Luncheon Speaker Series: Diversity & Inclusion Matchmaking Panel

    November 20, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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    City Club
    850 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44114
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    Are you an MBE, FBE, or EDGE firm looking to grow your business by connecting with potential partners and learning how to navigate the complexities of the AEC industry?  Or are you a team member of a larger AEC firm who is always looking to connect with potential MBE, FBE, and EDGE Certified businesses?

    Then don’t miss SMPS NEO’s November networking, luncheon, and panel discussion! 

    This month’s program will provide a deeper look into creating meaningful partnerships between large firms and their minority partners.  We will explore how we can go beyond checking a box for diversity goals while delivering added value to our clients. 

    - PART1: NETWORKING (11:00 AM) – Join SMPS NEO early for extended networking aimed for matchmaking minority firms with their larger counterparts. 

    - PART 2: LUNCH (11:45 AM) – Sit down for lunch allowing the conversation to continue and potential partnerships to cultivate.

    - Part 3: PANEL (12:30) – Hear from our interactive panel on lessons learned, best practices, and what it takes to find success as a minority firm in the AEC industry.



    Glen Shumate, Executive Vice President  |  Construction Employers Association

    Glen serves as Executive Vice President of the Construction Employers Association of Cleveland. He is also Executive Director of Contractor Assistance Association and oversees Education, Marketing, Membership, Inclusion and Workforce Programs. He serves on Community Diversity & Inclusion Committees, as well as State & Local Education and Workforce Committees. Prior to CEA, Glen was President of the Call & Post Newspaper and Vice President of Tourism Development and Marketing for the Greater Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau. Glen graduated from the University of Toledo in Business and has continued his business training at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. In 2015 Glen was an AAF Cleveland Hall of Fame Inductee. 


    Tari Rivera, Founder & President  |  Regency Construction

    Tari S. Rivera founded Regency Construction Services, Inc. in 1994 and with her entrepreneurial vision, determined spirit and solid construction engineering background. She has grown a 3 person start up firm into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with a staff of 45 and a diverse healthcare, higher education, K-12 and civic client base that crisscrosses the State. As one of Ohio’s largest Female Owned Construction Management, Design/Build and General Contracting firms, Regency’s practice has remained steadfast to Tari’s early commitment to diversity and opportunity in the workplace and to creating a professional organization that encourages and empowers women and minorities in construction.

    As a leader in the community as well as in her business, Tari currently serves as Past Chair of the ACE Mentor Program in Cleveland and is proud to have been part of this initiative since its inception.  The ACE program is very important to Tari because it provides an opportunity to work with and mentor female and minority high school students about career opportunities within the construction industry.  Tari is also past Chair and current board member of the Sisters of Charity Cleveland Foundation an organization that funds grants to address the core issues of poverty primarily serving the Central neighborhood.

    Honored locally and nationally for her unrelenting pursuit of her vision that was the cornerstone of Regency’s founding, Tari’s awards include the following:

    2019 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award
    2008 Cleveland Engineering Society Hall of Fame
    2006 National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Crystal Vision Award
    2005 Arizona State University (ASU)/NAWIC Outstanding Woman in Construction Award
    2004 NAWIC Industry Appreciation Award
    2004 Top 10 Women Business Owners in Northeast Ohio Award
    2004 Athena Award Finalist
    2001 The University of Akron – Distinguished Alumnus, College of Engineering

    Tari is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and is a Construction Employers Association board member.

    Ariane Kirkpatrick, Owner & President  |  The AKA Team

    Ariane Kirkpatrick is the owner and president of The AKA Team. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The AKA Team is a full service commercial construction and facilities company that partners with its clients to provide collaborative management and construction services via their commercial waterproofing self- performing and construction management divisions. The company’s mission is to provide superior construction solutions in an innovative environment through the company motto – Always Known As the TEAM you can depend on.

    Entrepreneurship was ingrained in Ariane at an early age. The year 1969 made quite an impression on Ariane Kirkpatrick. She vividly remembers being five years old and boycotting the neighborhood McDonald's with her family because African-Americans were banned from owning franchises. She attempted several businesses from a copy and printing business, restaurant and residential rehab business. In between her time as a business owner Ariane was the Chief of Housing for the City of Warrensville Heights Building Department where she received several accolades for her commitment to the housing industry, as well as performing building inspections for commercial and residential buildings.

    Ariane’s dream was to always go into business with her family. That dream came true in 2007 when her sister and brother-in-law became franchise owners of ServiceMaster by Davis, a cleaning service. ServiceMaster had the honor of servicing President Barack Obama's Campaign for Change airplane early one morning in August 2008 during the campaign. A call for business later in the month from Joe Biden's crew proved it was a job well done. ServiceMaster by Davis was recognized in 2008, along with Wal-Mart and General Colin Powell by the National Urban League with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2009, Ariane made the decision to start yet another endeavor which has proven to be successful. The AKA Team has worked on several projects such as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Amazon, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Medical Mart Convention Center, Flats East Bank, CMHA Administration Building and many more. Ariane had the opportunity to sit with President Obama at the Winning the Future Forum held in Cleveland and discuss obstacles that affect small businesses. With the advice of the President, Ariane has found ways to increase her business.

    Ariane is very involved in the spirit of community and is a true lover of the City of Cleveland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University and is alum of Cuyahoga Community College, where she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and a proud Warrensville Heights Tiger alum. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two sons, Ali and Kristopher, and she is the proud wife of Danny Couch and has two step stepdaughters, Camille and Jazmine. While the journey isn't complete, Ariane realizes that both she and the business world have come a long way since 1969.

    Shakorie Davis, President  |  Next Generation

    Shakorie Davis is the Founder, Owner and President of Next Generation Construction Company, with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry.  Shakorie knew that his ultimate goal was to be a business owner and recognized that he would need a complete understanding of how things worked in order to be successful, so he took the long route.  Shakorie started out as a Carpenters Apprentice that just so happened to spend most of his apprenticeship working in the Local Hospitals. Through dedication to the Carpentry Trade Shakorie honed his skills as a journeyman carpenter.  Next, Shakorie mastered his skills as an Estimator, before taking on the job of a Project Manager. He uses these years of hands on experience to now manage the in and outs of his fast expanding project portfolio which includes University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Metro Health Facilities, just to name a few.  Under Shakories’ direction, Next Gen reached over $6 million in revenue for 2018 and is currently on pace to exceed $10 million in sales for 2019.

    As a Cleveland native, Shakorie understands firsthand the needs of the community. Shakorie believes in working smart and he carries that moto in with him where ever he goes, which leads him to strive to employee fellow community members who also has a pulse on the local area and the keen ability of working smart.

    Shakorie is a graduate of the Cleveland Municipal School District, East Technical High School. Shakorie volunteers and supports a back to school pep rally annually by handing out Food uniforms and school supplies every school year in his old Community.  Community involvement is extremely important to Shakorie. Shakorie also sponsored a local non-profit, Network for Neighborhood Success where he would speak with the youth about recognizing their strengths and weaknesses and evaluating their career choice.  In addition to that, he mentors at risk youth.

    Shakorie also encourages his team members to engage with local charities and programs on a personal level as well.

    Veronica Cook-Euell, Supplier Diversity Program Manager  |  Kent State University




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    $30.00 Earlybird rate before November 14

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