Registration:Pre-registration for this event has been closed, but we look forward to seeing you at the event.
Pre-registration has been closed but we look forward to seeing you at the event. Join us as we celebrate the GGBA's accomplishments over the past 40 years, recognize some astonishing accomplishments of local LGBT entrepreneurs who have literally transformed the world we live in, honor the Past-Presidents, Board of Directors, and Staff of the GGBA for their leadership and learn how the GGBA has uniquely positioned LGBT businesses on the local, statewide and national level to achieve substantial financial growth.
The Grand Reception will be attended by approximately 400 of the most successful LGBT business-owners in San Francisco and the Bay Area, California leaders from throughout the spectrum of the business community, corporation procurement representatives, key public agency and department directors, as well as elected officials and special invited guests who you will want to interact with.
Our speakers that evening will include:
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee
Edwin M. Lee was sworn in on January 8, 2012 as the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.
Mayor Lee first began working for the City and County of San Francisco in 1989 as the Investigator for the City’s first Whistle Blower Ordinance and has since served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, Director of City Purchasing, and Director of the Department of Public Works before he was first appointed as City Administrator in 2005.
Mayor Lee has been a champion of the LGBT business community. In just the past two years he has appointed the first LGBT business representative to the Local Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (Kieron Sinnette - GGBA Member), Appointed an LGBT business representative to the Small Business Commission (Steve Adams - GGBA Member), assisted with the first-ever public outreach event inclusive of the LGBT businesses community on a public works project (Transbay Transit Center) and for the first time in history included the opportunity for LGBT businesses to self-identify as LGBT on the City/County's LBE Certification program.
Mayor Lee will be discussing some ground-breaking news at the GGBA's 40th Anniversary Grand Reception.
Sergio Quintana ABC 7 News/KGO-TV Our Grand Reception Emcee
Sergio Quintana is a general assignment freelance reporter for ABC 7 News/KGO-TV. Prior to working for KGO TV he was a reporter at KTVU Channel 2. As a freelance reporter, Sergio has also produced stories for National Public Radio, Al Jazeera English and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sergio was a reporter at WNCN TV, the NBC Affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina where he focused on stories related to immigration in the state. Prior to NBC 17, Sergio reported for KFWB News Radio in Los Angeles covering a wide range of stories including the Golden Globe Awards and high profile investigations.
He recently received a 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) for his outstanding journalism.
Stephanie Green California Public Utilities Commission
Stephanie Green manages the Utility Supplier Diversity Program at the California Public Utilities Commission. She has been at the Commission for six years where she has developed strong rapport and working relationship with numerous government officials, small businesses, community associations and Chambers of Commerce throughout the State of California. She came to the CPUC from the private sector industries of telecommunications and technology. Prior to joining the CPUC Stephanie was a Product Manager with AT&T and Cellular One (to become AT&T Wireless) where she led a multi-disciplinary teams in preparing products for market. In addition, Stephanie spent time at SBC (previously Ameritech and Pacific Bell) in their consumer local service division and worked as a strategy and policy consultant for KPMG, specializing in the energy and communications area. Her experience includes positions at an internet music start-up and a digital multimedia firm. Stephanie holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University. She will be a speaker at the VIP Reception.
Mark Quinn U.S. Small Business Administration
Mark Quinn has been with the U.S. Small Business Administration for over 26 years, starting in September 1986. Mark is an experienced District Director who is particularly skilled in translating the process, complexity, and terminology of small business lending and technical business training into the common sense terms a small business owner and the public needs.
In 2007, Mark spent a year in Washington, DC working as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development. Prior to his appointment as District Director, Mark served as Deputy District Director for the San Francisco District Office. Before that he supervised the San Francisco District's Portfolio Management Division, handling the servicing of SBA lending throughout Northern California.
Mark has been a tireless advocate for the GGBA for over 20 years. He and his staff have worked closely with the GGBA in providing access to opportunities, technical assistance/training and strategic planning for the development of the organization. Mark will be speaking at the VIP Reception.
