Supplier Diversity

Diverse Suppliers stands for women, minority, disabled veteran and LGBT business enterprises.

Mission Statement

Southwest Gas is committed to providing procurement opportunities to and building sustainable business relationships with diverse suppliers as part of its business strategy to create a mutually beneficial, equitable, and competitive business environment.

Working Together Encourages:

  • Economic growth and development of our communities
  • Success of diverse businesses 
  • Exchange of innovative ideas and fresh approaches to business processes
  • The acquisition of goods and services at competitive prices, which adds value to our shareholders and customers.

"There is a network of helping hands behind every genuine success."

In response to A.B. 3678, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued General Order 156 (GO-156) effective May 30, 1988. GO-156 established uniform rules and guidelines for governing the development of the utilities’ Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) Programs. In June 1992, the GO-156 was amended to include Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs) and also amended in June 2015 to include LGBT Business Enterprises into the WMBE Program which is known as the utility Supplier Diversity Program. Today, the Company's Supplier Diversity Program covers not only its California service area but also its Nevada and Arizona service areas.
Southwest Gas' Supplier Diversity Program has taken advantage of the phenomenal population growth in the Company's service areas to create business opportunities for Diverse Suppliers. These business opportunities support the program's theme "There is a network of helping hands behind every genuine success."
For a list of the types of products and services we purchase, please click below:

Corporate Purchasing Department
Contracts Administration Category Assignments

Doing Business With Southwest Gas

Women, minority, disabled veteran or LGBT business owners with an expressed interest in doing business with Southwest Gas Corporation should apply online to join our supplier network Supplier Application

This application requests basic information about your company along with supportive information describing your company’s available products or services and a copy of your current certification letter or certificate. Once this information has been reviewed it will be placed in Southwest Gas’ database. A copy will also be forwarded to internal departments for additional review for future procurement opportunities.
For additional information and requirements for doing business with Southwest Gas, you may also contact the following representatives:
Karmin Bailey

Contract Administration Department

Rachel Kirkendall - Manager

Corporate Purchasing Department

Robert Buschow - Manager

Accounts Payable Department

Michelle Rekrut - Supervisor

Southern Nevada Division - Las Vegas, Nevada

Northern Nevada Division - Carson City, Nevada

David Kelly 

Southern California Division - Victorville, California

Central Arizona Division - Phoenix, Arizona

Southern Arizona Division - Tucson, Arizona

Jesse Garcia
As a corporation serving a three-state area - Arizona, California and Nevada - Southwest Gas has implemented a program designed to address the entire spectrum of its Diverse Supplier activities. A primary consideration for the program is to ensure that it benefits bona fide companies owned and controlled by minority, women, and disabled veterans. A second major consideration is the need to ensure that Southwest Gas is able to meet the federal, state, and other regulatory agencies' requirements to utilize the products and services of Diverse Suppliers. Therefore, Southwest Gas has identified as acceptable Diverse Supplier certification agencies whose certification standards are consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Public Utilities Commission's Supplier Clearinghouse, and the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. and other agencies.

All companies claiming Diverse Supplier status are requested to submit to Southwest Gas, a copy of their current "Certification Approval" letter or certificate issued by one or more of the agencies acceptable to Southwest Gas. (Note: See listing of certification agencies below and on the following pages, however, copies of all certifications held by a company should be submitted.) A copy of the approval letter or certificate should be attached to Southwest Gas’ Supplier Profile form and returned to the Supplier Diversity Department.

In order to ensure that the Supplier Diversity Program benefits from eligible companies, Southwest Gas will recognize those companies certified by the following agencies:
DVBE - Supplier Diversity

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)

Civil Rights Office
1135 North 22nd Ave.
2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009

City of Tucson Equal Opportunity Program

P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210

Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council

Development Council
6340 East Thomas Road, Suite 220
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
FAX - 602-495-9943 

Women's Business Enterprise Counsel (West)

1515 North Greenfield Road, Suite 102
Mesa, AZ 85205

California Department of Transportation

Office of Business & Economic Opportunity

1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-324-1700 or 866-810-6346

State of California, Department of General Services

Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (SDVBE's only)
Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business
Enterprise Certification

P.O. Box 989052
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council

Business Development Council, Inc.
800 W. 6th St., Suite 850
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Supplier Clearinghouse

10100 Pioneer Blvd, Suite 103
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Women's Business Enterprise Counsel (West)

1515 North Greenfield Road, Suite 102
Mesa, AZ 85205

Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

460 Hegenberger , Road, Suite 730
Oakland, CA 94621

Nevada Department of Transportation

1263 South Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89712-0002

Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

460 Hegenberger , Road, Suite 730
Oakland, CA 94621

Women's Business Enterprise Counsel (West)

1515 North Greenfield Road, Suite 102
Mesa, AZ 85205

National Minority Supplier Development Council

1040 Avenue of Americas
Second Floor
New York, NY 10018
(MBEs Only)

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW - Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
202-872-5515 - Ext. 20


3000 Potomac Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22305

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
1032 15th St NW #190
Washington, DC 20005