2013 City of Los Angeles Minority Business Honorees
- Construction Firm of the Year: Alameda Construction Services, Inc.
- Distributor Firm of the Year: Omega Pacific Electrical Supply, Inc.
- Global Firm of the Year: NAEROK Group International, Inc.
- Green Firm of the Year: GigaWatt, Inc.
- Professional Services Firm of the Year: Zeesman Communications, Inc.
- Technology Firm of the Year: JM Fiber Optics, Inc.
- Technology Runner-Up: CC-OPS, Inc.
Kevin Ramsey and Traci Watson
Alameda Construction Services, Inc.
Construction Firm of the Year
Since inception 16 years ago, Alameda Construction Services, Inc. (ACSI) has focused on its core service of site concrete for commercial, retail, industrial, hospital and school projects. At the helm is Kevin Ramsey as President, along with his sister, Traci Watson, Vice President.
ACSI works on multiple local, State, Federal and private projects, some with values over $2 billion. ACSI has grown from $25,000 in annual sales to over $8 million. In the past 5 years the company has experienced a 40% increase and now employs an average of 50 workers. ACSI offers services throughout Southern California, including: the entire Los Angeles County and Orange and San Diego Counties. In addition, Mr. Ramsey has diversified the company's revenue sources by expanding into the sale of commercial bathroom partitions, accessories, and specialty items.
ACSI has an exceptional service track record, competent documentation processing and a strong core employee base, which are critical components for successful bidding and prime partnership. They have been awarded significant contracts with the federal government, public agencies and large general contractors in the private sector, such as the I?405/Sepulveda Pass Widening; Disneyland?Adventure Park Car Land; several LAUSD New Schools; Martin Luther King Hospital; Kaiser Hospital Network; and the Exposition Metro Rail.
As a 100% minority owned business, Mr. Ramsey has successfully obtained multiple certifications to position the company as a highly sought after business enterprise by prime contractors who want to achieve their diverse participation goals. ACSI holds HUBZone, DBE, MBE, and SBE certifications with CPUC, CUCP, SCMBDC, SBA and related agencies.
Among their list of clients are: City of Los Angeles, Clark Construction, Skanska, Kaiser, Disney, Swinerton Builders, Kiewit, Hensel Phelps, Turner Construction, McCarthy Construction, and Curtom Building and Development.
The 2013 Construction Firm of the Year presented by the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Business Policy adds to the many awards ACSI has received over the years. Some of these recognitions include:
• 2013 Inner City 100 Award winner, ranking among the 100 fastest growing companies in America’s Inner-Cities featured in Fortune Magazine.
• Ranked 57th in the 2012 Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies
• Ranked 78th in the 2012 Top 100 Minority Businesses by the Los Angeles Business Journal
• 2012 Contractor of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California Chapter
• 2006 ACSI is recognized on KTLA Channel 5 “Making It” Television Program
Omega Pacific Electrical Supply, Inc.
Distributor Firm of the Year
Todd Lewis’ business philosophy is simple: It’s all about customer service. Building off the company’s foundation created by his mother, Ivy Reid-Lewis, who founded the company in 1990, Todd has grown Omega Pacific Electrical Supply, Inc. by efficiently meeting the customers’ needs with state-of-the-art and energy efficient products and services.
Today, the company is one of the largest African-American owned energy efficiency lighting distributors in the United States. Under his direction, the firm expanded from electrical supplies and traffic signals, to energy efficient street lighting, and became an early adapter of lighting emitting diode technology (LED) to broaden the company’s customer base. Omega Pacific Electrical Supply, Inc. has an impressive stable of large and small completed projects under its belt:
• Replacement Street Lighting – Los Angeles Department of Public Works
• California Academy of Science
• The DeYoung Museum
• The US Ice Center
• The GAP headquarters
• Moscone Center
• Elihu Harris State Office Building
• San Francisco International Airport
Presently, Omega Pacific is in the midst of a multi-year contract to furnish the State of California with LED Lighting Fixtures. The company is certified as a Small, Minority, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
A one-time aspiring pro football player, Todd was released from the San Francisco 49ers in 1983 after a brief association with the team. A dedicated community philanthropist and volunteer, Todd is board member of the Charles Reid Foundation – named in honor of his late grandfather- which hosts annual Christmas parties for underprivileged children. He also supports other community programs including after school tutoring and a college scholarship fund. Todd is the chief fundraiser for the National Football League Retired Players Association, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and volunteer for Toys for Tots, San Francisco. He is a past recipient for PBS-Union Bank of California Local Hero for Black History Month. He resides in Northern California with his wife Claudia and their two children, Marcus and Sydney.
NAEROK Group International, Inc.
