Management Profile

Fred W. McKinney, Ph.D. - President

Dr. McKinney earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in economics in 1983 and is the first African American male to receive a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

His dissertation, “The Market Determinants of Access and the Quality of Physician Services” was an early contribution to the impact health insurance was having on health delivery systems. Dr. McKinney earned his B.A. degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. Dr. McKinney served on the Council of Economic Advisors in 1977-1978 during the Carter Administration. Dr. McKinney taught full-time at Brandeis University, Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Policy Analysis (1983-1987).

At Heller, Dr. McKinney taught courses in health economics, statistics and macroeconomics. Dr. McKinney was on the faculty at the University of Connecticut, School of Business (1987-2007). At UCONN, Dr. McKinney taught classes in managerial economics, health care economics, statistics and forecasting and entrepreneurship.

In 2004, Dr. McKinney was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Task Force for Procurement Reform for the State of Connecticut.

Dr. McKinney has served on many boards of directors. His board service includes Habitat or Humanity, Gateway Community College Foundation, Connecticut Motor Club, The Federal Reserve Board Bank of Boston Community Advisory Committee,

The New Haven Regional Leadership Council, The Community’s Bank of Bridgeport, The Partnership for Strong Communities and Bridgeport Hospital. Dr. McKinney was named as one of the most influential African Americans in CT by the NAACP.

Dr. McKinney was presented with the prestigious Schwartz Award for his work in minority business development in New England. In March 2012, Dr. McKinney was named the Minority Business Champion for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the United States Small Business Administration. In 2013, Dr. McKinney was named by El Planeta Newspaper as one of the 100 most influential people for Hispanics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Dr. McKinney is a prolific writer and writes a weekly e-newsletter with close to 5,000 subscribers. He also writes a monthly column for the Bay State Banner, Diversity Plus and Inner City News. Dr. McKinney has published dozens of articles and editorials and two books. His most recent book, And Finally II & Essays on Minority Business Development was released in May 2011.

Andie Kim
Director of Corporate Services Group
617-578-8900 ext. 211

Andie reports to the President. She leads the Corporate Services Group and is responsible for corporate (Buying Entity Partners) membership, annual sponsorship, recruitment, retention and serves as primary point of contact for inquiries. Andie is also responsible for working with corporate members on planning and execution of corporate showcases and GNEMSDC signature events. She consults and provide resources for corporate member’s Supplier Diversity Program. Andie has served key role in winning competitive grants: MBDA Business Center Boston and Bridgeport. Andie develops strategic partnerships to promote the council’s mission and advocate for our corporate members and minority businesses.

Prior to joining the council Andie worked in Hotel Management for 11 years at InterContinental Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Orientation Hotels. Within her leadership role, she was responsible for training and development of the entire hotel staff including the executive team, general HR duties, and hotel operations. She was also designated to be part of the hotel opening taskforce from 2005-2009. She currently serves on a Board for NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) Boston.

Jennifer Little-Greer
Director of MBE Services Group and Certification
(203)-288-9744 ext. 111

Jennifer Little-Greer is responsible for leading the MBE Services Group and the MBE Certification Program. As the MBE Services Director, Jennifer is responsible for the Council’s MBE recruitment efforts, orientations, MBE development programs, and developing networking opportunities.She ensures MBEs are represented and involved in the activities of the Council.

In the role of Certification Director, Jennifer oversees the Council’s MBE certification processes which includes managing the Council’s access to the NMSDC MBISYS database and the MBE Certification review process, in conjunction with the Certification Committee. In addition, Jennifer sits on various Council and Community related Boards to represent the Council and network with MBEs to ensure MBE interest and concerns are being met. Jennifer has contributed in several grants awarded to the Councils such as MBDA Bridgeport Center and DECD.

Prior to joining the Council, Jennifer was employed for 21 years in the financial industry in the areas of compliance, risk management, marketing, vendor management, wealth management and financial services. Currently, Jennifer is a board member of Citizens Television Inc. where she serves as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She has earneda BS in BusinessManagement from Albertus Magnus College and is a certified Compliance Specialist and Paralegal.

Warren Bacon
Director of Boston MBDA Center
(617) 986-6366 - ext. 310

Warren holds a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Business Center, Warren was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Initiative For A New Economy, a non-profit consulting organization dedicated to helping minority owned businesses grow, gain scale and larger and more competitive.

This was accomplished by intensive mentoring of selected MBE’s and helping them win contracts, resulting in increased sales and the creation of new jobs. He joined INE after a 30 year career in banking, with extensive experience in lending, risk management, developing and leading staffs to exceed expectations, process improvement and business turn around.

