DTE Energy’s commitment to supplier diversity took a giant step forward last week when Chief Procurement Officer Tony Tomczak was sworn in as chairman of the board of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC).
DTE Energy has a long history of partnership with the MMSDC which specializes in connecting minority business owners with opportunities at large corporations.
“I’ve been involved with the MMSDC for a long time,” Tomczak said. I continue to be impressed with their strategy, their leadership and their ability to drive economic growth.”
Tomczak is the first non-automotive chairman in MMSDC’s 40-year history. Under his guidance, DTE’s supplier diversity program has gained a national reputation for excellence. Last year, the company spent $467 million with certified diverse suppliers, which is 20 percent of its overall spend. DTE also earned six supplier diversity excellence awards in 2017.
Tomczak outlined four areas that he will focus on during his tenure leading the MMSDC. They are:
- Strengthen small minority businesses by providing them with additional opportunities for growth.
- Improve partnerships with minority-owned businesses located in west and central Michigan by hosting networking events.
“We’ll invite buyers from large corporations, including DTE, to attend these events.,” Tomczak said. “We’ll also invite small business owners. The business owners will learn how to work with the supply chain at these large organizations, meet the corporate buyers, and find out about products and services the corporations are looking for.”
- Continue to support the revitalization of Detroit by fostering economic growth, bringing jobs back to the neighborhoods and broadening the middle class.
- Develop additional ways to measure this work to ensure the MMSDC is working effectively toward its goals.
“My involvement with the MMSDC is an extension of DTE Energy’s commitment to being a force for growth in our state,” Tomczak said. “By helping minority businesses succeed and grow, we’re bringing jobs back — putting people back to work, ensuring good jobs are available, we see this as transformative work within the community.”