Kevin Bell is an entrepreneur and a long time business and civic leader in supplier diversity. Mr. Bell is best known for being Senior Manager – Diversity Supplier Development at Chrysler Group LLC.
Mr. Bell’s objective was to identify qualified minority and women owned businesses and determine where they would fit in Chrysler’s supplier base. Under Bell’s leadership Chrysler’s spending with diverse suppliers increased from $1.4 Billion, to $6.5 Billion. Mr. Bell also connected MBE’s to other businesses and convinced corporations that supplier diversity is not just the right policy, but is also very important to the corporation’s bottom line because diversity groups are also consumers. By supporting MBE businesses you encourage minority communities to buy your products, thus increasing the bottom line and building long term customer loyalty.
Mr. Bell’s leadership interests are extensive, and include service as: Former Board Member of Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund, a scholarship program for at-risk African-American males; Former Board Member Detroit College Prep High School; Board Member and Treasurer of the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MMSDC); Board Member and Vice Chair Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC); Former Board Member and Treasurer of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC); Former Board Member and Treasurer Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – Great Lakes; Former Board Member of First Independence Bank, a Minority Owned bank Headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Bell’s continued and impactful efforts in supplier diversity, has earned him the following awards;
The 2007 DaimlerChrysler “Procurement Professional of the Year” award.
The Women’s Business Economic Council “2010 Corporate Volunteer of the Year”
The Michigan Chronicle “2010 Men of Excellence” award
The Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council 2011, 2012 and 2016 Advocate of the Year
2012 Automotive News “Supplier Diversity All Star”
2012 National Minority Supplier Development Council “Advocate of the Year”
2017 Womens Business center Grate lakes – Legacy Award
Mr. Bell’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business from Wayne State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Procurement Manager.