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Thank you for an Outstanding Fall Training Conference!

The Coalition for Government Procurement would like to thank everyone who attended this week’s Fall Training Conference: “What is Fair and Reasonable?” Your participation played a key role in the dialogue between industry and the Federal Government as we explored the variety of factors that impact a fair and reasonable determination. We would like to sincerely thank our speakers from the Federal Government for sharing their insights into the latest policies and programs that are shaping the future of the procurement landscape.

Day One Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

  • Tom Howder, FAS Deputy Commissioner, GSA
  • Tom Meiron, Director, Framing FAS for the Future (F4) Program, GSA
  • Alex Canizares, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Michael Gruden, Counsel, Crowell & Moring


  • Anne Perry, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Jason Workmaster, Member, Miller & Chevalier
  • Evan Williams, Litigation Counsel, Mayer Brown
  • Mathew Blum, Associate Administrator, OFPP, OMB
  • Jeff Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA
  • Bill Gormley, President, The Gormley Group
  • Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, GSA
  • Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Services & Human Capital Category, GSA
  • Chris Hamm, Client Executive, AAS Defense, GSA
  • Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner, Office of General Supplies and Services, GSA
  • Josh Royko, Branch Chief, FAS Catalog Management Office, GSA
  • Mike Shepherd, Director, Catalog Management Office of the Regional Commissioner, GSA
  • Andrea Ross, SEWP Procurement Team Lead and Sr. Contracting Officer, NASA
  • George Nicol, NASA SEWP COR/Industry & Contract Holder Relations, NASA
  • Larry Hale, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, IT Category Management, GSA
  • Cheryl Cameron-Thornton, Executive Director (SES), Office of Acquisition/SCRIM Operations, GSA
  • Patricia Waddell, Director, IT Services, GSA
  • Don Gillespie, GSS Special Projects Team, GSA
  • Aletha Pelham, MAS Facilities and Hardware Branch, GSA
  • Maria Viscione, MAS Office Supply Branch, GSA
  • Teri Osabutey, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, AAS, GSA
  • Joe Nickerson, Client Executive, AAS Army, GSA
  • Casey Kelley, Client Executive, AAS Navy/Air Force, GSA
  • Corey Nickens, Acting Client Executive, AAS Innovation, GSA
  • Tim Cook, Executive Director, The Center for Procurement Advocacy
  • Tom Sisti, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, The Coalition for Government Procurement
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton and Associates
  • Michael Burrell, Section Chief, Office Management Category, GSA
  • John Giannopolous, Procurement Analyst, Office Management Category, GSA
  • Ricky Clark, Deputy Director, NITAAC
  • Erin Flynn Pacifico, Contracting Officer, NITAAC
  • Ed Wilgus, Acquisition Consultant, NITAAC
  • Adam Soderholm, Acting Director, Program Operations, GSA PHSC
  • Keith Jeffries, Director, Office of Contracting Operations, GSA
  • Joel Lundy, Director of IT Products, GSA
  • Jonathan Plante, IT Specialist, Cloud Solutions, GSA
  • Jeff Thurston, Director, Office of Contracting Operations, GSA
  • Haven Wynne, Deputy, Office of Contracting Operations, GSA
  • Latasha Goines, Director, MAS Contracting Division, GSA
  • Mark Dunkum, Deputy, MAS Contracting Division, GSA
  • Dave Dudley, Sector Director, AAS Army, GSA
  • Alan Searsy, Sector Director, AAS/Air Force, GSA
  • Timothy Brown, Sector, AAS Civilian, GSA
  • Angie Donahoo, Sector Director, AAS Innovation, GSA
  • Ken Evans, Sector Director, AAS Defense, GSA
  • Peter Han, Business Requirements Lead, GSA
  • Jim Mette, FedMall Program Manager, DLA

Day Two Speakers

Keynote Address:

  • Michael Parrish, Executive Director and Chief Acquisition Officer, Office of Acquisition, Logistics, & Construction (OALC), VA
  • Moshe Schwartz, President, Etherton and Associates


