DOE's 2023 Small Business Forum & Expo will welcome nearly 75 subject matter experts to discuss upcoming procurement opportunities, grants, and initiatives, how to do business with the Department, and more.

Speakers A-C

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Go-Station

Session:

  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking Session (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Ray Addison

Ray Addison II is a sales and marketing executive focused on sustainability, electrification, and the future of mobility.

He has spent more than a decade in a variety of marketing disciplines including product strategy and marketing communications for billion-dollar automotive brands. Ray led product marketing and development activities for Mercedes-Benz USA. During his tenure he managed the exclusive brands of SLR and Mercedes Benz AMG and led several product launches.

Ray transitioned to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) – Freightliner and Western Star after several years at Mercedes-Benz. At DTNA, he led communications efforts for the aftermarket business unit. He was responsible for motorsports marketing, events, marketing communications, training, and dealer programs. In addition, he worked directly with the Daimler AG board of management to transform corporate culture for the global enterprise. The result was a corporate strategy that prepared the organization for the next era of mobility.

Ray is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Go-Station. Go-Station is deploying electric vehicle charging solutions across the United States for public use and organizations that are transitioning to electrification. In this role he is responsible for:

  • Marketing strategy
  • Sales and business development
  • Site selection
  • Digital innovation including mobile app and software development
  • Environmental Justice initiatives

Ray also serves on the Digital Marketing Advisory Council for George Washington University. He is also a member of Leadership Charlotte and serves on the Board of Directors for Sustain Charlotte.

Small Business Liaison Officer, Argonne National Laboratory, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Science: Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Alex Alcantar

Alex Alcantar is a Chicago native living out his passion for empowering the small and diverse business community. With over ten years of experience in assisting and leading entrepreneurs in Supplier Diversity and Socioeconomic Programs, Alex has promoted initiatives to build strategic business alliances between government agencies, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Alex currently leads the development of Argonne National Laboratory’s (ANL) economic impact on the communities that it serves and represents through spend and use of Small and Diverse Businesses as ANL’s Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO). Alex’s job functions include developing a strategic plan for its Small Business Program through collaboration and partnerships with key stakeholders and executive leadership. Before joining ANL in October of 2019, Alex was the Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). During his tenure as director, Alex was able to help small businesses secure more than $300M in government contracts and add over 300 jobs to the local economy. Alex serves on the board of directors for Prospanica Chicago (formerly known as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs) as its Executive Vice President. With his experience in entrepreneurship and his passion for the local music and art culture scene, during his free time he combines his interests to help creatives pursue their dreams and make them a reality.

Senior Small Business Specialist, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Session:

  • OSDBU Directors’ Panel with the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

David Allen

David Allen is Acting Deputy Director with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Environmental Protection Agency.

As the Acting Deputy Director, Mr. Allen helps evaluate buying activities’ procurement plans in identifying opportunities for small businesses. He strategizes and confers with buying activities and the program office to ensure appropriate small business consideration in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Agency policy.

Mr. Allen has held positions as a Systems Analyst; Applications Developer and Computer Operations Supervisor in the computer science field before coming to work for the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, David co-owned one of approximately 50 African American owned 7-11 franchises in the world. Before the advent of compact discs and music streaming, David has owned two vinyl record stores. David understands small business spirit and innovation. Mr. Allen is also a Viet-Nam era veteran.

Mr. Allen majored in Elementary Education and Computer Science at Bowie State University and the University of New Mexico.

Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and Secretarial Advisor on Equity, DOE

Session:

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure Roundtable Discussion/Town Hall /Networking Session (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Shalanda Baker

The Honorable Shalanda H. Baker is the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretarial Advisor on Equity. Prior to her Senate confirmation, she served as the Nation’s first-ever Deputy Director for Energy Justice. Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, she was a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She has spent over a decade conducting research on the equity dimensions of the global transition away from fossil fuel energy to cleaner energy resources. She is the author of over a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on renewable energy law, energy justice, energy policy, and renewable energy development. In 2016, she received a Fulbright-Garcia-Robles research fellowship to study climate change, energy policy, and indigenous rights in Mexico. She is the Co-Founder and former Co-Director of the Initiative for Energy Justice (www.iejusa.org), an organization committed to providing technical law and policy support to communities on the frontlines of climate change. Her book, Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition (Island Press 2021), argues that the technical terrain of energy policy should be the next domain to advance civil rights. She received her BS from the United States Air Force Academy and JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She obtained her LLM while serving as a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

Deputy Director, DOE Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Melody Bell

Melody Bell is a proven, results-oriented Senior Executive at the U.S. Department of Energy with over 35 years of military and civilian leadership positions. Specifically she is experienced in organizational change, leading high-performing teams, and providing quality customer experience.

She is currently the Deputy Director for the Consolidated Business Center for the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EMCBC); responsible for developing and executing innovative business strategies and cost-effective contracting solutions for the Environmental Management (EM) cleanup mission. Prior to that she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Resource Management in EM providing leadership for the integration of budget and planning; budget formulation; budget execution; oversight of information systems and cybersecurity; workforce management activities enabling the effective execution of the mission.

Other notable positions included: DAS for Business Administration and the Director of Program Execution Support in the Office of DOE/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Additionally, Ms. Bell served as the Procurement Deputy Director of the Office of Transformation for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Assistant Manager for Contracts and Business Management, at the NNSA Nevada Site Office (NSO), and Director of Contracts and Property Management Division for the Nevada Operations Office (NVO) where she provided leadership, management and guidance in the development, planning, coordination, and administration for all acquisition strategy, financial assistance, contracting and personal property management for NVO.

Ms. Bell began her career as an Officer in the United States Air Force, where she managed several projects and contracts in support of major Air Force weapon systems. Ms. Bell has a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows program.

Ms. Bell is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts enabling the transformation of girls into leaders and serves on the Senior Executive Association Board of Directors. She is dedicated to mentoring others and reinforcing the benefits of being a life-long learner.

Small Business Program Manager, Office of Environmental Management, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Anne Marie Bird

Ms. Anne Marie Bird is the Small Business Program Manager in the Office of Contracting at the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) located in Cincinnati, OH.  In her role as the EMCBC Small Business Program Manager, Anne Marie is responsible for supporting and assisting DOE’s Office of Environmental Management and DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization in educating and advocating for small businesses and interfacing on behalf of small businesses with EM’s acquisition professionals.  She is a Western New York native and began her career with DOE at the West Valley Demonstration Project located in Ashford, New York.  Anne Marie has over 30 years of experience with DOE and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management.

Small Business Program Manager, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Leslie Bourgeois

Leslie Bourgeois began her tenure with the Department of Energy (DOE), Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in July 1989. Ms. Bourgeois has served in a collateral capacity as the SPR Small Business Program Manager for the past eleven years.

In her career with DOE, Ms. Bourgeois has been a Contract Specialist, a Contracting Officer, and a Procurement Analyst. Ms. Bourgeois maintains a FAC-C Level III Certification and serves as the SPR Small Business Program Manager (SBPM), the Site Acquisition Career Manager (SACM), Sustainable Acquisition Advocate and the Purchase Card Program Approving Official and Program Coordinator (OPC).

As a seasoned acquisition professional, Ms. Bourgeois strengthens the SPR Small Business Outreach through attending socioeconomic conferences, Industry days and outreach events across the DOE community and the country. Ms. Bourgeois is a highly sought-after speaker from local, regional, and federal organizations for her creative and hard-hitting presentations on how to help small businesses succeed.

Celebrating 34 years with DOE, Ms. Bourgeois states, “Small Businesses are the lifeblood of this country! Ms. Bourgeois has numerous acquisition awards and was recognized by DOE OSDBU with a OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award in May 2019 for Outstanding work in Small Business Outreach and Engagement and For the Increase award of Prime Contracts to Small Business and a Gears in Government Award in May 2020 for her expertise in internal controls to assure operational excellence and proper stewardship of taxpayers dollars.

Ms. Bourgeois has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the mother of one son, Miles Pagson and is a singer, a national poet, avid reader, and evangelist. Ms. Bourgeois is passionate about her commitment to helping others succeed in her professional and personal life.

Senior Contract Officer, Federal Energy Management Program, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Eric Brandenburg

Eric Brandenburg is a Senior Contracting Officer for the Department of Energy (DOE) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and is located in the Golden Field Office (GFO) in Colorado. Eric has supported the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) on various contracts (ESPC IDIQ, Project Facilitation, etc.) and other acquisition needs since 2009. Recently, he was promoted to the Contracting Officer for the DOE ESPC IDIQ contracts. Prior to DOE, he worked in the private sector as a project manager / buyer in the hospitality renovation industry. He also served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, primarily as a supply officer on the USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the Operational Test and Evaluation Force Command (COMOPTEVFOR) in Norfolk, VA.

Chief Executive Officer, Elected Officials to Protect America

Session:

  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Christian Brock

Christian Brock leads Elected Officials to Protect America’s National Leadership Council and Code Blue programs, organizing more than 300 elected officials from 49 counties to call for ending permitting for oil and gas production, garnering coverage in more than 80 media news stories. In 2016, he led the Gabe Griess for California State Senate District-3 campaign. A retired U.S. Air Force Major, Christian served 20 years as a Logistics Readiness Officer.

