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What DMSCA is today is linked to its entrepreneurial past:


National U.S. Department of Commerce Pilot Project
As a non-profit membership organization, DMSCA's history is rooted in a 2001 white paper by David Burton entitled "The Strategic Intervention of Minority Suppliers in the OEM Supply Chain" and “The Convergence of Strategic Sourcing with Supplier Diversity”. These papers served as the basis of a supplier development pilot project in South Carolina funded through the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST); and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The South Carolina project was the first such initiative in the U.S. and served as a national model by NIST-MEP. 


U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) Mentor Protege Program 

The Supplier Development model developed David J.Burton AICP was deployed in an Army DoD Mentor Protege Program project between SDCC Management Co. LLC (a David J. Burton Company) and  FN Manufacturing Company. Their collaboration resulted in winning two Army Mentor Protege Agreements. Through this unique Agreement,  SCDC Management Company was the Mentor on behalf of FN Manufacturing. While differences between the Defense Contractor Management Agency (DCMA) and the Defense Contractor Audit Agency (DCAA) on whether or not SCDC Management Agency had to be a prime DoD contractor, the initiative was touted an innovative DoD model success. 


National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI)

With the DoD initiative up in the air, the National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI) was formed in 2004 to engage with private sector corporations to support the development of the minority manufacturing base in the U.S. This was the first such initiative in U.S. history. The performance-driven Supplier Development model used in the DoD initiative was renamed the Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP) in the private sector. It was organized to support organization's supplier diversity interest through identifying, qualifying, and selecting suppliers for engagement in strategically sourced supply chains. In 2008, NMMI refined the CMP process further by partnering with the Supply Chain Council to integrate into its process an open source performance metric standard to measure supplier supply chain performance. It also broadened its outreach to include all diverse manufacturing groups and logistics suppliers.


Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA)

To broaden its mission and to be more inclusive of all diverse groups,  NMMI was reorganized as the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA). Today, DMSCA is the thought leader in Supplier Development through Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Excellence training through the gold-standard Corporate Mentoring Program (CMP). DMSCA is a Sponsoring Corporate Member of the APICS/Supply Chain Council and a Member of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII). DMSCA is supported by such Corporate Members as Johnson and Johnson, Caterpillar, Delphi, Cargill, McCormick and Co., Merck, Starbucks, Medtronic, Boeing, PepsiCo, Owens Corning, Siemens and others. The DMSCA Supplier and Customer engagement framework is primarily focused on Supplier value and innovation discovery and co-discovery consistent with today's primary corporate drivers of Supply Chain competitiveness. DMSCA and MIT are collaborating on a 3 Year Supply Chain Value Management Study. In connection its focus on CMP Supplier value and innovation, DMSCA is launching a Center for Supplier Enabled Innovation to bolster innovation initiatives for current CMP Suppliers as well as a class of new DMSCA supplier types, Supply Chain Innovators. 


DMSCA Supplier Development Foundation (DMSCA-SDF)

A 501 (c) 3 Foundation has been formed to support CMP Supplier implementation of Supply Chain Plan-Source-Make-Delivery-Return-Enable process improvements as well so support Supplier Enabled product, process,and service innovations. The foundation will also support suppliers' Advance Manufacturing workforce training needs as well as IoT driven process automations and technological advancements. 


David Burton- DMSCA Founder/President/CEO, 

David J. Burton, MCP, AICP, is a native of Columbia, SC. and is the Founder and CEO of the Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA), a multi-tiered membership-based Supplier Supply Chain Excellence Training and Development organization and the DMSCA Supplier Development Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization that supports Suppliers’ Advance Manufacturing and Workforce Skills development towards community economic development and jobs creation.


Burton obtained his B.S. from the Morgan State College, a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania in City Planning and Regional Science, and was a Doctoral Student at George Washington University in Public Administration. Burton is a former Adjunct Professor in Planning at Howard University and, as a Regular Army Captain, is a decorated Vietnam Veteran. Burton is active in both Small Business Advocacy and Education and Civil Rights. With implications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Burton is the lead plaintiff in “The Coalition v. State of Maryland”, an advanced stage federal civil rights case to restore parity and equity to Maryland HBCUs and was the 2013 recipient of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Frank E. Parker Client of the Year Award for “Courage and Perseverance”. Burton has also written numerous articles on supply chain related supplier supply chain excellence and economic development issues; serves on the White House Business Council-Business Forward; and, is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Burton is a Lifetime Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,


Prior to his current capacity with DMSCA, Burton was President of SCDC Management Company, a business development consulting company; an Independent Contractor for National Minority Manufacturing Programs with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National HQ; Manager of Minority Programs with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership; National Sales Manager for the former Control Data Corporation (CDC), developer of small business incubators throughout the U.S. and National Project Director for City Venture Corporation, a CDC subsidiary that leveraged CDC small business incubator development to spearhead inner city revitalization and job creation; Vice President of Planning and Development for the Harbison Development Corporation (CDC), a HUD Title Vll New Town development in Columbia, South Carolina; and, President of Burton and Associates, a planning and economic development consulting company. Burton resides in Gaithersburg, MD.





Policy Advisory Committee

Founding Corporate Members and Executive Corporate Members constitute the Policy Advisory Committee


Planning Advisory Committee

DMSCA Executive and Sustaining Corporate Members constitute the Planning Advisory Committee


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