Last Year's Honorees
TEC Constructors & Engineers
Construction Firm of the Year
TEC Constructors & Engineers brings over 24 years of experience and a seasoned project leadership team that applies the latest in management and construction techniques. TEC has two distinct and separate divisions; Design Engineering and the General Contracting Division. TEC’s private clients include Walt Disney, Major League Baseball (MLB), North American Honda, AEG, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, and City National Bank. Public sector City of Los Angeles clients include the Los Angeles MTA, Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Southern California Gas Company (SGE), and CALTRANS.
Today TEC employs 105 full-time engineering and construction professionals who can manage all phases of a construction project. In 2009 TEC received the Young Black Contractors Association of Los Angeles Award. TEC ensures that everyone working on a project adheres to the client’s vision and continually keeps their best interest in mind. TEC employees and subcontractors show respect for people, the environment, and demonstrate complete dedication to safety and quality control. TEC prides itself in having an excellent safety record and a low project incident rate; this stems from hiring experienced people and providing necessary training. Their excellence in safety was recognized in 2011 with the Golden Gate Safety Award.
TEC’s workforce grew from 18 employees in 2008 to 105 in 2011, this equates to a 583% growth. The majority of recently-hired employees live in the hard-hit, underserved and unemployed areas of Los Angeles. TEC will have the ability to increase employment substantially in 2012 with the forthcoming phase of the Los Angeles Airport Bradley West Project.
TEC supports the local community through monetary gifts, in-kind donations, volunteer work, and pro-bono. TEC received the 2011 Smarts Future Award from the Boys & Girls Club, and for the past ten years, in conjunction with the Crystal Dreams Foundation, TEC has hosted an annual fundraising event to support the efforts of quality organizations such as the Los Angeles Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, King/Drew Medical Magnet High School, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Timothy Coffey received his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in Construction Engineering and pursued MBA studies at Cleveland State University. Before founding TEC in 1988 he managed multi-million to billion-dollar construction projects for Gilbane Building Company, Fluor Corporation, and Taylor Woodrow in Los Angeles. Mr. Coffey enjoys working with his family church, perfecting his golf swing, and travelling internationally with his wife, and three daughters– ages 21, 18 and 13.
TEC Constructors & Engineers currently holds the following certifications: California Contractor’s License #750532, Minority Owned Business Enterprises (MBE), Small Business Enterprises (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Community Business Enterprise (CBE) and Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE). TEC is certified by the Public Utilities Commission, and Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC).
Sujit Ghosh and Sam Mookerjee
3S Global Business Solutions, Inc.
Technology Firm of the Year
3S Global Business Solutions (3S GBS) is a Canoga Park-based minority-owned IT service provider that provides IT staffing, web development and maintenance, and IT consulting services nationwide. As well as being a trusted partner to government and commercial enterprise customers, 3S GBS seeks to offer value-based business solutions enabling clients to gain operational efficiency and measurable improvement of ROI.
The team at 3S GBS is experienced in the end-to-end recruiting process identifying and qualifying IT professionals and matching client requirements. The services provided are:
• Building and maintaining IT professional databases
• Sourcing the right profile matching client requirements. This also results in quick Return on Investment for their clients
• Good understanding of Software Development Life Cycle and product suites available in the market to quickly respond to clients.
• Good understanding of modern technologies including social media, mobile applications and web development.
• Expertise in ensuring client satisfaction. The team is trained to perform a Solution-Selling process through which they are able to identify client needs and deliver customized client needs at the lowest possible prices.
Sujit Ghosh is the CEO and the Director of Sales and Marketing for 3S GBS. Prior to founding 3S GBS he was a technical recruiter, account manager, and practice director for boutique IT consulting companies specializing in IT staffing, software testing, business intelligence, and analytics solutions for mid to Fortune 1000 companies. Sujit has over 20 years of experience in sales management, and technical recruiting experience. He has extensive experience in recruiting project managers, business analysts and software engineers with a variety of programming languages including Mainframe, Mid-Range, DB2, Oracle, SQL Server Database Administrators, Java, J2EE, Cognos/IBM, Business Objects/ SAP, Microstrategty, SAS, and .Net technologies.
Sam Mookerjee is Director of Corporate Affairs and co-founder for 3S GBS. After graduating from Birla Institute of Technology, India in Electrical Engineering, he worked at Alloy Steels Plant as an Instrumentation Engineer and then relocated to the United States in 1979, where he obtained his Master’s in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University. He worked as a Senior Application Developer/ Architect for Wellpoint/ Anthem Blue Cross in Thousand Oaks until 2006 and has now worked in IT for over 25 years.
FCI Management Consultants
Green Energy Firm of the Year
Established in 1998 with a focus on public and private utility program management and electrical distribution and design, FCI Management Consultants (FCI) is a full-service energy and water consulting company offering a broad level of expertise in energy/water efficiency services. FCI’s diverse core competencies provide clients with comprehensive, value-added services at competitive prices. Their specialized teams of industry professionals develop strategic and tactical energy solutions for corporate, residential, commercial and industrial clients, governmental agencies, and public and private utilities.
FCI conducts comprehensive integrated energy and water audits, benchmarks to collect property and building data, applies diagnostic tools and metrics to measure cost effectiveness, and provides payback analysis to present the customer with enough information to make a sound business decision. FCI is an expert at integrating resource efficiency within a client’s facility in ways that reduce energy and water consumption and fulfill environmental goals of reducing carbon footprints.