Energy Justice Management and Program Analyst, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, DOE

Session:

  • Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Justice40 and Procurement at DOE (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Simon Bunyan

Simon Bunyan (he/him) is an Energy Justice Management and Program Analyst within the Minority Business and Workforce Division of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the Department of Energy. In years prior, Simon worked on what will be New York’s first community-led and community-owned solar installation with UPROSE in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; drafted the federal climate action plan at the White House Council on Environmental Quality; implemented clean energy campaigns at the Environmental Defense Fund; and supported clean energy research and development efforts with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Simon brings a strong background of utilizing environmental justice frameworks and values-based relationship-building to ensure that the transition to a 100% clean economy centers frontline solutions to socially, environmentally, and economically benefits marginalized communities. Simon was born in Hyderabad, India and has been fortunate to call Chicago, Illinois, "home." Simon received his Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of the Environment.

Contracting Officer, National Energy Technology Laboratory, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Brent Burns

Brent M. Burns is a Supervisory Contracting Officer with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with over 17 years of experience in Federal acquisitions. Prior to joining NETL, Brent supported both the U.S. Treasury Department and VA in various Contracting Specialist/Officer capacities. Brent is experienced and skilled in a variety of procurement related areas both pre-and-post award, such as the Government Purchase Card Acquisitions, Category Management/Strategic Sourcing, Simplified Acquisitions, multi-million-dollar support contracts, Architect & Engineering, and Construction.

These experiences range from procuring various products and services, laboratory equipment and support, training, office furniture and supplies, designs and studies, renovations and new construction, a wide variety of information technology (IT) hardware, software, and maintenance requirements in support of meeting the Department’s mission and Small Business goals.

Recently, Brent has been assisting NETL in the Small Business Program Manager role by participating in several small business events throughout the year that help companies learn more about doing business with the Federal Government and encourage their interest in DOE/NETL. Brent is a Marshall University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is Level III certified in the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program.

Prize Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DOE

Sessions:

  • EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Announcement of Awards (Part II) (Wednesday, July 12 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)

Eli Cain

Eli is a Prize Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he is responsible for the $115M Direct Air Capture Prizes, as well the prizes focused on cleantech incubators and accelerators. Prior to NREL, he helped to design and run several corporate incubators, responsible for launching over 15 different ventures.

Chief of Staff, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, DOE

Session:

  • DOE New Offices: Office of State and Community Energy Program (SCEP), Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET), and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Chris Castro

Chris Castro is the Chief of Staff for Office of State and Community Energy Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy. Castro previously served as the Senior Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer and Director of Sustainability & Resilience at the City of Orlando, Florida. Castro is well known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the City, including being the Co-founder and President of several companies and organizations, including the global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us, a clean energy consulting firm, Citizen Energy, and a renowned urban farming social enterprise, Fleet Farming. In 2020, Chris also joined partners as a Founding Director to launch Climate First Bank, the first B-Corp community bank in Florida working to advance ESG and local investing for sustainability and decarbonization solutions. Originally from Miami, Florida, Castro holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Central Florida.

Director and Chief Commercialization Officer, Office of Technology Transitions, DOE

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Announcement of Awards (Part II) (Wednesday, July 12 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)

Vanessa Chan

Dr. Vanessa Z. Chan is the Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of Energy and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions. In this role she is responsible for driving private sector uptake of clean energy technologies as the steward of commercialization activities across DOE, the 17 National Laboratories, and the Department’s other research and production facilities across the country.

She is an innovator who has worked across a wide range of ecosystems, from academia to Fortune 1000 companies to startups. She has two decades of experience helping organizations grow at the interface of technology and business, across a diverse set of industries.

Chan is currently on a leave of absence from her position as Undergraduate Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering department and the Jonathan and Linda Brassington Professor of Practice in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. At Penn she was redesigning how engineers are being educated by formally incorporating real world skills (understanding of supply chains & ecosystems, presentation skills, etc.) to better prepare her students to have an impact when they graduate.  

She is a former McKinsey & Company partner, experienced Venture Board Director for Vanguard and United Technology Corporation, and a board member at multiple startups. Chan was the first woman and the first East Asian elected partner in McKinsey’s North American Chemicals practice. She is a nationally respected educator who is the first Practice Professor at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, awarded an endowed scholarly chair.

Chan earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Operation Strategy Manager, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, DOE; ICPT Vice-Chair

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT) and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Nicole Colley

Nicole is the Operation Strategy Manager for the Supply Chain Management department with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory located in Menlo Park, CA. Nicole oversees the Small Business and Supplier Diversity Program, Operational functions of Supplier Administration and ERP Purchase Order Closeout, Department Training, and Department Web Communications, for the past 18 months. Prior to SLAC, Nicole held various positions in procurement / supply chain management in the oil and gas and financial services industry including leadership positions in vendor and contract management and category management.

Team Leader/Contracting Officer, Office of Headquarters Procurement Services, Office of Acquisition Management, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM)

Cheryl Copeland

Cheryl Copeland served in management positions at Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), United States Navy and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She has over eight years of federal acquisition, business process improvement, execution, and leadership experience.

Currently, Cheryl is one of the Team Leads for Procurement Operations Division B for DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (MA-64). In this capacity, she is responsible for managing her team’s procurement operations, to include coordinating with a diverse group of client programs to assist with acquisition planning, and execute significant contract and financial assistance activities.

Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree from Strayer University with a Concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management. Cheryl has been married to her husband for fifteen years and they have six children. In her spare time, Cheryl loves to spend time with her family and friends and serving the community.

Co-Founder and President, Elected Officials to Protect America; Former Maine State Legislator

Session:

  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Alex Cornell du Houx

Alex Cornell du Houx served on the Energy Utilities and Technology and Legal and Veterans Affairs committees. He is a senior advisor to the Veterans Campaign, Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and founded the Maine New Leaders Council. He served in the Marine Corps infantry for seven years and is currently a Public Affairs Officer with the Navy Reserve.

Small Business Program Manager, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, DOE, Pantex Plant, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Sandia National Laboratories, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Randy Crawford

Randy Crawford is the Small Business Program Manager for Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. He joined CNS Pantex in 2018 as an Infrastructure Project Manager.

Prior to his current position with CNS, Randy held positions in Facilities Management in the banking industry and was a small business practitioner in the Commercial Real Estate business in Texas.

Randy attended West Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Arts in Economics.

Procurement Manager and Small Business Program Manager, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Science: Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Rebecca Crowe

Rebecca Crowe is a Manager in the Procurement & Partnerships Department at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, where she is responsible for the Business Systems and Applications for the department, reporting and analysis for prime and subcontract compliance, and for oversight of the ORAU Small Business and Mentor-Protégé Program. She came to ORAU in January 2006 from SunTrust Banks, Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she served as an Assistant Branch Manager.

Crowe currently serves as a coordinator for the Men of Tomorrow Foundation, a member of the Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12 Community Relations Council, a member of the Leadership Oak Ridge Advisory Committee, and a former chapter president for the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. She was a recipient of the National Contract Management Associations Advancing Professionals in Contract Management award in 2015, was named one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2013, and was presented the 2012 Postma Young Professional Medal by the East Tennessee Economic Council.

Under her leadership as the ORAU Small Business Program Manager, ORAU was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, to receive their fiscal year 2013 Facility Management Contractor Small Business Achievement of the Year award.

Crowe is a 2000 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science. Crowe also completed a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering Management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in May 2011. She also holds a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University School of Business. She is a proud member of the Xi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Deputy Director, Office of Headquarters Procurement Services, Office of Acquisition Management, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Janella Davis

Ms. Janella Davis served in senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She has over fifteen years of federal acquisition, financial assistance, and business process improvement and execution experience.

Currently, Janella is the Deputy Director for DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (MA-64). In this capacity, she is responsible for the management and oversight of all MA-64 procurement operations, and for the functions of the Corporate Services Division, which is responsible for the planning, account management, contract close-out, and other supporting functions related to Federal procurement processes. Prior to serving as the Deputy Director, Janella served as the Procurement Operations Division A Manager for MA-64, where she executed significant contract and financial assistance activities and fostered an environment of continuous improvement to enhance division efficiency and productivity.

Janella holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia State University, and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management, Procurement and Contract Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Janella is from the U.S. Virgin Islands and currently resides in Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends.

Federal Procurement Director, Office of Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Aaron Deckard

Aaron Deckard is the Procurement Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCMC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aaron leads the EMCBC, Office of Contracting to acquire, manage, and direct the procurement of supplies and services needed to support the Office of Environmental Management’s (EM’s) mission, including major contracts to further DOE-EM environmental clean-up efforts. Aaron holds an undergraduate business degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University.

Professional Services Commodity Manager, Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC)

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT), and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Pamela Diego

Pamela Diego joined the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) in August 2019 as a commodity manager responsible for the professional services commodity team, conducting strategic commodity acquisitions and managing professional services agreements.

Pam has over 16 years of federal government contracting experience in supply chain management, prime contracts management, proposal development, import and export control compliance, and small business reporting, compliance, and outreach. Her experience in government contracting covers construction, engineering, research and development, facility support services, as well as defense articles acquisitions.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.

