• September 23, 2015
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm




The Growth Through Partnership Conference is a full day event designed to provide educational workshops and recognize the accomplishments of the Mountain Plains MSDC certified MBEs and corporate members. The Conference will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Denver Athletic Club in Denver, Colorado.

For the price of admission, attendees will be given access to:

  • Informative and exciting workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Power Speakers at Breakfast & Lunch
  • Live Entertainment
  • Closing Reception


  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am: Power Breakfast
  • 10:30 am – 12:15 pm: Workshops
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Power Luncheon
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Closing Reception

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Breakfast Emcee

Joe LaNier III (2)

Joe Lanier

Integrated Platforms Technology

Joe is the Principal of Integrated Platforms Technology, a certified MBE of the Mountain Plains MSDC.  Integrated Platforms is a revolutionary facilities integration company which combines illumination, voice and data, furniture and power in one convenient package. Integrated Platforms Technology is your source for Interior Green/Sustainable Building Services.

Building Partnerships Panel

The Mountain Plains MSDC is pleased to present a “Building Partnerships Panel” during the Breakfast segment of the Growth Through Partnership Conference. Led by Stan Sena of the Mountain Plains MSDC, certified MBEs and Corporate members will share with the audience keys to building a sustainable partnership.


Bill GarciaBill Garcia

ALCAM Metals

With over 35 years of metal industry experience, President and CEO Bill Garcia has experience in every aspect of the business: marketing, purchasing, accounting, sales and estimating.

Born into a family of coalminers, steel production workers, steel mill crane operators, steel company owners and even metallurgic engineers, Bill was practically destined to work in the metal industry. In 1994, Bill started ALCAM Metal Distributors, Inc. on a $2,000 line of credit attached to a personal checking account. In that first fiscal year of business, ALCAM achieved $310,000 in sales volume. By year end 2014, revenues have exceeded the eight million dollar mark.

Ruben ChavezRuben Chavez
Business Diversity Outreach Program Coordinator
Denver Public Schools

Ruben has been with Denver Public Schools for 15 years, the last 6 years in Construction Services. As the Coordinator for the Business Diversity Outreach Program, Ruben’s objective is to expand the utilization of diverse businesses by DPS. Cultivating and strengthening business relationships with SBEs, MBEs, WBEs, and DBEs. Our DPS, BDOP Office partners with Denver’s diversity organizations, such as the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council, various Chambers of Commerce, Associations, and local business owners.


Steve (1)Steve Tarasar
SJR Environmental Consulting

Mr. Tarasar has over 30 years of professional experience. Steve has managed the Walsh / E&E Denver Office of Environmental Health and Safety for 13 years. His areas of expertise include industrial hygiene, hazardous materials management, asbestos and lead projects, environmental regulatory compliance, hazardous waste, environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance under EPA, OSHA, and Fire and Building Codes.



Dicran ArnoldDicran Arnold
Director, Diversity Business Development
World Wide Technologies

Dicran is simply known as “D” and in 2004 he joined the World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) team.

Today as the Director, Diversity Business Development, his role is to assist WWT’s account teams by building strategic relationships with companies’ supplier diversity teams, foster partnerships with MBEs and represent WWT at the regional councils of the NMSDC.

Before joining WWT, “D” was Director of Procurement for the Innotrac Corporation, a publicly traded- third party logistic company in Duluth, GA, where he and his team brought and maintained inventories on behalf of fortune 1000 customers like BellSouth, PacBell, Porsche and Coca Cola, just to name a few.

Heather Barry
Director of Business Affairs
Denver International Airport

Heather Barry has more than 17 years experience in public policy with an emphasis on transportation and public policy management. Barry currently serves as Director of Business Affairs for Denver International Airport. Additionally she serves as a Colorado Transportation Commissioner for District 4, representing Adams, Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Barry is responsible for the DIA Commerce Hub, which develops policy that is responsive to the local, small and minority business community. Additionally the Commerce Hub works to increase opportunity and capacity for the local business community and acts as an advocate for businesses, championing efforts that promote a transparent business environment, increase access, and position firms to bid on projects across all DIA departments. Furthermore, the Commerce Hub has formalized DIA’s internship, educational outreach and technical assistance programs.

