KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

District Director, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

SAIC

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Former Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Procurement Executive

Department of Homeland Security

Robert Dozier, Jr.

Robert Dozier, Jr.

President & CEO

RWD Consulting, LLC

CEO

HeiTech Services, Inc.

CEO

Prescient Edge

Wealth Management Advisor

First Financial Group

Assistant to the Director, Veterans and HUBZone Program Manager

Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army

Director

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Education

Former Administrator

U.S. General Services Administration

Founder and Managing Partner

MillerMusmar CPAs

Program Manager

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Small Business Programs

Counsel

McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC

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Larry Webb

Larry G. Webb

District Director, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Larry Webb serves as District Director for the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO) of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He leads a team that supports small businesses throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. Webb joined the SBA as Senior Legal Counsel in 2011. His most recent position was lead attorney for SBA’s Outreach and Marketing Team, during which he oversaw public-private partnerships, gifts to the Agency, memoranda of understanding, branding, social media and marketing.

Prior to joining the SBA, Larry Webb served as the Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland in Ohio. During his tenure, he helped the Office of Equal Opportunity to streamline and bolster its enforcement procedures. His earlier roles include being a criminal defense attorney, business analyst and executive director of a nonprofit organization. Webb holds a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. He and his husband currently reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Tina Richards

Tina M. Richards

Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, SAIC

Tina M. Richards is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer of SAIC.

As Chief Procurement Officer for SAIC, Richards oversees ~$2B in direct and indirect spend, leading a team of ~260 procurement professionals.

Richards joined SAIC in 2011 as the IT/Hardware Category Purchasing Manager, then moved up to Procurement Director in charge of direct materials procurement, indirect materials and services, travel and P-Card. Richards rose to Vice President of Procurement, supporting all direct materials purchasing.

Prior to joining SAIC, Richards worked in the nuclear industry in marketing and account management, procurement and contracts.

Richards serves on the University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute Advisory Board and is Co-Chair of NCMAs Sustainable Procurement Community of Practice. She was recently named to the WashingtonExec Top 15 Supply Chain Executives to watch in 2022 and to Supply Chain Digital’s Top 10 Supply Chain Execs to watch in 2022.

Richards has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of Tennessee and is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager.

Soraya Correa

Soraya Correa

Former Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Procurement Executive, Department of Homeland Security

As the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Procurement Executive, Ms. Correa was responsible for the implementation of the unique acquisition policies, regulations, and standards of the agency. Her work included direct oversight of all procurement operations, including the work of over 1,500 procurement professionals assigned to the ten Heads of Contracting Activities providing contracting services to DHS components, organizations, and offices. The DHS procurement portfolio exceeded $25 billion per year and consisted of the acquisition of a variety of services and products, including information technology, research and development, construction, law enforcement, and professional, consulting, and advisory services.

Ms. Correa is recognized as a transformational leader, who designed several programs at DHS that have been adopted by other federal agencies to improve business processes and support the continued development and growth of the acquisition workforce. Examples of such programs include the Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL), Reverse Industry Days, and the Education, Development, Growth, and Excellence (EDGE) mentoring program. Each of these programs improved and streamlined business processes; promoted a culture of ingenuity and smart risk-taking, and enhanced customer experience. Ms. Correa created and actively took part in a variety of forums to regularly engage with industry, academia, and other stakeholders on a variety of topics to promote collaboration, cooperation, and transparency. Under her leadership the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute and the Acquisition Professionals Career Program grew and adapted to the changing federal government landscape including the use of “virtual” on-boarding, orientation, and training. With an outstanding record of meeting or exceeding small business, competition and category management goals, Ms. Correa led world class teams focused on enabling successful DHS mission delivery while ensuring compliance with procurement laws and regulations.

