HUB Expo Agenda

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration – Exhibitors, Conference Participants

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Opening Remarks, Texas Comptroller’s Office

Remarks from Gold Sponsors:

  • 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

“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.


  • Lynn Hodde, CTCM, HUB Program Manager, DIR

Capitol and North Austin Complexes Overview

Construction Contracting Opportunities
(Meeting Room: San Antonio)

The first phase of the Capitol Complex Project includes two new office buildings and five levels of underground parking. Within this phase, the North Austin Complex will consist of a nine-story office building, which includes a mechanical penthouse and an adjacent seven-story parking garage for approximately 1,850 cars.


  • Yolanda Strey, CTCM, CTPM, HUB Director, Texas Facilities Commission

Prime Contractor Speakers:

  • Page/Balfour Beatty
  • Jacobs/Vaughn Construction

Marketing to the State of Texas

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.


  • Laura Cagle-Hinojosa, HUB Manager, HHSC

How to Successfully Do Business with State Universities

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.


  • Tiffany Dockery Gibson, HUB/SB Program Director, The University of Texas at Austin


  • Greg Obar, MS, CTCM, Director of Operations & HUB Coordinator, University of North Texas System

Second Track Workshops

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Is Your HUB Business Profile Page Working For You?

This workshop will explain how to increase your visibility for state contracting opportunities and the importance of maintaining and updating your business profile page.


  • Cassandra Johnson, CMBA, CTPM, CTCM TPWD HUB Program Specialist Team Lead

Understanding HUB (State) and DBE (TXDOT) Certifications

(Meeting Room: Trinity A)

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 marketing 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.


  • Ricardo Perez, HUB Certification Team Lead, Statewide Procurement Division, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Statewide HUB Program
  • Joe Sanchez, DBE Certification, TXDOT, Civil Rights Division, Federal Programs

Access to Capital

(Meeting Room: Trinity B)

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


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

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

(Meeting Room: San Marcos)

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.


  • Shonté Gordon, CTPM, CTCM, HUB Coordinator


  • Tammy Durham, Procurement Director/HUB Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Tabitha Evans, HUB Coordinator, Lamar State University
  • Muriel Kruse, HUB Specialist, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sharon Schulz, HUB Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Luis Castaneda, Flintco, Project Manager for 1801 Congress Ave. Capitol Complex Project

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 Cassandra Johnson, HUB Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Remarks from Platinum Sponsors:

  • Health and Human Services Commission

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

Oscar Orduno, Inc.

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

This workshop will highlight key tips to make your proposal a stronger candidate for winning a contract, and 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 to lose the contract.


  • 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: San Marcos)

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

  • Carlton Cooper, Business Development Specialist for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, TXDOT, Civil Rights Division

Skills Development Fund – Texas Premier Job-Training Program

(Meeting Room: San Antonio)

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.


  • 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).


  • Ron Hieser, Grant Coordinator, Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality