CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In September 2015, Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council and the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business partnered to host the annual MBE Executive Management Program, an innovative leadership program designed exclusively for chief executive officers of certified minority businesses. The weeklong Minority Business Enterprises Executive Management Program supports leadership training, business growth and development, client relations, and customer service enhancement for participants. The initiative was jointly founded and sponsored by three major Central Virginia-based corporations: Altria Group, Dominion Resources and MeadWestvaco. Premier sponsors for this year’s 2015 graduating class include Capital One, Delhaize and Denny’s. The training takes place at the business school on the university’s main campus located in Richmond, Virginia.

 Leslie Kelson, CVMSDC Director of MBE Development said, “The success of this executive management program reinforces the reality that in order to succeed, minority businesses will need to adapt to a changing landscape and business environment. Innovative instruction provided through this joint venture presents additional opportunities to collectively strengthen minority businesses and to further support economic development in Virginia and the Carolinas.”

The following participants graduated in the 2015 class:

Sponsored by Altria: Jeff Conley, City of Richmond; Evette Darden, Century Products; Dease Moore, 4Core Technology Group Inc.; Joeffrey Trimmingham, Philip Reese, LLC

Sponsored by Capital One: Ashley Maru, Aquent; Felipe Wright, eWaste Tech Systems, LLC

Sponsored by CVMSDC: Cebrina Harley, Thomas Enterprises of Greensboro; Carolyn Smart, Smart Concepts

Sponsored by Delhaize: Chevalo Wilsondebriano, Charleston Gourmet Burger

Sponsored by Denny’s: Valee Taylor, Taylor Fish Farm

Sponsored by Dominion: Andre Caulton, AC Pro Cleaning; Nepherterra Estrada, Pride Public Relations; Ciara Lilly, Environmental Service Systems; John Macomson, Carolina Software As A Service, Inc.

Sponsored by University of Richmond: Kandi Edmonds, Quality Moving and Storage

Sponsored by West Rock: Duane Cook, DD Consulting; Calvin Yarborough, Managed Care Consultants of VA.