Programs

Doing Business with Federal Agencies

This year, the Doing Business with Federal Agencies program will discuss new updates and trends in federal contracting especially in relation to the Executive Order 13895 and the M-22-03 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through Federal Procurement. Learn tips and steps to become eligible as a government or federal contractor, listen to speakers who will share data about projects that have been contracted to Small and Minority Owned Businesses in the past for their respective agencies and hear about purchase forecasts for this year.

Speakers 2022

Marcus Benefield

Marcus Benefield

Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Marcus Benefield

Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Marcus graduated from Bowie State University with a degree in Communications and concentration in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating, Marcus worked for companies such as Digital, EDS and MCI Worldcom and has 30 years of acquisitions and small business experience. Marcus previously worked at the Federal Aviation Administration for 20 years as a senior contracting officer in acquisitions and senior program analyst in the small business office, while also serving as the Program Manager for FAA’s Mentor-Protégé Program responsible for over 70 mentor-protégé and joint venture partnerships.

Marcus joined The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 2018 and is currently the Business Procurement Analyst and Small Business Specialist leading the Small Business Program in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. Marcus is passionate about working with small businesses and assisting in their growth. He believes small businesses are the backbone of society and there is a renewed energy around Supplier Diversity and Inclusion in today’s workplace which should pave the way for incredible growth in the small business community.

Jonathan Brady

Jonathan Brady

Business Development Specialist

Export - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

Jonathan Brady

Business Development Specialist
Export - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

Jonathan Brady is a Business Development Specialist with the Minority and Women-Owned Business (MWOB) Outreach Group at the Export- Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). Based in Washington, DC, his business development role with the MWOB Outreach Group is to serve as the primary liaison for Hispanic business organizations and Veteran business organizations at the national, state, and local levels.

Jonathan possesses a strong background in international relations and economics from having worked for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the U.S. Treasury Department (International Banking Office), and ten years with the Ohio Department of Development’s International Trade Division.

Before joining EXIM, Jonathan worked at ExportDC, a division of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). Promoted to Program Manager in 2015, his primary responsibilities consisted of administering business support grants for DC-based exporters, organizing trade missions, providing export counseling services, conducting international business seminars, and coordinating special projects with the foreign embassies located in the District of Columbia.

Jonathan holds a B.A. and Master of Financial Economics (MFE) from Ohio University, and is a 2009 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, with a Master of International Public Policy (MIPP).

Darlene Bullock

Darlene Bullock

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Darlene Bullock

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Darlene Bullock was appointed as the Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) in January 2020. She served as the Acting OSDBU Director in June 2019 and the OSDBU Deputy Director in June 2015. Ms. Bullock is responsible for implementing the Department’s small business procurement programs across DHS’ $21 billion procurement operation, which awards approximately $6 billion each year to small businesses.

Ms. Bullock joined the OSDBU in January 2011 as the Program Manager for several small business programs to include: 8(a), small disadvantaged, and women-owned. As a Desk Officer, she provided technical procurement and small business support to four DHS operational contracting offices.

Before joining the OSDBU, Ms. Bullock was a Division Director and Contracting Officer in the DHS, Office of Procurement Operations (OPO). OPO is one of the largest procurement divisions in DHS obligating about $4 - 4.5 Billion a year. Her division was responsible for supporting the Office of the Secretary and other high-visibility offices at DHS Headquarters. Ms. Bullock oversaw and managed the award process of the first DHS-wide Program Management, Administrative, Clerical, and Technical Services (PACTS) Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts which were set-aside for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). PACTS had an estimated value at $1.5 billion. The award of PACTS I enabled DHS to meet and exceed the 3% SDVOSB goal for the first time in Fiscal Year 2010. DHS continues to meet or exceed the SDVOSB goal.

With over 28 years of experience in procurement, federal assistance, and acquisitions management, Ms. Bullock has held leadership positions at several Federal and local agencies including DHS, U.S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Department of Commerce, District of Columbia Government, and the U.S. Army.

