Michael Garner is a diversity champion, making it his personal and professional mission to create a more diverse construction industry, by empowering small businesses across New York State through educational programming and access to increased opportunities. Garner has gained national notoriety for creating and implementing the MTA’s Small Business Development Program. As the first of its kind in the nation, the program consists of the MTA Small Business Mentoring Program, MTA Small Business Federal Program and Small Business Loan, Surety Bonding Assistance and Construction and Information Technology Training Programs. Through this strategic, innovative approach, record breaking prime and subcontracts have been awarded to NYS certified Minority, Women-Owned and MTA certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Since Mr. Garner’s arrival payments to certified New York State MWBEs have increased from $116 million to currently $634 million. Garner is an active member of the Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, serves as President of One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York, is the former Treasurer of the New York/New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, serves on the board of Harlem Hospital and advises numerous U.S. cities and states on their minority business development and inclusion programs. In addition, Garner was appointed to the New York State Small Business Advisory Board and more recently appointed to Governor Cuomo’s MWBE Team as chaired by former NYC Comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr.