On Sunday afternoon at Morton’s the Steakhouse Nashville, 618 Church Street, the annual Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED-Week) concluded it’s month of activities that focused on minority businesses in the area.
The active month, which included a business expo, a conference, workshops, classes, youth activities and more, began on October 1 and ended on Nov. 17, 2013 with an awards dinner party, the R.H. Boyd Minority Business Achievement Awards.
Business owners, sponsors, associates and friends of Nashville Minority Business Center were welcomed by the chairpersons this year, Nancy A. Vincent, Of Council Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Mary Pat Teague, Associate Director, Community Negrohood and Government Relations, Vanderbilt University. Ms. Vincent also introduced the host and hostess for the evening, Dr. T.B. Boyd, III, President & CEO, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation and his daughter, LaDonna Boyd, Special Projects Coordinator, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation. Dr. Boyd gave rich history of the beginning of the Boyd corporation and those that impacted it. He also shared his pleasure of being association with MED-Week over the years. “I believe that we have had the honor of working with MED-Week for over twenty years,” said Dr. Boyd.
Ms. Boyd (LaDonna) introduced the awardees as Dr, Boyd presented them. Those receiving awards were: Winston Gipson, Gipson Mechanical Contractors, the R.H. Boyd Minority Businessman of the Year; Joyce Ann Boulton, Boulton Enterprises, Inc. (BE), R.H. Boyd Minority Business Woman of the Year; and David Tiller, R.H. Boyd Minority Business Advocate Award 2013.
Minority Businessman of the year – Mechanical Contractors
For over twenty years, Gipson Mechanical, Inc. has played a significant role in the redevelopment of cities like Memphis and Nashville. Gipson Mechanical is a full service Mechanical Systems, HVAC Sales and Service, and plumbing company serving industrial, commercial, and institutional markets. The fundamental business philosophy is to provide quality, cost efficient and customer responsive service. While utilize highly skilled craftsmen to install, service and maintain customer’s needs. Gipson guarantee’s a quality product and/or service.
With design build capabilities and over 200 years of combined experience, specialize in accelerated scheduled renovations some being completed in as little as fifty days. Mechanical installation is the core of Gipson business operation. For more than 20 years, installing cooling towers, boilers, pumps, chillers and piping for commercial and industrial clients is what they do best. In keeping the customers cool in the summer to warm and cozy in the winter, guaranteed satisfaction is their number one commitment.
Gipson Mechanical offers the depth and diversity to become your contractor of choice. They are dedicated to the customers and represent a broad cross-section which includes industrial, institutional, commercial, residential, and municipal facilities. Gipson Mechanical stakes their reputation on every job they do. It is a commitment to total client satisfaction. They offer a sound approach to bring in projects on time and on budget.
Some of the completed projects are: Memphis and Shelby County Main Library, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, AutoZone National Headquarters, and William R. Moore Building Rehabilitation
Dr. R.H. Minority Business Woman of the Year –Boulton Enterprises, Inc. (BE)
Boulton Enterprises, Inc. (BE) is a professional female and minority owned full-service painting company located in the middle Tennessee area since April of 2002. BE provide services for commercial, industrial and residential customers within the Southeastern Region of the US. Joyce Ann Boulton and her husband and co-owner, Jimmy Boulton, are proud owners of their family owned business. “We fulfill all of our customers painting needs from the smallest to the largest projects. We have been building a reputation built on quality, knowledge, completions of projects in a timely manner, manpower and customer satisfaction. We implement Quality Control and focus on a safe, happy work environment for our employees and for our customers. We have genuine and caring employees that believe in customer satisfaction and building lasting relationships. Key personnel are the key to our success.”
Customers include homeowners, architects, general contractors, designers, property management and renovation companies. BE takes pride in having the knowledge, manpower, the tools and equipment necessary to handle all painting needs. Boulton Enterprises, Inc. listens and takes the time and the effort to meet all of the customers’ needs and requests. In the first year BE had revenues of $146,000 to date sales exceed $2 million. BE’s commitment to providing consistent high quality service sustained them during the economic downturn in 2008. At the start of 2008 BE had 100 employees, by the end of 2008 the company scaled back to only 5 field employees. In 2009 the company began hiring again and by 2011 the company had 25 employees and today BE has 45 employees. A major obstacle has been proving that you are not relying on minority status, but to be considered a premier painting service company providing top quality service on each and every contracting job. Due to their commitment to quality, early on BE experienced fast paced growth and had to slow down to establish a proper foundation of policies and procedures to ensure quality service.
BE maintains a mutually beneficial relationship with Tennessee State University, providing work experience to TSU interns seeking a degree in the construction related industries.
Advocate of the Year
David Tiller is from Sierra Madre, California in the San Gabriel Valley, near Los Angeles. He is proud of his American Indian ancestry and his early familiarity with Hispanic culture. In many ways David, exceeds the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, his dedication, intelligence, and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients and make him highly deserving of the honor and opportunity bestowed by the Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award. David Tiller, has been a tireless advocate for minority businesses all Tennessee. His care and dedication to the minority business community goes beyond the duties of his position as Public Information Officer, and District International Trade Officer for the Small Business Administration.
For many years, he has been adjunct professor of business both at Nashville Tech and at Tennessee State University, and has lectured on international trade and technology at MTSU, Belmont University, and Owen Graduate School of Business, Vanderbilt University. He has also been a presenter of bi-lingual workshops for entrepreneurs sponsored by the NAHCC during Hispanic Heritage Month, Global Entrepreneurship Week and via partnership efforts with the Nashville Minority Business Center during MEDWeek.
His outstanding ability to connect and interact with members of diverse communities, has led to raised awareness about the many opportunities for small businesses throughout Tennessee. Tiller has served on the building committee of the Native American Indian Association, and the audit committee of the U. S Courthouse Federal Credit Union. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Central Tennessee Chapter.
David skills do not end with his office work. He is always warm, with a cheerful attitude to our members at the Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. I have seen him handle challenges with remarkable patience and admirable tact. In the community, he goes out of his way to help people in need by organizing activities both in English and in Spanish. David loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him. Tiller earned a full fellowship to attend UCLA Law School on the U. S Indian Law Program. Among the speakers recruited by the Mexican American and Indian Law Students Association were Cesar Chavez, Corky Gonzales and Reis Tijerina and Browning Pipestem. “Seeing these leaders in person at the time of their prime influence on society continues to profoundly affect my view of history,” says Tiller. David Tiller enjoys spending leisure time with his daughter, EdyLynn Marie and his beautiful wife, Sheila, on their farm in Goodlettsville, and is still studying Spanish –”mostly on the Internet,” he says.
Following the presentation of awards those gathered sattled down for a great meal that included a 6 oz. center cut Filet Mignon served with Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.
Throughout the evening the guests were entertained by Nashville-based songwriter and jazz vocalist Sonja Porter Hoplins. Sonja has a vocal texture that encompasses high spirited tones of nostalgic jazz. She is presently working on her debut jazz album, “The Awakening.”