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David J. Burton

National Minority Manufacturing Institute


David J. Burton

David J. Burton is founder/ CEO of the National Minority Manufacturing Institute (NMMI) and the International Manufacturing and Supply Chain Association (IMSCA). His white paper, “The Strategic Intervention of Minority Small Manufacturing Enterprises in the Manufacturing Supply Chain,” while consulting with the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership and U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was the basis of NMMI’s formation. Burton has written numerous articles on supply chain related areas and has vast experience in innovative small business programs. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and MS from Morgan State University.


Article | August 31, 2008
Moving Without the Ball   

By: David J. Burton

There is a saying in basketball that often the most important players on the court are the ones “moving without the ball” because inevitably...more >>


Article | December 31, 2007
Corporate Mentoring   

By: David J. Burton

The concept of mentoring originated from a character in Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey.” When Odysseus, King of Ithica, went to fight the...more >>


Article | August 31, 2007
Minority Manufacturing in FTZs - A Key to Job Retention in the US   

By: David J. Burton

Multinational Manufacturing Corporations (MMC) commitment to supplier diversity could drive a solution for meeting both need for their global...more >>


Article | April 30, 2007
Minority Supplier Supply: A Window of Opportunity   

By: David J. Burton

Two forces shape minority manufacturing in America – demographic dynamic shifts in the consumer driven supply chain and strategic sourcing business...more >>


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