College of Business Alumnus receives National Leadership Award
February 19, 2010,
College of Business alumnus, Ralph Moore recently received the National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership (NMSDC) award. The NMSDC leadership award is given to individuals that have demonstrated a long term commitment to expanding alliances between minority businesses and corporate America.
Providing this direct link is the primary objective of the NMSDC, one of the countries’ leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 38 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America’s top publicity-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions.
When asked about the award, Moore said, “words cannot express my gratitude for receiving this award. My life’s work has been devoted to advancing opportunities for minority-owned businesses to establish sustainable partnerships with corporate America and this award is like an actor winning an Oscar and the only difference is I am not acting!”
Moore, who is from Evanston, IL, graduated from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1971, with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Moore has served on the Dean’s External Advisory Board as well as the Minority Board for the College of Business at SIU. In addition, he was inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame in 1994.
Moore’s future goals include continuing to explore new strategies for connecting minority business enterprises with the global economy. He looks forward to continuing his work in the US, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In addition, he plans to write books and spend more time cultivating the next generation of minority entrepreneurs.
Moore’s advice for future College of Business students is to aim high. “You want to do more than just get a good job. Every SIUC College of Business student has the ability to be a leader in their field and should strive for nothing less.”