Minority Business Entrepreneur

March/April 2014

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Alliances/Mergers/Contracts MBE March/April 2014 33 John Carter USHCA Joins ConsensusDocs Coalition The U.S. Hispanic Con- struction Association (USHCA) has joined the ConsensusDocs Coalition, a group of more than 40 associations that produces best practice contracts for the design and construction industry. USHCA believes this alli ance will allow Hispanic contractors from across the country to have access to the best practices associated with documents essential to protecting the best in- terests of small contractors. USHCA is a U.S.-based organization representing Hispanics in the construc- tion industry. ConsensusDocs, with a li- brary of 100 contract docu- ments addressing all meth- ods of project delivery, in- corporate fair risk allocation and best practices to repre- sent the project's best in- terests. Coalition members represent design profession- als, owners, contractors, sub- contractors and sureties. Carter Brothers goes Electric Carter Brothers, co-owned by John and his brother, NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, has successfully ac- quired ownership of D&N Electric Company to be- come one of the largest minority-owned electrical services companies in the Southeast. The company will become part of the portfolio of Carter Brothers, where Cris is chairman, and John is president and CEO. The acquisition of D&N is part of Carter Brothers' strategy to offer comprehen- sive, sustainable electrical solutions to simplify secu- rity, design and installations. D&N Electric Company will expand Carter Broth- er's offerings by providing scalable electrical and secu- rity solutions for businesses. The D&N Electric acqui- sition will also strengthen the Carter Brothers' service platform. The two companies will work collaboratively to pro- vide integrated expertise as a leading provider of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, visitor management systems, and electrical services, with an expertise in project manage- ment. "Lights Out" Recycles Lights Out Disposal, a universal waste recycling company, has entered into a business partnership agree- ment with former NFL star Shawne "Lights Out" Mer- riman, CEO of the Lights Out brand of clothing and accessories. The Lights Out Disposal-Shawne Merri- man partnership will go be- yond the traditional partner model, with Merriman also involved as a stakeholder, spokesperson and collabo- rator on product develop- ment and brand marketing. Merriman's background, growing up in the densely populated east coast envi- ronment, is a leading factor into his push for recycling and being "green." Lights Out Disposal founder Alexis Demko Woodford claims the com- pany has grown to serve over 1,000 Southern California customers. This includes bids for the County of San Diego, a sub for the City of San Diego, and a prop- erty management firm, The Irvine Company. Lights Out Disposal's mission is to create a brand that services the mainstream and sustain- able worlds, bringing them together through recycling. Merriman earned the nick- name "Lights Out" while in high school for his ability to strike opponents with tre- mendous force. Latinos Partner to Aid Tech Start-Ups The Latino Startup Alli- ance (LSA), a two-year-old community of Latino tech startups and entrepreneurs founded in Silicon Valley, has expanded to become a national non-profit organi- zation with the support of Hispanicize. The three co- founders—Jesse Martinez, Ed Martinez, both of LSA, and Manny Ruiz, chairman of Hispanicize, will oversee the nonprofit organization. LSA will use the strength and diversity of its three ini- tial hubs in San Francisco, Miami and New York to build support for Latino tech entrepreneurship in the U.S. LSA will host summits, feature stories, utilize social media, and coordinate local support to aid Latino tech start-ups. LSA is a financially spon- sored project of CEL Edu- cation Fund, committed to building the foundation that fosters an ecosystem to sup- port Latino tech entrepre- neurs and future innovators by providing a community of peers, resources, mentors, and investors. The Hispanicize platform of companies includes the annual Hispanicize event, the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Hispanicize Wire, the Hispanic PR Blog and Hispanicize.com. Hispani- cize also owns a large stake in Being Latino, one of the largest, most engaged com- munities on Facebook in the United States. Paying It Forward Actor and comedian turned media owner and philan- thropist Steve Harvey has partnered with The Coca- Cola Company's Pay It Forward, program which offers once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth. Under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, the talk show host and best-selling author will offer two apprenticeship experiences. The experi- ences will focus on the areas of philanthropy/community and media/entertainment. Harvey joins a number of influential African Ameri- can celebrities, industry leaders and media magnates who have participated in the program. The Coca-Cola Com- pany is the world's larg- est beverage company. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, the company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands. Cris Carter

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