KBR Building Group’s Garland Burton, Jr., Named 2012 N.C. Minority Business Advocate of the Year
November 20, 2012

KBR Building Group's Garland Burton, Jr., Director of Community Affairs and Diversity, has been named 2012 Minority Business Advocate of the Year by the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED). Burton was formally recognized last month at an awards luncheon in Durham during Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) 2012.

Burton, who is based in KBR Building Group's Charlotte office, has a distinguished record in the development of strategic business relationships and in the implementation of programs designed to expand the inclusion of diverse populations in both public and private construction projects.

“As a result of Garland’s leadership, we are expanding business relationships across all regions” said Mike Pierle, Executive Vice President, KBR Building Group. “Our approach to diversity and inclusion is representative of our focus on innovation and continuous improvement in all of our areas of service.”

Burton serves on the Board of Directors for the Goler Community Development Corporation in Winston-Salem; the Advisory Board of the N.C. Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors; the N.C. Bar Association Construction Law Section/United Minority Contractors of North Carolina Joint Committee; is a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors National Diversity Committee; and is a member of the North Carolina A&T State University Construction Management Advisory Committee.

About NCIMED and MBDA — The North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (NCIMED) has been dedicated to serving Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in North Carolina for over 20 years. The organization provides financial and technical assistance to the MBEs with continued efforts in education, training, marketing and procurement. NCIMED operates the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) for the entire state of North Carolina. The MBDA is a program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. MBDA is an entrepreneurial focused and innovative organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The Agency's mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority business enterprises (MBEs). MBDA actively coordinates and leverages public and private sector resources that facilitate strategic alliances in support of its mission.