  • Phil Christy, Deputy Executive Director, OALC, VA
  • Christopher Parker, Associate Executive Director of the Strategic Acquisition Center and Acting Associate Executive Director of the National Acquisition Center, VA
  • Andrew Centineo, Executive Director, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, VHA
  • Joseph Maletta, Executive Director of Acquisitions, VHA
  • Spencer Roberts, Executive Director of Logistics, VHA
  • Dan Shearer, Director, Federal Supply Schedules, VA
  • Mark Lee, FAS Assistant Commissioner, Office of Policy and Compliance, GSA
  • LCDR Raza Beg, Cyber Security Lead, DHA
  • Marsha Petersen, Chief, Pharmacy Support Branch/Senior Contracting Officer, DHA
  • Edward Norton, Chief, Pharmacy Operations, DHA
  • Tara Flores, Director, Acquisition Services 1 (VBA Transition Assistance, VGA Home Loans, etc.), VA
  • Allen Smith, Division Chief, Acquisition Service 2, VA
  • Katie Hulse, Director, Acquisition Services 3 (Med/Surg Prime Vendor), VA
  • Julian Thrash, Director, Acquisition Services 5 (NX, Telehealth, VHA Medical Furniture), VA
  • Laura Scott, Director, Acquisition Services 6 (Community Care Network, etc.), VA
  • Alison Cormier, Field Operations Manager, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, VA
  • Ardene Nichols, Clinical Liaison Nurse, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service, VA
  • Nate Bradley, Director, Acquisition Services 4 (Prosthetics & Biologics), VA
  • Craig Hilliard, Division Chief, Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Supplies, VHA
  • Stephen Ruscus, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Lance Shea, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Marissa Wright, Chief HTME Contract Administration, VA
  • Andrew Wechter, Chief, Capital Equipment Division, Medical Supply Chain, DLA

We would also like to recognize the officials from GSA and the VA who participated in the “Ask the PMO” Table one-on-one meetings. This year’s Fall Training Conference featured six opportunities, including GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS), GSA Pricing Tools, GSA Customer and Stakeholder Engagement (CASE), Medical/Surgical Supply BPAs, VA Federal Supply Schedule (FSS), and VA Pathfinder. Participating officials included:

  • Stephanie Shutt, Director, Office of Operations and Innovation, GSA
  • Derek Tribble, Senior Program Analyst, GSA
  • Tamika Coleman, Event Producer, Digital Outreach and Communications Division, GSA
  • Josh Royko, Branch Chief, FAS Catalog Management Office, GSA
  • Mike Shepherd, Director, Catalog Management Office, Office of the Regional Commissioner Mid-Atlantic Region, GSA
  • Peter Han, Business Requirements Lead, GSA
  • Craig Hilliard, Division Chief, Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor (MSPV) Supplies, VHA
  • Sarah Keefer, Branch Chief, MSPV, VHA
  • Jeremy Parker, Branch Chief, MSPV, VHA
  • Daniel Shearer, FSS Director, VA
  • Lydia McKay, FSS Chief, Program Management & Resource Support Division, VA
  • Ernest Reed, Director, Category Management Support Office, VA

Our members 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. Industry moderators included:

  • Aaron Wasserman, SAP
  • Bill Mickler, CACI
  • Wes Shmigelsky, Grainger
  • Roger Sion, Deloitte
  • Tony Celeste, Ingram Micro
  • Jim Wrigglesworth, Wrigglesworth Enterprises
  • Joel Hinzman, Oracle
  • Scott Hammond, Ricoh
  • Mike Pullen, CGI Federal
  • Joe Pastel, Leidos
  • Bill Gormley, The Gormley Group
  • Steve Felber, GDIT
  • Brian McManus, Amazon
  • Parry Carter, McKesson
  • James Kim, Arnold & Porter
  • Karol Ann Sharp, AvKARE
  • Leonard Nall, Excelerant Consulting
  • Kurt Meyer, Abbott
  • Aubrey Woolley, The Coalition for Government Procurement

We would like to express our gratitude for the amazing support of our sponsors who made the Fall Training Conference possible. Our sincere thanks to the following organizations:

The Coalition remains deeply grateful for the continued support of our members, as well as the ongoing partnership with government. Through this support, we were able to deliver another successful Fall Training Conference. We look forward to advancing “common sense in government procurement” through more engaging events in 2024!

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