently serves as Treasurer for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) North Texas Chapter.