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2015 Spring Training Conference Thank You!

As you know, on Tuesday of this week the Coalition hosted its 2015 Spring Training Conference: The Business of Government.  Thank you to the many people and organizations who helped make the Spring Training Conference such a huge success!


First, thank you to the GSA for a robust, thoughtful Myth-Busters discussion of the key government-wide procurement challenges, issues and opportunities.  A special thank you to GSA’s Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth, who delivered the Keynote address on Managing the Business of Government – GSA’s Role.  Our members appreciated Administrator Roth’s themes of value, partnership and the strategic importance of the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.  We look forward to working with Acting Administrator Roth to ensure GSA’s programs deliver best value for customer agencies and the American people.


Thank you also to Kevin Youel Page, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, for sharing the vision and goals on The Status of MAS Reform. MAS reform that increases value, efficiency and innovation for government and industry is a priority of the Coalition and we look forward to continuing the robust Myth-Busters dialogue with GSA on how to best achieve positive reform across the program.


Thank you to Sean Crean, Director, Office of Government Contracting, Small Business Administration, who provided a thought provoking panel discussion on The Impact of Small Business Policy on the Federal Market and moderator Angela Styles of Crowell & Moring.


We had two other morning panels that were equally terrific.  Thank you to Ray Bjorklund, BirchGrove Consulting; Wendy Frieman, Lohfeld Consulting Group; Cameron Leuthy, Bloomberg Government; and moderator Bill Gormley, The Gormley Group, who discussed tips for capturing the federal market.  And thank you to Jonathan Aronie, Sheppard Mullin; David Dowd, Mayer Brown; and Jason Workmaster, McKenna Long & Aldridge who gave an insightful and humorous take on managing liabilities of your federal contract.


Our Myth Buster Breakout sessions were once again a big hit!  Thank you to the 25 government participants and also the following members that provided moderators: HP Enterprise Services; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Booz Allen Hamilton; ManTech; 3M Government Markets; General Dynamics Information Technology; CGI Federal; Deloitte; and Grainger.


We hold these conferences for you – our members – and we couldn’t do it without your support.  A huge thank you to those who not only participated, but who provided sponsorships for this year’s Spring Training Conference:


Title Sponsor: Bloomberg Government

Lunch Sponsor: CACI and SheppardMullin

Refueling Station Sponsor: The Gormley Group

Sustainability Sponsor: Ricoh Americas Corporation

Networking Reception: Berkeley Research Group

Legal Sponsor: Holland & Knight


Lastly, thank you to our Keystone Members and Strategic Partners for their unwavering support:


Keystone Members: Allsteel, Booz Allen Hamilton, CGI, Deloitte, General Dynamics Information Technology, HON, Northrop Grumman, and SAP

Strategic Partnership Members: AvKARE, Baker Tilly, CSC, Grainger, and Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems


We are already in the process of putting together our 2015 Fall Training Conference and Excellence in Partnership Awards.  The theme for our 2015 Fall Training Conference is “Acquisition Reform:  Back to the Future?” More details to come, but please mark your calendars for November 4th and 5th!




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