Prior to joining INE, he served as SVP of Small Business Credit and Operations for TD Banknorth, where he managed two loan underwriting centers and the bank's $800MM small business loan portfolio. Under his management, the loan approval rate increased 5%, underwriting time improved by 43%, maximum loan limits increased fourfold, numerous new products were introduced and the portfolio increased by more than 12% annually.

Warren also held several key positions at BankBoston and Fleet Banks.He was a Director in BankBoston's loan review department, where he managed credit examinations both domestically and internationally across the bank's commercial and consumer portfolios. He was also the Senior Credit Officer for BankBoston Mortgage Corporation, the 7th largest originator of residential mortgages in the nation, where he introduced several new processes and analytical techniques that significantly improved efficiency and risk mitigation. Warren also managed the bank’s Private Banking division for eastern Massachusetts, and grew this client intensive business by over 15% annually.

Additionally, he served as Risk Manager for Fleet's International Private Banking, where he developed a comprehensive anti-money laundering system and other risk mitigation tools that led to the release of severe operating restrictions on the business. Warren's commitment to community service is expressed in his Board memberships at Children Services of Roxbury Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, and Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

Tony Peters
Director of Bridgeport MBDA Center
(203)212-5835 ext. 130

Tony holds a B.A in Economics from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago. His entrepreneurial instincts coupled with a proven ability to recognize and develop business opportunities are the hallmarks of his career. Tony started and built two businesses. More than 15 years ago he launched a web-based golf lifestyle apparel business to exploit the rising tide of interest in the sport unleashed by exciting, young, multiethnic players. The company designs, manufactures, and sells a distinctive line fashioned from multicultural patterns and fabrics. The company was nominated for the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” given by Ernst & Young. Prior to starting his clothing business, Tony conceived and successfully marketed a computerized real estate investment analysis system for which he holds the copyright. Tony’s corporate experience is similarly punctuated by entrepreneurial accomplishments. While at the New York State Urban Development Corporation he drove job creation by productively mixing public incentives with private investment to encourage manufacturers to locate operations in economically distressed areas. As Manager of Market Intelligence for GE Capital, his detailed assessment of the potential size of the market for small business lending led to a tenfold increase in the resources dedicated to this segment. He was a leading instructor at the Small Business Institute established by GEC to promote the lending program. Tony created for GEC an online, real-time competitive intelligence tool for which he received a Quality Award.

At a leading accounting firm, he wrote more than 800 briefs for executive leadership advising on corporate competitive strategies and led an international team in the completion of intelligence reviews for the World Economic Forum.

Tony is an accomplished bond and equities trader. Over the years, he analyzed scores of companies to develop portfolio management approaches. His financial markets experience includes completing the Series 7 licensing requirements and managing a $250 million US government bond trading account at Goldman Sachs.

Tony is a member of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Volunteer Corps often serving as a mentor and competition judge. NFTE encourages entrepreneurship among high school students.

José Colón
Corporate Services Group - Business Development Manager
(203)288-9744 ext. 116

Mr. José Colón is the business development manager for the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. In this capacity he leads some of the council’s efforts in the areas of external relationships, research, and membership growth. He works with corporate members of the council in helping them achieve their supplier diversity initiatives, and is also responsible for working on planning and execution of corporate showcases.

Prior to joining the council José held the role of supervisor for Symphony Diagnostic in the state of CT. His duties included interviewing, training new employees, scheduling of staff, handled vacation requests and did quarterly quality assurance reviews. José holds an Associates in Radiography and a Bachelors in Business Management. He holds credentials from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), and is also a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist.

Jeannette A. Gerald
Business Development Consultant - MBDA Business Center
(617)986-6366 Ext. 312

Ms. Gerald received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, M.S. in Information and Management Sciences from the University of Chicago, MBA in International Business and Finance from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. In her capacity as Business Development Consultant, Jeannette works collaboratively with Business Center clients, key members of the buying community, and various financing sources to increase access to market and financial opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBEs). She leverages her business expertise to increase the success of clients in closing new business transactions that help drive the domestic and global economies.

Prior to joining the Business Center, Jeannette was Principal and CEO of JLA Associates, an independent Management Consulting firm that focused on delivering strategic planning, business development and I/T and Operations Management services for its clients. While managing her consulting business, she also served as Chief Business Development Officer for a bilingual firm focused on innovative solutions for helping clients understand, reach and service Hispanic and Multicultural markets across the US.