Ms. Correa has an impressive 40+-year career in federal acquisitions management. She was part of the creation of DHS 18 years ago, serving in several key leadership positions including as Head of Contracting for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as an Associate Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ms. Correa also held leadership positions at the Naval Sea Systems Command, General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Her accomplishments as a leader are well recognized by government and industry. Ms. Correa has received a variety of leadership and subject matter expertise awards including the DHS Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, the Federal 100, and Top Women in Tech award. She is a recognized speaker on a variety of topics and has authored several articles. In November 2021, Ms. Correa was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration providing her with the opportunity to continue her legacy of promoting and improving public service and administration.

Randy Jones

Randy Jones

Wealth Management Advisor, First Financial Group

Mr. Randy Jones is a Wealth Management Advisor for First Financial Group with over 25 years in the Finance Services industry. His personal mission is “To give an experience so incredible that you forget about the transaction; To teach; It’s Better to Give than to Receive; To become what I dream about; To appreciate life and live in the ‘WOW!!”

Mr. Jones lives his mission daily and serves his clients based on his breadth of experience in many different aspects of the Finance industry. His #1 Product is The Experience. His #1 Client is his “Process” and he believes the “3rd referral” is the true test of success.

Heidi W. Gerding

Heidi W. Gerding

CEO, HeiTech Services, Inc.

As CEO of HeiTech Services, Inc., Heidi Gerding is focused on setting the perception and tone of the company, while skillfully laying the groundwork, to foster the continued economic well‐being of the company. She works to insure that employees understand the company’s’ vision, direction and goals.

Ms. Gerding holds the distinction of being the first woman from Minnesota to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. Ms. Gerding’s Navy career spanned nearly ten years during a time period in our country’s history when being an Academy graduate, a Naval officer, and a woman challenged established tradition. Her Navy career was highlighted by assignments which were previously unique for a woman, such as leading a Mobile Mine Assembly Group. In her last assignment, in which she was detailed to Washington, D.C., Ms. Gerding was the officer responsible for establishing and administering the Navy and Marine Corps’ HIV-AIDS personnel policy. She worked in challenging environments, managing up to 500 employees and overseeing budgets exceeding $100 million while serving her country in the U.S. Navy.

After leaving the Navy, she continued service to the country through employment with two other small business federal contractors where she embraced every aspect of those businesses. Her leadership and organizational skills placed her in management positions of increasing responsibility with Washington-area management services firms contracting with the Federal Government. Ms. Gerding advanced from Project Manager in one firm to eventually the President of Operations and a Corporate Officer for another.

During her many years directing projects, Ms. Gerding gained extensive experience in the intelligent application of a wide range of technologies, finding great satisfaction in developing a sensible solution to meet a clients’ need. During the course of her career, Ms. Gerding developed and refined her own style and approach for satisfying her clients, learning first-hand what methods led to successful projects and delivering more value than expected to her delighted customers.

Ms. Gerding co-founded HeiTech Services, Inc. in October 1999 with longtime business partner Jim Clement. HeiTech Services was founded to provide management consulting and information technology services to the Federal Government. She began the business to ensure that promises made to customers were honored. Her business acumen is founded around the Naval Academy’s Honor Concept which, simply stated, is: “Midshipmen will not lie, cheat, or steal.” She believes that services delivered with this concept in mind, will always result in success.

Heidi Gerding is an entrepreneur, accomplished business leader, advocate of veteran and small business enterprise — and a mother of four. Her dedication and commitment to her work and her family is evident in the manner with which she provides exceptional customer service to her clients while nurturing the professional and personal needs of her employees. These qualities, combined with her knowledge, skills and abilities, have proved to be a successful combination and enable Ms. Gerding to succeed as a woman, a Naval Officer, and business owner.

Alexander Granados

Alexander Granados

CEO, Prescient Edge

Mr. Granados is responsible for establishing and executing corporate-wide processes, tools, facilities and procedures to ensure flawless execution of Prescient Edge contracts as well as spearheading the identification and capture of strategic growth opportunities.

