Stephanie Amend is an advisory director/executive consultant for govIRG which is a full-service solutions provider for government contractors. For the past 15 years, govIRG has provided companies with the extra knowledge and manpower they need to succeed in the world of government contracting and start-up culture. Specializing in proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, accounting and compliance, govIRG provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors. govIRG is headquartered in Colorado; however, govIRG reaches clients nationwide. Amend is a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional and possesses a BSA and an MBA. She is an advisor for the Small Business Development Centers of Colorado and former president of the board of directors for the Denver Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.
Courtney is a highly credentialed and gifted public speaker, with over three decades of experience in Human Resources and Operations Management. During that time, she has held many management positions, from front-line supervisor to senior executive positions in both HR and operations. Courtney has worked with for-profit, not-for-profit clients in a myriad of industries including healthcare, insurance, hospitality, retail, education, technology, and manufacturing. She is passionate about HR issues, leading people, and designing management systems and philosophies to improve employee engagement, performance, and productivity. Courtney is a member of the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council was featured in “How to Conduct Annual Employee Reviews” in Inc. Magazine, a published author and a national speaker. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management and both SHRM-SCP and SPHR professional certifications.
Eric Drennan is Shareholder and Board Secretary at Denver law firm, Holzer Patel Drennan. Eric combines his technical background in mechanical and manufacturing engineering technology with 10+ years of intellectual property (IP) legal experience to effectively and efficiently develop his clients’ IP assets. Eric’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, patent analysis, IP due diligence, and IP portfolio management. Eric works in a variety of technical areas including, for example, mechanical devices, manufacturing technology, propulsion systems, materials science, data storage systems, semiconductor devices, telecommunications, electronics, consumer goods, and Internet-based technology.
Reagan Freed, owner/founder at Solvere HR Consulting, is an accomplished HR executive with extensive experience supporting small, mid- and large businesses as they develop people strategies that support organizational goals. Her experience ranges across a wide variety of industries including engineering, construction, telecommunications and business process outsourcing (BPO). Reagan has experience working in the United States and internationally in Europe, Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Liberia and many countries in Asia. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Colorado, Denver and is a certified SHRM-SCP.
Andra Hargrave has over 15 years of direct national and international sales channel development in the areas of government procurement and fortune level 500 business development. His marketing channel development experience lies in a variety of industries, including technology-oriented manufacturing, service industries and distribution. Hargrave possesses an in-depth knowledge of state and federal set-aside procurement programs, such as SDB, HUB and the 8a Business Development Program, among others. He has served as the director of certification for the RMMSDC and currently serves as the statewide veteran’s consultant for the Colorado SBDC Network. His comprehension of federally-backed procurements, grants and certification programs, such as Advanced Technology and SBIR/STTR, is without equal.