The Buzz

March 29, 2017


The Report Card is the buzz in San Antonio's minority business community.   In fact the Fair Contractors Coalition has met with the executive leadership of CPS Energy.  CPS received the only D grade.   CPS asked for the Fair Contractor Coalition to consider adjusting the scoring/grading criteria slightly to take into account items that cannot be manufactured or created locally.    The Fair Contractor Coalition agreed to review the criteria used and further requested for CPS to contract with local, small, and minority companies.   CPS also agreed to be the breakfast/lunch sponsor to the April 2017 Fair Contractor Coalition meeting.  


Additionally the C-Suite article was on fire.   The C-Suite is important because the top executives are paid nicely.   In San Antonio it is not uncommon to see White and Hispanics representing proudly.   What is rare and a major problem is you will not find too many dark complexioned Black males and females.    We noted last week when you do see African-American's used to support these agencies, it is typically as a no compensation Board of Director position. The Observer online comments were very positive to keeping the heat turned up on the CEOs who have refused to hire qualified African-Americans.   Readers were sadly disappointed that Texas A& M San Antonio's HUB contracting numbers were less than 1% for African-Americans over 2016.    The low inclusion numbers also reflected in a lack of racial diversity.    The university is charged with educating a very diverse population - 6% African American, 6% Asian, 18% White and 70% Hispanic or Latino.   The Observer readers wonder why President Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson hasn't been more aggressive in recruiting highly qualified Black educators.  


Lastly Edwards Aquifer who received an F, the General Manager spoke to our paper about their needs to work with the community and improve.  Byron Miller, sole African American Board of Trustee was referred to us for comment.   We will reach out to Mr. Miller to understand the needs and demands of the workforce.   The worst email we received by far was from the San Antonio Housing Authority who had no Black leaders in their senior leader group.   They did reply that out of four executives, one was an African American woman - and as we read on SAHA's website this woman is also responsible for Human Resources.   So again, we view this lack of diversity as an F for an agency charged with oversight and operation of the largest public housing authority in the State of Texas which serves mostly Blacks and Hispanic people.   Surely SAHA's President and CEO David Nisivoccia can improve the diversity on his roster; so far 20 Executive and Senior personnel in their C-Suite - and only one African American is a shame.   More to follow...  The Report Card is making a difference.  




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