Mr. Granados joined Prescient Edge from CACI International where, as Director of the Acquisition Support Group, he was responsible for new business and strategic contracting activities. In this role, he delivered double-digit growth within a Federal market that experienced budget cuts over the same period. Prior to that position, he led a CACI Division as a subject matter expert in government source selections. In this capacity, Mr. Granados has advised the government on over 1,000 major professional services and systems acquisitions source selections. He also served as a contracting advisor to senior leadership for Department of Defense Congressional and Presidential Commissions.

Mr. Granados began his career as a Contracting Officer for the United States Air Force where he provided acquisition direction, contract development, and administration for professional services. Mr. Granados is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and received his MBA in International Business and Finance from the George Washington University School of Business. He is a Defense Acquisition University Level III Contracting Professional and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

James C. Lloyd

James C. Lloyd (Pending Approval)

Assistant to the Director, Veterans and HUBZone Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army

Mr. Lloyd is currently appointed as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) for the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the Program Manager for the Veterans and HUBZone Small Business Programs. He is directly responsible for providing leadership, management and oversight of these programs as well as implementing policy oversight in regard to new and complex concepts, theories, statutes, regulations and DOD policies governing the participation of small businesses in Army contracting. He is also responsible for the strategic communication for the HQDA OSBP, providing management and oversight of outreach and engagement with industry partners. As an Army Small Business Professional for approximately 21 years, Mr. Lloyd has advocated for increased participation in the Army acquisition process as evidenced by the Army continually exceeding the 3% prime contracting goal for awards to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Army being the 1ST Federal Agency to award over $1.4B in prime contracts to small business located in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone. Mr. Lloyd led a team of DoD and Federal Agencies that host the National Veteran Small Business Conference for five years. Growing this event from approximately 500 participants in 2005 to well over 3,500 in 2010.

Mr. Lloyd is an acquisition professional with over 25 years of experience as an Army officer. He has served in a variety of command and staff positions at varying levels within the Army. Mr. Lloyd retired from the Army in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Lloyd is Level III certified in Contracting and Program Management and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. He has successfully completed the Program Manager’s Course, Command and General Staff College, and numerous other federal procurement and acquisition courses. Mr. Lloyd received his BS degree in Accounting from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate, and has received numerous military awards and decorations for superior service during his military career.

Calvin J. Mitchell Jr

Calvin J. Mitchell Jr

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

In 2020, Calvin J. Mitchell, Jr. joined the U.S. Department of Education (ED) leadership team as the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). As Director, Mr. Mitchell is responsible for 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 working in OSDBU, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Director of ED’s 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 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.

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy

Former Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Emily W. Murphy is a leading expert in government contracting and the business of government. She has held multiple leadership roles in the federal government, most recently serving as Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration. She has also served in multiple leadership roles on congressional committees for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Emily served as the GSA Administrator from 2017 to 2021, leading a workforce of more than 11,000 federal employees, and overseeing 371 million square feet of office space and $75 billion in annual contracts. As Administrator, Emily increased GSA’s sales by 36%, from $55 billion to $75 billion, increased revenues by $8.2 billion, and saved customer agencies $21.6 billion. Under her leadership, GSA had the highest customer, vendor, and employee satisfaction scores in the history of the agency.

Prior to being confirmed as Administrator, Emily served as the Senior Advisor at GSA and oversaw the merger of the Federal Acquisition Service and the Technology Transformation Service. During the administration of President George W. Bush, Emily was appointed as GSA’s first Chief Acquisition Officer from 2005 to 2007. In that role, she was responsible for more than $40 billion in acquisition programs. Emily also served at the U.S. Small Business Administration from 2004 to 2005 as the Senior Advisor for Government Contracting and Business Development, and as Acting Associate Administrator for Government Contracting.

In addition to her seven years of senior roles in the Executive Branch, Emily spent nine years serving in various procurement policy and leadership roles for the House of Representatives. She served as Counsel and Professional Staff Member to the Committee on Armed Services, negotiating acquisition and industrial base provisions in military public policy. She also held Senior Counsel and Policy Director roles for the Committee on Small Business from 2011-2016, where she directed the legislative and oversight agenda of the Committee and authored over a hundred contracting reform provisions that ultimately became law. Emily previously worked for the Committee from 1997-2000, focusing on government contracts matters, disaster loan policy, and telecommunications issues.

