Frank J. Gramo recently joined the Herrera Cristina Group as the Vice President of Diversity Business Services. Mr. Gramo most recent position was with the Avis Budget Group as Director – Strategic Business & Diversity Relations since January 2003. In his new position he will support both major corporation with their Supplier Diversity programs while working with certified disadvantaged, minority and women owned businesses.

 

After completing a thirty year corporate procurement and business development career Mr. Gramo was the President of Creative Business Development (CBD). During his tenure at CBD and Avis Budget Mr. Gramo developed innovative processes to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase small business market share. Having established a vast network of corporate, community and entrepreneurial relationships, Mr. Gramo specializes in developing and implementing business initiatives.

 

Mr. Gramo’s corporate experience includes management positions in administrative and procurement units for New Jersey Bell and Bell Atlantic after the AT&T divestiture. Prior to the Bell Atlantic NYNEX merger, while serving as a Contract Manager in the Purchasing Department, Mr. Gramo was given the additional responsibilities to oversee and strengthen the company’s Minority and Women business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program.

 

Recognized as an advocate for small business, Mr. Gramo was most recently named in the 2006 Minority Business News USA 100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity. He has also been honored by the New York / New Jersey Minority Purchasing Council on three separate occasions. He received their most prestigious award “Advocate of the Year”. Mr. Gramo is also a recipient of the “100 Most Influential” award, presented by City News of New Jersey. He has provided consultant services with Community and Small Business Development organizations such as, New Community Corporation of Newark, New Jersey and the Business Outreach Center of New York.

 

Mr. Gramo has been active in the community by serving as a member of the board of Directors of the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Red Cross. His last position being that of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 

Mr. Gramo and his wife reside in Lake Intervale, New Jersey.