U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Education
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Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
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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.
Bruce Crowell joined SOSi in 2003 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has more than 45 years of leadership experience in the government defense and technology markets.
Crowell served as CFO for several companies in the defense, aerospace, and telecommunications software markets. He began his career at United Technologies Corporation, where he spent 13 years taking on progressive financial management responsibilities.
His diverse experience includes capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, information technology management, financial and manufacturing systems, strategic and operational planning, treasury, human resources management, legal oversight, and corporate governance.
Crowell is a member of Financial Executives International, the premier professional organization for CFOs, controllers, and treasurers. In 2020, Crowell was named to WashingtonExec’s “Top 10 CFOs to Watch in 2020” list and received WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Award for “Private Company CFO.” The same year, the Northern Virginia Technology Council selected Crowell as a finalist for its 2020 “Private Company CFO of the Year” honor.
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.
Karolyn R. Gardner serves as Sr. Vice President, Contracts & Pricing at ICF, headquartered here in Reston. She leads a team of 110+ contracts, subcontracts, and pricing professionals supporting ICF’s Digital Modernization & Experience (DMX) Group; Health, People & Health Sciences (HPHS) Group; and the Energy, Environment & Infrastructure (EEI) Group.
Karolyn joined ICF in early 2020 bringing more than 30 years of progressive leadership in contracts management. She enjoys leading teams in providing service excellence and transforming organizations through innovation and change management. She has extensive experience in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) compliance for US government DOD and civilian agencies for programs delivered worldwide, as well as negotiating complex contractual issues with US state and local agencies, international governmental and non-profit entities and commercial firms for a wide range of services such as disaster management, engineering, training, security, design/build (D/B), professional consulting, environmental remediation, information technology (IT), facilities management/base operations & maintenance, and cybersecurity. Karolyn has previously led contracts and procurement organizations for Dewberry, Akima, PAE (now Amentum), and CH2M HILL (now Jacobs).
BA, Business Management and International Studies
Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a Partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig in the Tysons Corner, VA office. She practices in the Corporate and Government Contracts area.
Cherylyn works with small-sized to large-sized businesses and government contractors across the country. She leads companies through the government contracting process by leveraging her experience as a former senior executive at the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her expertise is aligned with the SBA’s portfolio, including bank loans and financial assistance, disaster response, and government contracting for 8(a) and SDVOSB firms.
In her corporate practice, Cherylyn provides companies and their executive teams with strategic and tactical advice to negotiate complex contracts, M&A, banking representations, employment policies, and overall corporate advice. She believes in time-to-value while remaining personally available to work with clients directly.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Urman is the Director of Strategic Outreach and Communications at the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. In this role, Anna supports the VA in meeting and exceeding its small and set-aside business goals, assisting veteran-owned and other small businesses through outreach, education, and engagement.
Anna is government contracting and small business participation expert, an accomplished procurement market and policy analyst with extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative surveys, statistical analysis, focus groups.
Anna is the former Senior Procurement Analyst at the Department of State OSDBU, where she contributed to industry engagement and stakeholder engagement. Prior to that, she led the Virginia PTAC (now called APEX Acceledator) at George Mason University.
Anna has received a BA in Political Science and Rhetoric/Communications from Hofstra University. She holds a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and has performed post-graduate work in Government Contracts Law and Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University Law School.
Anna lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and daughters. She is active in dog rescue.
Lisa Wood is the Statewide Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted by George Mason University. Before joining the PTAC community, Lisa was a Procurement Specialist for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In this role, she performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions. Ms. Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at George Mason University.