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Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Awards

2021 AWARDS WINNERS

Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy:

Wyatt Brownlee & Joe Lopez, Diversity Consultants for ODOT’s Opportunity Corridor Section 3

Glen Shumate, Executive Vice President, Construction Employers Association

DBE Contractor of the Year:

BG Trucking & Construction

DBE Consultant of the Year:

True Inspection Services  

Prime Contractor of the Year:

Ruhlin/ Perram Erie Avenue Lift Bridge Joint Venture 
(The Ruhlin Company and Perram Electric, Inc.)   

Prime Consultant of the Year:

The GPD Group

Local Public Agency of the Year:

Franklin County Engineer’s Office

Transit System of the Year:

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Business Development Award:

Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI)
 


2021 Awards Overview and Nomination Requirements

Nomination Deadline was March 5, 2021. Thank you to those who applied. Winners will be announced on April 7th!

Sponsored by:
Ohio Contractors Association (OCA)
Ohio Contractors Association

and American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio 
ACEC of Ohio

 

  1. Program Name
    The program is named “Ohio Transportation Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award.” The program is a cooperative effort between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Ohio, and the Ohio Contractors Association (OCA).
  1. Awards Granted
    Eight (8) awards will be presented at the 2021 Civil Rights Transportation Symposium. Individual(s) and or Organizations are encouraged to submit one nomination in each category. One award will be given in each of the nomination categories. These awards recognize outstanding individuals and businesses that have developed a positive reputation in the transportation industry for professionalism, integrity in work standards and performance, exhibit a commitment to business development, and uphold the spirit and principles of civil rights, diversity, and inclusion (D&I) in transportation.
     
  2. ODOT is seeking nominations for the following categories:
    • Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
      This award recognizes an individual who has been identified as a leader in the transportation industry. This individual has done milestone-achieving work in uplifting and embracing the value of diversity and inclusion. This award will include evaluating the commitment to Title VI, Title VII, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in transportation.
       
    • DBE Contractor of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contractor that has developed a positive reputation in the industry for professionalism, integrity in work standards and performance; exhibits a commitment to business development; and upholds the spirit and principles of the DBE program.
       
    • DBE Consultant of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding DBE consultant that has developed a positive reputation in the industry for professionalism, integrity in work standards and performance; exhibits a commitment to business development; and upholds the spirit and principles of the DBE program.
       
    • Prime Contractor of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding prime contractor that has excelled in upholding the requirements of the federal DBE Program and has a demonstrated track record of partnering with, utilizing, and forming strategic alliances with DBE firms to participate on ODOT contracts through the awarding of subcontracts to DBE firms.
       
    • Prime Consultant of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding prime consultant that has excelled in upholding the requirements of the federal DBE Program and has a demonstrated track record of partnering with, utilizing, and forming strategic alliances with DBE firms to participate on ODOT contracts through the awarding of subcontracts to DBE firms.
       
    • Local Public Agency of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding Local Public Agency (LPA) that has excelled in upholding the requirements of the federal program and has a demonstrated track record of partnering with ODOT and DBE firms, while also encouraging the utilization of DBE firms on local-let, federally funded Department of Transportation (DOT) projects.
       
    • Transit System of the Year Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding public transit system that advocates for and provides safe and reliable personal mobility by offering public transportation in and among Ohio’s urban and rural areas, thus connecting underserved communities with their increased need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping, and recreational activities.
       
    • Business Development Award
      This award recognizes an outstanding employer/organization with a commitment to workforce diversity and business development; who demonstrates leadership in small business development and establishing mentor protégé relationships for construction and engineering projects in the transportation industry.

 

  1. Schedule

1/11/2021

  Call for Nominations

2/26/2021

  Nomination Packages Due to Committee Chair to distribute to committee for review

3/12/2021

   Awards Committee meeting & selections

3/19/2021

  Short list award notification

4/7/2021

  2021 Civil Rights Symposium– Awards Ceremony (Virtual)

 

 

  1. Judging
    Award winners will be selected by the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Committee with membership as follows:
     
  Organization Number of
Members
  ODOT Division Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion
3
 

  ODOT Construction Management


1

  ODOT Engineers


2

  ODOT Office of Contracts or District Personnel


2

  ODOT LPA


1


ODOT Capital Programs / Planning & Engineering District Personnel


2
 

  Federal Highway Administration


1

  American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio


1

  Ohio Contractors Association


1

  UCP (Unified Certification Program) Partner(s)


1

  DBE Partner Agencies


2


Judging will be based solely on nomination materials submitted. To the best of the nominator’s knowledge, be sure that each nomination includes how the nominee exemplifies the following characteristics / criteria:

Committee Rating Criteria

Rating Category


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion efforts
 

  Excellent Work Standards and Performance


Commitment to DBE Program
 

  Commitment to Workforce & Business Development Training


DBE Business Outreach / Inclusion efforts
 

 

  1. Nomination - submittal requirements
    Each nomination should be compiled into a single submittal. Each nominee is judged solely on the information submitted.