Program Communications Specialist, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, DOE

Sessions:

  • DOE New Offices: Office of State and Community Energy Program (SCEP), Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET), and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking Session (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Richard Ezike

Richard Ezike is currently a Program Communications Specialist at the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, where he assists with stakeholder engagement and outreach with a focus on equity, environmental justice, and workforce development around the electrification of transportation. The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation supports the deployment of zero-emission, convenient, accessible, equitable transportation infrastructure—coordinating and leveraging activities between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to the Joint Office, Richard has worked for CHPlanning Ltd., the Urban Institute, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He has advised on transportation issues for federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and for organizations such as the Transportation Research Board, Smart Growth America, the Greenlining Institute, Securing America’s Future Energy, and the State Innovation Exchange. Dr. Ezike holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Principal and CEO, Ensight Energy Consulting, LLC

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am)

Monique Dyers

Monique Dyers, P.E. is the Principal and CEO of Ensight Energy Consulting, LLC, an engineering and consulting firm, which provides engineering, project management and technical due diligence services to developers, owners, financial institutions and other stakeholders of renewable energy, power and energy infrastructure projects.

Ms. Dyers has over 17 years of experience in the energy and power industry and has contributed to the industry in various technical and leadership roles. Her leadership and consulting experience include leading project feasibility studies, transmission and interconnection evaluations, equipment bankability studies, construction oversight and leading and managing due diligence reviews in support of the financing of energy, power, renewable energy and oil and gas projects. In addition, Ms. Dyers previously managed global teams in the design, development and performance validation of generator set engines and generators utilized in the power industries. Ms. Dyers holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and has previously held senior consulting positions with other firms such as DNV Energy and UL Renewables (formerly AWS Truepower LLC). In addition, she has held leadership and engineering positions with Vestas Technology R&D Americas and Caterpillar Inc. Ms. Dyers is a Professional Engineer licensed in the state of Colorado.

As an accomplished energy professional and business leader, Ms. Dyers is passionate about ensuring that underrepresented communities are educated on energy policies and issues which may affect their communities. Her passion for community is demonstrated in her contribution and dedication to several groups and organizations. She’s currently the President of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, Denver Chapter and serves on the boards of the City and County of Denver Sustainability Advisory Council, and the Community College of Denver Foundation. Ms. Dyers has been recognized for her professional contributions as a recipient of the Denver Business Journal 2014 Forty Under 40 Award, 2015 Top Women in Energy Award, 2018 Who’s Who in Energy, 2019 Who’s Who in Energy and Energy Storage Report’s 2022 Top 40 Women Leaders in Energy Storage.

Ms. Dyers is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and appreciates spending time with her family and friends, mentoring underprivileged students in the areas of mathematics and science, travel, golfing and designing pottery.

Founder and CEO, GreenWealth Energy

Session:

  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Ariel Fan

Ariel Fan, the CEO and Founder of GreenWealth Energy is a visionary leader committed to sustainability and revolutionizing the electric vehicle (EV) power industry. Since establishing GreenWealth Energy in 2017, Fan has positioned the company as a prominent developer of EV charging infrastructure for cities, commercial, multifamily, and fleet throughout California. GreenWealth Energy, certified as the first woman and minority-owned energy company in California, collaborates with renowned organizations such as the Walt Disney Company, the City of Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Company, and national real estate firms to propel the transition to a zero-emissions future. In addition to her role at GreenWealth, Fan serves on the boards of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and USGBC Los Angeles, demonstrating her commitment to impacting clean energy policy.

Vice President of Business Development, Wallbox

Session:

  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Brett Graessle

Brett Graessle is a business leader with more than 20+ years of experience in technology and finance-related fields. He currently serves as Vice President of Global Partnerships and Business Development at Wallbox, where he focuses on driving strategic partnerships and business development for Wallbox electric vehicle chargers and services with key global customers across various sectors, including retail, automotive, and multinational companies.

Brett was the first hire for Wallbox North America and, previous to his current role, held the position of VP of North America Sales, Business Development, E-commerce, and Marketing. During his time at Wallbox, Brett has been responsible for developing and executing go-to-market strategies, leading sales growth of Wallbox chargers, and successfully establishing Wallbox in the North American market through team expansion and fostering valuable partnerships while providing functional support for business unit operations across the organization. 

Before joining Wallbox, Brett was the Chief of Staff at Intel Capital Mobility, an Intel Corporation division focused on mobility investments. He also worked as the Director of Business Development for Intel Corporation, overseeing innovative product areas such as Digital Smarthome, Wearables, Drones, Gaming, and Mobility.

Brett's commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond his professional career. He has served on the Pacific Collegiate School and Soquel Union Elementary School boards. He is a benefactor to the Matsiko Choir, an organization dedicated to improving children's lives through education globally.

Brett holds an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a bachelor's degree in economic history from UC Berkeley.

Small Business Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Operations Office, and Idaho Environmental Coalition (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Stacey Francis

Stacey Francis is the Small Business Program Manager at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) located in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is responsible to target, shape and retain small businesses in support of the diverse mission areas of the laboratory. INL is one of the DOE's 10 multiprogram national laboratories. The lab provides national leadership in the areas of nuclear energy, national security and sustainable energy research. Ms. Francis has nearly 30 years of experience in building relationships with key stakeholders and partners. She leads small business outreach for the lab and regularly participates in events to promote its mission and share opportunities for small business to engage the lab. Ms. Francis’ depth of experience in marketing local small business and communicating with a variety of internal and external audiences has fostered a successful Small Business Program at INL. Ms. Francis received the Department of Energy Secretarial Award for Facility Management Contractor Small Business Program Manager of the Year for fiscal year 2015. INL received of the Laboratory Director’s Award for fiscal year 2017.

Ms. Francis has a BS in Journalism, Mass Communications from Kansas State University.

Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

Keynote Address (Wednesday, July 12 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am)


Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of Energy on February 25, 2021.

Secretary Granholm is leading DOE's work to advance the cutting-edge clean energy technologies that will help America achieve President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 while creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs and building an equitable economy. Secretary Granholm is also overseeing DOE’s core missions of promoting American leadership in scientific discovery, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing nuclear danger, and remediating the environmental harms caused by legacy defense programs.

Prior to her nomination as Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm was elected Governor of Michigan, serving two terms from 2003 to 2011. As Governor, Jennifer Granholm faced economic downturns caused by the Great Recession and meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She successfully led efforts to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add emerging sectors — such as clean energy — to Michigan’s economic portfolio. Today, one-third of all North American electric vehicle battery production takes place in Michigan, the state is one of the top five states for clean energy patents, and 126,000 Michiganders were employed in the clean energy sector prior to COVID-19.

Secretary Granholm was also elected Attorney General of Michigan and served as the state’s top law enforcement officer from 1998 to 2002.

After two terms as governor, Jennifer Granholm joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley as a Distinguished Professor of Practice in the Goldman School of Public Policy, focusing on the intersection of law, clean energy, manufacturing, policy, and industry. She also served as an advisor to the Clean Energy Program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Jennifer Granholm began her career in public service as a judicial clerk for Michigan's 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She became a federal prosecutor in Detroit in 1990, and in 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel.

Secretary Granholm, an immigrant from Canada, is an honors graduate of both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband, Daniel G. Mulhern, have three children.

Small Business Program Manager, Idaho Operations Office, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Operations Office, and Environmental Coalition (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM)

David Hawkes

David is responsible for representing and advocating for the local DOE-ID office to the small business community. He has 25 years of experience in contract, project, and financial management, both in the Federal Government and private industry. As an advocate for the small business community throughout his career, David has worked with local chambers of commerce and business development organizations to promote, build, and strengthen regional small business development. He has been a part of multiple large projects and acquisitions including the recent six-billion-dollar Civil Nuclear Credit Program included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Mr. Hawkes received his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University in Business Administration and has achieved multiple professional designations and certifications including CFA, CFP, and PMP.

Mr. Hawkes and his wife currently reside in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Their lives are centered around their family of five children and two grandchildren. He has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and kayaking. One of his passions is baseball, being involved his entire life with either playing, coaching, or organizing at a regional and state level.

Solutions Purchaser, and Federal Small Business Program Manager, Sustainability Business, Schneider Electric

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Brandon Hearsey

Brandon has been a member of Schneider Electric’s Energy & Sustainability community since 2005.

In 2019 Brandon took on the role of Solutions Procurement & Federal Small Business Program Manager in Schneider Electric’s Energy Performance Contracting division. In this role, Brandon works to continuously improve the quality and consistency of approach in subcontracting, while maximizing Small Business utilization and accountability of Small Business engagements on Federal ESPC’s.

Brandon has a degree in Economics and is an SE Energy University Certified Energy Management Professional (EMP).

Global Impact Strategist, Policy Advisor, Trained Solicitor, C-Suite Level Board Executive, Speaker, Writer

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am)

Nisaa Jetha

Nisaa Jetha is a global impact strategist ranked within the top 20 Impact & Sustainability Start-Up Leaders across Europe (Founder Institute) & selected as one of 27 Climate Challenge Labs inside the Innovation Lab at COP27. She is a qualified solicitor with private equity experience across impact curation, ESG, SDG metric build out across mid-cap PE portfolios previously ranking as most senior ESG officer across a portfolio that spanned three nations and selected as a Guide at The Resolution Project.

Nisaa launched an energy governance group in the highest house of UK Parliament (2015) hosted by Under-Secretary of State for International Development & Climate Minister through the membership organisation she founded JCI (p.o.). JCI has global affiliations with the Council of Europe, Economic and Social Chamber of the UN & International Chamber of Commerce. Nisaa was a pioneer and structured the organisation around the SDGs later invited alongside 150+ Heads of State to the global adoption of the UN SDGs (2015).

