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M/WBE Advisory Board

Honorees at SBS’ M/WBE Advisory Board-sponsored annual, “Celebrating Successful M/WBEs” event, Sept. 25, 2006.
M/WBE Advisory Board meeting, December 19, 2007

The M/WBE Advisory Board is an important group of advocates in the City’s efforts to create greater access to contracting and other business opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.  Comprised of 25 business and community leaders from across the City, the M/WBE Advisory Board brings together experts from a wide array of backgrounds to serve as liaisons to the M/WBE community and advisors on City policy.  The Board focuses on three areas in particular: Certification, Procurement Policy, and Capacity Building.

Meet our distinguished Board members:

Heyward Davenport Heyward Davenport (Chairman of the Board) was appointed Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) in 1995.  Prior to joining MBDA, Mr. Davenport was Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, Minority and Women’s Business Division for twelve years.  He has also held several executive positions within the City of New York, including Commissioner of the Model Cities Administration, Deputy Commissioner of NYC Human Resources Administration, and the Deputy Executive Director of the NYC Department of City Planning.
Gina Addeo Gina Addeo is the President of GMA Electrical Corp. and the first woman in New York to hold a master electrician’s license.  She works and resides in Staten Island.
Lennox Obafemi Britton has served as Managing Director for the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAMC) for the past seven years.  He has played an important role in the establishment of the Minority Business Leadership Council (MBLC) and the re-establishment of the NYC School Construction Authority EEO Advisory Committee.
Maria Castro Maria Castro is the founding President and Chief Executive Office of the Manhattan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  She has provided consulting services to the Queens Overall Development Corporation and the National Minority Business Council.  Ms. Castro currently works as a Hearing Officer for the New York State Supreme Court: Queens, Bronx, New York, and Westchester Counties.
Joy Crichlow Joy Crichlow for the past two decades has served as the Director of Con Edison’s Minority and Women Business Program.  She is the Chairperson of the New York/New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council and serves on the board of the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY).
Marsha Firestone Marsha Firestone is the founder and President of the Women’s Presidents’ Organization.  Dr. Firestone was previously Vice President of Women Incorporated and Vice President of Training and Counseling at American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation (AWED).
Barbara M. Foster Barbara M. Foster is President of F & R Installers Corporation, a construction firm which specializes in door, curtainwall and window installation. Ms. Foster also serves on the Board of the National Association of Minority Contractors and is Co-Chair of the Metro-Tech Advisory Board.
Maureen Fritch Maureen Fritch is President and Founder of Fritch Construction Co. Inc., a general construction company with over 10 years and $16.5 million in contracting experience.  She has recently established a new firm, E. Electrical Contracting, LLC. A co-founder of the Women Builders Council, Ms. Fritch currently serves as President Emeritus of the organization.
Roy Hastick, Sr. Roy Hastick, Sr. is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI).  In 2001, Dr. Hastick was appointed to New York State Governor George Pataki’s Commission on Small Business.
James A. Heyliger James A. Heyliger is president and chief executive officer of the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, Inc. (AMENY).  Mr. Heyliger established the Southeast Queens Economic Development Council, Inc. and designed the first construction training program for youth.  He has several professional distinctions including “Advocate of the Year” awards from both the offices of Congressman Gregory Meeks and former Public Advocate Mark Green.
Amaziah (Bill) Howell Amaziah (Bill) Howell (Committee Chair - Construction and Workforce Development) is President of Howell Petroleum Products, Inc.  Mr. Howell serves as Commissioner of the New York City Water Board and is the Chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Advisory and Oversight Committee.  He is also a board member of several business and community organizations.
Charles D. Lockley Charles D. Lockley is a Relationship Manager for Citibank where he is responsible for the Top 20% of the small business banking customer base within one of Brooklyn's largest Financial Centers.  Prior to this, Mr. Lockley was with Community Capital Bank where he served as Vice President and Director of the Bank's Conventional Business Loan Area, responsible for loan originations and the overseeing of special projects.  In addition, he is currently a B.R.I.S.C. Board Member and a 2005 Business Visionary Award recipient in recognition of his business and community leadership.
Timothy Marshall is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Business Resource Center (JBRC).  Mr. Marshall was named to U.S. Congressman Ron Dellum’s Minority Business Advisory Committee and was appointed by the President of the California State Senate to the Senate Small Business Committee. 
Colleen Molter Colleen Molter (Committee Chair – Procurement Policy and Procedures) is founder and President of QED National. Ms. Molter was recognized for her achievements by Women in Technology International in 2000 and has held board positions for organizations dedicated to supporting homeless families.  She currently holds the position of Chair of Public Policy for the NYC chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Raquel Nunez Raquel Nunez is Director of Nunez Electric, Inc.  Under her leadership the firm has received several notable accolades, including recognition in Hispanic Trends Magazine’s 2005 list of 100 Entrepreneurs.  Ms. Nunez also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center, Board of Directors Association of Electrical Contractors, Board of Directors Subcontractor Trade Association, and Vice-President of Women Builders Council.
Alfred P. Placeres Alfred P. Placeres, Esq. is an Attorney at Law at the Law Offices of Alfred P. Placeres.  Mr. Placeres is also the President of the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the co-founder and board member of the Small Business Congress of New York City.  He is also a weekly guest commentator on Telemundo Canal 47 morning news. 
Nancy Ploeger Nancy Ploeger is the President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.  Prior to joining the chamber, Ms. Ploeger spent 12 years helping to build one of New York City’s premiere health and fitness corporations, The New York Sports Clubs/TSI.  She sits on the boards of Beth Israel Hospital/Singer Division Advisory Board and New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Elaine Rosendorf Elaine Rosendorf is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the A.W.L.I. Group.  Ms. Rosendorf has twenty-five years of experience in the field of international transportation and has traveled extensively throughout the world.  She is a founding member of Women in International Trade.
M. Walter Sim M. Walter Sim, President and Founder of SIMCO Engineering, P.C., has over thirty-three years of experience in engineering consulting.  SIMCO Engineering, P.C. specializes  in traffic engineering, transportation planning and environmental assessment  for major infrastructure improvements.  Prior to establishing his company, Mr. Sim was a shareholder of a mid-size engineering firm, formerly known as Andrews & Clark, Inc.  Mr. Sim is a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and currently resides in Staten Island.
Fred Teng (Committee Chair – Certification) is President of Noble Communications Group, Inc.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Teng worked for AT&T as the head of the company’s Asian and Diversified markets.  Currently, he is the Vice-chairman of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, a board member of the New York Chinatown YMCA and China AIDS Fund, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Elizabeth Velez Elizabeth Velez is the Executive Vice President of the Velez Organization.  Ms. Velez is the community liaison and administrator of the minority and small business participation of the Velez Organization.  She is a board member of the New York Building Congress, the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY), and Vice Chairperson of The National Hispanic Business Group.
Earle J. Walker serves as the Executive Director of the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors (RASC).  Prior to joining RASC, Mr. Walker served as the General Manager of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of Business and Job Opportunity.