A Conversation with HSM's Senior Manager of Energy Procurement
With more than 13 years working within the energy sector, Corey Brown is using his experience and passion to lead Hilton's energy program towards a first-in-class position. Coming from a minority background himself, Corey understands the importance of working to have an inclusive and diverse relationship with energy suppliers and vendors within the energy program. In collaboration with HSM, Corey is actively seeking and promoting a diverse supply network in this space.
How does supporting Black-owned businesses contribute to HSM's Supplier Diversity Program?
HSM's Supplier Diversity Program has come a long way, with its diverse supplier spend reaching over $327 million, but we still have farther to go. In the past decade, HSM has cultivated relationships with a number of enterprises that in the past may have been overlooked, including 4,900 women-, minority-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses. Supporting black-owned businesses and seeking out diverse suppliers is an important part of HSM's commitment to doubling its sourcing from diverse suppliers by 2030.
How are you and your team specifically contributing to supplier diversity at HSM?
We contribute to supplier diversity within the energy space by proactively seeking out vendors with diverse backgrounds when establishing the criteria for an RFP or energy-related projects. By making this commitment to seek out a diverse vendor relationship, it further builds on the platform of Hilton taking the time and effort to build upon its ever-growing inclusive network.
Why is Hilton's commitment to supplier diversity so important?
Our commitment to supplier diversity, in my belief, will only make Hilton a stronger advocate to promote opportunities for vendors. Our commitment to a diverse supplier network shows our business partners that we seek a more representative and complete supply network of qualified vendors. Our proactive approach within our energy program builds upon the foundation of making sure that we work with the best and that our partners can deliver exceptional value for Hilton and our guests.
Do you have any advice for Black suppliers wanting to partner with Hilton?
My advice for any diverse suppliers who want to partner with Hilton would be to believe in your product, show the value your product will bring, and promote who you are and your passion for what you do.
Corey J. Brown
Senior Manager, Energy Procurement and StrategyPrevious Page