Global Firm of the Year
NAEROK Group International, Inc.’s, mission is to become the single source for all of their clients’ business needs in the construction, facilities, and professional services industries.
After graduating from Seoul National University in 1973, Mr. Park immediately immigrated to Los Angeles from South Korea. Soon after arriving he founded NAEROK with initial emphasis on property development. Since 2008, NAEROK has expanded into all aspects of a project’s lifecycle. This growth includes: general contracting, security services, facilities management, infrastructure and project management, and related building services, trades and supplies. The company has expanded internationally into the Middle East/North Africa and Sub-Saharan African markets, bringing Western management methodologies with global efficiencies.
As a “Global Supplier,” the company, under NAEROK Trading Company, imports commercial and residential building materials from global manufacturing markets. NAEROK is headquartered in Los Angeles.
Notably, NAEROK is establishing a sizable assembly and logistics facility in the South Los Angeles area to include an exclusive product showroom focused on all aspects of sustainability. This facility will simplify NAEROK’s customer service and provide access to its manufacturers and distribution channels to the Los Angeles and overall US markets.
NAEROK Trading’s consumers are residential and commercial builders, architect firms and large portfolio owners. What gives NAEROK the competitive edge is company’s commitment to create jobs locally by having 100% of final assembled completed in the United States of America. This attracts customers who value the “Made in the USA” brand coupled with the cost effectiveness of imported materials. NAEROK products are mostly aluminum extrusion, vinyl windows, storefronts, curtain walls, etc.
Mr. Park’s primary focus of hiring local disadvantaged employees has opened doors and has led to his success. NAEROK is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise and a Small Business Enterprise.
He will always remember his humble beginnings.
Green Firm of the Year
Deep Patel is the Founder & CEO of GigaWatt, Inc, doing business as GoGreenSolar. He is an advocate for a future powered by solar energy. His name means light. In 2006, he started the company from a garage and has helped thousands worldwide harness the true power of sunlight.
GigaWatt's three core competencies are:
1. Sales & Distribution: GoGreenSolar.com is a value-added distributor that offers a wide variety of alternative energy products through a user-friendly interface. Through GoGreenSolar.com, they've helped customers all over the world deploy solar and wind energy systems for their homes and businesses. Their team is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and technical support, which is reflected by independently verified customer reviews.
2. Solar Installations: As a licensed California C-10 Electrical Contractor (#972791), their team designs and installs solar power systems for residential, commercial and government applications. The company takes care of every step during a customer's switch to solar power, including engineering, financing, permits, installation and ongoing monitoring of the solar system. Their managing installer is North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified, which is the "gold standard" for solar installations, assuring high-standards of workmanship.
3. Product Development: GigaWatt designs solar power solutions for residential, commercial, military, municipal and industrial customers. Custom applications include the SunPole, a distributed, grid-tied solar module that easily connects to streetlight poles thereby eliminating land and transmission costs associated with centralized power, and the world's first grid-tied solar bus shelter that helps power the local traffic intersection.
Today, GigaWatt is certified as a SBA Small Business and one of the most innovative solar companies in the United States, serving a diverse base of residential, government, non-profit and utility customers with their custom energy needs. Clients include the U.S. Army, the Federal Aviation Administration, CBS, GRID Alternatives, and the United States Marine Corps. They have received recognition from United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the Tech Coast Angels, and are proud to bring jobs to the City of Los Angeles.
Bonnie Nijst & Arthur Zeesman
Zeesman Communications, Inc.
Professional Services Firm of the Year
ZEESMAN is an award-winning brand strategy, marketing and design firm that works with companies of all sizes, government agencies and nonprofits. As diverse as they are, the company’s clients all have one critical thing in common, and that’s their shared belief in the value of their brand, and the importance of treating it not just as a logo or as signage on a building, but instead as a business asset to be nurtured, grown and strengthened over time.
Those common values have shown themselves in the types and quality of the clients — large and small — that ZEESMAN has successfully attracted since Arthur Zeesman founded the firm in 1990. In that first decade, clients were primarily related to travel, tourism, hospitality and retail. They included the Indonesian Tourism Board; the Tourism Commissions of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales; Conrad Hotels; and The Disney Store in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
In 2000, Bonnie Nijst joined the firm as vice president of business development, and set out to diversify its base. In 2003, she became majority owner, president and CEO and Arthur ZEESMAN transitioned to his current role as chief strategist. Since then, ZEESMAN has had the privilege of working with a wide range of organizations including the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, the Walt Disney Company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Rock the Vote, the City of Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, Pioneer Electronics, Panasonic, Warner Bros., the Digital Entertainment Group, American Express and Griffith Observatory.