          Information - required at the beginning of each nomination (See following form)

    • Name of the company or firm
    • Nomination category
    • Name and contact information for organization/person submitting form
  1. Nomination Submittal Procedures
    Submit the nomination in an electronic format as follows. No hard copies will be accepted: 
    • Email one single PDF or Word document of the complete nomination to: lynnette.stevens@dot.ohio.gov
    • Some judges will review the files electronically and some will choose to print them; prepare the PDF to be printer-ready with one click
    • One (1) page (maximum) per nomination category (supplemental documentation can be added with the nomination form)
    • 10 MB maximum PDF file size

 Do not submit hard copies of any nomination materials, and do not send CD-ROM’s.

Use the Attached PDF to complete the nomination form


2020 Award Winner Information

Thank you to those who applied, the award winners for 2020 are listed below.

Eight awards were awarded. Individual(s) and or Organizations are encouraged to submit nominations in these categories:

  • Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy;
  • DBE Contractor of the Year Award;
  • DBE Consultant of the Year Award;
  • Prime Contractor of the Year Award;
  • Prime Consultant of the Year Award;
  • Local Public Agency of the Year Award;
  • Transit System of the Year Award; and
  • Business Development Award

2020 AWARDS WINNERS

Director’s Award for Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy (Two winners):
Norm Edwards, President of the American Center for Economic Equality (Cleveland) and
Barbara Smith, Founder of Journeys Soaring Impact (Cincinnati).

“We would like to thank the Ohio Department of Transportation for this prestigious award recognizing our efforts to level the playing field in the construction industry with diversity and inclusion.” - Norman K. Edwards, President, American Center for Economic Equality

“Journeys Soaring Impact is honored to be recognized by ODOT as co-winner of the Director’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy. At Journey Steel where we BUILD and SUPPORT DREAMS, this recognition of our program is our dream come true.” - Barbara Smith, President, Journeys Soaring Impact
 

DBE Contractor of the Year- Garcia Surveyors

“On behalf of the entire team at Garcia Surveyors, Inc. I humbly accept the ODOT DBE Contractor of the Year Award with gratitude! We do not take our cooperative relationship with The Ohio Department of Transportation and all of the Districts’ management for granted. Our commitment to the DBE program remains as strong as the outreach efforts developed by the Unification Certification Program, and we will continue to strive to provide the best surveying services we can.” - Tony Garcia, President, Garcia Surveyors
 

DBE Consultant of the Year- Lawhon & Associates (Cleveland)

“ODOT’s DBE program has enabled Lawhon to develop partnerships with more than 40 engineering teammates and to expand our technical capabilities through the DBE Supportive Services program. We owe a great deal of our success to these opportunities.” - Susan Daniels, Principal, Director of NEPA Planning, Lawhon & Associates
 

Prime Contractor of the Year- Kokosing Construction

“Kokosing is honored and grateful for the recognition and this award. We look forward to our continued partnerships with the Department and our construction partners!” - Todd Lezon, Regional Manager, Kokosing
 

Prime Consultant of the Year- American Structurepoint Inc.

“American Structurepoint’s mission is to improve the quality of life for our communities and our people, and we strive to create a culture of inclusion and diversity. We are honored to be recognized by the selection of this prestigious award and committed to our mentoring and partnership practices with DBE firms.” - Ryan Cross, Vice President/Partner, American Structurepoint Inc.

Local Public Agency of the Year- City of Toledo, Office of Diversity & Inclusion

“The city of Toledo is grateful to be honored with the Local Public Agency of the Year Award for 2020! We will celebrate this recognition while continuing to provide opportunities to disadvantaged businesses as we strive for inclusive excellence within our programs and services!” - Matthew L. Boaz, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, City of Toledo

Transit System of the Year- Western Reserve Transit Authority (Youngstown)

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for the hard work that our employees do every day to help connect our community together. We will continue to work together to provide an incredible transportation system to the people of the Mahoning Valley.” - Dean J. Harris, Executive Director, WRTA

Business Development Award- Brownstone Grey (Cleveland)

“We at Brownstone Grey are truly grateful for this prestigious award, which will serve as an excellent morale-booster that will encourage us to continue doing are best work.” - Wyatt Brownlee III, President, Brownstone Grey LLC