Luncheon Emcee

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Angie Rivera-Malpiede

Vice President
The Stapleton Foundation




Angelina Rivera-Malpiede is a dedicated, lifelong community advocate that has worked tirelessly to build bridges in the community and has always recognized the power transportation has to connect and advance people. Her approach is informed by her personal biography, growing up in a family with eight kids, seven surviving and two parents that never spoke English who were transit dependent for many years. She knows that no matter where someone is in our community, they have a wise, informed and valuable opinion on issues that directly affect them and that together we can achieve solutions to our collective problems.
She is currently the Vice President of the Stapleton Foundation and the Executive Director of Northeast Transportation Connections. As the local Transportation Management Association (TMA), Northeast Connections works with the public and private sectors to improve mobility, reduce single occupant vehicle travel and to establish sustainable transportation throughout the northeast Denver area by creating, supporting and promoting an array of transportation options for commuters, residents, students and visitors.

Featured Luncheon Speaker


Pamela Jolly





Pamela C.V. Jolly, Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, brings more than 18 years of proven leadership and strategic management expertise; her primary focus is legacy wealth creation that passes on for generations. Her company Torch Enterprises is a strategic investment firm focused on growing and sustaining minority owned businesses. She is skilled at assisting legacy organizations across the country elevate their standard of business through strategic succession planning and practical application of business and financial acumen.

Since 2004, Torch has assisted over 1000 entrepreneurs and remains committed to raising capital and awareness for women and minorities desiring to build wealth via ownership. Pamela Jolly uses her extensive background in financial services, strategy, community development, and theology, to help minority entrepreneurs, and organizations succeed.
Pamela co-authored the strategic assessment for the rebuilding of the Greater New Orleans area post Katrina, she also underwrote over $200 Million in support for municipalities rebuilding efforts in Mississippi. These two experiences sparked her desire to find strategic ways to rebuild communities with ownership and equity. Concerned with the low levels of financial and business acumen in our communities, Pamela set out to design a method to elevate the standard of business and legacy to wealth in the black community. After much study and research, Pamela launched the NarrowRoad™ in 2014. The NarrowRoad™ is a unique patent pending developmental methodology that infuses the cultural realities of people of color into the educational journey that elevates a business idea into an investable one. Pamela is a sought after speaker both nationally and internationally, lecturing and advising businesses and leaders with her research and work in places such as Korea, China, Japan, Africa, the Caribbean, and most recently Oxford England. She inspires audiences around the country, at every level, to break through barriers and achieve great entrepreneurial success.
Pamela holds a B.S. From Hampton University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, a Masters in Theology from Boston University School of Theology, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D at the Graduate Theological Foundation. Most recently she completed a national study of behaviors and beliefs around wealth creation, ownership, faith, and entrepreneurship. Findings from this work were used to create The Narrow Road™ a unique method that assists individuals, entrepreneurs, and groups in navigating a path towards legacy wealth via ownership. Her book, highlighting the research behind The NarrowRoad™ will be released in 2014.



All workshops will be presented at 10:30 am and 11:30 am unless otherwise noted.

Charting a Path of Growth via Partnerships
This workshop is for businesses and corporate partners who want to clarify what a vision for growth could look like, and ways to pursue it.
Presented by Pamela Jolly


The Miseducation Series
This workshop is for minority businesses who want to explore the pain points of business and ways to get past them to elevate your standard for success.


Presented by Pamela Jolly
The Value of Denver MWSBE Certification for Goods and Services and MPMSDC Certification
Certification agencies implement the processes for government and private sector entities and ensure that only firms that meet the eligibility criteria of the individual programs are properly certified.  Just as there are different types of businesses, each certifying body has difference criteria according to its primary focus.  By attending this workshop you will find out the benefits of certification and how to maximize business opportunities.  You will also learn about the new opportunities for goods and services as a result of the MWBSE Ordinance.
Presented by Alicia Sewell, Carolyn Terrell, and Jennifer Malpiede

Alicia Sewell is currently a Management Analyst with the Denver Office of Economic Development, Division of Small Business Opportunity. In this position, she is responsible for helping small, minority & disadvantaged businesses compete for state and local contracting opportunities in construction, professional services, transportation and concessions with the City of Denver and Denver International Airport (DIA).

Alicia has over 10 years of experience as a small business advocate and diversity professional, with extensive knowledge in procurement processes, contract compliance monitoring and small business certification. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.