Ms. Bullock began her acquisition career with the U.S. Army successfully completing the Department of Defense contract specialist intern program. She was a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) with the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and maintains her FAC-C Level III Certification in Contracting. She has completed various Federal Executive leadership courses throughout her career. She has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MBA in International Management from Southeastern University.

Dan Kim

Kyungsoo Dan Kim

Global Asia Team Leader

U. S. Department of Commerce

Kyungsoo Dan Kim

Global Asia Team Leader
U. S. Department of Commerce

Dan Kim is the Global Asia Team Leader with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service based out of Chicago, Illinois. His responsibilities include promoting Asia as an export destination and coordinating resources and outreach to U.S. companies on exporting to Asia for the U.S. Commercial Service. This includes coverage across 16 markets in Asia. He is also an active participant on several industry teams, where he has contributed hands on knowledge to the advanced manufacturing, automotive parts/services equipment, railroad equipment, logistics services, and plastics industry sectors.

Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Dan worked for the S. Korean government agency, the Korea Trade Promotion-Investment Agency (KOTRA). There he specialized in connecting international SMEs to major corporations with extensive experience in automotive, commercial, pharmaceuticals, medical, and industrial applications. As an international trade delegation specialist and then a global business development manager, he launched several new products into the U.S. market and established strategic partnerships. He has considerable hands-on knowledge dealing with the challenges of exporting new products into an established market, and first-hand experience dealing with Asian cultures and business practices.

Calvin Mitchell

Calvin Mitchell

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

U.S. Department of Education

Calvin Mitchell

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Education

In 2020, Calvin J. Mitchell Jr. joined the U.S. Department of Education leadership team as the Acting Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In 2021, Mr. Mitchell transitioned to Director of OSDBU. As Director, Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership and policy direction for developing and implementing policies and initiatives throughout the Department to ensure that all socioeconomic categories of small business are afforded opportunities to compete for contracts. Prior to the Acting OSDBU, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Director of Contracts and Acquisitions Management (CAM). As CAM Deputy Director, in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for overseeing the work of four contracting divisions that provide operational procurement services to the Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, Mitchell served as the Branch Chief of the Accounts Management Division at the General Services Administration. Mitchell led the organization toward meeting the Government-wide strategic goals to support all 24 CFO Act agency vision, mission, and strategic goals. Separately, Mr. Mitchell served as a Congressional Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. In this position he served as the Principal Procurement Advisor to Committee leadership and provided guidance and oversight to Members and Committee staff on procurement, small business programs, and related acquisition issues within the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Mitchell has also held leadership positions at the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Andrew Moss

Andrew Moss

Director for Minority Outreach

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Andrew Moss

Director for Minority Outreach
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Andrew Moss is the Director for Minority Outreach at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

In this role, Mr. Moss is responsible for promoting and developing effective public affairs marketing and outreach strategies nationwide with national banks, banking regulatory agencies, bank trade associations, minority media groups and organizations, diverse communities, other government agencies, and the general public in support of the OCC and the national banking system. He also serves as an expert advisor and consultant to the Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs and other agency executives and staff on public affairs matters, particularly as they relate to minority banking issues. He assumed this role in June 2020.

Previously, Mr. Moss was the Outreach and External Relations Manager within the External Outreach and Minority Affairs Office, where he has also served as the Community Relations and Minority Affairs Manager.

Prior to joining the OCC, Mr. Moss held various positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Mr. Moss holds a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and marketing from North Carolina Central University and a master of education administration degree from George Mason University. He also holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

HUD

Doan Ly Nguyen

Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Doan Ly Nguyen

Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Doan Ly Nguyen is a Small Business Utilization Specialist in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She assumed the role in February of 2022. In this capacity, she assists the Department on its small business outreach, education, and advocacy to help HUD meet its small business and socioeconomic goals.

