Posted by: gmcquade | October 5, 2010

Southern California Gas Co. President/CEO to Receive SCMBDC’s Leadership Award

Michael W. Allman, President & CEO, SoCalGas Co., a Sempra Energy Co. (Courtesy The Gas Co.)

Los Angeles, CA-– Michael W. Allman, president and chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Company (The Gas Company), will receive Southern California Minority Business Development Council’s (SCMBDC) 2010 Leadership Award at its 26th Annual Leadership Award dinner on Friday, October 15th.

“The company’s business excellence and strong commitment to working with diverse suppliers and vendors make it an outstanding choice, and Michael Allman, as president and CEO, the ideal executive to honor as our 2010 Leadership Award recipient,”  said SCMBDC President John W. Murray, Jr., noting the company is a longtime corporate member of SCMBDC.

“Michael joins a prestigious group of prior recipients whose outstanding work make a substantial contribution to not only Southern California’s economy but also to diverse businesses, which are a cornerstone of our economy,” Murray added.

The event will be held at The Beverly Hills Hotel, located at 9641 Sunset Blvd.  The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Leadership Award is given to an individual and/or corporation whose achievements and leadership in the business community have resulted in positive results for small and minority-owned businesses.

“The Gas Company has been working with SCMBDC for 30 years to help develop minority-owned business opportunities through technical assistance, mentoring and partnerships,” said Allman.  “We’re proud to lead the utilities in California with a record 34 percent of our 2009 spending, or $202 million, with diverse businesses.  I’m proud of all our employees that have been providing leadership day in and day out to achieve this success.” Allman became president of The Gas Company in March 2010.  Previously, he served as president and CEO of Sempra Generation, another subsidiary of Sempra Energy, overseeing the operation of merchant power plants throughout North America.  Allman has spearheaded the development of several groundbreaking renewable energy projects, including the country’s largest solar photovoltaic plant in Boulder City, Nevada.

He has held several leadership positions with Sempra Energy and its subsidiaries, including chief financial officer of Sempra Global, president of Sempra Technology Ventures, vice president of corporate planning and development and vice president of audit services.

Prior to joining Sempra Energy in 1998, Allman was responsible for marketing and delivering consulting projects to corporate clients of the Los Angeles office of LEK/Alcar, a strategic and financial consulting-services firm. Allman has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.  A certified management accountant and a certified internal auditor, he serves on the board of the American Gas Association, Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Los Angeles YMCA and the California Chamber of Commerce.

George Mc Quade
Vice Pres., MAYO Communications

MAYO Communications Vice President and former SoCal Gas Company Media Relations & Corporate Communications manager will be the Master of Ceremonies

Previous Leadership Award winners include:  Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and founder and chairman, Magic Johnson Foundation; Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management, associate professor of Global Economics & Management, founder and faculty director, Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies; Stephen F. Bollenbach, co-chairman and CEO, Hilton Worldwide, and Robert A. Iger, CEO, The Walt Disney Company.

For information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Shawn Smith at (213) 689-6940, or

About Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.

The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).  Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. About SCMBDC Southern California Minority Business Development Council is the premiere organization strengthening economic ties between large, public-, private- and foreign-owned corporations and minority men- and women-owned business enterprises.  As the region’s leading minority business advocacy organization, SCMBDC represents the interests of more than 600,000 minority businesses in its 13-county service area in Southern California.

The council offers nationally recognized certification to minority-owned businesses, strategic networking between corporate members and certified firms, and education, information, and skills development to help minority businesses enhance their capacity.

Headquartered in Los Angeles and one of 37 regional councils in the National Minority Supplier Development Council network, SCMBDC has made a positive impact in the minority business community since its founding in 1975.  For more information, visit


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