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Moore, Ralph G

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Mr. Moore has over 35 years of experience in business and public policy issues and is recognized as an expert in the area of minority and women business development.  He graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University.

Prior to starting RGMA Mr. Moore was on the accounting staff at Arthur Andersen & Co., served as vice president for a Chicago based Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company (MESBIC) and was Controller for the Parker House Sausage Company, a Black Enterprise 100 meat processing company.

In addition to his responsibilities at RGMA, Mr. Moore is a director of several emerging firms and is an active lecturer, writer, and seminar presenter regarding strategic alliances between corporate America and minority businesses and the role of minority entrepreneurship and community economic development.  RGMA’s presentation, “Best of All Worlds" which delineates the five levels of supplier diversity programs, has been embraced as a popular standard for benchmarking corporate supplier diversity initiatives.  In addition the presentation, "Cultivating Minority Supplier Development Programs as a Corporate Asset" has gained national acclaim as a model for corporate MWBE program development.

Mr. Moore has also been a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and MBE Magazine, in addition to several appearances on the "Minority Business Report" television program.  He also participated in a two series of corporate workshops in South Africa sponsored by the National Minority Supplier Development Council discussing the strategies for developing South African Black businesses.  In addition, he recently addressed the East Midlands Supplier Diversity Conference in Leicester, England.

Mr. Moore is highly respected for his active leadership in several business development and civic organizations.  His volunteer efforts include board memberships of numerous non-profits, including Junior Achievement of Chicago and Chicago Minority Business Development Council (CMBDC).  He is co-founder and past- president of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a Chicago based organization of 75 African American Business Owners, each with minimum annual revenues of one million dollars.  In addition, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Mr. Moore to serve as a Trustee to the City Colleges of Chicago in 1994.  Mr. Moore is also a Trustee of the University of Chicago Hospitals & Health System.

Mr. Moore has earned a number of awards during his career.  He has been recognized as " Entrepreneur of the Year" by Inc. Magazine and Ernst & Young, he has received the Minority Business Advocate Award from the Minority Business Committee of the Chicago Minority Business Development Council, the Minority Advocate Award from the Illinois Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED-Week) Committee, the Governor’s Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from Illinois Governor George Ryan and the Illinois Minority Small Business Advocate Award from the United States Small Business Administration.

 

He can be reached at (312) 419-1911.

 

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