Prior to joining HUD, she worked at Chemonics International for 16 years in various roles. Most notable was her role as the Small Business Liaison Officer for five years from July 2014 to June 2019. Through this position she created Chemonics’ formal corporate Small Business Department. She was responsible for managing Chemonics’ small business program to help the company meet its small business goals and meet three core small business objectives: internal policy, outreach, and reporting.

Ron Perry

Ron Perry

President

National 8(a) Association

Ron Perry

President
National 8(a) Association

Ron Perry is an Alaskan Native and a nationally recognized expert in 8(a) and minority contracting to include Mentor-Protégé, Joint Ventures, teaming, equity buyouts, and national business trends.

In his role as President of the National 8(a) Association, Mr. Perry facilitated thousands of meetings between large and small companies resulting in many successful relationships that led to hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for small businesses.

Mr. Perry has been instrumental in creating relationships with groups such as the Associated General Contractors, National Black Chamber of Commerce, the Native Hawaiian Organizations Association, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Mr. Perry’s Teya Development company provides services in Information Technology, manufacturing, janitorial, event planning, construction, Operations and Maintenance, and management sectors. Teya is a subsidiary of Salamatof Native Association located in Kenai Alaska. Teya has secured millions of dollars in contracts and now has over 750 employees nationwide. Teya has had excellent success utilizing the Small Business Administration’s programs to include the 8(a) business development program, HUBZone, and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. Teya also has a Secret facility clearance.

Mr. Perry obtained his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. He also attended 8(a) training through Loyola University and a pilot program between Howard University and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

USPAACC and the National 8(a) Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in April of 2022. The MOU formalizes the relationship between the organizations and expands opportunities for additional collaboration.

Ron Pierce

Ron Pierce

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Ron Pierce

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Ron Pierce is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In his prior role, he served as an independent management consultant, where he led efforts to address issues on environmental and climate change for several small businesses and military veteran lawmakers.

He spent five years as Senior Director of PBS Veterans and Small Business Initiatives on the Station Services Team. Ron led the national planning, coordination, and implementation efforts for member stations and other public media partners across the country. Over the course of two high-profile presidential campaigns, he was the National Director of small business, veterans, and military family outreach programs at the DNC.

A combat veteran, Ron spent 11 years as a U.S. Army Officer.

He earned his B.S. in Behavioral Human Services from U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and holds a Master of International Affairs from The Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA.

George Price

George Price

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

U.S. Department of State

George Price

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of State

George L. Price is the Director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Department of State. He assumed the role in October of 2015. In this capacity, he advises the Department on all small business procurement issues and is responsible for promoting the use of Small Businesses within the Department of State to support the Department’s mission of protecting U.S. interests abroad and implementing foreign policy initiatives.

Prior to the Department of State, he was the Deputy Associate Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Training and Management Assistance Program. He was responsible for providing Federal agencies with direct acquisition and project management assistance in the area of human capital management and customized training services.

Before joining OPM, he served ten years as the Director of Outreach Communications for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.

Mr. Price began his Federal career with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Over a ten year span at SBA, he was a Business Opportunity Specialist within the 8(a) program, a Business Development Specialist, and lastly as the Director of the HubZone Program for the Eastern United States.

Anthony Roberts

Anthony Roberts

Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG)

Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)

Anthony Roberts

Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP - APG)
Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM)

Mr. Anthony Roberts is a Small Business Professional for the Office of Small Business Programs, Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP-APG), Maryland that supports the Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM) and its tenant’s organizations.

Mr. Roberts is primarily responsible for reviewing and providing input to acquisition requirements, conducting market research and overall Small Business support to the Program Executive Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) mission partner. PEO IEW&S is made up of 7 project managers across 3 locations, dedicated to designing, delivering, and sustaining advanced technologies to give our Soldiers the decisive edge. He also serves as the Small Business Professional supporting the Army Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) who is responsible for executing well over $27B in obligations and over 20K contract actions in FY21.