Instrumental in curating a focus event at COP21 (Paris Climate Accord), and speaker in UK Parliament on increasing female representation in politics & governance, she has also worked as a policy analyst and speech writer for Canada's previous Special Envoy to Sudan inside The Senate of Canada and separately, nominated by the United State of Women Summit hosted by The White House.

Nisaa was selected by UN Women to curate one of the global 92Y Genius Panels (MSNBC gathered 32 world shakers) on Google Campus, and part of the only global working group for youth & gender equality with the UN (UN Women) (2015-2018) alongside Global UN Women Goodwill Ambassadors Malala Yousufzai, Emma Watson, and Nicole Kidman.

Nisaa was a keynote at Davos (WEF 2022 & 2023) at the Green Accelerator, ESG World Forum and World Impact Investing Forum (2022 & 2023) where she presented her proprietary metric across a new model showcasing the nexus between global governance and impact investing. Nisaa Jetha works across government, financial services & private sector, IGOs corporates. Nisaa is the Founder & Curator of ImpactforSDGs, on the LP Steering Committee and Board member of an impact vehicle and Founding United Kingdom Member of Chief (C-Suite Fortune 100 female leaders).

Vice President of Construction, CEG Solutions

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)
Nick Johnson

Mr. Johnson is a Vice President at CEG Solutions which delivers energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects to a variety of public and private clients. In this role, he manages implementation of energy efficiency projects, including staff management, staff development, contracting and subcontracting for both public and private sector projects. He has overseen the implementation of over $280 million in energy and water saving projects. Prior to his 19 years of ESPC Project Management experience, Mr. Johnson worked for five years as an Application Engineer for a major DDC controls company providing design, programming and commissioning of DDC control systems in office buildings, laboratories, museums, schools, and other various facilities.

Mr. Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, and his Master of Business Administration from George Mason University. He currently resides in Chantilly, VA with his wife, Lynne, and is a proud father of four children. He spends time volunteering as a soccer coach and enjoying various outdoor activities.

Vice President, Holtec Government Services

Session:

  • DOE's Mentor-Protégé Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)
Myron Kaczmarsky

Mr. Kaczmarsky is Vice President at Holtec Government Services responsible for Business Development, Strategic Planning, and compliance on US Government contracts. He has over 40 years of experience in the nuclear industry, in responsible positions of business development, project management, and operations, as well as the decommissioning and remediation of nuclear facilities for commercial and government customers. He has served on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee since 2013 and was appointed again in 2023 by the US Secretary of Commerce, to support the promotion of US civil nuclear products and services to international markets. Myron received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia and completed the Advanced Leadership Program at Rice University. He has authored over 20 publications and presentations on the advancement of nuclear energy, nuclear facility construction, and radioactive waste management.

Deputy Director for Commercialization Programs, Office of Technology Transitions, DOE

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am)

Victor Kane

Victor Kane serves as the deputy director for commercialization programs where he and the Commercialization Programs team work with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program offices and National Laboratories to develop and manage external funding programs and activities. The team is responsible for implementing the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), Energy I-Corps, Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC), and other technology agnostic programs seeking to bring impactful energy technologies to market.

Prior to joining the Office of Technology Transitions, Victor served as the acting program manager for the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Manufacturing and Competitiveness team, having spent the previous three years helping establish the American-Made Challenges Solar Prize and the American-Made Network. Victor’s work focused on helping solar innovators make their products and processes more attractive to private investors, as well as gain the resources and develop the skills needed to succeed through commercialization.

Victor joined the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in 2010 and led the expansion of the SETO Incubator program over 11 rounds of funding. Under his leadership, the incubator model was implemented across all solar technologies from research to deployment, resulting in awardees who have consistently leveraged their proofs of concept into private investment and eventual commercialization. Previously, Victor served as EERE’s Director of National Lab Impact, managing the Lab-corps, Small Business Voucher, and Lab-Bridge programs. Lab Impact emphasizes the importance of commercializing lab work by bringing together leaders from government, academia, national laboratories, and the private sector to increase understanding and communication for an effective lab-industry relationship.

Prior to joining EERE, Victor worked at General Electric and the solar cell startup Suniva. He earned a Bachelor and a Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Senior Manager, Public Policy, ChargePoint

Session:

  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Emily Kelly

Emily Kelly is the Senior Manager of Public Policy for ChargePoint, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, which provides access to hundreds of thousands of places to charge in North America and Europe. In this role, she covers state and local affairs, managing engagement on electric vehicle charging policy across the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. Prior to ChargePoint, Emily was the Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs for the International Interior Design Association, leading multi-state legislative engagement for the membership. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dominican University.

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Director of Policy Planning, and Liaison, U.S. Small Business Administration

Session

  • OSDBU Directors Panel with U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Sam Le

Sam Le is the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Director of Policy Planning and Liaison. In that role, he works with all Federal agencies to increase their contract spending with small businesses, including disadvantaged, veteran-owned, HUBZone and women-owned small businesses. He develops SBA’s regulations on government contracts and provides guidance to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Sam also leads SBA’s size standards program, as well as the annual procurement scorecard program. 

Sam is a recent recipient of the SBA Embrace Award, recognizing his contributions to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. He is an avid runner and a member of the Marine Corps Marathon Runners Club.

Contract Specialist, Office of Headquarters Procurement Services, Office of Acquisition Management, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM)

Heather Leonard

Heather is a relatively nascent addition to federal service, having joined DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services in July 2022. As a Contract Specialist, she primarily supports a variety of IT related strategic sourcing vehicles. Heather came to DOE from the private sector, after spending nine years in the construction industry. Prior to that experience, she spent time working with children and adults with special educational needs.

Heather earned her bachelor's degree from Amherst College. She currently resides in Maryland, where she enjoys the outdoors, reading, and the odd adventure.

Senior Manager Commodities/Small Business Program Resource Center, SCMC

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT) and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Robert Leuszler

Robert Leuszler joined the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) in May 2020, serving as a senior manager responsible for commodities and the Small Business Program Resource Center (SBPRC).

Rob works with the SCMC's commodity team, ensuring the program is effectively targeting and strategically sourcing multi-site and enterprise-wide commodity and services agreements. The SCMC currently has over 120 agreements that cover information technology, operational supplies, and professional services.

He also is responsible for the SBPRC, an initiative within the SCMC that assists and compliments NNSA’s prime contractors’ and EM efforts to implement their small business strategies and resolve related issues. It’s a collaborative effort to leverage related best practices in place with the Small Business Program Managers (SBPMs) and supplier relationships across the enterprise.

Rob has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain management, including roles with Johnson Controls, Honeywell Aerospace, Garmin International, and LMI Aerospace before joining the SCMC.

Rob has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with minors in accounting and management from Wichita State University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Baker University. He holds a Six Sigma Certificate for Green Belt, Six Sigma Black Belt Training, Export Compliance, Total Quality (TQ) Training, Garmin, and Honeywell Leadership Development programs, along with a Private Pilot Certificate (high performance, complex, and tailwheel endorsement).

Senior Small Business Advocate, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DOE

Session:

  • DOE's Mentor-Protégé Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Mack Lochbaum

Mark Lochbaum is a Senior Small Business Advocate and DOE’s Mentor Protégé Program Manager with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). Within the OSDBU office, he is the primary representative for OSDBU’s Small Disadvantaged Business Program and the Department’s Mentor Protégé Program.

He has 14 years of government experience in the areas of acquisition, small business advocacy and program management. During his tenure in OSDBU, Mark has counseled numerous small businesses, increased participation in the Mentor Protege Program and worked on initiatives to support more opportunities for disadvantaged and socio-economic entities. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016, Mark worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Contracting Officer. There, he procured a wide variety of items and services in support of the VA mission, with a primary focus on small business acquisitions.

Mark holds a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mark is also FAC-C Level III Certified and an alumni of the Leadership Excellence in Acquisition Program (LEAP) through the Partnership for Public Service. LEAP is a program that prepares federal acquisition leaders to lead agency operations by driving innovation, inspiring employees and delivering results.

Supplier Diversity Advocate, Sandia National Laboratories

Session:

  • DOE's Mentor-Protégé Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Royina Lopez

Royina is responsible for developing qualified and capable small business Protégés to achieve Sandia’s national security mission. Royina has been employed at Sandia since 2017. She has 22 years of experience as a Project Manager, 9 years in Capital Accounting, 4 years as a manager, and 4 years of experience as a Supplier Diversity Advocate. Prior to joining Sandia, Royina was a Legislative Projects and Accounting Manager for Albuquerque Public Schools. Royina holds degrees in Communication, Business Administration, and Human Resources from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and is trained in Project Management Professional skills. 

Small Business Program Manager, Sandia National Laboratories, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Sandia National Laboratories, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Laura Lovato

Laura has been at Sandia National Laboratories for 13 years. Prior to her current position, she was the Manager of the Integrated IT Procurement organization for 4.5 years. Under her leadership, in 2021 Sandia National Laboratories awarded an information technology subcontract of up to $700 million to a New Mexico small business. This is the largest subcontract Sandia has issued to date. Laura’s motivation is “to partner with small businesses with a variety of skills and expertise to promote innovation in support of Sandia’s mission. We have teams dedicated to helping interested suppliers navigate the rewarding but sometimes unfamiliar path of working with a national laboratory.” Prior to Sandia, Laura worked as a subcontracts manager for Northrop Grumman Technical Services and at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Small Business Liaison Officer. Laura has an MBA in Finance and has also earned certifications in CFCM, CPCM and PMP.

