Published December 15, 2015
Dan Vivian, Assistant Vice President for Procurement Services, was among the honorees at the Fifth Annual Men of Integrity Awards Dinner, presented by Utopian Euphoria LLC, held December 4, 2015, at the Classics V Banquet and Conference Center. The event’s theme was "Perseverance, Character, Purpose" and it aimed to recognize local men for their community contributions.
When Vivian came to UB, developing relationships with small, local and diverse businesses was made a priority by university administration. UB was one of the first SUNY schools to have a full-time director of supplier diversity. The supplier diversity program aligns resources with new initiatives to create a comprehensive, university-wide focus on strengthening the economic development and viability of local diversity suppliers. Says Vivian, “With everybody we meet, we will see if there are business opportunities at UB, SUNY or other anchor institutions like Roswell or Kaleida. Primarily, we want to remove the barriers to opportunity, whatever they may be.”
Vivian explains that it can be difficult for a small company to navigate the complexities of doing business with New York State or a large, decentralized organization like UB. “We strive to create a level playing field“, says Vivian.
Regarding the award, Vivian continues, “I am very appreciative of this honor. Linda Deni, our Supplier Diversity point of contact, the Purchasing team, our buyers, John Grabowski, our Purchasing Director and other campus leaders have a significant hand in the results. The support of UB President Satish Tripathi and of Laura Hubbard, Vice President for Finance and Administration, has been critical to the success of the supplier diversity program,” says Vivian.
What does the future look like for diversity suppliers at UB? Vivian explains, “My goal has always been to help make long-lasting connections between our suppliers and customers. I look forward to continuing this effort “. Vivian continues, ”I have met many great people, who offer great products and services. We have seen great success with using small and diverse businesses at UB.”