The FCI mission is to provide expertise, knowledge and leadership to customers by delivering innovative strategies and solutions in the energy and water industries aiming to make a positive impact on climate change and create a sustainable global environment.
Patricia Watts is President and CEO of FCI Management Consultants, a certified woman-owned and minority corporation. Ms. Watts majored in Business Management at the University of La Verne, California. She also attended the Minority Business Executive Program and the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University.
With a twenty-four-year career with Southern California Edison, Ms.Watts has extensive industry experience and is a multi-award winner that has received the Black Business Association’s Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, the California Black Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award, the Joseph Business School’s Leadership Impact Award and Southern California Minority Business Development Council’s “Supplier of the Year, Class III Award”. In 2010, FCI was selected as one of the Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in the United States by Diversity Business Magazine.
Sapphos Environmental, Inc.
Green Environmental Firm of the Year
Founded in 1992, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has provided over 7,000 work products to more than 600 clients. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. was readily ranked as “the largest environmental team in the greater Los Angeles area and the 65th largest Woman- and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. has worked on a wide range of projects in the public and private sectors, as well as not-for-profit entities throughout the western United States. They have supported capital improvement projects in diverse industries: renewable energy, community development, airports, transportation, health care, entertainment, parks and recreation, and golf. Projects that are familiar to the Los Angeles public would include the Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Miller Children’s Hospital, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, La Plaza De Cultura y Artes, Angeles National Golf Course, and Raging Waters, to name a few.
Sapphos Environmental, Inc. is supported by a team of highly educated and experienced environmental professionals who provide specialized services related to a wide range of environmental issues: air quality, biological resources, historic resources, archaeological resources, geographic information systems, habitat conservation planning, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, public policy, visual resources, and aesthetics. Sapphos Environmental, Inc.’s strategic environmental management approach is very useful in providing a high level of quality control and quality assurance for its clients. Staff members and managers work closely with federal, state, county, and local government agencies to prepare planning, resource management, and work to produce environmental documents that facilitate project compliance with all applicable statutes and regulations.
The quality and reliability of Sapphos Environmental, Inc. work products are best evidenced by the ability to successfully withstand litigation undertaken pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, and land use law. Sapphos Environmental, Inc.’s technical professionals have also served as expert witnesses to support clients during litigation.
Marie Campbell is an environmental compliance specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in managing public and private sector and capital improvement projects involving complex environmental constraints. She opened Sapphos Environmental, Inc., after five years with one of the state’s largest consulting firms and five years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ms. Campbell currently serves on the National Association of Environmental Professionals Board of Directors. Ms. Campbell holds a Master’s degree in geography, with an emphasis in geomorphology and biogeography from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Campbell’s commitment to education has been shared by her two daughters, Sarah, who holds a Master’s degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University, and Katherine, who is a graduate from Tulane University. Ms. Campbell’s vision is to leave a better world for future generations.
Aldelano Corporation, Inc.
Global/Export Firm of the Year
Founded in 1968, by Alfred Hollingsworth, Aldelano Packaging Corporation is one of the nation’s leading providers of fulfillment and managed staffing services with seven operations in four states – Tennessee, Georgia, California and Wisconsin; and administrative offices in Michigan and Ohio.
Over the last 40 years, Aldelano has been experienced in providing “To-Your- Door” packaging solutions to manufacturers nationwide with customized supply-chain solutions, and use of Lean Six Sigma systems to drive out unnecessary costs.
Aldelano offers an array of contract packaging services including shrink wrapping, cartoning, assembly, display building, kitting, bagging, repacking and multi-packing. With Aldelano’s “To-Your-Door” business model, services can be provided from an independent Aldelano operation, or on-site at the customer’s manufacturing location or distribution center.
Aldelano’s managed staffing services provide manufacturers the option of outsourcing any department within their organization to their proven management teams and experienced crews. Through Aldelano’s managed staffing model, manufacturers get the benefits of high-quality labor and full project and systems management at lower total costs.
The company’s customer roster includes several Fortune 500 companies such as: Procter & Gamble, Sunny Delight, Toyota, ConAgra, General Mills, American Airlines, Red Bull, and Verizon.
Alfred & Hattie Hollingsworth are business leaders, international speakers, ministers of the Gospel and owners of Aldelano Packaging Corporation. With over 42 years in business, the Hollingsworth’s have grown Aldelano Packaging Corporation into a successful corporation which employs hundreds of people around the country.
The Hollingsworths have founded the internationally-acclaimed, Christ-centered “BOSS The Movement” youth success training curriculum and its adult success training component known as “Vertical Leap”. These biblically-based success-training principles have been embraced throughout the U.S and around the world in regions such as Japan, Kenya, South Africa, Switzerland, Ghana, Jamaica, Italy, Ukraine, Brazil, Belgium, Philippines, and Indonesia among others – and have trained thousands on market-place ministry ethics and their application.
Alfred & Hattie Hollingsworth are the owners and founders of Alhatti Private Christian Resort, a four-star resort facility located in Idyllwild, California. In addition to hosting individual, corporate and spiritual retreats, the resort is used as a training ground for Vertical Leap. Al & Hattie’s accomplishments and awards number in the hundreds and are inclusive of the Mayor’s Award for the State of California, Excellence in Business Award from the Department of Commerce, the Business Man of the Year Award, along with one of the first ever M.B.E. awards presented by President Nixon.