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MBE Supplier of the Year Award

Supplier of the Year Class IV Award Nominees
Meridian Technologies

Meridian Technologies is an IT consulting, staffing and technology company that
solves complex business problems for leading financial and healthcare companies
nationwide, including several Fortune 100 businesses. The company was founded
by business people who just happen to be technologists, so they see IT problems as
business problems.
The company is uniquely qualified to solve talent problems by leveraging its deep
understanding of solution consulting, data analysis and talent acquisition.Whether it is
IT strategy,data management or application development and integration,the Meridian
Technologies staff of associates takes a consultative approach, using technology-
neutral solutions that solve each client’s unique business challenges. Meridian provides
consulting and staffing solutions and has developed unique profitability and data-
management solutions for banks.
Clients include Florida Blue, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Caterpillar and the
Department of Defense.

SDI International Corp.
SDI International is a global, full-service workforce solutions company that provides
creative global procurement outsourcing, managed service programs, independent
contractor compliance programs and talent-acquisition services to numerous Fortune
500 companies. The company’s clients include Office Depot, IBM, Dell, Lenovo,
Office Depot and many others.
Carmen Castillo founded SDI International Corp. in 1992 with an eye toward
leveraging emerging technologies to rationalize business processes and deliver cost
savings. With her “Build Globally, but Think Locally” mantra, Castillo continues to
fulfill her vision, leading her organization into new markets each year.
As one of the fastest-growing Hispanic businesses in the United States, SDI’s success
is measured by the operating efficiency and financial health of the organization.
SDI exceeds client’s benchmarks, by corralling supply chain spend, capitalizing on
operational synergies and realizing tangible returns that are reflected in the bottom
Castillo is a board member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Zones is a leading global provider of comprehensive IT solutions. For over 30 years,
its associates have become experts in all things tech by collaborating with best-in-
class partners. Chairman, President, CEO and Co-founder Firoz Lalji has provided
the vision and leadership necessary to transform Zones into a global solutions provider
and award-winning business enterprise.
Zones helps businesses succeed by leveraging teams of certified sales personnel,
technical engineers and supply chain specialists to help clients assess, design,
implement and manage end-to-end solutions for all their IT needs.
The company’s reach spans to more than 80 countries. The firm is an authorized
provider of more than 250,000 products and solutions from 2,000 leading IT
manufacturers, including IBM, Lenovo, HP, Cisco and Microsoft.

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