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given  was Roberson Excavation, Inc., a company Gulf Power selected as a source for hauling and excavation work.  The contact has increased from $335,414 in 2004 to $636,594 in 2005.  Gulf  Power also spent about $97,126 for services with Gulf Coast Electric Motor Companies in 2004 and $194,680 in 2005.  

Ms. Baughman also reported that Gulf Power had 773 qualified small diverse suppliers in 2003 and 918 in 2005, and the company is trying to expand that pool, too.

Jeff Rolsten, Executive Director of Supply Chain Services at BellSouth

Mr. Rolsten said BellSouth strives to have its supplier base reflect the company’s customer base and that inclusive dealings are important to BellSouth.  He reported that BellSouth has a diversity policy group and has yearly targets of company goals in the area of diversity spending.   In 2005, BellSouth exceeded its established goal for 2006 of 16.5 percent “spend” with diversity suppliers.  Mr. Rolsten said the company has a scorecard that is shared with the Company’s Chairman and his staff each quarter that indicates the amount being spent and the percentages being met.  For BellSouth “supplier diversity is not just a moral issue any longer, it really matters to the future of any organization, any business.”   

Mr. Rolsten outlined some of the businesses that BellSouth deals with in Florida.  For Tier 1, which are companies that the company contracts with directly, BellSouth has 160 companies within Florida that are considered Tier 1.  Some of the companies in the Tier 1 level include MasTec, Adorno and Yoss, Spacial Concepts, Zero Chaos, and Effective Teleservices.  Tier 2 companies are used through a Tier 1 supplier, who contracts, too, and BellSouth has 103 suppliers in the Tier 2 category in Florida.

According to Mr. Rolsten, over 19 percent of the BellSouth’s 2005 spending in Florida was with small businesses.  He said BellSouth spends approximately $265 million in Florida

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