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HUB Expo Agenda

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registration for Exhibitors and Conference Participants

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.

Opening Remarks, Texas Comptroller's Office

Speakers:

  • Hershel Becker, chief procurement officer, Texas Department of Information Resources
  • Stephanie Bergeron Perdue, deputy executive director, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • John S. Raff, deputy executive director, Facilities Design & Construction, Texas Facilities Commission

Announcement: “Primes Looking for HUBs for Subcontracting Opportunities” Announcement

9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B - Open

First Track Workshops

9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

State Government Information Technology Procurement Opportunities

(Meeting Room: Trinity B)

The Department of Information Resources (DIR) will provide vendors insight into the State of Texas IT contracting process. Gain additional information on doing business with state agencies, universities, cities, counties and local municipalities. Learn how to become competitive with IT procurements throughout the state.

Speaker:

  • Lynn Hodde, HUB program manager, Department of Information Resources

Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) Construction Updates

(Meeting Room: Pecos)

The Texas Facilities Commission will provide a recap of active and future projects. Learn about:

  • Capitol Complex (Phase 1)
  • North Austin Complex (Phase 1)
  • New Construction (Phase 2) and Deferred Maintenance
  • Upcoming Opportunities

Moderator:

  • Yolanda Strey, HUB director, Texas Facilities Commission

Speakers:

  • John Raff, deputy executive director, Texas Facilities Commission
  • Paul Bielamowicz, principal/senior project manager, Page

Understanding HUB (State) and DBE (TXDOT) Certifications

(Meeting Room: Sabine)

This workshop will allow you to gain the knowledge and professional expertise you will need to take your business to the next level. Certification is key to market your business. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Texas Department of Transportation will provide you with information on how to become Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certified.

Speakers:

  • Ricardo Perez, HUB Certification team lead, Statewide Procurement Division, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • Joe Sanchez, DBE Certification, Civil Rights Division, Federal Programs, Texas Department of Transportation

How to Successfully Do Business with State Universities

(Meeting Room: Trinity A)

State of Texas universities and institutes of higher education purchase a wide array of goods and services to support their academic, research and public service missions. Operational activities such as student housing, food services, bookstores, information technology services, branding and marketing services, research and lab equipment, medical equipment, and office administration all provide opportunity for HUBs. Join representatives from these institutions to better understand their procurement processes and opportunities to contract with them.

Moderator:

  • Tiffany Dockery Gibson, HUB/SB program director, The University of Texas at Austin

Speakers:

  • Greg Obar, MS, CTCM, director of operations & HUB coordinator, University of North Texas System
  • Dan Alden, CPM, CTPM, CTCM, director, purchasing/HUB coordinator, Texas State University
  • Rebecca Mendez, Assistant HUB Coordinator at University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Kyle Hayes, HUB Coordinator, University of Texas System

Second Track Workshops

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Is Your HUB Business Profile Page Working For You?

(Meeting Room: Trinity A)

This workshop will explain how to increase your visibility for state contracting opportunities, the importance of maintaining and updating your business profile page, and making sure your business profile description is reflects your company's reputation.

Speaker:

  • Cassandra Johnson, CMBA, CTPM, CTCM, HUB program specialist team lead, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Access to Capital

(Meeting Room: Trinity B)

Learn about requirements and options for traditional and non-traditional business funding.

Speakers:

  • Lionel Davila, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Jan Triplett, Ph.D., CBTAC, CEO, Business Success Center

Forecasting Opportunities in Construction Projects for State of Texas Agencies and Universities

(Meeting Room: Sabine)

Meet with key stakeholders from government agencies and universities and with a general contractor who will provide a perspective on essential requirements for doing business with the State of Texas. This is an educational and networking opportunity.

Moderator:

  • Shonté Gordon, CTPM, CTCM, HUB coordinator, Texas Facilities Commission

Speakers:

  • Tammy Durham, procurement director/HUB coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Tabitha Evans, HUB coordinator, Lamar State University
  • Muriel Kruse, HUB specialist, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sharon Schulz, HUB director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Luis Castaneda, project manager, 1801 Congress Ave. Capitol Complex Project, Flintco

Marketing to the State of Texas

(Meeting Room: Pecos)

Use data mining tools and procurement data to identify where opportunities exist for your company. Find out who your competitors are, look at their contracts and use budget information for forecasting future opportunities. In addition, information about the HUB Subcontracting Plan will be provided. This will help provide an understanding of the opportunities available through direct and indirect contracting with the state.

Speaker:

  • Laura Cagle-Hinojosa, HUB manager, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B - Networking

Luncheon Program

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

(Rio Grande Exhibit Hall A)

Welcoming Remarks and Moderator:

  • Bobby Pounds, assistant director, Statewide Procurement Division, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Hendrickson High School MCJROTC Hawk Battalion

National Anthem

Invocation

Speaker:

  • Cassandra Johnson, HUB Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Remarks from Platinum Sponsors:

  • Health and Human Services Commission
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation

Interactive Panel Discussion: Successful HUB Businesses – Tips for Success and Lessons Learned

  • Julia McCurley, Actium, Inc.
  • Usha Boddapu, Esolvit Inc.
  • Oscar Orduno, Oscar Orduno Inc.
  • James Brown Henderson, Urban Circle

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Rio Grande Exhibit Hall B - Networking

Third Track Workshops

3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Writing a Winning Proposal

(Meeting Room: Pecos)

This workshop will highlight key tips to make your proposal a stronger candidate for winning a contract. It explains what the procurement staff are seeking in the review process. A great proposal can be decisive in winning a contract, but a poor one can cause you the contract. A great proposal can be decisive in winning a contract, but a poor one can cause you to lose the contract.

Speaker:

  • Norma Barrera, CTCM, CTPM, Contract Administration and HUB Manager, Procurement and Contract Services, Texas Department of Public Safety

Doing Business with the Texas Department of Transportation

(Meeting Room: Sabine)

The Texas Department of Transportation has many DBE and HUB resources and opportunities. Learn how to navigate its website and gain valuable understanding of resources available to your business.

Speaker:

  • Carlton Cooper, statewide outreach and public involvement specialist for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Civil Rights Division, TXDOT

Skills Development Fund – Texas Premier Job-Training Program

(Meeting Room: Trinity B)

The Office of Employers Initiatives, Skills Development Fund at the Texas Workforce Commission has a number of services available to support your workforce training needs. Grants are available to provide training to your employees.

Speaker:

  • Matt Sniadecki, program manager, Office of Employers Initiatives, Texas Workforce Commission

TERP 101 – Texas Emissions Reduction Plan

(Meeting Room: Trinity A)

TERP 101 provides an overview of how individuals and entities can receive money to upgrade or replace existing vehicles and/or equipment under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).

Speaker:

  • Ron Hieser, grant coordinator, Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality