Programs

Procurement Opportunity Center

The POC panel at CelebrASIAN is a platform for learning about:

  • Latest developments in category management and federal procurement policy.
  • Recent regulatory changes (e.g., changing size standards) and proposals related to joint venturing and teaming in the 8(a) Business Development and Mentor-Protégé programs that may impact your business strategy.
  • How the federal government plans to strengthen the federal supply chain by mitigating vendor concentration through use of small businesses with a special emphasis on small, disadvantaged businesses and emerging technologies.
  • What mature small, medium, and large Information Technology-focused federal contractors are doing to prepare themselves to respond to ongoing and future government-wide acquisition solutions (e.g., Stars III 8(a) Multiple Award Schedule and Polaris Small Business Pool).


AGENDA

10:45—10:50 Welcome Remarks

USPAACC

Wells Fargo

National 8(a) Association

10:50—11:35 Federal Speakers Panel: New Government Contracting Rules for 2022 by the People Who Wrote, Implement, and Enforce Them

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Small Business Administration (SBA)

General Services Administration (GSA)

11:40—12:10 Private Sector Panel: How To Use and Implement New Rules in Your Business to Win More Contracts in 2022

Teya Development

ESOLVIT

Karsun Solutions

IMPRES Technologies

Idea Entity

12:10—12:15 Closing Remarks

FedSolve

USPAACC

GUEST SPEAKERS

John Klein

John W. Klein

Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel

SBA

John W. Klein

Acting Deputy General Counsel & Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
SBA

John Klein is the Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He serves as the principal legal advisor to senior Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Agency's Government Contracting programs, including the small business set-aside, subcontracting and Certificate of Competency programs; the HUBZone program; the Small Business Innovation Research program; the Size Standards program; the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program; the Woman-Owned Small Business program; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures.

Mr. Klein has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 1983, serving in the Office of Legislation and the Office of General Law before becoming the Associate General Counsel for the Office of Procurement Law in 2000.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, and With Distinction from Hofstra University School of Law in 1983.

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Susan Au Allen

National President & CEO

USPAACC

Susan Au Allen

National President & CEO
USPAACC

Laura Stanton

Laura J. Stanton

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category Manager

GSA

Laura J. Stanton

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA & OMB-appointed Government-Wide IT Category Manager
GSA

Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State, and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies and motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.

As Assistant Commissioner, Laura manages the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. Laura leads a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that manages more than 6,000 contracts, providing access to relevant and timely IT and telecommunications products, services, and solutions to defense and civilian agencies, as well as to state, local, and tribal governments. ITC facilitates more than $32 billion in annual government spending and has provided nearly $2 billion in savings to its customers.

Before rising to lead ITC, Laura served as its Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, where she oversaw a portfolio of acquisition solutions including the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, VETS 2, 8(a) STARS II and III. In addition, her portfolio also included the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services programs. Laura’s guidance and oversight of the category teams helped ITC play a critical role in the Administration’s IT modernization efforts to drive a more efficient and effective government for the American people.

Laura came to ITC from GSA’s Office of Enterprise Strategy Management. As the Assistant Commissioner, Laura directed FAS’s strategic business planning, performance management, category management, and Acquisition Gateway adoption. She played an integral role in creating and executing a FAS strategic vision that aims to establish itself as the Government Acquisition Marketplace. She also coordinated with the Category Management Leadership Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to implement category management government-wide.

Laura was named a recipient of the 2015 Federal 100 Awards, presented to government, industry, and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles affecting how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her thesis on broadband adoption was published by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

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.

Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales

Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion

Wells Fargo

Ruben Barrales

Senior Vice President, External Engagement, Diverse Segments, Representation and Inclusion
Wells Fargo

Robb Wong

Robb Wong

USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center (POC) Advisory Council and Founder CEO

FedSolve

Robb Wong

USPAACC Procurement Opportunity Center (POC) Advisory Council and Founder CEO
FedSolve

Robb recently returned to FedSolve to lead small business growth strategy. From 2017-2020 he was appointed by the White House to SBA as Associate Administrator/GCBD where he led the small business government contracting industry for the United States. He worked with Congress, the White House, DOD, Civilian, and industry leaders to grow the industry by more than 34% (largest growth in history). Robb increased the usefulness of federal certifications to include 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, SDVOSB, ASMPP/JV and improved protections for small businesses with several new regulations published from 2019-2020. His team’s objective was that “small businesses are government’s best option to achieve agency missions!” That commitment remains today.

Robb’s professional background is unique with over 30 years of experience and expertise in SBA and government contract laws and policy; but also, with significant success leading small and large government contractors. He started his career with SBA as HQ attorney (he’s a Hoya Lawya) he was counsel to the 8(a) program; and helped to author eligibility rules in 1990 that are still in existence today. He moved into management and served as Acting Director in 2 SBA District offices. From 1997-2017, Robb left government and entered the private sector, where he was CEO, owned, or led several 8(a) and HUBZone companies before going back to government at SBA as AA/GCBD from 2017-2020. Robb remains an active leader, advocate and advisor in the government contracting industry.

Usha Boddapu

Usha Boddapu

CEO & Founder

ESOLVIT

Usha Boddapu

CEO & Founder
ESOLVIT

Usha Boddapu is the Founder and CEO of ESOLVIT, Inc., where she puts her entrepreneurial mettle and technology expertise to the task of providing Information Technology (IT) solutions and services. ESOLVIT, Inc. is Usha’s platform for passing on her business success back to society by helping other women entrepreneurs. In addition to ESOLVIT, Inc., Usha oversees ARYTIC, Inc., a next generation Artificial Intelligence Predictive Analytics Hiring Platform.

Usha has mentored Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV)-Owned, Woman-Owned (WO), Minority-Owned Small Businesses (SBs) and established incubator programs for high school students. ESOLVIT, Inc., through a Mentor-Protégé program with SDV- and WOSB, made available patented ARYTIC, Inc. software solution on the 8(a) STARS III Government Wide Acquisition Contract. Usha received her master’s degree in Computer Science in 1997.

AWARDS:

Most Prestigious and highest national award from U.S Department of Commerce

“Minority Professional Services Firm of the Year.” From among 11 million businesses in the North America presented at MEDWEEK 2020 by National USMBDA

NAWBO National Association of Women Business owner of the year 2020, 2021 from San Antonio and Austin Chapter. First Indian Asian American to win this award in the inception of NAWBO San Antonio biggest chapter from the inception of this chapter since 1998

National award from USPAACC Fast 100 Asian American Business of the year 2020

National award from USPAACC Fast 50 Asian American Business of the year 2022

Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power award in 2019 Most Influential Women in Central Texas

Austin Woman’s way Technology and Innovation Award in 2021

National SCORE “Celia Bell Entrepreneur Award” in 2019 from Austin Chapter

The Power of People Technology Innovation Award from Engage Boston

City of Austin Supplier of the Year Award in 2020

City of Austin Excellence Award for giving back to community in 2019

Economic Engine of the year award from GAACC in 2017

Mark Hagedorn

Mark R. Hagedorn

Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel

SBA

Mark R. Hagedorn

Attorney-Advisor, Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel
SBA

Mark Hagedorn is an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Washington, DC. He serves as a legal advisor to Agency officials and their staffs with respect to the 8(a) Business Development program; the Women-Owned Small Business Concern program; the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern program; the HUBZone program; suspension and debarment matters; and SBA’s internal contracting procedures. Mr. Hagedorn also represents the Agency in matters before SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He has been a lawyer in SBA’s Office of General Counsel since 2016.

Venu Year

Venu Yerra

Founder and CEO

Idea Entity Corporation

Venu Yerra

Founder and CEO
Idea Entity Corporation

Venu Yerra is the founder and CEO of Idea Entity Corporation. He is involved in all aspects of company strategy and day-to-day operations. Venu is a visionary executive, technologist, and change agent. Having emerged from the Microsoft ecosystem, Venu conceptualized and shaped Idea Entity into the essential services organization it is today. Venu is credited with bringing the Personal Software Process (PSP) and the Team Software Process (TSP) to Microsoft, where the framework was implemented on a global scale.

Venu and his team are proud of their commitment to three core values: functional empathy, a customer-centric approach, and giving unbiased advice. In conjunction with his advanced skillset and knowledge of information technology, systems, and processes, these three values helped Venu develop Rhybus. RhyBus is a comprehensive change management platform offering customized workflows for resident and remote workers.

RhyBus simplifies organizational change. We engage process owners, influencers, and end users to develop a digital model for the customer’s work process. Our solutions are intuitively familiar, building on incremental improvements that enable flexibility, productivity, transparency, and compliance. At RhyBus, we see a world where solutions are built around an existing process on familiar platforms so that you can simply go about your work bringing together the right people and resources with visibility that leaves nothing in the dark.

With over 20 years of software development, quality assurance, program management, and process management experience, Venu enjoys spending his time engaging in new client projects and bringing his technical and leadership abilities to surpass client expectations. Idea Entity's dynamic growth reflects his passion for enabling and mentoring people.

List of awards:

  • Financial Times
    • 2022 Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies
  • Inc 5000
    • 2021 Inc 5000 America’s Fastest-Growing Companies
    • 2021 Inc 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the D.C. Metro Region
  • Seattle Business Magazine Top 100 Best Places to Work
  • Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Diversity Partners Spotlight Contest
Sundar Vaidyanathan

Sundar Vaidyanathan

Co-Founder and CEO

Karsun Solutions

Sundar Vaidyanathan

Co-Founder and CEO
Karsun Solutions

Sundar Vaidyanathan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Karsun Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for overall strategic direction of the company, developing and executing long-term strategies, and driving business results. Sundar epitomizes Karsun’s commitment to modernizing enterprises through technology innovations. Sundar is a proven leader with deep expertise in developing strong customer relationships, a passion for building high-performance teams, and a disciplined focus on delivery excellence. Prior to founding Karsun Solutions, he held leadership roles at Unisys Corporation and KPMG Consulting, driving strategy and implementation of complex multi-million-dollar IT programs. Sundar is active in the federal IT community and has served in leadership positions at technology-focused industry organizations such as American Council of Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). He currently serves on the board of ACT-IAC. Sundar holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.

Richard Fu

Richard Fu

CEO & President

IMPRES Technology Solutions

Richard Fu

CEO & President
IMPRES Technology Solutions

IMPRES knows the Federal marketplace. As a leading IT solutions provider, IMPRES Technology Solutions, Inc., combines decades of technological expertise with a thorough understanding of the federal procurement and contracting process to implement the best possible IT solution for civilian and defense agencies while reducing risk and lowering costs.

With a vendor-neutral approach, we can lead you through the procurement process to uncover the core drivers for your unique mission requirements.

IMPRES has been recognized as an industry leader within the Federal community and by OEM's alike. Recently named as Dell Technologies Excellence in Customer Experience – Partner of the Year 2021 and Los Angeles Business Journal 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

IMPRES is a certified HUBZone, minority-owned, small business with ISO 9001:2015 Certified by DQS, Inc. and CMMI Service 3.