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Thank you for a Successful Fall Conference!

The Coalition for Government Procurement would like to thank everyone who attended this week’s Fall Training Conference – Expectations for Government Fiscal Year 2023. Your participation played a key role in making the conference an excellent opportunity for the acquisition community to engage in dialogue about the latest and most important procurement related developments. We would especially like to recognize our speakers who were crucial to the success of the conference:Day One SpeakersKeynote Addresses:

  • Former Congressman Tom Davis, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Sonny Hashmi, FAS Commissioner, GSA
  • Katie Miller, Climate Senior Leader, GSA


  • Jonathan Aronie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Jason Workmaster, Member, Miller & Chevalier
  • Evan Williams, Litigation Counsel, Mayer Brown
  • Angela Billups, Executive Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, VA
  • Paul Courtney, Chief Procurement Officer, DHS
  • Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
  • John Tenaglia, Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC), DoD
  • Tiffany Hixson, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Professional Services and Human Capital Categories
  • Erv Koehler, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of General Supplies and Services
  • Charlotte Phelan, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Enterprise Strategy Management
  • Laura Stanton, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category
  • Townsend Bourne, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Michael Gruden, Associate, Crowell & Moring
  • Leo Alvarez, Principal, Baker Tilly
  • Brian Craig, Counsel, BakerHostetler
  • Ana Eckles, Director of Human Capital Solutions, GSA
  • Keith Jeffries, Director Office of Contracting Operations, GSA
  • Adam Soderholm, Director of Program Operations Division, Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, GSA
  • Keil Todd, Program Manager, Commercial Platforms Initiative, GSA
  • Jim Mette, FedMall Program Manager, DLA
  • Haven Wynne, Digital Products Marketplace Advisor, GSA
  • Joel Lundy, Director, IT Products, ITC, GSA
  • Birgit Smeltzer, Director, Software Division, IT Products, ITC, GSA
  • John Breen, IWAC Projects Branch Chief, GSA
  • Shaun Kelly, Branch Chief, MAS Program, GSA
  • Kristine Stein, IWAC Director of Business Development, GSA
  • David Black, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Ken Dodds, Government Contracting Industry Expert, Live Oak Bank
  • John Klein, Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, SBA
  • Jon Williams, Partner, PilieroMazza
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton and Associates
  • Tim Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Procurement Advocacy
  • Ricky Clark, Deputy Director, NITAAC
  • Larry Hale, Acting Director, Office of IT Services, GSA
  • Giovanni Onwuchekwa, Acting Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, GSA
  • Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Director, NASA
  • Jim Ghiloni, Group Manager, FEDSIM, GSA
  • Corey Nickens, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, AAS PMO (DAC), GSA
  • Tim Dempsey, Lead Program Manager, Operations Division, OSM, GSA
  • Satyaveer Satvat, Director, Office of Systems Transformation, GSA
  • Latasha Goines, Director, Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center, GSA
  • Bob Woodside, Director for the Region 2 Supply Acquisition Center, GSA
  • Teresa McCarthy, Director, Heartland Region, GSA

Day Two SpeakersKeynote Addresses:

  • Michael Parrish, Principal Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer, OALC, VA
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton & Associates


  • Phil Christy, OALC Deputy Executive Director, VA
  • Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Procurement and Logistics, VHA
  • James Kim, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • Stephen Ruscus, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Joy Sturm, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Joe Hamel, Strategic Innovation and Emerging Technology Manager, HHS
  • James Kim, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • Jen Plitsch, Partner, Covington & Burling
  • Dan Keefe, Director, Supply Operations, Medical, DLA
  • Bill Dulin, Division Chief, ECAT Lab, Dental and Optical Programs, DLA
  • Brian Mason, ECAT Medical/Surgical IST Chief, DLA
  • Phil Christy, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Acquisition Logistics & Construction, VA
  • Christopher Parker, Associate Executive Director, SAC, VA
  • Bob Satterfield, Chief, Services Team, FSS, VA
  • Deborah Zuckswerth, Chief of Med Surg B, FSS, VA
  • Katie Hulse, Director, Acquisition Services 3 (supporting Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Distribution), SAC, VA
  • Nate Bradley, Contracting Officer, MSPV Accounts Receivable Reconciliation, SAC, VA
  • Mike Easley, Deputy Program Manager, Medical Supply Program Office Commodities, VHA
  • Craig Hilliard, Division Chief, MSPV Supply BPAs, VHA Procurement
  • Ashley Nguyen, Contracting Officer, MSPV-Generation Z, Strategic Acquisition Center/Acquisition Services 3, VA
  • Dr. Julia Trang, Strategic Sourcing Pharmacist/Industry Technical Liaison, DHA

Thank you to the officials from GSA and the VA who participated in the Ask the PMO Table. Their engagement allowed industry partners the opportunity to share their thoughts and have questions about the GSA and VA Schedules programs answered. These officials included:

  • Stephanie Shutt, MAS PMO Director, GSA
  • Steve Sizemore, MAS PMO Deputy Director, GSA
  • Stacy Lowe, IT Schedule 70 Contracting Officer, GSA
  • Bob Satterfield, Chief of Services, VA FSS
  • Deborah Zuckswerth, Chief of Med Surg B, VA FSS

Our members also played a key role in the preparation and execution of the conference by serving as moderators for the various panels, lending their expertise to help make the sessions highly informative for all attendees:

  • Aaron Wasserman, SAP
  • Mike Bell, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Steve Felber, GDIT
  • Jeff Wood, Global Furniture Group
  • Jim Wrigglesworth, Wrigglesworth Enterprises
  • Tony Celeste, Ingram Micro
  • Mike Pullen, CGI Federal
  • Bill Gormley, The Gormley Group
  • Wes Shmigelsky, Grainger
  • Parry Carter, McKesson
  • Karol Ann Sharp, AvKARE
  • Eamon Lawlor, Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Inc.
  • Tammy Anderson, BD
  • J’Aime Conrod, Horizon Therapeutic

This conference was made possible by the tremendous support of our sponsors. We would like to sincerely thank these organizations for supporting our mission of bringing common sense to government procurement.Day One SponsorsGold Sponsors: GDITRaytheon TechnologiesSilver Sponsors: The Gormley GroupSheppard MullinLunch Sponsor: The Center for Procurement Advocacy (CPA)Day Two SponsorsTitle Sponsor: AvKAREGold and Lunch SponsorMcKessonBreakfast Sponsor: The Center for Procurement Advocacy (CPA)The Coalition remains dedicated to delivering high quality engagements that benefit the government contracting community as a whole. We are grateful for your participation, and look forward to continuing the partnership as we move into the new year. In the meantime, happy holidays to you, your families, and your colleagues.

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