Joanne Wang
Manager, Boston MBDA Business Center
(617) 986-6366 ext. 311

Joanne received her B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Joanne's role focuses on all programmatic aspects of the Boston MBDA Business Center. She is responsible for tracking program goals, new Client Due Diligence, event planning, and handling internal and external communications. Prior to joining INE, Joanne worked as the Assistant Project Manager of the Initiative for a New Economy, a non-profit organization created to increase the size and scale of minority-owned businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, she focused on the identification of minority supplier candidates, event planning, providing development and fundraising support for senior staff, creation and distribution of INE external communications, and managing the organization’s website. Prior to INE, she worked as Resource Coordinator at the Partnership for Families and Children in Denver, Colorado providing training and technical assistance to grantees of the Equality in Health Initiative (EIH), a statewide initiative working to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

She created and distributed all EIH-related communications, conducted grantee specific project research and as the lead event planner, she organized and executed trainings and facilitated learning circles for the EIH grantees. She also worked at all levels of property management at Avalon Communities, a leading Real Estate Investment Trust.

Diane Thomas
Office Manager and Executive Assistance to the President
(203)288-9744 ext. 117

Diane brings over 30 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to the Council. She is responsible for maintaining and scheduling the President’s meetings, travels, itinerary and overall office functions. She also assists in event planning.

Prior to joining the Council, Diane held the position of EA at companies such as Career Resources, Inc., UBS Investment Bank, McKinsey & Company, Media Networks and Philips Medical Systems.

Jerilynn Clarke
Event Coordinator and Special Projects
(203)288-9744 ext. 114

Jerilynn has worked for the GNEMSDC for several years in numerous positions. Currently, as the Event Coordinator she oversees each of the major events held by the Council with help from key members of the staff and various committees. She handles meeting with vendors, marketing, location scouting, menu planning, entertainment booking, transportation and dozens of other details that are generally required to make sure events runs smoothly and efficiently.

Sarah James
MS , Event Coordinator - Corporate Services Group
(617)578-8900 ext. 212

Sarah holds a B.A. in Communication/Women’s Studies and an M.S. in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her capacity as Event Coordinator, Sarah handles all aspects of event planning, from start to finish, for the Corporate Services Group and assists in planning the Council’s signature events. Sarah is also responsible for program coordination within the Corporate Services Group. She handles various initiatives for the Group, including: outreach, communication, consultation, creation of marketing materials, coordination of meetings, research efforts, and delivering customer service to Corporate Members. Prior to joining the Council, Sarah held several roles within the Labor Movement including organizing, research, advocacy and project management.

Nicole Mason
MBE Services Group Support
(203)288-9744 ext.119

Nicole is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Organization. Before joining the council, Nicole worked as the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Outreach Assistant at the Connecticut Department of Transportation where she gained 2 years of experience supporting minority owned businesses.

Currently, Nicole assists the Greater New England Council with Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification and Event Planning.

Jade Ashley Melvin
Administrative Assistant - Bridgeport MBDA Business Center
(203)212-5835 Ext. 131

Jade Ashley Melvin, is the Administrative Assistant for Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ms. Melvin, a native of Stratford, CT is an English and Pre Law major at St. John's University, Queens, NY. Prior to joining (MBDA) Ms. Melvin was Director of Client Relations at DSA Media Group, LLC a premiere multicultural sports and entertainment agency. Ms. Melvin is the reigning Miss Connecticut; Hal Jackson's Talented Teens Queen 2004 and NAACP ACT-SO award winner in excellence in Performing Arts 2005. Currently Ms. Melvin is active in the community with mentoring the youth and working on her Boss in Heels organization celebrating the Unbought and Unbossed Female. Ms. Melvin's philosophy is “Always believe in yourself, your dreams and strive to make a difference in the lives of others through knowledge and wisdom."

William Lytle
Business Development Consultant

Bill Lytle is an experienced entrepreneur who is owned and profitably managed three multimillion dollar manufacturing businesses over a 25 year period. He has successfully traversed the whole landscape of business management experiences, from business acquisition to business growth planning to venture-capital funding to loan negotiations to business sale. In addition, he has actively participated as a business consultant to more than 120 businesses. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He has been a pioneer of minority business development.

Dudley Williams
MBDA Office Intern
(617)578-8900 Ext. 314

Dudley is a recent graduate of the Threshold Program at Lesley University, where he received his Certificate of Business Services. Dudley is responsible for assisting the MBDA with data entry and office work. Specifically, he has helped with transitioning data to MBDA's online database and completes the mailroom duties.

Before joining the council, Dudley worked as a Human Resources Assistant at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston. Dudley is currently working part time at the Cambridge Friends School as an assistant drama teacher. During the Red Sox season, Dudley works as a mobility assistant in which he directs guests to their seats and assists guests with wheelchairs.