Congratulations CPPI for 8 years in Savannah!

Congratulations Charles Perry Partners, Inc. for 8 years in Savannah! With this momentous celebration, we kicked off our first CPPI and Ducere Construction Services 2019 Mentor Protégé Class.  What better way to celebrate our work in the community than working with small subcontractors in the community.  We look forward to helping our subcontractors build stronger companies. Looking forward to many more great years in the community.

Implementing Supplier Diversity by Kathey Porter!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Kathey Porter – Author, Small Business Expert, and Supplier Diversity Advocate – for including my interview in her new educational book titled, “Implementing Supplier Diversity“. 

There seems to be a sincere need for further education on the case of Supplier Diversity in America.  The catastrophic Great Depression taught Americans the need for sophisticated US Fiscal and Monetary Policies that are designed to monitor and influence the nation’s economy.  The instructional book, Implementing Supplier Diversity, provides an in-depth analysis of how Supplier Diversity Programs successfully contributed to American economics and political science.

Supplier Diversity Programs significantly influence macroeconomic variables by facilitating open and inclusive competition for contracts during procurement processes, and the use of vendors of different backgrounds fosters a better understanding of a diverse customer base.  The successful US Policies have led to the meteoric rise of minority businesses (SBE, MBE, WBE and etc) that are a substantial stabilizer for the US economy.

Over the last decade, the number of minority-owned firms in the US has increased by 38 percent. As the number of minority entrepreneurs continues to rise, astute business owners recognize the need for B2B opportunities and well defined Supplier Diversity Programs.

It is a real honor and privilege to be a part of the book project.  Read about America’s journey in this fantastic book! 

DCS Attends AMAC Business Opportunity Summit

Ducere Construction Services recently attended the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Business Opportunity Summit in Tampa, FL.  The panel discussions were full of vibrant panelist eager to help the businesses in attendance gain insightful knowledge needed to continue on their paths to success.  Special thanks to Michael Stephens with TIA for inviting DCS to attend.  We look forward to seeing everyone at Nationals in LA!

The AMAC Business Opportunity Summit: Business by the Bay provides airports, corporations, business owners, government employees and entities the opportunity to cultivate new relationships and expand hyper-locally through their region.  As a leading airport in the Southeast region, Tampa International Airport is one of Florida’s most significant economic engines, with a total economic output of more than $7 billion. The airport and its tenants employ more than 7,500 people on the airport campus and support more than 81,000 jobs in the community. 

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DCS CEO-Markesia Akinbami Speaks at Enterprising Latinas

Enterprising Latinas is women-led Nonprofit Group that focuses on prosperity for women.  During a recent Women Wealth Building Series, the Enterprising Latinas hosted a conversation, with Markesia Akinbami – Chief Executive Officer of Ducere Construction Services – regarding Women’s Leadership in the Construction Industry, the Power of Relationships and Leading Prosperous Businesses.    Also, Dr. Lee Thomas from Hillsborough Community College South Shore Campus spoke on commitment from HCC to bring education and training on construction skills for women to empower their community and increase wages.

Enterprising Latinas focuses on the following GOALS

  1. Promote self-efficacy and capacity of women to make decisions that impact their economic future
  2. Increase women’s tangible and intangible assets that lead to greater economic security
  3. Create new relationships that support women’s access to financial capital and the market place
  4. Providing access Creating networks of mutual support that enable women to pursue their personal and economic goals
  5. Teaching new skills and offering new tools that lead to entrepreneurial careers and workforce opportunities
  6. Advocating for Innovative Service and public policy solutions that promote economic security and social equity

For more information on this amazing group, please visit

2019 REFERENDUM PROJECTS – PHASE 1 Benito Elementary School, Clark Elementary School and Wharton High School Tampa, Florida Meet & Greet

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and Long and Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. are currently in the design phase of the 2019 REFERENDUM PROJECTS – PHASE 1 Benito Elementary School, Clark Elementary School and Wharton High School Tampa, Florida in an effort to gain interest in the upcoming construction of these projects.

You are invited to attend a pre-construction Meet & Greet to learn more about opportunities associated with these three upcoming projects.

Don’t miss out! Be There!

To RSVP for the upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact: Markesia Akinbami at (404) 565-0631 or Email:

#smallbusiness #MBE #WBE #powerpartnerships

Special Thanks!

A special THANK YOU to all the individuals that participated in the CPPI/HCA Meet & Greet.   The Meet and Greet was well attended by a diverse group of business owners and professional firms.  We look forward to the attendees having a share in the commercial construction projects available at the Orange Park Medical Center.

