Ford Director of Supplier Diversity and Development Carla Traci Preston was recently appointed chair of the Procurement Council Advisory Board (PCAB) for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC).
The USHCC’s PCAB serves as a platform to educate, guide and develop strategies that advance procurement opportunities for Hispanic businesses within the private and public sectors.
As PCAB chair, Preston will be a key component in ensuring that the diversity of our nation's workers, consumers and investors is reflected appropriately in the supply chain of our corporate citizens and government agencies," says Javier Palomarez, president and CEO, USHCC.
“I am truly honored to serve as chair of the USHCC’s PCAB. This is an opportunity to assist Javier and his leadership team guide the organizations’ strategic development and growth,” said Preston. “This opportunity is pivotal in identifying strategic collaborations among the USHCC's core constituencies, which include local chambers of commerce, national business associations, Fortune 500 corporations and over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses. I am proud to be a ONE Ford ambassador and to do my part to fulfill our brand promise to Go Further.”
At Ford, Preston is responsible for providing access, growth and development to more than 400 minority, women and veteran-owned businesses.
Ford has consistently exceeded its goal of sourcing 10 percent of its U.S. production and nonproduction purchases with diverse suppliers. In 2012, Ford purchased $5.7 billion in goods and services from minority-owned suppliers and $1.2 billion in goods and services from women-owned businesses.
Preston also is global chair of the Ford Hispanic Network Group, one of 11 Employee Resource Groups at Ford and serves in leadership positions on several national and regional boards committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion.
“For more than 35 years, Ford has been committed to ensuring a diverse supply chain network by creating business opportunities for minority, women and veteran-owned suppliers to grow into profitable enterprises, and to further strengthen a supplier network base that reflects the company’s workforce and customer base. I am proud to be part of this rich heritage,” Preston said.