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Brian Tippens

Global Supplier Diversity, Development & Sustainability
Hewlett-Packard Company

Brian Tippens leads HP’s Global Supplier Diversity, Development, & Sustainability Organization.   In this role, Brian manages and sets the strategic direction for a global program which works to ensure that minority-owned and other under-represented businesses have an opportunity to become HP suppliers or service providers.  He also oversees strategic supplier development and sustainability across HP’s $20B + global indirect and professional services supply chain. In the area of sustainability, Brian is responsible for driving implementation of Social & Environmental Responsibility and green procurement policies into HP procurement. The team works by collaborating closely with all HP businesses, regions and corporate functions, providing strategic program leadership, common processes and other deliverables, informal benchmarking, information management solutions, and monitoring and reporting.

Brian has over 20 years of IT industry experience, having served in technology licensing, strategic procurement, and regulatory compliance roles positions at HP, Intel Corporation and SureWest Communications Company. 

A long-time educator, Brian serves as an adjunct professor of Legal Studies at Kaplan University, and is a former University of San Francisco faculty member.  He currently serves as a board member or advisor to the Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC); Texas Business Alliance (TBA); and the International Program Committee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


Q1: When did HP start transforming supplier diversity from a U.S. program into a global strategy? Why go global?  

HP identified teams and expanded infrastructure to support international supplier diversity initiatives in 2004. HP’s Supplier Diversity Program began with a U.S. based Small Business Program in 1958, with significant expansion of predominantly U.S. focused programs supporting small businesses, and minority and women owned suppliers, occurring over the course of the next 50 years. During the past decade, HP’s Global Supplier Diversity Program has expanded to include Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, South Africa, and Australia.

HP is an American multinational company, doing business in 170 countries; making HP a truly global company. One of HP’s Shared Corporate Values includes Global Citizenship: “We fulfill our responsibility to society by being an economic, intellectual and social asset to each country and community where we do business.” HP’s Global Supplier Diversity’s mission is to enable access to Public Sector and Enterprise revenue by ensuring a globally inclusive supply chain. The HP global footprint warrants global consideration of a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Q2: What value do you expect minority supplier development program in China bring to HP?

Through our relationship with MSD China, HP expects to extend opportunities to regional minority suppliers to compete, while expanding HP’s knowledge about China’s business environment. Exploring opportunities for China’s 55 ethnic minority groups provide connections to innovation in products, services and an overall competitive advantage for HP, enhancing customer and shareholder value. Additionally, supporting opportunities for minority suppliers in China strengthens HP’s Global Citizenship objectives.



Philip C. DeVliegher

Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity
Marriott International, Inc.

Philip DeVliegher is currently Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity for Marriott International, Inc.  In this new role, he is responsible for establishing the strategic direction, development, implementation and management of organization-wide supplier diversity initiatives. 

He began his career with Marriott in 1998 in corporate staffing and subsequently joined the Marriott University Recruiting team, working in numerous positions, seven of those years as National Recruiting Manager.  In that role, Philip was responsible for the management of Marriott’s talent acquisition efforts among key colleges and universities across the country.

Mr. DeVliegher holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.  He represents Marriott International as a corporate member of MSD-China, MSD-UK, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the Women Presidents Educational Organization, the National Veteran Owned Business Association, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and currently sits on the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council.


Q1: Why does Marriott embrace supplier diversity? How does Marriott benefit from supplier diversity program?

Marriott's commitment to global diversity and inclusion encompasses every business unit worldwide. Our ability to partner with the energy and entrepreneurship of small, diverse companies has always been a key ingredient in Marriott's success. We've seen the tremendous benefits that come from working with locally owned businesses in the communities in which we already operate. The challenge is to build on those relationships, and diversify into new ones that can grow with us."

Q2: Please introduce the present progress of Marriott’s supplier diversity program.

Marriott’s supplier diversity initiatives have been recognized as a world-class program. Our organization’s formal supplier diversity program began over 12 years ago and today, Marriott has partnered with over 4,000 diverse suppliers around the globe, equating to over 15% of our discretionary spend.

We have nearly doubled our spend with minority, women and other diverse suppliers in the last five years. Last year, we spent more than $ 400 million with diverse suppliers and we're always searching for qualified businesses to work with. Whether it's in our hotels or our second-tier vendor program, we want to find the best way to work together.

Q3: Is Marriott going to expand its business in China? Can Chinese small minority business enterprises gain opportunities to do business with Multinationals like Marriott?

Marriott’s business in China continues on the path of great expansion. In the next few years, Marriott will open more than 40 hotels in China. What we purchase covers a wide range of products and services; some products are made-to-order and some services are of small scale. In these cases, small companies can successfully demonstrate their innovative spirit and their ability to adapt to a quickly changing industry.

Q4: What are the minimum qualifications that Marriott requires its prospective minority suppliers to meet?

We evaluate every company on the basis of meeting the following requirements. A company should:

  • Have a minimum 3-year business history
  • Meet or exceed our high standards of quality
  • Provide excellent service 
  • Offer competitive pricing 
  • Provide value-added products or services
  • Meet our insurance and indemnification requirements 
  • Be able to provide on-time deliveries 
  • Be Quality Assurance inspected by an approved third party if a food-manufacturer or distributor 
  • Hospitality references are a plus 
  • Be innovative

Q5: What products and services does Marriott purchase in Asia Pacific region?

Some of the products and services frequently purchased or contracted include:

  • Construction 
  • Cleaning and Maintenance Services (e.g., carpet cleaning, windows, janitorial, hood cleaning, etc) 
  • Dry Cleaning 
  • Energy and Electrical Supplies and Service
  • Florist / Fresh Flowers
  • Food & Beverages 
  • Golf and Related Products 
  • Interior Design Services 
  • Marketing & Advertising 
  • Waste Removal



José Nido  

Director, Supplier Diversity 
Strategic Sourcing
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Based in Orlando, Florida, Nido is responsible for managing the development and implementation of a world-class supplier diversity program across Wyndham Worldwide with an overall goal of growing the number of diverse suppliers within the Company’s portfolio across all business units, including Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Group RCI.

Nido brings extensive and unique experience to Wyndham Worldwide as a former executive for a minority-owned business, coupled with corporate supplier diversity senior management experience. He has been nationally recognized for excellence in supplier diversity management by celebrated professional organizations.


Q1: How important is the issue of supplier diversity to Wyndham Worldwide Corporation? 

Supplier Diversity is an integral part of Wyndham Worldwide’s culture and a vital element to our success.  Diverse suppliers strengthen our company by generating new ideas and opportunities and our partnerships with them strengthen our economy and the communities in which we live and operate.

Q2: What are the incentives for Wyndham to extend its supplier diversity program into China?

As a global company, we continue to strengthen our supplier base with world class suppliers who can satisfy our worldwide needs. With a continually growing presence in China, it makes sense for Wyndham Worldwide to consider minority-owned suppliers in China as we continue to make clear progress in diversifying our supplier base.

Q3: What are the minimum qualifications that Wyndham requires its prospective suppliers to meet?

  • A minimum three-year business history
  • Competitive pricing and cost saving solutions 
  • Service (on-time delivery) 
  • Quality assurance 
  • Proven financial viability 
  • Geographic scope (i.e. national or regional distribution) 
  • Value added capabilities 
  • Risk management requirements 
  • Hospitality references a plus 
  • Social responsibility/Sustainability Strategy