Scottsdale, ARIZ. – KRUE Industrial was awarded Minority Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year Class I at the 2016 Pacific Southwest MSDC Awards Gala. We asked Maria and Mike Obbema a few questions and they graciously obliged us with answers.
About the company: KRUE Industrial is a 24/7 Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) parts provider and integrator located in Tempe, Ariz. Founded in 2012, Maria Obbema is the CEO and owner. Her husband, Mike, serves as President. You’ve probably seen them at some of our events, especially the Annual Golf Tournament.
PSWMSDC: How long have you been a certified MBE with the Council?
Mike: Since our founding in 2012.
PSWMSDC: What Corporations/Corporate Members do you work with? How has certification helped you get your foot in the door?
Mike: We proudly partner with Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Central Arizona Project, NRG Energy, Arizona State University, and City of Tempe. Certification gives us instant credibility with new contacts as a serious and vetted company.
PSWMSDC: Tell us about winning MBE Supplier of the Year and what it means to you as a minority business owner. Have you been recognized more or gained any new contracts since?
Mike: Winning the MBE Supplier of the Year did two major things for us; It confirmed that our unique business model works on every scale, and that our customers want to take a proactive role in ensuring we continue on our path of growth and provide them long term partnership. Since winning this award, we were named 2016 Diverse Business of the Year by Salt River Project (see the highlight here), and we are currently up for another major award in April.
PSWMSDC: If you could give one piece of advice to newly certified MBEs, what would it be?
Mike: Get involved! Stay involved! Network! Mentor, and give back! Okay…you said “one piece of advice” – GET INVOLVED!
PSWMSDC: It can’t be all work and no play. Do you have a favorite hobby or sport? What do you do in the downtime from running your business?
Mike: Golf! Maria and I are members at Seville Golf & Country Club. Maria encouraged me to join so we would have a place to bring our customers and thank them for trusting and partnering with KRUE. I am currently the defending Club Champion.
Fun Fact: KRUE Industrial holds the 1st Place title for our annual Golf Tournament 2 years in a row.
The Pacific Southwest Council 2017 Awards Gala is May 5th at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Don’t miss this incredible evening of celebrating the minority business community! More info here