The Center organizes Business Development Conferences in the Southwest Region to connect business leaders with information on business climate, economic trends and forecasts, upcoming projects and opportunities.

Each Conference is designed to meet the needs of one or more of the following industry clusters; i.e. Aerospace & Defense, Healthcare, Construction, Information Technology, Utilities, Hospitality, Energy, National Parks, Recreation, Military, Security, Transportation.

The Center’s Conferences provide a continuous outreach channel for diversity businesses – manufacturers, distributors, service providers, vendors and suppliers to connect with Federal, State, County, City, local governments, Healthcare Providers, Universities and other procurement agencies as well as prime government contractors in need of products and services provided by qualified diversity business enterprises.


For nearly a decade, the Center has been an effective catalyst that develops strategic business relationships between private and public stakeholders to identify, secure and administer Federal and/or Private Foundation grant funding and/or contracts to address business development, workforce and education initiatives.


The Center organizes professional development conferences and workshops designed for Educators, Healthcare Providers, Public Safety Officials and others to advance their professional skills and certifications.

The conferences provide a forum for industry thought leaders, researchers and practitioners to present new findings and best practices as essential knowledge, skills and dispositions to improve student learning.

Board of Directors

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Dee H. Andrews, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Dee H. Andrews, worked as a research scientist and research manager for the Department of Defense for 34 years.

Upon retirement Dr. Dee H. Andrews, was a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is Senior Scientist, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Mesa, Ariz. As Senior Scientist, Dr. Andrews was the laboratory’s principal scientific authority for training research.

His responsibilities included sustaining technological superiority for training by planning and conducting theoretical and experimental studies. He also mentored and developed the technical staff to assure quality in training research, and represents the laboratory in training research matters to the external scientific and technical community.

During his career Dr. Andrews twice worked for the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences where his research focused on cyber security and simulation based training. Dr. Andrews spent six years working for the Naval Training Systems Center as a Training Analyst and Training Researcher. Andrews now serves as a training consultant and college instructor.

Eduardo A. Castillo

Mr. Castillo brings over 45 years of experience in business entrepreneurship and management expertise serving the public and private sector on a national and international basis. Mr. Castillo is the chairman and founder of the Arizona Diversity Business Development Center, Inc. a Not for Profit Arizona Based corporation.
Since inception, the Center has organized and conducted Business Development conferences attended by over 2,500 professionals. The conferences were located in Phoenix, Tucson, Sierra Vista, Yuma, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Cruces and Albuquerque.

In 2012, the Center was awarded a four (4) year $4.96 million dollar H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant by the Department of Labor. The Center’s partners on this grant include Banner Health, Arizona State University School of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, Maricopa County Workforce Connection and Arizona Women’s Education & Employment.

The primary objective of the grant project is to elevate the skillsets of Banner Health’s acute care employees by advancing the career pathways of over 1,000 incumbent nurses.

Mr. Castillo is a native of Bolivia and graduate from the United States Air Force Academy.

Sheila G. Martin

Vice President

Ms. Martin’s primary role as Vice President of the Arizona Diversity Business Development Center is strategic business development. Sheila has over 20 years’ experience as a senior level professional with an emphasis on Portfolio Development, Management and Retention, Business Planning, Sales, Market Research and Public Relations.

During her tenure, the Center has produced over 50 business development and educational conferences for the public and private sector in the Southwestern US over the past 13 years. Programs range in size from exclusive C-Suite meetings to programs with several hundred in attendance.

Ms. Martin has owned and operated several successful business ventures in the marketing communications, entertainment and hospitality industries.

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