Orange Park Medical Center Kitchen/Central Energy Plant Expansion and the South Tower Vertical Expansion Meet and Greet!

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) and HCA are currently seeking WBE/MBE partners in the Jacksonville, FL and surrounding area businesses, to join us on the upcoming Orange Park Medical Center Kitchen/Central Energy Plant Expansion and the South Tower Vertical Expansion projects in Jacksonville, FL.

You are invited to attend a pre-construction Meet & Greet to learn more about opportunities associated with these two upcoming projects.

Don’t miss out! Be There!

To RSVP for the upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact:

Markesia Akinbami at (404) 565-0631 or Email:

Hillsborough County Public Schools Office of Supplier Diversity Black History Month Celebration

On a monumental day in Tampa, Florida, Charles Perry Partners Incorporated (CPPI) and Ducere Construction Services (DCS) supported the Hillsborough County Public Schools Office of Supplier Diversity and Hillsborough Branch of NAACP Black History Month Celebration. 

At the event, Superintendent Jeff Eakins, of Hillsborough County School System, spoke on the focused successes of the 8th largest School System in the Nation. 

The quote “Life is About Moments; Don’t Wait for Them, Create Them”  was the theme of an eloquent Key Note address given by Mr  Danny Persaud, Chief Executive Officer of MidFlorida Armored.  Mr Persaud has been responsible for overseeing the logistics of approximately $300 Billion in US funds.

The Hillsborough County Supplier Diversity Office also presented Markesia Akinbami and CPPI with a special award in which Dr. Minerva Spanner—Morrow and Mr Eric Graham (Hillsborough County Supplier Diversity Officers), organized in honor of the Anniversary of the Celebration.

The event was well attended by well-known Community Leaders, NAACP Branch Officials, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County School Board Members, and Local Small Businesses. Some of the well known individuals and businesses include:

Tamara P Shamburger– Chair of Hillsborough County School Board

Lakendria Robinson – Director, Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion at Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

R. Colette Glover-Hannah – Glover-Hannah Community Relations Consulting

Bob Morrison– Morrison & Associates, Inc

Yvette Lewis, President- Hillsborough County Branch NAACP

Larry Davis– Community Business Solutions


Thankfully, if you have seen one finish, you have not seen them all. In fact, innovations in the available options for cladding surfaces are ever on the horizon. Eco Spec, a manufacturer’s representative firm, specializes in bringing these in-demand solutions to the industry.  This month, we would like to feature their elegant, versatile alternative to FRP (fiber reinforced plastic): VRP, which stands for Vitrulan Reinforced Polyurethane. The system starts with Vitrulan woven 100% glass fabric and comes in rolls like wallpaper. It can be applied onto an existing or new wall and then painted with a two-part, tintable, low VOC water-based epoxy and finished with a coat of low VOC clear, water-based polyurethane.

Some key benefits are:

  • High durability and impact resistance
  • Ability to hold up to aggressive maintenance
  • Easy to repair with little or no visible indication
  • Impermeable to growth of micro-organisms
  • Exceeds all applicable fire and safety standards
  • Unlimited design & color options
  • LEED Certified
  • Costs less than FRP

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Be Inspiring!

Julian Edelman now has the respected 2019 Super Bowl MVP award to place high on his résumé.  Interestingly, the Julian Edelman’s story has not been a bowl of cherries…  

In 2009, he was a disappointing 7th Round, 232 draft pick. He experienced a heartbreaking possible career-ending injury.  NFL Pro Bowl Voters never selected Eldelman for a single NFL Pro Bowl appearance.  Also, many Sports Analyst considered Edelman to be small in comparison to the size of many other NFL wide receivers who fit the mold of a Football Hall of Famer. 

Nevertheless, in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday, Edelman added to postseason numbers that are second-best in NFL history, behind only the Football Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice.

The bottom line is that despite Edelman’s past and doubters, he has consistently, Came Up Big When It Has Counted The Most.

Edelman’s simple yet powerful words, after winning the Superbowl, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do”.  Underscores why I believe that it is vital to Come Up Big When It Counts Most. 

Although we have experienced failures and successes in life, we are committed to supporting other families in immediate need of support.

Over the past ten years, we have been a lead sponsor of Women for Women International (W4W).  W4W is a Nonprofit Humanitarian Organization that supports the most marginalized women in countries that grapple with war, sexual violence, civil strife extreme poverty and rebellion.  Each year, we sponsor a courageous woman meet a new life goal – earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and even start an entrepreneurial business

In closing, I share with you a letter from one of our sponsored sisters for inspiration today.  BE INSPIRED!

To learn more about Women For Women International, click the link below.