Carolyn Terrell is employed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, as Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist, Carolyn administers the 8a Business Development Program, the Small Disadvantaged Business Program, the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program, and the Women Owned Small Business Programs. In these programs, certified firms receive assistance with various aspects of starting, developing and expanding their business, as well as entrance into the government procurement arena.

She previously served in various capacities while employed by the U.S. Air Force, and The Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Terrell, is a graduate of Friends University, Wichita, KS, holding a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/Management.


Jennifer Malpiede is a Colorado native who graduated with her Bachelors of Science from the University of Colorado at Denver. A community advocate by nature, Jennifer was raised to believe in the rights of all individuals and became an active member of the North Denver community at an early age. Driven by the passion to help others achieve their dreams, Jennifer has worked tirelessly to help remove institutional barriers that may prevent individuals from achieving their goals. Jennifer has served as the Administrative Manager for the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council since early 2014. Jennifer looks forward to serving the minority community for many years to come.



Understanding Diversity: A Multicultural Perspective
Diversity is a key competency area for which corporate leadership is held accountable. The global marketplace is a multicultural and corporate performance and is enhanced with more comprehensive perspectives. Strategies are provided to assure minority supplier development goals are factored into overall diversity planning, training and achievements.
Presented by Colleen Mayer
ColleenMayer (1) (1)Colleen E. Mayer has diverse business experience in customer service, training development and delivery, budget and results, strategic planning, supplier diversity and sustainability. Her work experience, in both the corporate world and as a minority business owner, provide Colleen an understanding of the two perspectives in supporting and developing supplier diversity. She advises corporations on establishing their supplier diversity programs and advises minority businesses to assist them in securing contracts with corporations. She has been twice recognized as the Advocate of the Year from Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the Top 100 Women in Supplier Diversity, and was recognized as a Top 2012 Champion of Diversity.
Colleen’s responsibilities in sustainability include working with sourcing and supply managers and their suppliers to identify, implement and monitor sustainability projects. She implemented and edited a ‘sustainability tip of the week’ for a procurement department, and included a sustainability factor for the supplier of the year award.
As an expert in supplier diversity, Colleen has facilitator and panelist experience, co-authored a white paper, and designed and developed an online brochure. She has broad event management experience such as directing supplier recognition events, conducting supplier forums, and designing and delivering “how to do business” seminars.
Global Business Development

Come discover why the hot topic in economic development is Global Business Development!

Businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and

stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider exporting.

Did You Know:

Learn About:

  • Nearly 96 percent of consumers live outside the U.S.
  • Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power is in foreign countries
  • Whether your firm is export ready
  • Export Mechanics
  • About business opportunities in Mexico and across the globe
  • Go where the customers are. There is significant opportunity for businesses to profit through exporting.
Presented by Doris Crim and Marjorie Williams
Doris CrimDoris Crim has nearly 20 years of experience, primarily with large businesses, federal contracts and consulting firms. She has managed all aspects of these contracts including negotiations, client satisfaction, project start-up, recruitment, training, personnel, budget, production and quality assurance.
Doris is a hands-on professional with strong skills in assessing business strengths and weaknesses. She has extensive experience analyzing situations and providing solutions that improve business operations, finances, project management, and sales opportunities. Her background is in supplier diversity and supporting minority business enterprises (MBEs). She has proven ability to increase business growth through process improvements, proposal and bid preparation, and strategic partnerships. She possesses an In-depth understanding of government contracting and corporate procurement. Doris is passionate about contributing to the success of small businesses and MBEs.Doris earned her Bachelors Degree in Business and Operations Planning from the University of Phoenix and her MBA from Colorado State University. Doris is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions
Marjorie WilliamsMarjorie Williams is currently, a business consultant at Minority Business Development Agency Colorado Business Center. Marjorie is a retired Civil Service employee of 32 years Her expertise and career encompassed the contracting arena. As an unlimited warranted contracting officer, her duties included oversight, management, and program direction of information management/information technology systems and programs. Also served as warranted contracting officer and flight chief responsible for all aspects of contract administration including pre-award and post-award activities of a variety of complex multi-billion dollar contracts and performed full range of pre-award and post-award functions, including analyzing, negotiating, settling and executing contractual agreements. She developed, implemented and reviewed contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities..





Date:        Wednesday, September 23, 2015 
Location: Denver Athletic Club


Venue Phone: 303.534.1211

Venue Website:

1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, Colorado, 80204, United States

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