Title: Mentor-Protégé Relationships in Light of Supply Management Strategy
Length: 16 minutes
Robert McCormes-Ballou, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., A.P.P., has been with Office Depot for over 15 years and currently serves as the Director of Supply Chain Diversity. His responsibilities include managing proprietary and vendor/supplier diversity development, Tier One Reseller Process and Diversity Event Marketing. Formerly, he was the senior buyer for uncoated free sheet for the US and Canada.
Through McCormes-Ballou's leadership, Office Depot has received several national, local and customer awards: Nationally, Office Depot was voted as One of America's Top 50 Corporations for Multicultural Business Opportunities by Diversitybusiness.com and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council has also placed Office Depot on their Top Corporation's List; Office Depot has been the only multi-year retail recipient of both awards. Regionally, Office Depot has also been presented with the Florida Regional Minority Business Council's President's Award and Local Corporation of the Year.
McCormes-Ballou serves or has served on the board of directors of the leading national supplier diversity organizations: National Minority Supplier Development Council (former Executive Committee, Committee Vice-Chair), Women's Enterprise National Council (former Board and Committee Vice-Chair) and Diversity Information Resources (former Board Vice-Chair). Locally, he has held leadership positions with the board of directors for the Florida Minority Business Opportunity Center (Chair), Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (former Chair), Women's Business Development Council of Florida (former Chair) and the Office Depot Foundation.
McCormes-Ballou is also the recipient of numerous national, local and customer awards: Forty under Forty by The Network Journal, Mentor of the Year by INROADS South Florida, One of America's Top Diversity Advocates by DiversityBusiness.com, 100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity by Minority Business News, Champion of Diversity by DiversityPlus, President's Award by Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, Advocate of the Year by Florida Regional Minority Business Council, Office Depot Corporate Toastmaster Club Sponsor by Toastmasters Int'l, Corporate Advocate of the Year by Bank of America Supplier Diversity Team and a Special Recognition Award by the Women's Business Development Center of FL.
Additionally, McCormes-Ballou has been dedicated his time and talents to INROADS where he served for eight years as a mentor and facilitator in the INROADS Leadership Development Institute, as well as serving as a visiting professor in the National Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), and a guest lecturer of Retail Management at Florida Memorial University.
As a graduate of both the University of Florida with a major in Political Science (Economics minor) and the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University with a Master of Science in Management/Leadership, McCormes-Ballou has continued to influence the business community by presenting on the values of the common sense and critical thinking. He speaks often on his views on leadership and business development based on quotations from Ralph Waldo Emerson; "Society is always taken by surprise by any new example of common sense." and Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; "Rarely do we find men (or women) who willingly engage in hard solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."