JERSEY CITY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD) recently awarded its annual scholarship to the prestigious Amos Tuck Minority Business Executive Program to Monique Winston, chief executive officer OPTIMA Lender Services, LLC. The award was presented in Chicago at the FSRSD’s flagship supplier development event, its annual symposium and networking reception.
“Our goal is to implement sustainable programs that support the growth and development of minority and woman-owned businesses,” said Michelle Howell, co-chair of FSRSD’s Supplier Development Committee, which oversees the scholarship selection process. “The executive education scholarship anchors our supplier development strategy.”
The executive education program is offered by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Tuck has been an integral part of minority business education and developing diverse suppliers for over three decades. Dr. Fred McKinney, managing director of minority business programs at Tuck, presented the scholarship to Winston.
“I am so grateful to the FSRSD and PNC Bank for giving me an opportunity that allows OPTIMA to continue to grow,” said Winston. “These are precisely the types of opportunities which enable minority owned businesses to thrive and not just survive. I want to thank PNC not only for the nomination but more importantly for all of their support. We’ve established a true partnership where they are equally vested in OPTIMA’s success.”
OPTIMA Lender Services is a national title agency based in Cleveland, Ohio. The company is minority-owned and controlled and has been in operation since 2012. In four short years, OPTIMA has positioned itself as a single source multi-state solution to lenders, providing title, settlement and related services for both commercial and residential properties across the U.S.
Scholarship applicants were nominated by an FSRSD member and evaluated on growth trajectory, geographic market capability, expected outcomes from attending the program, industry impact and personal and professional development. Noting the overall excellence of all the candidates, the selection committee scored Winston highest in all categories. “Monique clearly expressed the value she expected to receive from this opportunity and how the program could help take her company to the next level,” said Kate Kleyman, co-chair of the Supplier Development Committee and member of the scholarship selection committee.
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About the Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity
The Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD) is an organization comprised of regional, national and global financial services companies with a formalized supplier diversity initiative. Its mission is to strengthen the supplier diversity initiatives of companies within the financial services industry. The FSRSD is dedicated to enhancing the usage of minority, woman-owned, and other diverse suppliers in the financial services industry.