Washington Days Conference Recap
Federal Allies Institute recently convened a federal contracting conference of many of the nation’s best entrepreneurs, primes, subcontractors, associations and federal agencies. They discussed federal contracts, established relationships, best practices, and ways to spend less on back office operations.
Keynote speakers Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kevin Boshears, Director, OSDBU, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Ludmilla Parnell, Director of Business Development, Small Business Partnerships, General Dynamics Information Technology worked diligently well beyond their Q&A sessions to help America’s Small Business Community at the Federal Allies Institute conference.
General Electric Company’s proactive offer to host the Monday night Washington Days Reception was yet another generous endorsement of GE for FAI and the Federal Allies Network. We appreciate the exemplary assistance of many of the participating agencies and exemplary federal employees such as Daisy Matthews, US AID; Marie A. Wright, IRS; Rocky Newton and Cynthia Adonoo, National Park Service; and Claudia Barrera, MBDA Federal Procurement Center; Kristi Wilson and Melanie Carter, US Department of Education; Barbara B. Mitchell and Richard Pihl, National Science Foundation, and Kenneth L. Mitchell, MICC, Fort Belvoir whose hard work and dedication to small business helped enable the establishment of Federal Allies Institute.
Washington Days Conference is unique and compelling because it is more about establishing relationships with new colleagues and learning from successful federal contractors than it is about simply being introduced to federal agencies. All occurs at the conference, but Federal Allies Institute’s mission to help all small businesses succeed at federal contracting, regardless of their levels of maturity, was on display, as too was the effective reach of the Federal Allies Network across America to find and recruit new businesses to become federal contractors thereby helping federal agencies to meet goals for inclusion of small business and diversity in federal contracts.
All conference registrants receive annual memberships in Federal Allies Institute and an opportunity to utilize the Federal Allies Network for one year following the conference. No matter where they are located… Anchorage Alaska, Junction City Kansas, East Syracuse New York, Princeton New Jersey or Waynesville North Carolina, the Federal Allies Institute pledge is to stay with them long-term after the conference in order to help them succeed in federal government contracting.
The two-day conference also includes important meetings on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Committee Staff and other senior personnel to advocate for pro small business legislation. We wish to thank U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (Ks); U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (Ks); U.S. Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly (Va); U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry (Ne); U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (Mo), U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (Mo); David H. Hallock, Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff / Legislative Director, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va); Barbara Kasoff, President & CEO and Co-Founder, Women Impacting Public Policy, San Francisco, Ca; Ann Sullivan, Madison Services Group, Inc., and Director, Government Relations, WIPP; Bob Hesser and Joe Wynn, board members, VET-Force; Andy Gibbs, President, Veterans Business Institute, Palms Springs, Ca; Emily Murphy, Senior Counsel, House Committee on Small Business; Alisa Wolking, Legislative Correspondent, Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY); and Faye Powers, Legislative Assistant/Scheduler Roscoe G. Bartlett (Md), and 105.9 FM WMAL 630 AM.
On behalf of Federal Allies Institute I wish to recognize and commend the FAI Washington Days Planning Committee: FAI Board Chair Frank Clay, Jr., FAI Vice-Chairs Raymond F. Goodrich and Michael Matechak and leadership support provided by Gary Shumaker (May 14) and Ralph E. Winnie, Jr. (May 15); Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr. USMC-Ret. , and Rick Cutrera of American Airlines. Additionally, Daniel R. Caffoe, Kevin Hailstock, Todd Myer, Cynthia Richardson, Alex Saidii, Patricia Driscoll, Andrea Gagne, Mary Cowell, Jared Stearns, and Lee Dougherty.
Congratulations to scholarship recipients Colleen LaTray, Loretta S. Hickman, and LaFarris Risby. We trust this conference made a difference for you!
We look forward to working with all participants.
David T. Boddie
Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute
Vol. 1 No. 3