Horace Flowers is a practicing attorney representing clients in general corporate matters, procurement law, strategic alliances and marketing, construction law and various transactional matters. He served in an advisory role on the NYC Charter Commission involving revisions to NYC procurement practices. He has an extensive background representing clients in the private and public sector on the implementation and administration on all supplier diversity. Mr. Flowers has conducted workshops involving Minority and Women Business Enterprise certification for the NY & NJ Port Authority Staff and the Turner Construction Annual Training Program. He also conducted workshops on strategic relationships for the Port Authority, various fortune 500 companies and the 17th Annual Competitive Edge Conference. Mr. Flowers has served as special counsel to major law firms, accounting firms and corporations involving M/WBE, DBE, SDB, and 8a contract compliance and certification. He served as outside counsel to the NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council whose mission is to facilitate sourcing opportunities between corporate America and minority businesses. Mr. Flowers’ background includes the following: Department of Transportation’s Minority and Disadvantage Business Program; Bureau Chief, Real Property Bureau, NYS Attorney General Office and Director of Real Estate- City of Buffalo. During his tenure at NYS Transportation Department, his oversight and strategic management resulted in several programs being cited by The U.S. Department of Transportation for national recognition, including the development of a need assessment tool to provide specific technical assistance to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise vendors; development of a bond readiness program, to assist DBE vendors secure bonding; and creation of a monitoring program to identify abuses in the M/W/DBE compliance and certification programs. He was responsible for ensuring that all U.S. DOT recipient agencies in NYS were in compliance with requirements and participated in the drafting of the NYS’s M/WBE certification program statute and regulations.