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DMSCA Management

As a non-profit membership organization, DMSCA's history is rooted in 2001 white paper by David Burton entitled "The Strategic Intervention of Minority Suppliers in the OEM Supply Chain" and “The Convergence of Strategic Sourcing with Supplier Diversity”. These paper served as the basis of a supplier development pilot project in South Carolina funded through the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP); and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following its adoption by the Army as part of a DoD Mentor Protege Program project, managed by SCDC Management Company,  the National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI) was formed in 2004 to engage with corporations in the private sector to support the development of a minority manufacturing base using an integrated performance driven model. With support from major founding corporate members, the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP) was developed to support achievement of the organization's mission supporting corporations' interest in identifying, qualifying, and selecting suppliers for engagement in strategically sourced supply chains. In 2008, NMMI refined the CMP process further by partnering with the Supply Chain Council to integrate into its process an open source performance metric standard to measure supplier supply chain performance. It also broadened its outreach to include all diverse manufacturing groups and logistics suppliers. Today, DMSCA is a Sponsoring Corporate Member of the APICS/Supply Chain Council and a Member of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). DMSCA is supported by such Corporate Members as Johnson and Johnson, Caterpillar, Delphi, Cargill, McCormick and Co., Merck, Starbucks, Medtronic, Boeing, PepsiCo, and others.


David Burton- DMSCA Founder/President/CEO, 

David J. Burton, MCP, AICP, is a native of Columbia, SC. and is the Founder and CEO of the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA), a multi-tiered membership-based Supplier Supply Chain Excellence Training and Development organization and the DMSCA Supplier Development Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization that supports Suppliers’ Advance Manufacturing and Workforce Skills development towards community economic development and jobs creation.


Burton obtained his B.S. from the Morgan State College, a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania in City Planning and Regional Science, and was a Doctoral Student at George Washington University in Public Administration. Burton is a former Adjunct Professor in Planning at Howard University and, as a Regular Army Captain, is a decorated Vietnam Veteran. Burton is active in both Small Business Advocacy and Education and Civil Rights. With implications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Burton is the lead plaintiff in “The Coalition v. State of Maryland”, an advanced stage federal civil rights case to restore parity and equity to Maryland HBCUs and was the 2013 recipient of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Frank E. Parker Client of the Year Award for “Courage and Perseverance”. Burton has also written numerous articles on supply chain related supplier supply chain excellence and economic development issues; serves on the White House Business Council-Business Forward; and, is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Burton is a Lifetime Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,


Prior to his current capacity with DMSCA, Burton was President of SCDC Management Company, a business development consulting company; an Independent Contractor for National Minority Manufacturing Programs with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National HQ; Manager of Minority Programs with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership; National Sales Manager for the former Control Data Corporation (CDC), developer of small business incubators throughout the U.S. and National Project Director for City Venture Corporation, a CDC subsidiary that leveraged CDC small business incubator development to spearhead inner city revitalization and job creation; Vice President of Planning and Development for the Harbison Development Corporation (CDC), a HUD Title Vll New Town development in Columbia, South Carolina; and, President of Burton and Associates, a planning and economic development consulting company. Burton resides in Gaithersburg, MD.


Icy Williams – Vice President for Development

A native of Fairfield, Texas, Ms. Williams graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a BS in Business Education. Before joining P&G, Ms. Williams was a teacher in Texas and Wisconsin Public Schools, worked as a Production Supervisor for Schreiber Food, Inc. and Real Estate Broker in Green Bay, Wisconsin.She was the former Associate Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity Development for Procter and Gamble, having retired from that position in August, 2009. In addition now supporting DMSCA as Vice President for Development, Ms. Williams is President of Pakteem, an Industrial Air Systems and Engineering Company.


Ms. Williams engaged with DMSCA while still with P&G. She joined P&G in 1980 in Product Supply Manufacturing. She held a variety of positions; Process Engineer, Production Manager, Maintenance & Technical Manager, Department Manager at the Green Bay Plant in Wisconsin and Operation Manager at the Cape Girardeau Plant in Missouri. In 1994, Ms. Williams was appointed Associate Director in The Tissue and Towel Business Unit. She completed two assignments as Associate Director in Product Supply Manufacturing.

As Associate Director, Corporate Supplier Diversity Development at P&G, Williams created systemic processes and systems for P&G to achieve $1.5 Billion spending with Minority/Women Business Enterprises by 04/05. Ms. Williams exceeded the goal of $1.5 Billion in fiscal year 04/05 and then created the 5 year plan to achieve $2.5 Billion by Fiscal year 09/10. Central Jersey, Red Cross of Central Jersey, Board Member and Chair, South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, Advisory Board Member of Cincinnati Supplier Development Council, Corporate Member, Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber Minority Business Accelerator Initiative and Cincinnati/Kentucky AA Chamber.


Karen McClain  Supply Chain Consultant

Karen McLain is a retired Executive Director for Global Supply Management with Delphi. She has over 20 years of proven experience in Supply Chain Management with experience in global strategic planning for multiple business units yielding double digit material performance results. Her experience includes negotiations on highly complex global issues, development of cost modeling to support product sourcing and maintain world class quality levels. She has developed training programs to teach the emerging regions the principles of effective Supply Chain Management and Global Category Management Strategy Processes. As Executive Director for Global Supply Management, she was responsible for supplier selection, setting strategic direction globally for $1 billion of automotive and medical procurement practices. She established teams in emerging regions of India, China, Brazil and Russia to meet global market requirements.
While at Delphi she Lead Category managers in the development of global strategies to create a competitive edge for the business units and increased material performance yielding 6-8% cost savings year after year. She established clear cost standards to provide best total cost for 85% of products globally, connect the eye of the needle for engineering standards and optimized supply base for better utilization efficiency.

As Purchasing, Production & Logistics Director foe After Market Medical, she achieved significant material cost reductions, in sourced strategic assembly operations, leveraged the relationship and implemented Lean Manufacturing for top 25 key suppliers; resulting in a 20% plus budget savings on; labor, floor space, inventory and materials.


Karen earned her in M.S   Business Administration, from Central Michigan University and

a B.S. in Business Administration from NYU.


Policy Advisory Committee

Founding Corporate Members and Executive Corporate Members constitute the Policy Advisory Committee


Planning Advisory Committee

DMSCA Executive and Sustaining Corporate Members constitute the Planning Advisory Committee


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