About MGT

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Since 1990, when MGT Consulting Group (previously MGT of America) completed our first post-Croson disparity study, we have successfully completed 200 studies for public sector clients across the country. MGT has a proven track record of conducting legally defensible disparity studies that have played a vital role in assessing and evaluating the extent of marketplace discrimination, if any, on a national scale. Our mission is to provide high quality, value added consulting solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients and provide a meaningful return on investment to our clients and all other stakeholders. Visit our website at www.mgtconsulting.com to learn more about our services and projects.

We have over 25 years of firsthand experience with the complexities involved in conducting disparity studies aligned with current methodologies and legal standards. A snapshot of our credentials include:

  • Experience withstanding legal challenges.
  • Enhanced private sector analysis, including building permits analysis.
  • Comprehensive approach to availability analysis, covering bidder/vendor and custom census (Dun and Bradstreet).
  • Conducting a more robust anecdotal analysis, which includes separate stakeholder interviews.

 

  • Comprehensive review of all available data.
  • Highly credentialed staff, including Ph.D. research staff and masters level research staff.
  • Conducted more studies in racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse communities than most other firms.
  • Regression analysis upheld multiple times by federal circuit courts.

 

Our NYC team includes:

FREFSeamonD SEAMON, PH.D. Executive Vice President
MGT of America, Inc., 1983–Present

  • Dr. Seamon has over 30 years of consulting, research, and graduate teaching experience.
  • Dr. Seamon has played a major role in over 100 of MGT’s disparity studies
  • His disparity study areas of expertise include qualitative research methods, community engagement, and outreach and policy analysis.
    NYC Responsibilities: Quality Control, Anecdotal Research

RSmithREGINALD SMITH Vice President, Disparity Research
MGT of America, Inc., 1999–Present

  • Smith is nationally recognized for managing and directing disparity studies and is the leader of MGT’s disparity team and MGT’s disparity study business unit.
  • He has directed over three dozen studies since joining MGT and has managed some of the largest disparity studies in the country.
  • He played a key role in developing and refining MGT’s methodology and quality standards for conducting disparity studies.
  • Spent over 15 years in various managerial and administrative positions with state agencies.

NYC Responsibilities: Project Director, Anecdotal Research, Quality Control, Methodology


VMitchellVERNETTA MITCHELL Senior Consultant
MGT of America, Inc., 2008–Present

  • Mitchell has developed and managed small, minority, and women business programs within local government and private sector companies.
  • Has a functional knowledge of procurement processes, construction, and program administration.
  • She has extensive knowledge in project management, project scheduling, analytical reporting, facilitation, collection and analysis of qualitative research, and public relations.
  • Recruits and manages our disparity study subconsultants.
  • Mitchell has directed over a dozen studies as project manager.

NYC Responsibilities: Co-Project Director, Lead Anecdotal Researcher, Subconsultant Management

HSmithHOPE SMITH Senior Consultant
MGT of America, Inc., 2008–Present

  • Smith has more than 14 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative data analytics.
  • She has advanced experience using statistical software such as SPSS, survey development platforms, diversity management, and compliance software as well as Microsoft Office software such as Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Smith applies her unique experience to develop quantitative and qualitative data evaluation and collection, large scale database design, data mining on complex data (includes various and non-standard data sources), and analyses methodologies.
  • In addition to serving as data manager, Ms. Smith has been a project director on several large disparity studies and develops diversity metrics recommendations for M/W/D/SBE programs for various municipalities.

NYC responsibilities: Lead Data Manager and Analyst, Private Sector, Data Collection

clark-brian-112816BRIAN CLARKE, J.D. Senior Consultant
MGT of America, Inc., 2016 – Present

  • Clarke has extensive background in municipal government serving as Senior Advisor on Policy and Legislation to the Mayor of the City of Miami and as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Jacksonville.
  • Served as Legislative Affairs and Community Manager for the Miami Metro Action Plan.
  • Chief contract negotiator with vendors, stakeholders, Office of General Counsel, and procurement.
  • Has experience managing large scale disparity studies in two Florida municipalities.
  • Served as Chief of Employee and Labor Relations, and Chief Officer to the Ombudsman Division for the City of Jacksonville.
  • Analyzed procurement process, monitored processes for efficiency, and successfully developed policies, procedures, and recommendations for vendor/supplier performance management system.
  • Developed and implemented programs to ensure city-wide compliance and monitored departmental/divisional processes and procedures.
  • Best practices and Compliance trainer for small and emerging businesses.

     NYC Responsibilities: Policy and Legal Research, Private Sector, Litigation Support, Methodology

SUBCONSULTANTS

KAI FUENTES, Ebony Marketing Systems (City-certified M/WBE)
www.ebonysystems.com

NYC Responsibilities:
–  Develop & Implement Community Outreach Plan
–  Conduct Custom Census Surveys
–  Conduct Survey of Vendors
–  Coordinate & Manage Four Public Hearings
–  Conduct 40 In-Depth Interviews

GREGORY JENIFER, Armand Resource Group (City-certified M/WBE)
www.argdiversity.com

NYC Responsibilities:
–  Develop Master M/WBE Database
–  Coordinate & Manage Two Public Hearings
–  Conduct 30 Stakeholder Interviews
–  Conduct 40 In-Depth Interviews

ANNELIESE OPPENHEIM, Oppenheim Research
www.oppenheimresearch.com

NYC Responsibilities:
–  Conduct custom census surveys
–  Conduct survey of businesses