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MBE Supplier of the Year Award

Accomplished, Innovative & Resilient

This is the highest award presented to a certified FSMSDC Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).The Supplier
of theYear must have distinguished itself as exemplary – marked by a solid bottom line, innovative management
and a strategic and energetic approach to future growth. The winners of the Supplier of the Year Awards
consistently provide quality products and services. In addition, the individual representing the business should
strive to give back to minority businesses and the community.The winners are chosen based on financial and
managerial performance.

Class I Annual Sales less than $1 Million
Class II Annual Sales between $1 Million and $10 Million
Class III Annual Sales between $10 Million and $50 Million
Class IV Annual Sales greater than $50 Million
Supplier of the Year Class I Award Nominees

A&P International
Originally founded in Bogota, Colombia, before moving to Orlando, Florida, A&P
International is a provider of cross-cultural business solutions.
The company was recognized as the 2009 Minority Business of theYear by the Central
North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, in 2010 as the Small Business
of the Year for Diversity in the Workplace by The Beacon Awards, and in 2014 its
president and CEO, Ana Maria Quintero Lowry, was named as a Woman Who Means
Business –Woman to Watch by the Orlando Business Journal.
Lowry is a leading expert in cross-cultural coaching and training, with more than 33
years of experience in the consulting industry. Her knowledge has yielded the highest
closing ratio and return on investment for her clients and A&P International. A&P
International clients include Wyndham Worldwide, University of Central Florida,
Florida Hospital Medical Group, The Bernd Group, Universal Studios, Comtech
Systems and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando.

Apricot Office Interiors
Apricot Office Interiors is a retail distributor of office furniture based in Plantation,
Florida. Founded in 1985 as Apricot Office Supplies & Furniture, the firm has long
been the premier privately owned company of its kind in South Florida.
In 1999, to improve its operations and better serve the needs of its clients, the
company became the franchise holder of Office Furniture USA in Miami. This mid-
to upper-market office furniture company represents more than 35 manufacturing
partners and offers a comprehensive selection of office furniture in South Florida.
American Airlines, University of Miami, Florida Department of Health in Martin
County, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, CARRFOUR Supportive Housing and
Invizio are just some of its clients.
Apricot Office Interiors is led by Basil Bernard, who serves as its President, Chief
Executive Officer and Director of Business Development. Bernard is a founding
partner of the firm and has since remained instrumental in the company’s development,
growth and direction.

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