MSI Staff


Jeffrey Thomas

Executive Managing Director

Jeffrey Thomas is the Executive Director of the Strategic Action Council and the Managing Director of the Minority Supplier Institute. Thomas’s professional experiences cover supply chain, business development, economic development and commercialization. Thomas has managed over $1B in materials/services spend and has been instrumental in placing over $50M in start-up companies. Thomas has led teams of professionals in the sourcing, contracting, and commercialization of goods and services for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies. In his expat role in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thomas directed the global sourcing activities for production locations in Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. He has held global leadership positions at Dell, Edwards Lifesciences, and Novozymes. Thomas’s most recent assignment was Vice President of Business Development with the New Orleans Business Alliance where he recruited firms to the city, championed real estate developments, and assisted with the funding of start-ups. Thomas participates on the advisor group to ICANN for Customer Trust/Choice and served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Institute of Supply Chain Management. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Louisiana Tech University, and received his master’s degrees from Grambling State University and the University of Rochester.


Taylor Jamison

Director of Strategic & Corporate Partnerships

Taylor B. Jamison joined the staff of the Minority Supplier Institute (MSI) in July 2014 as the Director of Strategic and Corporate Partnerships. Taylor is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from University of Louisiana at Monroe. Taylor joins MSI after serving as the Sports Event Manager for the Shreveport Bossier Sports Commission where he was responsible for recruiting various sporting events across the country to the local area. Taylor is a consummate professional and brings a wealth of experience in community outreach, social media and traditional marketing. From his past experience in working with Aramark, Southern Strategy Group and the City of Bossier, Taylor understands the importance of the intersection between policy and politics.
Having worked hand in hand with both business and government leaders, Taylor brings a unique understanding of designing, developing and sustaining strategic public and private partnerships. Taylor has dedicated himself to being an integral and active member of the Shreveport Bossier community and in his spare time he volunteers at local shelters, volunteers with the young adult church ministry. Taylor is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Sandra Smallwood

Director of MBE Membership

Sandra L. Smallwood joined the staff of the Minority Supplier Institute (MSI) in August 2015 as Director of Member Services and Program Outreach. Sandra comes to MSI after a forty-three-year career as a school librarian with the Caddo Parish School District. Her managerial, organizational and leadership skills were developed through her experiences working with students and school personnel at all levels, as a former girl scout troop leader, and through leadership, training and service positions at the regional, state and local levels in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has volunteered with Meals on Wheels and currently serves on the Paint Your Heart Out Shreveport Steering Committee. In addition, she is actively involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher, clerk and food pantry volunteer. Sandra received her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Grambling State University and her Master of Education from Northwestern State University.


Johnetta Rhone

Executive Assistant

Johnetta provides administrative support to the Strategic Action Council team. She is a native of Shreveport and worked seventeen years in the retail banking industry before joining the Strategic Action Council team. She enjoys working in a diverse business environment serving clients from broadly different background.