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Last Updated: 05/25/11

News Release

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Procurement Manager Receives Diversity Business Award

CHICAGO - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Procurement Manager Robert Bohaty was recently awarded the Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CMSDC) Buying/Contracting Executives Award.


He accepted the award on behalf of the bank for its commitment to working with minority- and women-owned businesses.  He was honored during the 2011 Chicago Business Opportunity Fair held at Navy Pier in April. 


The CMSDC honors those individuals who have shown an extraordinary commitment to expanding corporate purchasing from minority-owned businesses. 

“I’m honored to have received this award from the CMSDC on behalf of the Chicago Fed,” Bohaty said.  “Behind this award is a team that made it possible. The Fed recognizes the importance of a diverse supplier base and is committed to including women- and minority-owned businesses in its procurement opportunities.”


Bohaty received the award for his work as point person for a long-term collaborative effort in which the Chicago Fed developed a successful business relationship with Computer Resource Solutions — an information technology consulting and staffing company and certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).  Also involved in the effort were Finance Vice President Jeff Marcus, Senior Contract Administrator Jim Martens and HR Senior Recruiter Jeff Davis. The Chicago Fed was also recognized for the opportunities it provided to other MBEs and its continuing support of the CMSDC.


“The Chicago Fed is committed to supplier diversity and to the continuous journey of becoming a world-class supplier diversity organization,” Bohaty said.


Bohaty lives in Downers Grove, Illinois. 


Chicago Business Opportunity Fair Background

The Chicago Business Opportunity Fair is the oldest and largest procurement show in the U.S., exclusively devoted to multicultural and multiethnic businesses.  Hosted by the CMSDC, the fair drew more than 3,000 participants in 2011, and provided minority-owned businesses the opportunity to form partnerships with government agencies and majority-owned corporations.  The Chicago Fed has participated in the conference for the past four years. 


Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Background

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation's central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.

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