Star Awards: Delta Honors Champions of Diversity
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Delta Air Lines honored top small-business, minority-owned and women-owned supplier partners during the company’s annual Supplier Diversity Star Awards event March 25, at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.

For 16 years, the Star Awards program has acknowledged the exemplary contributions and work of suppliers and Delta team members who champion diversity.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to say thanks and celebrate our successful partnerships, which are built on Delta’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect,” said Greg May, Delta’s SVP of supply chain management. “Supplier diversity is critical to delivering a quality product and exceeding our customers’ expectations.”

Honorees are nominated and selected by a review committee based on categories including quality, value creation, innovation, customer service, cost savings and community involvement.

This year’s winners included:

  • Small Business of the Year — PHS/MWA Aviation Services, Temecula, Calif.
  • Minority-owned Business of the Year — Agile 1, Torrance, Calif.
  • Woman-owned Business of the Year — GAT Airline Ground Support, Mobile, Ala.
  • Corporate Real Estate Business of the Year — Creative Construction Services Corp., Cambria Heights, N.Y.
  • Catalyst Award — Reginald Williams, CEO of Procurement Resources Inc., Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Team of the Year — Delta Cargo and Ground Support Equipment (GSE)

“The relationships we share with our diverse suppliers are driven by collaborative engagement,” said Karmetria Burton, Delta’s general manager of supply chain management strategic programs. “Working together, we are able to achieve mutual success.”

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.