Kenneth McNeely President, AT&T California
Ken is President of AT&T California where he leads a workforce of more than 36,000 employees. He has led AT&T’s efforts in California as it transitions from a residential phone company to one of the world’s largest wireless and broadband companies. As one of the highest ranking openly gay executives in Corporate America, Ken has been active in LGBT executive leadership training where he has been an outspoken advocate for inclusion.
Ken is a board member of the California Chamber of Commerce, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Bay Area Council, where he Chairs the Education Committee. In 2010, Ken was named one of the 50 Top African Americans in Technology.
Because of Ken’s leadership AT&T was an early, and active, supporter of AB1678 which was the landmark legislation recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown. AB1678 amends existing legislation to now include LGBT certified businesses into the procurement supply chains of all California-based Public Utilities with annual revenues in excess of $25 million.
Ken’s participation in the 40th Anniversary Grand Reception is a ‘historic first’ for the organization as he will be the highest ranking corporate executive to ever address the GGBA.
Justin G. Nelson Co-Founder & President , National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Justin Nelson is the co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has grown to be the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world.
Prior to launching the NGLCC, Justin was the Director of Federal Affairs and External Relations for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Washington, DC. While helping craft and implement the legislative agenda of one of the top medical specialty associations, Justin spent five years fighting for patient and physician rights before Congress, the White House and regulatory agencies. During his tenure, the organization was named one of the top 100 lobbying organizations in Washington, DC by Forbes Magazine.
Prior to lobbying Congress and the White House, Justin spent five years as an aide in the United States Senate. During his time on Capitol Hill, Justin worked on issues ranging from small business, labor and trade, to healthcare, travel and tourism.
Most recently, the NGLCC was the Sponsor of AB1678 which was authored by California Assembly Member Rich Gordon and carried on the California Senate Floor by GGBA Member, and California Senator, Mark Leno. The GGBA was at the forefront of efforts leading to Governor Jerry Brown signing AB1678 in late September 2014. The NGLCC and the GGBA were joined by the six LGBT Chambers from across California in advocating for this bill. In addition, the NGLCC has been forging relationships with key Federal Agencies, Corporate Partners, and LGBT Chambers of Commerce throughout the United States and around the Globe in order to benefit LGBT-owned businesses. As the nationally recognized entity which certifies LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) Justin and his amazing team at the NGLCC ensure that LGBT businesses not only have a strong voice in Washington, DC but also have significant access to development opportunities at nearly every level of the procurement process with over 140 corporate entities. The NGLCC Annual Conference and Annual Dinner are ‘not-to-be-missed’ events.
John L. Martin Airport Director, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
John Martin has served as Airport Director for the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since November 1995. Mr. Martin was the founding president of the California Airports Council (the “CAC”), a statewide consortium of 30 commercial airports that was formed in December 2009. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council and the Board of Directors of San Francisco Travel. He served as a Board member of Larkin Street Youth Services for many years and continues to serve as a volunteer for Zen Hospice Project.
Mr. Martin also has oversight of the $4.3 billion Airport Improvement Program which is anticipated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the next ten years and create hundreds of contracting opportunities for local, small and disadvantaged businesses.
Mr. Martin will be speaking during the VIP Reception at the 40th Anniversary event.
Mary Huss Publisher, San Francisco Business Times
Mary Huss has been publisher of the San Francisco Business Times since 1991, and her career with regional business journals spans over 25 years.
The San Francisco Business Times is a local business news media operation that includes a weekly newspaper, online news site, daily email news products and events. It is one of 40 regional newspapers published by American City Business Journals. The weekly San Francisco Business Times reaches more than 87,000 readers in the Bay Area.
Mary will be announcing some very exciting news pertaining to LGBT-owned businesses at the Grand Reception which will mark a ‘First-Ever’ in California publishing history!