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1st Annual MWBE Community Engagement Awards May 24th at The Marriott “Save the Date”

Keynote Speaker: Vaughn Irons, Atlanta Businessmen of the Year, CEO APD Solutions; community economic development firm.

The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance will host the inaugural MWBE Community Engagement Awards in recognition of the many public, private, and corporate institutions that support and contribute to the success of our regional MWBE firms.

Inaugural UMEA Community Engagement Awards were created to recognize those public and private organizations that help fuel the region’s economy through their commitment to MWBE growth. Categories for this year’s awards include: Executive of the Year; Procurement Professional of the Year; Community Development Project of the Year; Municipal Procurement of the Year; and MWBE Business of the Year.

Keynote Speaker:  Vaughn Irons.   (Please see below for more information on the Keynote Speaker)

 

 

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 E. Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inaugural-mwbe-community-engagement-awards-tickets-44766164804

About the Keynote

Vaughn D. Irons, Chief Executive Officer, M.B.A., C.A.P.S

Keynote Speaker: Vaughn Irons, Atlanta Businessmen of the Year, CEO APD Solutions; community economic development firm.

Vaughn D. Irons, 15 year resident of metropolitan Atlanta and eight year resident in District 5 with much consideration and prayer, has humbly decided to seek election as 5th District Commissioner, DeKalb County.

Vaughn was born in a caring but economically distressed Syracuse, New York. Although both parents were actively involved in his life, he was primarily raised by a single-mother who stressed education and fighting for human rights. He is a product of his family roots in Thomasville, Georgia and in Bamberg, South Carolina where his father and mother’s families lived. Both of his parents were the first in their families to attend college. Vaughn’s proud mother is currently a senior administrator at Syracuse University in New York and Vaughn’s father is one of the first African-Americans to receive a Master Degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

At an early age, Vaughn learned the value of saving and homeownership from his grandparents who purchased the family’s first home IN CASH after saving for 48 years – and Vaughn took an interest in neighborhoods and community from that time forward. He realized the inconsistencies between neighborhoods and desired to do something about it one day. He committed his life to being a part of creating and developing community solutions instead of just complaining about their problems. Read more about the keynote Speaker click on the following link: Vaughn D. Irons, Chief Executive Officer, M.B.A., C.A.P.S

Sponsors include:

VIP Structures
Wegmans
Backens Financial Solutions Network
SUNY Upstate
Pathfinder Bank
Excellus BCBS
Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Syracuse Housing Authority
Home Headquarters
OCC

Supporters Include:

NJ Jones
JHP Supplies
TKTD

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