Cain Contracting Named MWMCA’s MBE of the Year; Governor O’Malley Talks about Maryland’s Positive Job Creation

L-R: Wayne Frazier, Sr., (President, Md. Washington Minority Contractors' Association, Inc) & Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland. Report and photos by Ibrahim Dabo.

L-R: Wayne Frazier, Sr., (President, Md. Washington Minority Contractors' Association, Inc) & Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland. Report and photos by Ibrahim Dabo.

Md. Washington Minority Contractors’ Association, Inc. (MWMCA) on May 14, 2010, hosted its 7th Annual Spring Breakfast/Annual Meeting at Martin’s West, Baltimore, Maryland.

The colorful event honored some of the State’s finest and most influential leaders.

Wayne Frazier, Sr., president of  MWMCA, a leading advocate for minority business inclusion, welcomed guests to one of the biggest celebrations of the year.

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, received the “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise” Award.

Gov. O'Malley was named MWMCA's “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Gov. O'Malley was named MWMCA's “Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

During his remarks, O’Malley gave a statistics on jobs that have been supported and those that will be created going forward.

These include 20,000 construction jobs that have been supported this year. As many as 800 jobs will be created when General Motors embarks on building electric motors for next generation in Maryland.

“And here is the good news,” said O’Malley, “according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our State, Maryland, created more jobs in March than any other State in the union.”

Maryland reportedly created more than 35, 000 jobs.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski gave uplifting comments at the Spring Breakfast

Sen. Barbara Mikulski gave uplifting comments at the Spring Breakfast

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, while giving her remarks, talked about leadership creating the mindset, reminding Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) —and everyone in general—about the vital role leadership values play in attaining one’s goals.

“Leadership is about both management and vision,” Mikulski said.

Sen. Mikulski talked about the need for realistic goals to be set and taking the right measures to accomplish them.

Perhaps, one of the most captivating moments was when Andra Cain was announced the Minority Business Enterprise of the Year.

He marched on to the stage with a standing ovation.

Andra Cain received the "Minority Business Enterprise of the Year" Award

Andra Cain received the "Minority Business Enterprise of the Year" Award

Cain is president of Cain Construction, Inc., a company he founded in April 2000, and has led it to becoming the Greater Baltimore area’s 3rd largest Minority-owned Construction firm and the 15th largest Minority Business Enterprise, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Cain Contracting, Inc. employs more than 65 people and undertakes projects in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

In an interview, Cain said: “Cain Contracting takes MBE participation very seriously. Not only do we hold General Contractors to a higher standard, we also hold ourselves to that standard.”

Among other officials in attendance were Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore; Congresswoman Donna Edwards, and Senator Benjamin Cardin.

Bernadette Woods, meteorologist at WJZ TV (Channel 13), also 2006 Emmy Award winner for Best Weathercast, was Master of Ceremonies at the Spring Breakfast.

MWMCA's Spring Breakfast was packed with professionals from all walks fo life

MWMCA's Spring Breakfast was packed with professionals from all walks of life

The complete 2010 honoree listings are as follows:

Baltimore County Public Schools

“Public School District of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Andra Cain

President

Cain Contracting, Inc.

“Minority Business Enterprise of the Year”

Concrete General, Inc.

“Prime Contractor of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Luwanda Jenkins

Special Secretary

Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs

“Most Supportive Government Agency for Minority Business Enterprise”

Frances Borzymowski

President

Fleet Electric, Inc.

“Lifetime Achievement Award for Minority Business Enterprise”

Beverley K. Swaim-Staley

Secretary

Maryland Department of Transportation

“Most Inclusive Government Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Mansco Perry, III, CFA

Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

“Most Inclusive Investment Officer of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Governor Martin O’Malley

“Most Distinguished Leader of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Pepco Holdings, Inc.

“Most Inclusive Utility Company of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

PNC Bank

“Financial Institution of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

State Senator Catherine E. Pugh

“Legislator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

Kinsley Construction
“Prime Contractor of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise”

See Photo Album Below:

MWMCA 2010 Annual Spring Breakfast

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