AGL Resources Connects with Minority- and Women-Owned BusinessesTradeshow Highlights New Products, Services
October 5, 2006
ATLANTA — Oct. 5, 2006 — The people clustered around the tables at AGL Resources’ Atlanta headquarters recently looked like they were speed dating, but this was a very different kind of matchmaking service.
The gathering was a supplier diversity tradeshow, designed to introduce minority- and women-owned businesses in the metro Atlanta area to the AGL Resources employees who make decisions about the company’s purchases.
“AGL Resources is committed to providing diverse suppliers with real opportunities to do business with us,” said Ralph Cleveland, senior vice president, engineering and operations. We know that greater diversity and inclusion means increased innovation and creativity to solve our business problems.”
Approximately 100 contractors and vendors attended the Sept. 22 tradeshow, where they were able to make presentations about their businesses and products. In return, AGL Resources employees explained the company’s purchasing processes and bidding requirements.
Attendees got an inside look at how the company’s purchasing decisions are made and about upcoming projects. Most importantly, they were able to build a relationship with AGL Resources employees.
“It was very beneficial for me to meet with the right people to discuss potential opportunities,” said Carla Doleman, chief executive officer of DJG Chemical, a certified women-owned, minority specialty chemical formulator that manufacturers and distributes chemical products. Doleman and Donna Guinn founded the Atlanta company when Guinn was searching for a product to soften the leather on her son’s leg braces.
“At each AGL Resources event, I am developing relationships and positioning with the right people and organizations to actually procure work projects,” said Rick Treadwell, director of business development of HTS Enterprise, a provider of energy, quality and environmental services.
In expanding its Supplier Diversity Program, AGL Resources has worked closely with the Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (GMSDC), whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority businesses and Georgia corporations and governments.
“AGL Resources’ Supplier Diversity Program has the three components to make a difference — delivering on its promises, influencing the organization and providing procurement information/opportunities to diverse suppliers,” said Gwen Thomas, president and chief executive officer of CEO HR Now and chairman of GMSDC’s Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee.
“We have made significant progress in creating a program that provides opportunities for diverse businesses to compete for contracts, understand our business and build relationships with people who make and/or influence purchasing decisions,” said Tarece L. Johnson Hassell, AGL Resources manager of supplier diversity. "Through our mentoring program, seminars and tradeshows, we aim to develop diverse suppliers and provide them with opportunities to meet with key people in our organization."
Business owners interested in registering in the AGL Resources supplier diversity database and in receiving information on the program should visit http://www.aglresources.com/supplierdiversity.
About AGL Resources AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), an Atlanta-based energy services holding company, serves 2.2 million customers in six states through its utility subsidiaries - Atlanta Gas Light, Elizabethtown Gas in New Jersey, Virginia Natural Gas, Florida City Gas, Chattanooga Gas, and Elkton Gas in Maryland. Ranked by Forbes as one of the 10 Best Managed Utilities and No. 250 in the Forbes Platinum 400 in 2006 as well as a Fortune 1000 company in 2005, AGL Resources reported revenue of $2.7 billion and net income of $193 million in 2005. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout the East and Midwest. As a 70 percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. AGL Networks, the company's telecommunications subsidiary, owns and operates fiber optic networks in Atlanta and Phoenix. The company also owns and operates Pivotal Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, a high-deliverability natural gas storage facility near the Henry Hub in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.
About Atlanta Gas Light Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: ATG), provides delivery service to more than 1.5 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.com.
Editor’s Note: Photographs of AGL Resources Senior Vice President Ralph Cleveland and various tradeshow participants are available upon request. Please contact Jack Holt, 404.584.4255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitch Lister, Negotiator, Materials – AGL Resources
Mike Willmore, Manager, Gas Products – McJunkin Corp
Courtney Hendricks, Buyer, Materials – AGL Resources
Marques Robie, Inside Sales – B & S Electric Supply Company Inc.
James Warren, Outside Sales - B & S Electric Supply Company Inc.
Emeka Igwilo, Manager, Mapping Services – AGL Resources
Garry Harris, President, HTS Enterprise
Rick Treadwell, Director Business Development, HTS Enterprise