In the private sector, Emily was the General Counsel and Vice President for Operations for TerreStar National Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TerreStar Networks, which operated integrated satellite and terrestrial telecommunications systems. She also practiced government contracts law with Wiley LLC as an associate from 2001 to 2003.

Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Smith College. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Economic Club of Washington DC, and the Chief Executives Organization.

Joey Musmar

G. F. Joey Musmar is the managing partner of the CPA firm, MillerMusmar CPAs, located in Reston, Virginia. He has over twenty-five years of experience and he leads a team of twenty-five plus experts that provide top-of-the-line tax, accounting, and advisory services. His firms clientele is multinational with niche businesses including medical practices, government contractors, internationally owned businesses, construction, non-profits, high tech, and diversified real estate agencies. Joey Graduated from George Mason University with a BS in Accounting.

He holds several certifications and licenses including CPA, CVA, ABV, CFF, and PFS. He has received the GMU Prominent Patriot Award. Joey is also a board member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Government Contracting Committee and co-chair of the Public Policy Committee in the chamber. Joey resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Annette Owen-Scarboro

Annette Owen-Scarboro

Program Manager, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Small Business Programs

Ms. Owens-Scarboro serves as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Program Manager, and reports to the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA), Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OLAO). Formally, the acting Deputy Director, for Operations in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Small Disadvatnged Business Utilization (OSDBU), a Senior Small Business Specialist, supporting the NIH team of four small business specialists. She has supported all ten-operating division at the HHS as a specialist.

Ms. Owens-Scarboro has been responsible for providing operational and technical assistance on a day-to-day basis for acquisition and program officials, overseeing and managing special projects and representing and participating in State and local, Government and private sector outreach activities. Representing the OSDBU and HCA at speaking engagements and conferences. Additionally, she has serves as an advocate and liaison for the Small Business Community marketing their capacities to the HHS, NIH and other government and private sector communities.

Ms. Owens-Scarboro has an extensive administrative and managerial experience with over 45 plus years of increasing responsible in the acquisition area. She has served as an EEO Compliance Committee Chairperson, Contracts Administrator, Contracts Specialist, Close-out Specialist, Contract Compliance Specialist, NIH Small Business Specialist, Project Officer, COR, and program Analyst.

Ms. Owens-Scarboro is a 40 plus years employee with the Federal government.

Lewis Rhodes

Lewis Rhodes

Counsel, McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC

Mr. Rhodes has over seventeen years of legal experience representing government contractors on all aspects of government contracting law and commercial disputes. Having began his career as a civil litigator, Mr. Rhodes focuses on government contract litigation matters such as pre- and post-award bid protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and at the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC). He has also defended size protests and other Small Business Administration (SBA) matters before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA). Mr. Rhodes has also handled several commercial disputes in the state and federal courts throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. As a veteran, Mr. Rhodes has a keen interest in the rules and regulations governing veteran-owned businesses.

In addition to his law firm experience, Mr. Rhodes has spent several years as an in-house counsel to multiple government contractors. In those roles, Mr. Rhodes negotiated and reviewed various types of contracts from non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, statements of work, subcontracts, and various other commercial contracts. He also had the opportunity to roll up his sleeves and write and price proposals, which gives him a very unique understanding of that aspect of the industry. Having also served as an Ethics and Compliance Officer, Mr. Rhodes is well versed in conducting investigations and has traveled to places such as Baghdad and Timbuktu, Mali to handle ethics investigations.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Rhodes is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves. He has over 27 years of combined service to include multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and possesses a TS-SCI security clearance.

To contact Mr. Rhodes directly, you can reach him by phone at (703) 483-2816 or by email at lrhodes@mwllegal.com.