Rivers Frederick, IIIBoard Member
Rivers Frederick has an extensive background in business which has facilitated his understanding of supplier diversity. As a former business owner, he understands the challenges faced by suppliers. From lack of access to opportunities to access to capital, he not only understands but is able to listen, empathize and guide suppliers along the correct path. Rivers decided to use his experiences as a business owner to further assist small, diverse businesses. When the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency decided to open a center in Louisiana, Rivers was tapped to lead the organization. As the Project Director of the Louisiana Minority Business Opportunity Center, he led a team that was responsible for assisting MBEs in securing over $200,000,000 in contracts. This was achieved through collaboration with public and private procurement entities and intense counseling with the targeted suppliers. One of the companies that he worked very closely with was Entergy Corporation. When a position in Entergy’s supplier diversity program became available, he was recruited to fill the position. He now brings his experiences as a former business owner and governmental leader to his role at Entergy. As the Supplier Diversity manager, he is responsible for the identification, pre-qualification and advocacy of minority, women, veteran disabled veteran and HUBzone owned businesses for inclusion in Entergy’s supply chain process.
Furthermore, he has grown Entergy’s second tier initiative by over 30% and currently leads the Edison Electric Institute’s Supplier Diversity Task force’s Tier II initiative. Recent accomplishments include Advocate of the year (LAMSDC 2011), Champion award (WBEC South) and the AEO Microbusiness Champion – Corporate supplier diversity award (AEO) to name a few. His commitment to diverse suppliers are further demonstrated through is work with other agencies that are committed to the growth and expansion of small businesses.