The company’s mission — and passion — is to give its clients' brands a voice in the marketplace. And they ensure those voices are heard through sound strategy, insightful messaging, compelling design and intelligent, thoughtfully conceived marketing programs that elevate brands and educate, enlighten and engage the people their clients are trying to reach.
The company holds certifications with several agencies, including: Minority Business Enterprise with National Minority Supplier Diversity Council/Southern California Minority Supplier Diversity Council, Woman Business Enterprise with WBENC/WBEC--?West, and Small Local Business with the City of Los Angeles.
ZEESMAN Communication prides itself on being a creative generalist focused on developing marketing brands that are always highly creative and designs that are always exceptionally strategic.
JM Fiber Optics, Inc.
Technology Firm of the Year
JM Fiber Optics, Inc. is a Hispanic owned full service supplier and systems integration firm established in 1992 by Kenneth Rivera. The company provides fiber optic communication products, integrated communication systems, and technician certification training to customers worldwide while servicing commercial and government organizations of all sizes. The company began its operations with three employees in a small office in Chino, and in 2012 celebrated its 20th anniversary of successful business and solid reputation in fiber optic, communication and transportation industries.
In 2005, Mr. Rivera established the TransitVUE® brand of integrated communication systems, specifically designed for the mass transit industry. He saw an opportunity to capture a growing and profitable niche market segment in the transportation industry because of the expanding need for more security to rail systems throughout the USA and a more efficient way to distribute critical information to passengers. Today, TransitVUE® has proven to be a successful venture in setting the company apart from its competition and in offering technically unique communication systems previously not available to the mass transit and rail industries.
The implementation of TransitVUE® products into California public transportation systems began in April 2007, when JM Fiber Optics was awarded the contract to meet the needs of Los Angeles County MTA. TransitVUE® brand is currently recognized nationwide. JM Fiber Optics technological developments allowed the company to expand into new markets such as security, customer information and intrusion detection systems for high end shopping malls and amusement parks. The need for automated detection of intrusions into secured areas for amusement parks enabled the company to take their FibrMat® intrusion detection technology into the commercial sector. Identifying new applications for their communication and security systems allows JM Fiber Optics to overcome current and future economic downturns.
Throughout the years JM Fiber Optics was actively involved in community activities, charitable events and sponsorships. JM Fiber Optics plays an important mentoring role for local high school and college students. For several years, the company has provided paid internships for high school students from the Chino Unified School district that allowed them to obtain a real-world work experience under the supervision and guidance of helpful staff.
JM Fiber Optics is certified with several agencies. Their certifications include: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, and Minority Business Enterprise.
Amy Dickerson and Adrian Marsh
CC-OPS, Inc. is in its 28th year of providing industry leading technology based Professional Services and Managed Desktop Services to the government and Fortune 500 companies. The company is a Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Small Business Enterprise, and a successful SBA 8(a) Business Development Program graduate.
CC-OPS was founded in 1984 by former Hughes Aircraft Manager Mary Ann Mitchell, who saw an opportunity in the growing market of information technology consulting. At the time, networking and the internet were only just beginning to revolutionize how the world did business, however only large businesses and government agencies saw the value of using enterprise communications systems as a means to increase efficiency and productivity. From her garage with the support of 5 employees, Ms. Mitchell built CC-OPS one connection at a time through relationship building, relentless follow-up and a commitment to excellent customer service. In its early years, CC-OPS provided help desk services, communications technology, call center solutions, video conferencing, computer technology integration and security. Throughout the 1990’s, CC-OPS competitively bid for and won multimillion dollar technology contracts with Pacific Bell (now AT&T), the County of Los Angeles, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the US Department of Agriculture.
In less than 10 years, CC-OPS went from a 5-person small business to a leader in technology service delivery and professional services, employing over 375 people and with a portfolio of clients that included some of the largest federal, state and local government agencies. CC-OPS is still evolving day-by-day, brick-by-brick, to continue with the mission and vision of its Founder. Moving in line with industry trends, CC-OPS has expanded its service offerings considerably. The firm is now known as an award-winning Information Technology Outsourcing provider, offering a range of services from computing to network management and help desk support. CC-OPS gives its clients secure and reliable technology infrastructure that helps improve service levels and reduce technology costs.
The firm currently provides government, healthcare and energy markets with managed desktop services, wireless integration, fixed mobile convergence, mobile device support and enterprise data management solutions. This includes seamless integration of enterprise data into the mobile environment and mobile device management, all with the assurance of security and protection.
CC-OPS invests a considerable amount of time and resources into continuing its legacy of mentorship and social responsibility. CC-OPS is dedicated to supporting through time, resources and mentorship: Let It Shine, Break the Cycle and the Black Business Association, as well as providing internships for youth and young entrepreneurs.