Senior Business Source Manager, Office of Partnership & Acquisition Services, National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Sandia National Laboratories, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Gary Lyttek

For 23 years, Mr. Gary G. Lyttek has been the National Nuclear Security Administration's Senior Business Source Manager, for Small Business Programs. He is responsible for small business program efforts nationwide for this nuclear defense-oriented organization with obligations of over $21 billion dollars annually.  In FY 2022, through his leadership, NNSA has funded over $4 billion with small businesses through prime and subcontracting programs. Gary’s focus is to expand small business capabilities into some of the most demanding and technically sensitive functional areas of the organization. He has been recognized for his innovation and leadership as well as receiving several awards for his dedication in promoting "maximum practicable opportunities" for small businesses. He has 38 years of Federal service.
 
His education includes: Annenberg Leadership Institute Fellowship graduate; Masters of Public Administration - Budget and Public Finance concentration, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1994, U.S. Department of Energy Management Intern Development Program - 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, 1989.

Small Business Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE

Sessions:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Lani MacRae

Lani MacRae is the Small Business Program Manager for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Lani’s career has focused on public education, consumer outreach, and promotion of energy efficiency programs. She has served on the immediate staff of two energy secretaries and worked for EERE staff supporting corporate communications.

Her history of promoting public literacy of energy issues made her the perfect choice to help raise the small business achievements in EE. Upon entering the Federal Workforce, Ms. MacRae worked in science education in the western states—connecting our national labs and nation’s teachers.
 

Founder and CEO, Uncharted/Total Solutions Group

Session:

  • Small Business Owners' Panel (Wednesday, July 12 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Jessica Matthews

Jessica O. Matthews is an award-winning entrepreneur, inventor, and social scientist with more than 10 years of demonstrated thought leadership in the future of smart cities, climate resiliency, and improving equitable access to infrastructure resources. She is the founder and CEO of Uncharted, a sustainable infrastructure company that helps cities reduce the cost of developing smart infrastructure worldwide. Through Uncharted, she has created a central hub that connects cities to innovative, cost-effective solutions essential to transforming their environments to be more intelligent and inclusive, while leveraging data to achieve the highest level of infrastructural operation and optimization.

Jessica’s career started at the age of 19 with her invention of the SOCCKET, an energy-generating soccer ball. At the age of 22, Jessica founded Uncharted as a power solutions company before expanding to smart city infrastructure development that helps the citizens of small cities trust that they do not need to "leave where they are from to get where they are going.” Jessica’s success in entrepreneurship led to a White House invitation from President Barack Obama to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012. In 2016, she raised what was at the time the largest Series A round ever raised by a black female founder in history, and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni. In 2021, Jessica was officially appointed by Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm to the Electricity Advisory Committee. As a member of the Smart Grid subcommittee, she plays a key role in advising the Department of Energy on the ways we can modernize our nation’s electric delivery system, specifically focusing on accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the U.S.

A dual citizen of Nigeria and the United States, Jessica has a degree in psychology and economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 12 patents and patents pending. Her list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 and Female Founders 100, Harvard University Scientist of the Year, One Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, and Black Women Tech Talk’s Tech Trailblazer Award. She has appeared on the cover of Forbes and Forbes Africa, as well as featured in Marie Claire, Wired, Inc., TechCrunch, The New York Times , and Fast Company, among others.

Small Business Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Power Administrations: Bonneville Power Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, and Western Area Power Administration (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Byron McCollum

Byron McCollum is a retired United States Air Force Major who started his Air Force career as a Missile Launch Officer at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. During his military career, Byron served at Vandenberg Air Force Base as Missile Crew Member Instructor before transitioning into the procurement career field. Byron has over 25 years of contracting experience which includes working for LTV Corporation as an Education with Industry (EWI student), Price Analyst at Wright-Labs and System Contract Manager for the B-1B Program Office, Contract and Advisory and Assistance Service Contract Manager, Chief Special Contracts Branch Chief Human Resources, Chief Operational Contracting and Deputy Section Chief for Special Contract.

Byron began his tenure with the Department of Energy (DOE), Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Desert Southwest Regional Office in 2006. During his time at WAPA he served at the Desert Southwest Regional Office’s Procurement Manager. In this role, Byron served as a supervisory contracting officer overseeing that acquisition of over $30M in construction, services, supplies, and architect and engineering services. In 2015, Byron transitioned to his current role as a Corporate Service Office Procurement Analyst. Byron serves as a Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting Point of Contact, and Site Acquisition Career Manager (SACM), and Western Area Power Administration’s Small Business Program Specialist. Prior to this appointment, Byron served as WAPA’s Procurement Manager for over eight years. In this role, Byron served as a supervisory contracting officer overseeing that acquisition of over $30M in construction, services, supplies and architect and engineering services.

Byron has held Contract Warrants in the United States Department of Defense, Air Force Material Commands, United States Department of the Army, and United States Department of Energy. Byron also served as Joint Contracting Officer Chief in support of Task Force Falcon, Operation Guardian, Kosovo.

Byron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master’s in Science in Human Resources and Management Development from Chapman College.

Byron enjoys spending time playing with his grandkids, coaching high school basketball and growing over 30 fruit trees. Byron is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Director, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, DOE

Session:

  • DOE New Offices: Office of State and Community Energy Program (SCEP), Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET), and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Henry McKoy

Dr. Henry C. McKoy, Jr. is the inaugural Director of the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) in the United States Department of Energy. The newly created SCEP, within the Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, manages $16 billion dollars in federal funding and supports the transition to an equitable clean energy economy by working with community-level implementation partners and State Energy Offices. SCEP manages the Weatherization Assistance Program, State Energy Program, Community Energy Programs, and Energy Future Grants. He is a seasoned professional in business, community and economic development, policy, government, finance, energy, philanthropy and the academic worlds.

Prior to the Presidential appointment to the US DOE, Dr. McKoy served on the faculty at North Carolina Central University School of Business where he led the entrepreneurship program, with additional academic appointments at Duke, the UNC-Chapel Hill, and Harvard. He is a former senior banking executive, successful entrepreneur, and former Assistant Secretary of the NC Department of Commerce. Henry has been a Fellow of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill, an affiliated faculty of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, as well as an Aspen Institute Scholar.

McKoy has won many awards and honors. He has been a sought-after consultant by both government and private industry regarding inclusive entrepreneurship and economic development policy. He has also been an active economic development professional, focused on economic inclusivity in mixed-use real estate projects. He is a regular contributor to media – television, radio, and print. Dr. McKoy engages in over 120 media interviews annually with local, state, regional, national, and international media. He speaks on dozens of academic and public panels a year speaking on his research across the US, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals, as well as mass media publications. His most recent writing appears in the new book The Pandemic Divide: How Covid Increased Inequality in America (Duke University Press), where his chapter, Race, Entrepreneurship, and COVID-19: Black Small Business Survival in Prepandemic and Postpandemic America analyzes and speaks on the impact that COVID has had on the Black economic landscape.

He holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (B.S.), Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment (M.S.), and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning with concentrations in Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Impact Economics and Investing (PhD).

President, MarCom, LLC

Session:

  • Small Business Owners' Panel (Wednesday, July 12 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Marcella Medor

Marcella Medor is the founder and President of MarCom, LLC. MarCom, is a small, SBA-certified, Native American-owned, 8(a), and woman-owned business with offices in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Butte, Montana, and Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 2003, MarCom specializes in radioactive waste management, environmental sampling and on demand staffing of Radiation Control Technicians and other professionals for the Department of Energy. They also support the Colorado oil and gas industry by providing expertise in environmental site assessments, site investigations, groundwater oversight and regulatory compliance and support. With a total of 4 offices, they employ 110 people.

An Abenaki Tribal Member from Vermont, Ms. Medor was raised by a single mother in the welfare system. Knowing that no one would give her a chance in her small hometown, she was able to save up enough to put herself through a Community College in a Radiation Protection Program in Florida.

Ms. Medor worked successfully for several years in the nuclear industry before starting her own radiation protection company in the State of Idaho, home to the Idaho National Laboratory. After 20 years in business, she has managed to expand the company from providing one specialized service, into more than 30 diverse services.

MarCom, LLC was the 2019 Department of Energy Small Business of the Year. Ms. Medor was a 2021 Idaho Woman of the Year Honoree and the 2022 State Small Business Person of the Year for Idaho.

Small Business Program Manager, DOE Savannah River Site, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Robert Meek

Mr. Robert Meek currently serves as the Small Business Program Manager and Acquisition Management Analyst for Savannah River Sites, Office of Acquisition Management. In this capacity, he provides overall small business program direction, program oversight, and reporting of the Savannah River Sites Small Business Portfolio, as well as all acquisitions-related reporting and analysis for the site. These portfolios approach an annual small business spend in excess of $1 billion.

Mr. Meek received his BS in General Studies, with an emphasis in Intelligence Studies and Analysis, from American Military University. He is a graduate of numerous military leadership programs, and he has over 28 years of experience in analytics, policy, and contracting with the federal government.

Mr. Meek began his federal service career as an active-duty member of the United States Army before retiring after 20 years of service and beginning work for DOE at Savannah River Site in 2016. Mr. Meek is a proud father of four children, three of which are teenagers. When not at work, he spends his time with family and enjoys being in the outdoors. His love for the outdoors has led to his volunteering with youth and service member groups to assist with education and discovery of hunting and fishing opportunities in Georgia and South Carolina.

