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


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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.