Mr. Roberts, previously served as the Contract Operation Manager and Contracting Specialist for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command – Fort Belvoir (MICC-Fort Belvoir) office. During his tenure with MICC-Fort Belvoir he played a key role in leading several Advance Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) at Fort Detrick, Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir.

Mr. Roberts received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from National-Louis University, he is 20 year Army veteran and Level III DAWIA certified in Contracting through the Defenses Acquisition University.

Leandro San Roman

Leonardo San Román

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Leonardo San Román

Manager, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Leonardo San Roman currently serves as the Manager for the DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s Procurement Assistance Division. In this capacity, Mr. San Roman is responsible for ensuring the Department of Transportation's compliance with Federal statutes and initiatives as they relate to small business development and other disadvantaged groups.

Prior to joining DOT, Mr. San Roman served as Project Manager for the Plans, Policy, and Resources Directorate with the Naval Audit Service. Previously he served as the Finance Director for the Senate of Puerto Rico. He has also served as the Deputy Director for Administration, Budget and Finance for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C.

Mr. San Roman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Ron Uba

Acting Supervisor for the Office of Business Development

U.S. Department of Commerce

Ron Uba

Acting Supervisor for the Office of Business Development
U.S. Department of Commerce

Michelle E warren

Michelle E. Warren

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michelle E. Warren

Deputy Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Michelle Warren began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1988, as a Federal Market News Reporter within the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Agency, then later served as the Contracting Officer for the Commodity Procurement Branch, responsible for the supervision of purchasing teams which administers contracts for commodities for distribution to the National School Lunch Program and other Food Assistance Programs.

By 2010, Michelle was assigned Program Manager in the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position. It is her responsibility to provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA contracting activities. Michelle served in the Acting Director’s capacity from December 2016-May 2022.

Educating, and Supporting the Buyer and the Seller is OSDBU’s core value.

Michelle’s philosophy is, “Think about what you want to do, DO IT, then think about what you have done!”

Michelle is a graduate of Virginia State University located in Petersburg, VA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business and Economics.

Pamela G Wilson

Pamela G. Wilson

U.S. Department of the Treasury Business Analyst

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

Pamela G. Wilson

U.S. Department of the Treasury Business Analyst
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

Pamela Wilson began her career with the federal government, more than 36 years ago. She studied Business Administration at Towson University, where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree.

After graduating from college, Ms. Wilson joined the Small Business Administration where she served for more than 24 years in various capacities; including Business Opportunity Specialist and Acting, Director for the 8(a) program. She was responsible for counseling countless small businesses; specifically those certified in the 8(a), Hubzone and SDB programs.

In December 2004, Ms. Wilson joined the Department of the Treasury’s OSDBU office. This office is charged to assist, counsel, and advise Treasury bureaus on small business matters.

From 2011- 2014, Ms. Wilson served as the Acting, Director for the Office of Small Business Programs under the leadership of the OSDBU Director for Treasury. For a brief period, Ms. Wilson, also acted as the Chief, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) and later served as the principle advisor to Treasury’s OMWI Director where she advised Treasury bureaus, senior level managers and small business specialists. Her role included the overall day-to-day guidance and supervision of the Small Business Program Office staff. She negotiates the small business goals with the SBA and Treasury's bureaus; serves as the principal advisor to the OSDBU and OMWI Directors in developing and implementing Treasury's comprehensive small business strategies; coordinates and partners with SBA regularly to support the roles and responsibilities of the OSDBU Director; represents Treasury at various small business procurement conferences, SBPAC, OSDBU Directors' Council and internal procurement strategizing meetings with senior level management; participates in internal and external outreach events; serves as Treasury's Agency Coordinator for the e-SRS System; and serves Treasury’s Small Business Subcontracting Program Manager

Other roles include serving as the Program Representative for SBA’s Hubzone, SDB, 8(a) Program, and SDVOSB Programs. She has travels around the country participating on various panels, discussing how to do business with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and most importantly, she has a heart to serve the small business community.