Procurement Analyst, Office of Acquisition and Business Services, Office of Science Consolidated Service Center, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Science: Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

DeWillican Middleton

Certified Level 3, in Acquisition and Contracting, Ms. Middleton is responsible for the small business program for the CSC. She has been supporting small business for most of her 20+ years of federal service ensuring the small businesses are provided the most exposure and consideration in all CSC and Energy programs.

Deputy Director, Small Business Programs, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DOE

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • Small Business Owners' Panel (Wednesday, July 12 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Tamara Miles

Tamara Miles is the Deputy Director, Small Business Programs, for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as of December 2020. She has a heart for small business concerns and is charged with maximizing small business opportunities and contract awards.

Prior to joining OSDBU, Tamara served as Assistant Director and Procurement Director at the DOE Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center leading a team of 40+ geographically dispersed contracting professionals in the acquisition and management of multi-billion dollar environmental clean-up contracts nationwide.

Tamara believes that teamwork, resiliency, and hard work are cornerstones for success. Her favorite quote is, "Find the good and praise it" - Alex Haley.

Tamara is Level III certified under the Federal Acquisition Certification Program in Contracting. She attended the University of Cincinnati for undergraduate and graduate studies earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors in Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree.

Tamara is married to a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and they have three children.

Director, Acquisition and Facilities Services, Southwestern Power Administration, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Power Administrations: Bonneville Power Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, and Western Area Power Administration (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Tammy Moreno

Ms. Moreno began her federal career with the Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers (Corps) beginning in 1985, with a specialty as an Industrial Relations Specialist enforcing the Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act requirements for contracts issued by the Corps.  She became a Contracting Specialist in 1997, continuing with the Department of Energy at Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since 2005.  Ms. Moreno is the Director, Acquisition and Facilities Services and continues to serve as Southwestern’s Small Business Program Manager.  Ms. Moreno performs cradle to grave contracting for supplies, services, Architect-Engineering, and construction, specializing in Support Services Contracting in an operational environment.   Ms. Moreno is responsible for the overall administration of Southwestern’s multi-million-dollar contracts, with an unlimited warrant.  

Ms. Moreno has a passion for the Small Business program and has served in some capacity as the Small Business Program Manager since 2012. She works with Southwestern’s Program Offices to develop the agency’s Small Business forecast and goals each fiscal year and identifies specific projects for the Small Business and 8(a) programs to meet Southwestern’s Small Business requirements.  She will be transferring that responsibility to Southwestern’s new Lead Contract Specialist in FY24 and looks forward to passing on her experiences and successes in the Small Business program.

Chief, Acquisition and Project Management Division, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, DOE

Session:

  • Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Energy Justice and Procurement at DOE (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Nacole Morton

Nacole previously served as the Acting Corporate Services Director, Headquarters Procurement Services, and Procurement Division Branch Chief/Team Lead in support of IN, ED, EHHS,NE, OSBDU, LPO and other offices across the DOE complex.

Nacole is a true federal acquisition expert who holds an unlimited Contracting Officer’s Warrant.  Her work experiences are quite impressive; they include serving as an Acting Division Director and contracting officer within DOE’s Office of Procurement for over 13 years.  Within these roles, she has a proven record as a fierce leader and supervisor. Nacole executed efficient and effective federal contracts and financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) and supported at least 20 offices out of the 35 program offices across DOE for over a decade. She led solicitations and execution of contract awards for DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IN), Office of Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology (NE), Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), and Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security Office of Business Operations (AU).

Prior to supporting DOE, Nacole served local communities as a program manager for Georgetown Technical College’s Upward Bound Program and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, South Carolina.  She truly has a passion for supporting underserved individuals and communities.  Nacole holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Benedict College.  Nacole is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration and Leadership.
 

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Small Business Program Manager, United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE's Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Diana Osbourne

Diana Osbourne is the Small Business Program Manager for United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR). She has over 17 years of experience as a Small Business Program Manager and nine years of experience as a senior subcontract administrator.

Previous experience in the DOE complex includes five years with the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) with Bechtel National Inc. at the Y-12 National Nuclear Complex (Y-12) where she served as the Supplier Development and Small Business Program Advocate as well as a Senior Subcontract Administrator.

Diana is the Small Business Program Manager for the United Cleanup Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR). She has over 17 years of experience as a Small Business Program Advocate and nine years as a subcontract administrator.

Previous experience in the DOE complex includes five years with the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) with Bechtel National Inc. at the Y-12 National Nuclear Complex (Y-12) where she served as the Supplier Development and Small Business Program Advocate as well as a Senior Subcontract Administrator.

Diana previously worked for Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant, Richmond, Kentucky, and at the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant in Pueblo, Colorado under the Department of Defense (DOD) where she also was the Small Business Program Advocate and Outreach Coordinator.

Diana has overseen over $3 billion dollars of spend in her career with over 60 percent going to small businesses.

Y-12 Small Business Program Manager, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA): Sandia National Laboratories, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Greta Ownby

Greta is the Small Business Program for Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas and Y-12 in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

As the Small Business Program Manager for Y-12, Greta works closely with the procurement team to advocate for small business contract opportunities with CNS.

She joined CNS in January 2021 after having spent more than twenty-five years working for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure she led the organization’s achievement of national accreditation and national chamber of the year award, directed the Leadership Oak Ridge program and closely worked with businesses of all sizes in the community.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Session:

  • General Session: OSDBU Directors’ Panel with the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Jean Lin Pao

Jean Lin Pao is the Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  She serves as the principal advocate for utilizing small and disadvantaged businesses in federal contracting to meet the Department’s mission.  OSDBU works in close collaboration with HUD offices to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small businesses.  Ms. Pao has over twenty-five years of federal experience in small business advocacy, enterprise human capital management, budgeting and acquisitions, information technology planning, administration, business management, program evaluation, and policy development.  Ms. Pao holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.  She is a Presidential Rank Award recipient, an Excellence in Government Senior Fellow, and Partnership for Public Service Outstanding Alumni Awardee.  Ms. Pao is also a certified executive and leadership coach. 

Strategy and Program Development, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, DOE

Session:

  • DOE New Offices: Office of State and Community Energy Program (SCEP), Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET), and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Emanuele Pecora

Emanuele Francesco Pecora works in the Strategy and Program Development Office within the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) at DOE. In his role Emanuele designs, develops, and executes demonstration and commercialization programs for clean energy technologies, including the Technology Commercialization Fund and programs supporting small businesses.

Before joining OCED, Emanuele was a Technology Manager at the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office where he worked on funding opportunities for for-profit entities (especially small businesses and start-ups) creating and commercializing new innovation in the solar space. He was also the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR-STTR) office portfolio manager.

Emanuele holds a Ph.D. in physics (University of Catania, Italy, 2010) and he was a PostDoc in materials science at Boston University (2011-2013) and Stanford University (2013-2016). Emanuele is a TEDx licensee and organizer, he was President of his Alma Mater Alumni Association, and communication facilitator at the StartX accelerator in Palo Alto, CA.

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DOE

Sessions:

  • Opening and Welcome Remarks (Tuesday, July 11 | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM)
  • FY 2022 Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony (Tuesday, July 11 | 10:15 am – 11:30 am)
  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Ron Pierce

Ron Pierce is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In his prior role, he served as an independent management consultant, where he led efforts to address issues on environmental and climate change for several small businesses and military veteran lawmakers.

He spent five years as Senior Director of PBS Veterans and Small Business Initiatives on the Station Services Team. Ron led the national planning, coordination, and implementation efforts for member stations and other public media partners across the country. Over the course of two high-profile presidential campaigns, he was the National Director of small business, veterans, and military family outreach programs at the DNC.

A combat veteran, Ron spent 11 years as a U.S. Army Officer.

He earned his B.S. in Behavioral Human Services from U. S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and holds a Master of International Affairs from The Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

Actor, Author, Activist, Small Business Owner

Keynote Address (Tuesday, July 11 | 8:00 am – 9:00 am)


Wendell Pierce

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Acting Senior Procurement Executive, and Head of Contracting Activity, Partnership and Acquisition Services, National Nuclear Security Administration, DOE

Session:

  • The EPIC Pitch Competition in the Big Easy Gator Swamp: Pitch (Part I) (Tuesday, July 11 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am)

BJ Quigley

Mr. William (BJ) Quigley joined NNSA in October 2021 as the Director of Acquisition Management and Head of Contracting for M&O. He currently also serves as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Partnership and Acquisition Services (NA-PAS) as well as the Acting Senior Procurement Executive for NNSA.

For two years prior to joining NNSA, BJ served as the Head of the Contracting Activity at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He was responsible for planning, managing, directing, and providing support to the various directorates to accomplish the DIA global mission through the federal contracting process. In 2019, DIA exceeded obligation goals for Q2, Q3 and Q4 earlier than any time in modern DIA history. In 2020, they surpassed the 2019 dates. This allowed DIA to be a recipient of DOD fallout funds which helped provide additional updates to JWICS and fund critical programs within the agency. Additionally, he led an effort to implement a transition from paper files to electronic records. He also led and developed plans to close out the 2019 DCMA Procurement Management Review recommendations, which were accepted by DCMA in early 2021.

Prior to DIA, Mr. Quigley served as the Unit Chief for the Detention, Compliance, and Removals division within US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). In his role as Unit Chief, Mr. Quigley was instrumental in initiatives to help ICE respond to the border surges in 2016, 2018, and 2019. In 2016, he oversaw a transportation analysis contract that continues to provide significant savings for the agency. He helped facilitate the transition of the organization to electronic contract filing. He also ensured the success of major programs within his division including medical staffing, the air charter flights program, construction of a new Detention Facility in Houston, Texas, and the Alternatives to Detention program.

