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Thank you for a Spectacular Spring Training Conference!

The Coalition would like to thank everyone who attended our virtual Spring Training Conference – The Biden Administration’s Priorities and the Role of Acquisition. Your participation helped make the Spring Conference a successful opportunity for the entire contracting stakeholder community to engage in dialogue about critically important procurement-related developments. We would like to recognize our keynote and featured speakers who were crucial to the success of the conference:

  • Michael Parrish, Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer, OALC, VA
  • Sonny Hashmi, FAS Commissioner, GSA
  • Michael Missal, Inspector General, VA
  • John Tenaglia, Principal Director, DPC
  • Tom Howder, Deputy Commissioner, FAS, GSA
  • Kim Herrington, Director, Industrial Base Acquisition Portfolio Management, DoD
  • Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA
  • Col Markus Gmehlin, Chief of Pharmacy, DHA
  • Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Procurement and Logistics, VHA

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 for, and facilitated important exchange among those in attendance:

  • Shelby Oakley, Director, GAO
  • Dan Dagher, National Risk Management Center (NRMC) Supply Chain Risk Management Initiative Lead, CISA, DHS
  • Judith Zawatsky, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Systems Management, GSA
  • Stephanie Shutt, Director, MAS PMO, GSA
  • Steve Sizemore, Project Manager, MAS PMO, GSA
  • Holly Elwood, Senior Advisor, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, EPA
  • Porter Glock, Procurement Analyst, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy
  • Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Categories, GSA
  • Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Information Technology Category, GSA
  • Crystal Philcox, Assistant Commissioner, Enterprise Strategy Management, GSA
  • Bob Woodside, Deputy Director, GSA
  • Maria Viscione, Supervisory Contract Specialist, GSA
  • Teresa McCarthy, Center Director, GSA
  • Kim Kittrell, Branch Chief, GSA
  • George Prochaska, FAS Regional Commissioner, GSA
  • Haven Wynne, Supply Chain Management Branch Chief/Program Manager, GSA
  • Keith Jeffries, Contract Operations Division Director, GSA
  • Sheri Meadema, Director of Program Operations, Professional Services and Human Capital, GSA
  • Cheryl Thornton, Director ITC Schedule 70 Contract Operations, GSA
  • Giovanni Onwuchekwa, Deputy Director ITC, GSA
  • Dan Shearer, FSS Director, VA
  • Steve Bollendorf, Chief, DLA Med/Surg Prime Vendor Program
  • Antoine Broughton, Director, Direct Access Program & Strategic Outreach and Communications, OSDBU, VA
  • David Loines, Director, Office of Government Contracting, SBA
  • Charlotte Phelan, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Travel, Transportation, and Logistics, GSA
  • Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner, Customer Accounts and Stakeholder Engagement, GSA
  • Mark Lee, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy and Compliance, GSA
  • Brittney Chappell, Director, Office of Acquisition, Technology Transformation Services, GSA
  • Keith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition, Office of IT Category, GSA
  • Scott Calisti, Director, Contract Policy, DPC
  • Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
  • Jacyln Rubino, Executive Director, Strategic Programs Division, DHS
  • Dr. Julia Trang, Strategic Sourcing Pharmacist, Industry Liaison, DHA
  • Carlton Shufflebarger, Acting Executive Director of IT Services, OITC, GSA
  • Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager, NASA
  • Keith Johnson, Contracting Officer, NITAAC
  • Rob Coen, Director, Professional Services Program Management Office, PS-MAS and OASIS, GSA
  • Ana Eckles, Director of Human Capital Solutions, GSA
  • Mark Dunkum, Director, Acquisition Operations, GSS Portfolio, 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
  • Dena McLaughlin, FAS Regional Commissioner, GSA
  • Meg Sutliff, Supervisory Contracting Officer, 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 for the various panels and breakout sessions. Thank you to the following individuals who served as speakers and shared their expertise:

  • David Dowd, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Lorraine Campos, Partner, Crowell & Morning
  • Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Alex Sarria, Government Contracts Member, Miller & Chevalier
  • Joy Sturm, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Stephen Ruscus, Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Network
  • Jean Heilman Grier, Principal and Manager, Trade Practice, Djaghe LLC

We would also like to highlight and thank our sponsors for their continued support of the Coalition.

Title Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Sheppard Mullin
Concordance Healthcare Solutions

The Coalition remains dedicated to delivering high quality engagements that promote dialog and further the goal of bringing common sense to government procurement. We look forward to your participation in future events. We hope to see all of you on August 18, when we resume our annual charitable golf event in memory of Joe Caggiano that supports our Endowed Scholarship Fund for a veteran at GWU. We are also considering supporting guide dogs for veterans as part of this year’s tournament.  In the meantime, please accept our sincere appreciation and look for more meetings and events in the near future related to the topics discussed at Conference.


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