“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
― Barack Obama
Suzanne presents the organization's Vanguard Award to Illinois Tollway Chief of Diversity, Gustavo Giraldo and Chief of Engineering, Paul Kovacs for their efforts with diversity and inclusion of minority contractors on Illinois Tollway projects.
Suzanne F. Stantley
Founder & CEO
Suzanne began her career in marketing immediately after receiving an MBA. She climbed ladders. She shattered glass ceilings. Hers is a remarkable career which started with a tenure at Leo Burnett USA, the largest advertising agency in the world at the time, working with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Taster's Choice Coffee, Kraft Foods, US Navy were among her day-to-day clients during those years.
The Leadership Team
Director Client Operations
David has a 37-year career in the construction industry having worked on hundreds of commercial projects in the U.S., Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and the Philippines. David is an expert on the critical path method (CPM) or critical path analysis (CPA) for managing the scheduling of projects. David’s central areas of expertise include construction oversight, subcontractor and crew supervision, budgeting and cost controls and bidding and estimating. David is a Phi Betta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with a BA in Chemistry and Math.
Director Client Development
With more than twenty years in the construction industry, Dana has diverse experience working for and with subcontractors, general contractors and professional service firms, both small and large. She can view issues from the perspective of owners, general contractors and subcontractors allowing her to offer informed recommendations. Her experience includes, operations and business development management, oversight and execution of project controls and project management and quality control functions including bid execution, project closeout, construction documents, business infrastructure and budget deliverables.
Director Financial Services
Deavay has over 20 years experience supporting, assisting and managing small and diverse businesses. During his tenure in Corporate America, Deavay served as an assistant vice president, commercial loan underwriter, middle market loan officer, insurance risk management officer, and small business banking relationship manager.
Deavay has worked in diverse small business organizations as a Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Safety Officer and Chief Systems Officer. Deavay has a very clear understanding of the two baseline obstacles that diverse businesses face, 1) access to capital and 2) access to opportunities.
Deavay advocates for diverse small business at the federal, state, and local government levels.