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Yelder new affirmative action/civil rights administrator

Phillip W. Yelder has been appointed affirmative action/civil rights administrator with the title assistant director of business support for the City of Kansas City, Mo. In this newly created position, he will report to City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen.

“Phillip has a history of innovative leadership in the management of municipal entities that oversee the business development of small businesses and MBE/WBE enterprises. This, coupled with his affirmative action experience and financial knowledge in regard to the public and private sector, makes him an exceptional addition to the City in this capacity,” Cauthen said.

Yelder has been the division manager of the Small/Minority, Woman and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Division of the Mayor’s Office in Houston since September 2000. He also served in that office as administration manager from January 2000 to September 2000 and management analyst from 1995-2000. Yelder’s previous experience also includes serving as an internal auditor in the City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department from 1991-1995; a loan officer at the Houston Municipal Employees Credit Union from 1988-1991; and a loan accountant/review officer at First State Bank & Trust of Houston (now Bank of America) from 1981-1988.

Some of the highlights from Yelder’s career include:

    Ensured compliance with federal, state and local ordinances through contract monitoring, reporting and development of policies and procedures that track performance, prevailing wages, certification applications, vendor payments and work force analysis.

    Managed, developed and trained support staff in the areas of purchasing, information technology, mediation, contract monitoring, certification review, managerial and technical training, payroll and oversight of the One Stop Business Center.

    Designed a Small Contractor’s Assistance Program that provides management, monitoring, counseling, bonding and financial assistance to small business owners seeking technical and managerial assistance.

    Coordinated the Affirmative Action Division’s software installation, database conversion, and minority, woman and disadvantaged business enterprise applications to a Web-based system that resulted in online processing, reporting and tracking of vendor payments, correspondences and compliance monitoring. The monitoring system tracks more than 10,000 contracts monthly.

Yelder has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Houston-Downtown. He is also a trained mediator for alternative dispute resolutions.

Yelder will assume his duties with the City Nov. 14.

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