During his time at ICE, Mr. Quigley received DHS Secretary Awards in 2017 and 2019 for Excellence in Service by a Support Employee. He also received ICE leadership awards in 2013, 2018, and 2019 and was recognized as the Contract Specialist of the year in 2012. Mr. Quigley graduated from the DHS Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2018. Mr. Quigley served for a short time as the Deputy Component Acquisition Executive for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). While at CBP, Mr. Quigley helped coordinate and close out the agency response to the Defense Acquisition University study recommendations, which served to modernize and better define the acquisition processes for the organization. Mr. Quigley began his government service working for the Fairfax County Department of  Purchasing and Supply Management. During his time with Fairfax County, he served as the subject matter expert in electronic procurement.

Mr. Quigley was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He also successfully completed the Key Executive Leadership certificate program from American University. Mr. Quigley obtained a certification from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM). He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors for NCMA.

Operating Supplies Commodity Manager, Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC)

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT), and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Bree Ramirez

Bree Ramirez joined the Supply Chain Management Center in July 2019 and is a Commodity Manager, focusing primarily on operating supplies. She collaborates with NNSA and EM procurement teams to target commodities for strategic sourcing, achieving the lowest total costs possible and encouraging shared best practices.

Bree has more than 15 years of experience in the solicitation, award, and administration of construction, services, and supply subcontracts, including positions with the Pantex Plant and Los Alamos National Laboratory. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Liberty University.

Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Transportation

Sessions:

  • OSDBU Directors Panel with U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Tyra Redus

Tyra is Deputy Director – Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the US Department of Transportation, where she creates policies and promotes the inclusion of a diverse range of businesses, including minority, women-owned, small, and disadvantaged, ensuring a fair and inclusive environment to support a more diverse landscape

Formerly, Tyra served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Transportation, where she led implementation of initiatives related to civil rights compliance, monitoring, and cross-cutting equity commitments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Tyra coordinated with the Office of Transportation Policy to deliver DOT-wide technical assistance to states, Tribal governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and local communities. She ensured the infusion of equity in the business of transportation, making sure the community work on the bill created wealth so there is generational wealth in historically excluded communities.

As Regional Vendor Diversity Director for multinational construction and development company Skanska, Tyra led the DEI educational focus group as part of the company’s four-year strategic planning and built a regional supplier diversity program, including a training program.

Prior to Skanska, Tyra served as Transportation Equity and Inclusion Officer at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), where she led agency-wide initiatives resulting in 25% increase in women new hires and promotions and 50% representation of women in mid-management and senior management roles. Tyra integrated equity and inclusion initiatives in all DDOT programs, services and activities and had oversight of the agency’s Federal Disadvantage Business and Small Business inclusion programs.

Tyra spent 6 years as a defense attorney practicing employment and civil rights litigation in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She began her career in the transportation industry as Executive Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Small Business Development at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spearheading the civil rights compliance and minority-owned business participation for the Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

Tyra sits on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. Washington, is an advisory board member for the Enterprising Women of Color DMV Business Center, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and was recently appointed to the LEED Equity Working Group for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). She formerly volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and past Board roles include Maryland CASA Association and the Philadelphia Chapter of Professional Women in Construction.

Tyra holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. She completed an Executive Certificate program in Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management and Project Management at Georgetown University. She is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®).

Supervisory, Micro-Purchase Program | NSSS, Bonneville Power Administration, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Power Administrations: Bonneville Power Administration, Southwestern Power Administration, and Western Area Power Administration (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)

Jose Roja

Beginning as a student intern, Jose Rojas has been with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for 25-years in a variety of positions within Supply Chain. He currently serves as the supplier diversity, sustainability, and micro-purchase program manager and his involvement in advancing initiatives within BPA and his community has earned him recognition as a recipient of the US Department of Defense Patriot Award, Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Latino Leadership Award, and most recently, the Administrator Excellence Award for Environmental Sustainability Achievement. Jose was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon and is the third of six children of first-generation migrants from Mexico. He enjoys running, having participated in nine Hood to Coast relay runs from Mt Hood to Seaside, OR (198 miles).

Procurement Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; ICPT Chair

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT) and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Kathee Roque

Kathee brings over 30 years of experience as a Procurement Professional in the DOE National Laboratory community, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and for the last four years, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). She is a lifelong advocate for small businesses, reflected in her official and volunteer roles as Small Business Liaison. She has held multiple roles in the Integrated Contractor Purchasing Team (ICPT) since 2012 and is currently the ICPT Chair.

Principal Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DOE

Session:

  • OSDBU Directors' Panel with U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Paul Ross

Paul Ross is the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy.

Paul came to the Department of Energy more than ten years ago and has served as the Acquisition Director supporting Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and multiple support service contract awards.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of North Texas (AKA North Texas State University) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Troy University.

He is married to Michele Ross, and they have three children: Matthew, Sylvana and Naomi.
 

Deputy Director for Justice40 and Environmental Justice Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Session:

  • General Session: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure 101 Roundtable Discussion & Networking (Wednesday, July 12 | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Monisha Shah

Monisha Shah is the Deputy Director for Justice40 and Environmental Justice Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She is currently taking a sabbatical from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and she was most recently the Equity Lead for the Joint of Office on Energy and Transportation. Ms. Shah has over 20 years of experience leading both domestic and international analysis and technical assistance efforts to accelerate the equitable deployment of clean energy and transportation technologies. Ms. Shah has a M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in economics and B.S.E. in chemical engineering from the University of Iowa.

Senior Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition

Session:

  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Scott Semple

Nationally recognized business coach, professional speaker, author, and corporate leadership advisor, Mr. Semple is an authority on the business of federal government contracting (GovCon). With more than 35 years in the government market, he specializes in bridging business strategy with federal sales strategies. Scott is the founder/CEO of NewTHINK Solutions, a DC metro-based leadership development and advisory firm. He also serves as the Senior Director for National Events for NVSBC.

Deputy Director of the Multiple Award Schedule Program Management Office, U.S. General Services Administration

Session:

  • OSDBU Directors Panel with U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and General Services Administration (Tuesday, July 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Steve Sizemore

Mr. Steve Sizemore is the Deputy Director of GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program Management Office (PMO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and has been supporting GSA’s MAS program for over 20 years. As PMO Deputy Director, Steve ensures GSA’s Schedule program continually addresses current market forces, stays current with federal procurement policy, and provides the federal government with a streamlined, value-based contracting solution.

Steve has over 35 years of Federal service, including 15 years with the U.S. Army and has been with GSA since 2001. He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and certifications in Federal Contracting (Professional) and Program Management - Level 3.

Principal, GovCon Advisors, LLC

Session:

  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Charlie Smith

Charlie, is the President of GovCon Advisors and is a nationally recognized expert in small business federal contracting. From 2017 – 2021 Charlie served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization where he was responsible for maximizing contracting opportunities for small business federal contractors at DOE sites and National Labs. In addition to providing consulting services to small businesses, Charlie is a strategic advisor to the National Veterans Small Business Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors for Global Energy Transition, a non-profit organization dedicated to transitioning displaced oil and gas workers to clean energy employment opportunities.

Earlier in his career, Charlie worked as a Director at the investment bank at JP Morgan Chase and held various senior roles in state and federal government administrations.

A veteran, Charlie served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard a guided missile destroyer. Charlie holds a B.A.in Political Science from Princeton University.

Chief Executive Officer, TEVET, LLC

Session:

  • Small Business Owners' Panel (Wednesday, July 12 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Tracy Solomon

Tracy, a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, grew up on his family farm. During high school, he participated in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) program and graduated from South Greene High School. Following his family’s heritage of service to the country, Tracy joined the Navy. As an aviation electronics technician (AT), he honorably served his country by supporting two squadrons of F-14 Tomcats as a metrologist. As a true TN Volunteer, Tracy stepped forward and was selected to represent the Navy within the community as a member of the U.S. Navy Color/Honor Guard. He led well over 200 high-profile events.

After completing his military service, Tracy entered the business world with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for solving business needs. He earned an MBA from the University of Texas, which led to the birth of TEVET.

TEVET is now a premier provider of technology (electronic test & measurement equipment) to the Aerospace & Defense industry from the very manufacturers that Tracy worked with during his time in service to his country.

Tracy built TEVET on the premise of extending his family’s legacy of service. His focus has been on service to Country, Customers, and Community. Giving back and sharing his success with his hometown is always at the forefront of his thoughts and actions. TEVET has contributed both financially and with their time to a range of causes important to Tracy and his employees. These organizations include Holston Home for Children, SteppenStone Children’s Services, local DAV and other veterans’ organizations, The Capitol Theatre, Greeneville High JROTC program, and the NPAC.

Tracy firmly believes that the life force of a community—and the cornerstone of TEVET culture—depends on its members being actively involved in service to something greater than themselves.

