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EEI Names 2013 Supplier Diversity Award Winners

Washington, DC (June 20, 2013) – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today announced the winning companies and individuals in its 2013 Supplier Diversity Awards program.  The awards, presented annually, recognize companies and individuals for their outstanding efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses within the electric power industry.  

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated, earned the industry’s overall Excellence Award for its consistent, organization-wide commitment to encouraging an inclusive procurement system that identifies and develops relationships with diverse suppliers.  CenterPoint Energy and Southern Company were named first and second place winners, respectively, of the industry’s Innovation Award for their creative efforts to promote a diverse supplier base. 

In addition, EEI presented a number of special category 2013 Supplier Diversity Awards:
• Pacesetter Award (for individuals who have a long history of championing supplier diversity on many fronts and in varied environments) – Jewel Smith, CenterPoint Energy
• Prime Supplier Award (for a diverse business that provides goods and services directly to an EEI member company) – Burns & McDonnell
• Vendor Opportunity Award (given by small and/or diverse-owned businesses to recognize an EEI member company purchasing agent for his/her efforts to promote diverse and small businesses) - John Eley, DTE Energy
• Diverse Supplier Award (for a diverse business that has provided outstanding service) - Richard Hath & Associates (RHA)

"I congratulate KCP&L for winning this year’s Supplier Diversity Excellence Award,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.  "KCP&L’s innovative ideas and new ways of doing business, including offering unique strategies for reaching diverse markets, exemplify what the Supplier Diversity program is, while helping the company to better understand and anticipate its customers’ needs."

For the past 30 years, EEI has recognized those electric companies that have demonstrated leadership in advancing purchasing opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses.  Contracts with power companies during this time have gone from being written for such traditional services as office supplies and temporary personnel to critical industry areas such as underground and overhead line construction, meter reading, nuclear engineering services, construction management, and pension fund management.

For more information about the industry’s Supplier Diversity program, please visit​

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