DTE company has a long history of building partnering with diverse businesses. While our reputation for excellence, and our accomplishments, are well known throughout the state, we’re now achieving success on a national level.
DTE Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Tony Tomczak was named CPO of the year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He was selected from a group of 300 chief procurement officers for his vision, success and thought leadership in building a more inclusive supply chain amidst an evolving business environment
Tomzak is also chairman of the board of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. Under his leadership, our supplier diversity spend has grown from $192 million in 2010 to $472 million in 2018. Together with his team, he developed a national reputation for success by going out into our communities to meet diverse business owners where they are, and provide resources and education to help them succeed.
“Tony is the driving force behind our effort to do business with Michigan suppliers, and he’s especially passionate about bringing diverse firms into our supply chain,” said DTE chief administrative officer Dave Meador. “Thanks to his innovation in connecting business owners with new opportunities, our diverse supplier spend has more than doubled over the past nine years. We’re very proud that he’s been recognized for this well-deserved honor.”
Tomczak credits the team in supply chain with helping him earn this recognition and says he finds daily inspiration in DTE’s mission to be a force for growth in the communities it serves.
“For me, personally, success is when you can see the visible results of your work making a change in your environment,” he said. “As a company, we’ve been committed to supplier diversity for years. Now, it’s a way of doing business for us and we’ve brought jobs back to our neighborhoods and helped grow the economy. So, when I see my work impacting local families and building communities, that, to me, is a sign of success.”