Deputy Director for Corporate Resource Management and Chief Business Officer, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DOE

Session:

  • DOE New Offices: Office of State and Community Energy Program (SCEP), Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (JOET), and Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Carol Streczywilk

Carol Streczywilk is the Deputy Director for Corporate Resource Management and Chief Business Officer at the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Previously, Carol was the Program Manager at the West Valley Demonstration Project for the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center at the DOE. In this position Carol was responsible to the Office of the Director and had the responsibility for all aspects of the Project Control & Integration Team. The two primary functions were the establishment and maintenance of the Federal Project Baseline, including long-term planning, acquisition strategies, scheduling, logistics and configuration management, with a focus on the implementation of strategies.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Empire State College and a Masters of Organization Management from the University of Phoenix. Carol also is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

Manager, Strategy and Performance, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Science: Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM)
Cassandra McGee Stuart

Dr. Cassandra McGee Stuart is Manager of Strategy and Performance at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She leads the Small Business Programs Office, which works to increase the laboratory’s small business utilization. Additionally, she manages the laboratory’s catalogs purchase program as well as its subcontracts with the University of Tennessee. She often leads strategic initiatives for the Contracts division and Business Services directorate at ORNL.

The laboratory has won several awards for its commitment to small businesses, including the DOE OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award, DOE Mentor of the Year, and the Veteran’s Enterprise Award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition. Stuart also received the DOE Small Business Program Manager of the Year Award.

Stuart is a former producer at CNN-Headline News and later worked as a reporter and anchor for the NBC affiliate, WBIR-TV, in Knoxville, for 10 years. She was also Director of Public and Government relations at the Knoxville Area Chamber followed by positions as Director and Vice President of Business Development at two area firms. She also owned a small consulting business.

Stuart is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville and serves on the boards of Emerald Youth Foundation and Legacy Parks and completed two terms on the City of Knoxville’s Diversity Business Advisory Committee. Stuart also served on the Knox County Election Commission for 15 years. She holds a Doctorate in business administration from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master’s in management from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Small Business Program Manager, Office of Nuclear Energy, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Operations Office, and Idaho Environmental Coalition (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Karen Tappert

Karen Tappert is currently the Small Business Program Manager for the Office of Nuclear Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy. This position is central to the Office of Nuclear Energy’s commitment to further small businesses in their effort to seek quality small business contractors.

She is also the headquarters procurement lead involved with awarding support services contracts as well as working with grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements – most notably with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In addition to her small business contracting activities, Karen is a certified COR and TPO overseeing the Office of Nuclear Energy’s support services contracts and financial assistance vehicles at headquarters. She has also participated in the DOE Small Business Awards Evaluation Board for the past several years.

Karen holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University College in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

Acting Manager, Project Services Administration, Salado Isolation Mining Contractors

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE's Office of Environmental Management (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Roland Taylor

Roland Taylor is Salado Isolation Mining Contractors, LLC (SIMCO) Acting Manager - Project Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico.

Roland is an experienced professional with more than 20 years of contract/subcontract administration and procurement gained within the public sector and nuclear waste industry. During his career, he has developed experience working with small and minority businesses. He was responsible for reviewing minority business subcontracting plans which included documenting compliance and performance under the subcontracts.

As Site Procurement Manager, he led the procurement and expediting of equipment, services, and materials that led to the recovery and re-opening of the WIPP Site, in New Mexico. Roland holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.

Business Development Manager, Southland Industries

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Tortora Nello

Nello Tortora joined Southland Industries as Business Development Manager in April 2013 after retiring from 27 years of service in the United States Army. As an Army combat engineer officer, Colonel Tortora served all over the world in assignments of increasing responsibility from platoon leader to brigade commander. In his last assignment he served as commander of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, Alabama 2009-2012. Col. Tortora previously commanded the New York District of the Corps from 2006-2009. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Texas Graduate School of Engineering, and the National Defense University.

Federal Programs Director, Centrica Business Solutions

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Office of Federal Energy Management Program (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh is an Army veteran, Environmental law JD, foreign language AA and energy industry executive with more than 15 years’ experience in energy savings performance contracting. Presently, he leads the Federal Programs team at Centrica, one of the world’s largest utilities, where he advises government agencies on energy resiliency and climate action planning, with a focus on microgrids.

Joe’s favorite experiences include moderating a panel on entrepreneurship in emerging markets at the World Bank, serving on the board of directors of a clean tech incubator and a mental health nonprofit, consulting with Ireland’s Foreign Direct Investment venture fund to advise Irish companies on strategy for US market entry and business development, and authoring two novels.

Small Business Liaison, Idaho Environmental Coalition, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy: Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Operations Office, and Idaho Environmental Coalition (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Elisabeth Warn

Elisabeth Warn is the Idaho Environmental Coalition’s Small Business Liaison. As the leader of IEC’s Small Business initiatives, Elisabeth is responsible for ensuring compliance and commitment to Small Business laws and regulations, administering IEC’s Mentor Protégé Program, and participating in outreach and solicitation activities.

She is a strong advocate for small business. Her passion is borne out of practical experience and seeing the critically positive role that small businesses have on the economy of communities, and helping smaller firms improve and expand their diversity and inclusion policies.

Elisabeth earned her Master of Business Administration from Western Washington University, and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University. She is a positive force in the workplace and uses her proactive nature to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

Purchasing Program Manager, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration: Sandia National Laboratories, National Security Campus/Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, and Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Karen West

Karen West is Purchasing Program Manager at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T). Honeywell FM&T manages and operates the U.S. Department of Energy’s Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC). With more than 6,700 employees in Kansas City and Albuquerque, the KCNSC provides national security through their diverse engineering, manufacturing and secure supply chain management activities. West manages KCNSC’s Small Business Program, PCard Program, Direct Order Program and Strategic Savings. West and her team lead an award-winning Small Business Program focused on spend, outreach, supplier development and innovation. West was named the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU’s) 2019 Facility Management Contractor (FMC) Small Business Program Manager of the Year. KCNSC also received the DOE OSDBU’s 2017 Mentor of the Year Award.

West and her Purchasing Programs Team developed innovative tools and processes, including a supplier portal, small business forecasting tool, Small Business Steering Committee of senior leaders, monthly dashboard managed by Purchasing Department for strategic savings and small business, internal portal pages, and training tools that have helped improved compliance. West accessed the voice of the customer by forming and facilitating advisory teams of users of the programs she manages. During her 7-year tenure as Small Business Program Manager KCNSC increased its annual Small Business spend by 98% to $428M.

Prior to joining KCNSC, West worked for Hallmark Cards in their engineering, business and procurement areas and managed numerous process improvement projects within Distribution, Order Processing, Consumer Product Technology and Procurement. West also served as business manager for two small businesses in Kansas City – a nonprofit business and a consulting business.

West holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University. West is also a Honeywell Certified Lean Expert.

Information Technologies Commodity Manager, Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC)

Session:

  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT), and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Kenneth Whitehouse

Ken Whitehouse has been with Honeywell for 14 years. During his tenure he has held various roles in contract management, procurement, and functional excellence. Prior to joining the Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) as an IT commodity manager in July 2022, Ken spent six years as a software, SaaS and cloud application commodity manager within the Honeywell corporate IT procurement team.

As an SCMC IT commodity manager, Ken manages the sourcing of both IT hardware and software including laptops, desktops, workstations, various OEM software products, data storage solutions and managed print services strategically sourced via enterprise-wide agreements.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in production and operations management from Sam Houston State University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. Other training includes Six Sigma Green Belt certification and multiple strategic sourcing and leadership programs.

Mayor, Town of Dumfries, Virginia

Session:

  • Stakeholder Support for Veteran Owned Small Businesses from Elected Official to Protect America, and the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)

Derrick Wood

Mayor Derrick Wood is an inspiring and accomplished leader who has dedicated his life to public service. As the Mayor of the Town of Dumfries, Virginia, he has led remarkable efforts to transform the town into a prosperous and thriving community for families to live, work, and play.

Mayor Wood's approach to leadership is rooted in his experience as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and small business owner. He understands the importance of commitment, strategic planning, and a focus on the future. His unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation has helped to increase revenues by over 50% in the last four years alone, with projections showing a remarkable 300% increase by FY24.

Acquisition Lead Specialist, Small Business Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; ICPT Past- Chair/Senior Advisor

Sessions:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Science: Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education/Oak Ridge Associates Universities, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Wednesday, July 12 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am)
  • Strategic Sourcing Opportunities with DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team (ICPT), and Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) (Wednesday, July 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Brianna Yi

Brianna Yi is a Senior Contracts Specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the US Department of Energy. Brianna has over 15 years of contracting experience, including experience in a wide variety of specialized areas. Her primary focuses are on acquisition compliance and performance and providing support in the role of Small Business Program Manager. She also specializes in strategic sourcing as Past Chair of DOE’s Integrated Contractor Procurement Team Steering Committee.

Brianna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from The George Washington University. She is an active member in the Columbia Basin Chapter of NCMA and a graduate of NCMA’s Contract Management Leadership Development Program.

Small Business Program Manager, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, DOE

Session:

  • Doing Business with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Tuesday, July 11 | 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm)

Franklin Young

Franklin Young is a Budget Analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Budget and Financial Management. He serves as an analyst for the Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s Program Direction accounts, which include Fossil Energy Research and Development, Carbon Dioxide Transportation, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Small Business Program Manager.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Franklin served with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) as the Director of the Army Military Pay Offices, located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Before his work at DFAS, Franklin was a Budget Analyst and Travel Manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service.

Franklin also spent twelve years with the Department of the Navy, serving as the Manager for Military Payroll, Travel, and Fiscal Accounting.

Franklin entered service in the United States Marine Corps, where he served from September 1981 through June 2005.

(as of June 26, 2023)