Executive officers at three local companies have been awarded business development scholarships from Ameren Corp. to attend the Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. The three minority-owned businesses selected are headquartered in St. Louis and East St. Louis.
“Ameren is proud to support the continued advancement of diverse-owned businesses, not only by partnering with them on direct opportunities, but by truly helping them develop into successful businesses with a strong business Acumen foundation,” said Pardeep Gill, vice president of supply chain and chief procurement officer at Ameren. “This unique and special opportunity with Dartmouth is an opportunity for Ameren to invest in minority suppliers through education which can be more powerful than any other investment.”
The 2019 scholarship recipients are:
• Cory Elliott, president, CMT LLC
CMT, LLC is a full-service commercial construction firm. As a roofing contractor, they are capable of handling all roofing needs, specializing in flat roofing applications including EPDM, TPO, APP, SBS and BUR applications. They also perform steep applications including slate, tile and commercial shingles. CMT, LLC is a female minority-owned business enterprise.
“Learning techniques to effectively operate and grow my business will be critical to CMT’s success now and in the future,” Elliott said.
• Kevin Edwards, president, Edwards-Kamadulski
Edwards-Kamadulski specializes in site preparation, earth moving, excavation, site sewer, site utilities, concrete construction, street improvements and highway and bridge construction. Edwards-Kamadulski is a minority-owned business enterprise.
“This is a great opportunity that many small businesses may never get,” said Edwards. “Attending the minority business program at Dartmouth will help me learn additional skills like strategic planning and financial controls so we can strengthen our ability to compete in the market.”
• Lus Haberberger, president, LUZCO Technologies, LLC
LUZCO Technologies, LLC is an electrical engineering consulting firm offering project management services, engineering design services and transmission and distribution engineering services. LUZCO is a female minority-owned business.
“I cannot thank Ameren enough for investing its time and resources to help LUZCO and its employees become the best leaders we can be,” said Haberberger. “We are blessed to have Ameren’s support. This scholarship will strengthen our strategic development plan for growth which translates to more opportunities for contributing back to the city of St. Louis.”
The recipients were chosen based on their strategic relationship with Ameren and the suppliers’ success in providing service to companies in Ameren’s 64,000-square-mile service territory.
Since 2009, Ameren has awarded 20 business scholarships to diverse-owned businesses. In addition, each year the company invites hundreds of entrepreneurs and diverse businesses to attend symposiums and summits where participants can network and learn about Ameren’s procurement opportunities. The company finished 2018 with $624 million in total spending with diverse suppliers.