Among 136 BMW tier-one suppliers at the automaker's 2014 Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference targeting businesses owned by minorities and women, the president and CEO of The Daniele Co. stood out in the crowd. Gloria Shealey was the only one wearing a hard hat.
"She was our first African-American woman general contractor to do a job for us in our paint shop," Louise Connell, a BMW procurement buyer who organized the Thursday event, said of Shealey. Connell said the third annual diversity matchmaker provided a day of face-to-face time around dozens of booths at TD Convention Center.
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