Ameren Corporation has named INTREN its first “Corporate Partner of the Year.” This award recognizes companies for their efforts to proactively support, mentor and provide the necessary resources to minority diversified companies. This award was presented to INTREN at the 2015 Ameren Supplier Diversity Symposium in recognition of their outstanding, proactive and diverse business engagement by a prime supplier partner.
INTREN’s belief in diversity is not just a way of business but also ingrained in company culture. INTREN is committed to embracing and mentoring other Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) companies. They have formed INTREN’s M/WBE Mentoring Program to add value by developing M/WBE Contractors on diverse work types and delivering additional contractor options in the future. In 2014, INTREN vetted over 70 suppliers and worked with 42 of them, 2 of which achieved prime contractor status.
“One of the M/WBE companies that we are spending time to help mentor and partner with is Trice Construction with the help of their President and CEO, Stephanie Hickman” said Loretta Rosenmayer, Founder and CEO of INTREN. “We are proud to assist Trice in becoming a prime contractor.”
Hickman has spent nearly 25 years working in the utility industry and practicing labor law with a significant portion of her professional career working within the nation’s largest energy company, the Exelon Corporation.
Ameren Corporation, who serves approximately 2.4 million electric customers and 900,000 natural gas customers between Missouri and Illinois, will begin partnering with INTREN and Trice Construction to complete a manhole replacement project this summer. This is a multi-year contract in excess of $10M.
“We believe this is evidence of an ‘All-In’ partner proactively identifying long-term sustainable relationships that support creating pathways to powerful partnerships,” said Senior Director, Supply Services for Ameren Corporation, Matt Brandt. “While our prime suppliers generally partner with us to provide diverse opportunities, [INTREN] has demonstrated exceptional creativity in a partnering/mentor relationship with a minority owned business that is in many ways a competitor.”
INTREN’s partnership is a prime example of its belief in stewardship within the construction industry and within our communities. They are an active participant in numerous diversity supplier advocacy organizations including the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Mentoring Program, the Women’s Business Development Center, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National Latino Education Institute, Chicago Foundation for Women, and many more.
“Stewardship is how INTREN has grown, it is how we do business and is how we demonstrate leadership in order to empower other minority owned businesses.” said Rosenmayer. “This award reflects INTREN’s strong commitment to stewardship within the construction industry and beyond. We would like to thank Ameren for leading, motivating and helping us become the partner we are today. We believe that empowering women and minority owned businesses will build lasting partnerships and bring enormous growth and diversity within our industry.”
Last year, INTREN received Exelon’s Diverse Supplier Award and also received Supplier of the Year and Electric Operations Supplier of the Year awards from Pacific Gas & Electric’s Supplier Diversity Program.