Ameren Awards Scholarships to Diverse Business Supplier CEOs

Mon Apr 1, 2013 10:54am EDT

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- Two woman-owned business CEOs to attend Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
ST. LOUIS,  April 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- One minority, woman-owned and one
woman-owned construction companies were awarded business development
scholarships from Ameren Corporation to attend the Minority Business Executive
Program at the Tuck School at  Dartmouth College  in  Hanover, N.H.

The scholarships were awarded  March 27  as part of Ameren's two-day Supplier
Diversity Symposium in  St. Louis. The recipients were selected based on the
volume of business and strategic relationship with the company, and the
supplier's success in providing service to a range of companies in Ameren's
64,000-square-mile service territory.

The 2013 scholarship recipients are:

* Ashanti Mitchell, CEO of Bumpy's Steel, LLC, of  East St. Louis, Ill.  Bumpy's
Steel is a minority, woman-owned company that is certified as a MBE/WBE/DBE and
specializing in structural steel erection and concrete reinforcement placement
in transmission and substation foundations.   
* Candice Fowler, president of Donco Electrical Construction, LLC, of 
Edwardsville,  Centralia  and  Eldorado, Ill.  Donco is a woman-owned company
specializing in commercial and industrial electrical construction meter
services, locating, communications and gas and electric design.

"We are happy to be awarding scholarships to these two top-flight suppliers,"
said  Dennis W. Weisenborn, vice president of Safety and Supply Services for
Ameren. "Our commitment to supplier diversity reflects our belief that diverse
supplier partnerships are vital to the economic success of our region and to the
success of Ameren."

"I am looking forward to gaining insight and knowledge from the Minority
Business Executive Program. I know it will help me grow personally and help my
company grow," Mitchell said. "I want to thank Ameren's Supplier Diversity team
for giving me a surprising opportunity to attend the Tuck School of Business."

"We believe that our business relationships should reflect the communities we
serve as well as our workforce," said  Richard J. Mark, president and CEO,
Ameren Illinois.  "We are proud to work with diverse suppliers to help them grow
their businesses and local economies."

Ameren began offering scholarships to local suppliers in 2007 as part of its
first Supplier Diversity Symposium. Mitchell and Fowler are the 10th  and 11th 
recipients, respectively, of scholarships from Ameren. This year's symposium
drew more than 450 local diverse business owners.

Ameren's total non-fuel spend with diverse suppliers from the initial event in
2007 has grown from  $73 million to $127 million  or 8.1 percent of total
non-fuel spend in 2012. Ameren's projected supplier diversity spend for 2013 is
9.3 percent of its total non-fuel spend.  

"Ameren invests more than  $1.5 billion  annually in materials and services in
our infrastructure," said  Thomas R. Voss, chairman, president and CEO of
Ameren. "We recognize the value of doing business with a diverse community. I
think it is important for companies, especially utilities, to be inclusive in
procurement and hiring from the communities they serve. We are focused on our
community obligations and on providing the energy that powers our quality of

With assets of approximately  $22 billion, Ameren serves 2.4 million electric
customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile
area of  Missouri  and  Illinois.

SOURCE  Ameren

Brian Bretsch, 314.554.4135,

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