From left are Ingrid Merriwether, Gene Hale, CEO of G&C Equipment Corporation; Sharon Coleman, president of Coleman Construction and president of the NAMC-SoCal board of directors; and Holley Joy, program manager of supplier diversity at Liberty Utilities and emcee for the gala. (Calvin Naito)

Ingrid Merriwether, CEO of Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services (MWIS), received the Arnice Lamb Champion of Diversity Award from the National Association of Minority Contractors – Southern California Chapter (NAMC-SoCal) at its 27th Annual Leadership Gala in Los Angeles on November 9.

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In bestowing the award on Merriwether, NAMC-SoCal cited, in part, her years-long work in establishing the Los Angeles Regional Contractor Development and Bonding Program (CDABP), which assists small, local, and diverse contractors in obtaining infrastructure construction work with the City of Los Angeles, LA Metro, and the County of Los Angeles.

For more information on the CDABP, which is offered at no cost to contractors and is administered by MWIS, interested contractors can visit