The Coalition for Government Procurement would like to thank everyone who attended this week’s Fall Training Conference – What’s Next for the Business of Government? Your participation played a key role in making the conference a successful opportunity for the entire contracting stakeholder community to engage in dialogue about critically important procurement related developments. We would especially like to recognize our three keynote speakers for their informative and timely presentations:

  • Robin Carnahan, Administrator, GSA
  • Celeste Drake, Made in America Director, OMB
  • Steven Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School

Also, thank you to our featured speakers who were crucial to the success of the conference:

  • Bob Metzger, Shareholder and Head of Washington, D.C. office, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
  • Buddy Dees, Director, CMMC, DoD
  • Stacy Bostjanick, Director, CMMC Policy, DoD
  • John Ellis, Director, Software Division, DCMA
  • Sonny Hashmi, FAS Commissioner, GSA
  • Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA
  • Angela Billups, Executive Director and Senior Procurement Executive, OAL, VA
  • Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Procurement and Logistics, VHA
  • Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
  • John Tenaglia, Principal Director, DPC
  • Paul Courtney, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
  • Markus Gmehlin, Chief, Pharmacy Operations Division, DHA
  • Dan Keefe, Director, Medical Supply Chain, DLA

Additionally, we recognize the significant contributions of the numerous other Government speakers during our general sessions and breakout sessions. The following speakers provided highly informative remarks and facilitated an important exchange of ideas and information for those in attendance:

  • Kimberly Osborne, Deputy Executive Director, VA OSDBU
  • Rick Lemmon, Executive Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, VHA
  • Christopher Parker, Associate Executive Director, SAC
  • Dan Shearer, Director of Federal Supply Schedules, NAC
  • Matthew Cornelius, Professional Staff Member, Minority, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Jason Yanussi, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Majority Staff Director
  • Steve Sizemore, Project Manager, MAS PMO, GSA
  • Mark Lee, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy and Compliance, GSA
  • Dena McLaughlin, FAS Regional Commissioner, GSA
  • Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner, Customer Accounts and Stakeholder Engagement, GSA
  • Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Information Technology Category, GSA
  • Chris Bennethum, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Assisted Acquisition Services, GSA
  • Sheri Meadema, Director of Program Operations, Professional Services and Human Capital, GSA
  • Judith Zawatsky, Assistant Commissioner, OSM, GSA
  • Tim Dempsey, Lead Program Manager, Operations Division, OSM, GSA
  • Maria Viscione, Supervisory Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Teresa McCarthy, Center Director, GSA
  • Kim Kittrell, Branch Chief, GSA
  • George Prochaska, FAS Regional Commissioner, GSA
  • Alan Searsy, Acting Procurement Center Director, GSA
  • Susannah Elizondo, Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Scott Eberle, Acquisition Program Manager, GSA
  • Kristann Montague, Supervisory Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Cheryl Thornton-Cameron, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition, GSA
  • Giovanni Onwuchekwa, Deputy Director ITC, GSA
  • Tanika Pierce, Area Director, SBA
  • Jerome Green, Small Business Technical Advisor, GSA OSDBU
  • Luis Villarreal, DLA Industrial Capability & Warstopper Program Manager
  • Makoto Braxton, Director, Contracts and Grants Division, HHS
  • Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator, OFPP
  • Roxanne Banks, Deputy Director, Acquisition, DLA
  • Steve Bollendorf, Chief, DLA Med/Surg Prime Vendor Program
  • Yasmeen Turner, Senior Contracting Officer, DLA
  • Mark Probus, Director, VHA Medical Supply Program Office, VHA
  • Katie Hulse, Director, Acquisition Services 3 (Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor), VA SAC
  • Craig Hilliard, Lead Contracting Officer, MSPV Supply BPAs, VHA
  • Gina Napier, Contracting Officer, MSPV-NG Bridge, VA
  • Andrew Montgomery, Contract Specialist, OPAL, VA SAC
  • Lance Belcher, Contract Specialist, VA SAC
  • Keil Todd, Program Manager, Commercial Platforms Initiative, GSA
  • Haven Wynne, Digital Products Marketplace Advisor, GSS, GSA
  • Skip Jentsch, Cloud Products Manager, GSA
  • Matthew McFarland, Legislative and Regulatory Advisor, GSA
  • Charles Wingate, Supervisory Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Joel Lundy, Director, IT Software Subcategory, ITC, GSA
  • Julia Trang, Strategic Sourcing Pharmacist, Industry Liaison, DHA, POD, FM
  • Carlton Shufflebarger, Acting Executive Director of IT Services, OITC, GSA
  • Theresa Kinney, SEWP Director of Operations and Communications, NASA
  • Ana Eckles, Director of Human Capital Solutions, GSA
  • Ricky Clark, Deputy Director, NITAAC
  • Chelsey Hayes, OASIS Program Manager, GSA
  • Steve Smith, Director, GSS Central Office Acquisition Division, GSA
  • Paul Mack, Director, Office of Retail Operations, GSA
  • Jill Akridge, Director of Customer Account Management, Professional Services and Human Capital Portfolio, GSA
  • Adam Soderholm, Program Executive, Category Management PMO, GSA
  • Lee Tittle, Project Manager, GSA
  • Paul Szymanski, OASIS/BIC MAC ConOps Chief, GSA
  • Ryan Schrank, Center Director, GSA
  • Shaun Kelly, Branch Chief, MAS Program, GSA
  • Ivana Henry, Business Development Director, GSA
  • John Breen, IWAC Projects Branch Chief, GSA
  • Linda Valdes, IWAC Contracts Administration Branch Chief, GSA

