Phillip A. Barreda was named Executive Vice President of The Chicago Minority Business Supplier Council, Inc. (ChicagoMSDC) in September of 2006. He has also served as interim president during a nationwide search for a permanent president. Over the past eight years, Barreda served ChicagoMSDC in all aspects of minority business support and development. He was integrally involved in many different initiatives: ChicagoMSDC membership expansion, access to capital, as well as strategic business alliances. Mr. Barreda has been a leader in the evolvement of the ChicagoMSDC to its current level. Prior to his employment with ChicagoMSDC, Mr. Barreda spent thirteen years with BMO Harris Bank in Chicago where he served as Vice President in both the Marketing and Strategic Sourcing departments. Barreda was a Senior Buyer at Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, IL prior to his position at BMO Harris. Mr. Barreda has served on the Board of Directors of the Union League Club of Chicago, where he was Chairman of the Communications Committee and the Technology Committee. Mr. Barreda is an adjunct faculty member of St. Augustine College in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood where he teaches Economics and General Business Management courses. He has served as Chair of Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, has served as a member of the Business Enterprise Program for the State of Illinois CMS Program and is a member of PNC Bank Community Development Advisory Committee. In 2008, Mr. Barreda was presented with the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency “Advocate of Year Award”. Barreda is the recipient of the 2010 Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Advocate Award. He was recently appointed as a Board of Trustees to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. While earning his Master’s Degree from De Paul University, Mr. Barreda held assistant teaching positions in Europe at the London School of Economics and University of Paris. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.