on your promotion!

Senior Vice President

Administration & Operations

Vice President

Stakeholder Engagement & Success


May 3, 2023


CONTACT: Mayra Peña


AUSTIN, TX - The Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council (SMSDC) is excited to announce Carol Thomas & Mayra Peña will join its executive team in new roles. Carol Thomas will now serve as the Senior Vice President of Administration & Operations. Mayra Peña will serve as the new Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement & Success. 

With over seven years of experience at the Council, Carol's focus on building the financial strength for the Council is paramount in addition to meeting the Council's objectives for ZONES, increased Local Corporate Members, Sponsorships, Operations, Human Resources and Programs. 

"As the former Chief of Staff for the Council, Carol will continue to ensure that the Council's financial well-being and program success remains at the forefront," said Karen Box, President & CEO of SMSDC. “It is just my pleasure to make sure my team is uplifted and see the bright light my team brings."

"I am very excited and humbled to have been promoted to this new role and the increased responsibilities associated with the position. I look forward to continuing to work alongside an exceptional team, a visionary President & CEO, and a Council named the 2010 and 2020 Council of the Year and runner-up in 2021," said Carol.

Mayra will continue to build strength & abilities to better serve the stakeholders in her new role. 


With over 15 years of experience at the Council, Mayra’s responsibilities most recently included leading the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Centers of Excellence Certificate Program (COECP), all events of the Council including Annual Stakeholders Meeting, Premier Face Time Expo & Golf Tournament, Oklahoma Business Opportunity Conference, Diversity at the Border, Regional Task Force Events and Lunch & Learn Workshops. She leads the direction of all marketing and communications of the Council, website maintenance, design implementation of all materials, brand management and strategic event planning & execution.


"Mayra has been very instrumental in the success of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development and we are better due to her commitment to SMSDC," expressed Karen. "I am pleased to announce Mayra in her new role as Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement & Success!"


“I am excited and honored to transition into this new leadership role,” said Mayra. “As we continue to grow the success of the Council and all of our Stakeholders, I will remain focused and committed to serving all.”

Please join us in congratulating Carol & Mayra on their promotion!


The SMSDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to certifying, connecting, developing, and advocating MBEs. Through active leadership & professional education, the SMSDC works with major corporations throughout the United States and MBEs within the Central & Southwest Texas regions, Oklahoma, and New Mexico to increase participation in diversity programs.

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