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Group O Recognized as 2011 National Minority Supplier of the Year

Submitted by: Group O

Categories: Fair Trade & Supply Chain, Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Nov 09, 2011 – 09:13 AM EST


MILAN, Ill., Nov. 09 /CSRwire/ - The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC®) has recognized Group O as its 2011 National Minority Supplier of the Year in the category of companies with annual sales of $50 million or more. Group O Founder and Chairman Bob Ontiveros accepted the award at NMSDC's annual conference in Atlanta.

"The measure of success in the global business environment is changing rapidly and business service providers like Group O must continue to innovate and offer differentiated solutions," said Gregg Ontiveros, CEO of Group O. "NMSDC is a leader in helping diverse suppliers work toward that vision and we're honored to receive this recognition."

In October, NMSDC recognized Group O among 16 regional winners. These companies were nominated by their corporate customers and divided into four classes based on annual sales. The award selection process evaluated the nominees based on business growth, development and performance, community service, and the ability to overcome challenges associated with the company owner's heritage or background.

"Under the leadership of Robert Ontiveros, Group O has evolved into one of the largest Hispanic-owned firms in the U.S.," said NMSDC President Joset Wright. "For nearly four decades, the company has grown steadily in size and capacity, and adjusted to meet the  changing needs of its corporate customers. Its business success and support of the local community make it an excellent choice for our Class IV National Supplier of the Year."


Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's 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 37 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America's top publicly owned, privately owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their goods and services. For more information, visit

About Group O

Group O is a diversified service provider with solutions that optimize its clients' marketing execution, supply chain operations and strategic packaging needs. The company's Marketing Solutions group offers a full range of relevant loyalty and incentive programs, direct mail optimization services, and efficient consumer and trade fulfillment services. The Supply Chain Solutions group serves the heavy equipment and high-tech sectors with serialized, high-velocity and scalable forward- and reverse-logistics services, as well as strategic sourcing and procurement solutions. The Packaging Solutions group provides an extensive nationwide network of packaging materials, equipment, analytical and service offerings. Group O is ISO 9001:2008 and TL 9000-certified, and SAS 70 Type II-compliant. Headquartered in Milan, Illinois, Group O is the ninth-largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States and employs more than 1,500 employees. To learn more, visit

For more information, please contact:

Alfred Ramirez Vice President, Government Relations & Diversity of Group O
Phone: office +1-309-736-8179
Phone 2: mobile +1-202-257-4419


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