Our industry participants also played a key role in the preparation and execution of the conference. Thank you to our members who served as moderators or participants in the various panels and breakout sessions – we truly appreciate you sharing your knowledge and expertise:

  • Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Morning
  • Jason Workmaster, Government Contracts Member, Miller & Chevalier
  • Amy Childers-Benson, Vice President, Government Affairs, SAIC
  • Townsend Bourne, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Leo Alvarez, Director, Baker Tilly
  • Dan Walsh, SVP Government Relations, CACI
  • Tim Cook, Executive Director, Center for Procurement Advocacy
  • Bill Gormley, President, The Gormley Group
  • Bill Murray, Program Manager, Federal, Office Depot
  • Gabby Horton, Sr. Government Sales Manager, Grainger
  • Hannah Patrick, Manager Administrator, Government Public Services Contracts, Deloitte
  • Tony Celeste, Executive Director & General Manager, Public Sector, Ingram Micro
  • Joy Sturm, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Jeff Blake, Managing Partner, Federal Compliance Solutions
  • Eamon Lawlor, Director, Strategic Accounts, Johnson & Johnson
  • David Black, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Ken Dodds, Government Contracting Industry Expert, Live Oak Bank
  • James Kim, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Jim Williams, President, Jim Williams Consulting LLC
  • Alan Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, IntelliBridge
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton and Associates
  • Chris Toffales, President and Managing Director, CTC Aero
  • Leonard Nall, President, The GovHub
  • J’Aime Conrod, Head of Government Accounts, UCB
  • Mike Pullen, Vice President, CGI Federal
  • Mark Snead, Vice President, Government Contracts, Grainger
  • Toby Heffernan, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Tim Barrios, Vice President, Public Sector, Herman Miller

We would be remiss in not pointing out that this day also was made possible by the tremendous support of our sponsors, especially our Title Sponsor, AvMEDICAL!

Additionally, we recognize and thank our Gold Sponsors, CACIGDITMedical PlaceSheppardMullin, and The Gormley Group; and Silver Sponsor, Concordance Healthcare Solutions.

Despite the global pandemic, the Coalition remains dedicated to delivering high quality engagements that promote dialogue and further the goal of bringing common sense to government procurement. We could not accomplish this goal without you, the dedicated contracting community, and we are grateful for your participation.

We look forward to your continued involvement with the Coalition as we move into the new calendar year. In the meantime, please accept our wish for good health to you, your families, and your colleagues…and that we will see you all in person in the near future!