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University of Colorado Procurement

The PSC is a University of Colorado System office charged with administering purchasing and payable functions for all campuses. The PSC helps departments obtain the best value for every dollar while complying with applicable rules.

Participating In:

Purchasing/Contracting Needs

The University has ever-changing procurement needs and is always looking for qualified suppliers to fulfill the needs of the University. Of particular interest we hope to meet local suppliers that can support Aerospace, Construction, Professional Services, Research, and Sustainability commodities.

Representatives:

Dave Korman, Small Business Liaison Officer

Dave’s role as the Small Business Liaison Officer is to provide strategic direction and leadership for the day-to-day operation of the university-wide Small Business Program, assist in maximizing opportunities for both current and potential Small Business Concerns (SBC) to participate in the University business of procuring goods and services at all dollar levels and regardless of fund source.

Additionally, Dave creates, oversees, monitors and reports on Subcontracting Plan documentation in support of bids, proposals, and awards coordinating with respective campus organizations and procurement peers.

Jenny Casanova

Colorado Enterprise Fund

Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is a non-profit CDFI small business lender committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their business. CEF provides access to capital to low-income, minorities, low-wealth, women, veterans or underserved areas across Colorado. CEF helps small businesses that don’t meet traditional financing guidelines with loans ranging from $1K to $1M including SBA microloans. CEF also provides FREE business coaching to our borrowers through our Business Navigation Services. CEF has been dedicated to creating impact through building small businesses, driving economic development, and creating jobs for over 45 years.

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Representatives:

Alan Ramirez, Director of Strategic Lending

Alan Ramirez is Director of Strategic Lending for Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) and has been with CEF since 2007. Alan is responsible for overseeing CEF’s loan production team and strategy for Colorado.  Alan consults with potential applicants about their business plans, performs credit analysis and loan underwriting, along with ongoing business advisory services to borrowers. His bilingual skills in English and Spanish are an asset in serving many of CEF’s minority-owned businesses.

Alan was appointed to the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve in Kansas City in 2022.  His role allows him to represent fellow Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and have a voice for small business entrepreneurs. 

Connect2DOT

Connect2DOT is an innovative partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network designed to help small and disadvantaged businesses become more competitive and successful in doing business with CDOT and other local transportation agencies.

In addition to free unlimited consulting and free or low-cost business training, Connect2DOT provides online resources and events tailored to highway & bridge construction contractors and engineering-related professional services firms.

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Representatives:

Cathy Kramer, Program Manager

Cathy Kramer is the Statewide Program Manager for Connect2DOT and CEO of Caddis LLC, a business and marketing consulting firm helping companies in the transportation industry. She has 25 years of marketing and management consulting experience, working with a range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She provides strategic direction to corporations and government agencies regarding market analysis, brand strategy, marketing planning, government proposal writing, supplier diversity, and small business program management. She has been directly responsible for more than 50 national and international client accounts and is often asked to provide keynote presentations and training at national organizations and events.

Cathy has been a consultant to CDOT for more than 15 years providing technical assistance to DBE/ESB firms and supporting the development and outreach of CDOT’s DBE/ESB Programs. In 2008, Cathy was part of the team that conducted the CDOT Disparity Study which was used to determine the need for remedial programs based upon racial and gender discrimination in state highway construction contracting. As a result, she assisted CDOT staff in restructuring the DBE/ESB Programs and determining the Triennial FHWA and FTA Overall Annual DBE Goal for the past 3 cycles. She has an extensive understanding of CDOT contracting and project delivery methods and has assisted hundreds of firms in marketing their services to CDOT.

Prior to starting her own business, Cathy was a Senior Systems Analyst for a Washington D.C. management consulting company where she managed large-scale federal financial and procurement software implementations at the Library of Congress, US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, and Louisville Water Company. She consulted with clients to re-engineer workflow procedures, define system requirements, and streamline business processes. 

Cathy is currently the Program Manager for Connect2DOT, managing the partnership between CDOT and the Colorado Small Business Development Centers and assisting with business consulting, training, outreach, and technical support to contractors and consultants through 14 centers across the state. 

Cathy currently serves on the Board of Directors for HCC Contractor Academy, The GoUrban Foundation, and ElektrikGreen, Inc. She also served multiple terms as an Advisory Board Member for COMTO Colorado. Cathy received a B.A. from Michigan State University. 

Cathy is available for consulting through the Denver Metro SBDC in downtown Denver, as well as by virtual appointment statewide. 

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club is a Major League Baseball Team in the National League located in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1993, this is the Rockies’ 30th year playing baseball in the Mile High City. The Rockies play 81 home games per year at Coors Field located in Lower Downtown, Denver, Colorado. With a capacity of about 50,000, Coors Field has been the home to the Rockies since 1995.

Participating In:

Purchasing/Contracting Needs

  • Looking to connect with women, minority, veteran, and LGBTQ owned business
  • Some of the items/types of businesses we would be looking for are furniture and other hard goods, HVAC, concrete repair, lighting
  • Not looking for any promotional companies, or service (marketing, IT, etc.) companies

Representatives:

Gary Lawrence, Sr. Director, Procurement

Gary Lawrence, Sr. Director – Procurement, has been with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club since 1993. From 1993-2007 he worked as an accountant whose responsibilities included internal controls, budgeting and financial reporting. In 2007 Gary transitioned into procurement where he heads up the Club’s purchasing to date. Gary is heavily involved in the Rockies special events and travel programs, including the team aircraft, scout auto leasing program, hotel and air travel. Growing up outside of Larkspur, Gary went to Douglas County High School and graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Go Huskies! Go Bears! Go Rockies!

Robert Wilkinson, Coordiator, Procurement

Robert Wilkinson has been with the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club since 2019. In his role, Robert assists the Sr. Director of Procurement in a variety of areas, including print, furniture, sustainability, and minor league needs. Robert began his sports career working for the Colorado State Rams, his alma mater, in the Athletics Business Office. Robert graduated with a degree in Business Management and was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado.

 

Northrop Grumman Corporation | Northrop Grumman Space Sector

Northrop Grumman, we pioneer technologies and break new boundaries to protect and advance humanity as we know it. From deep sea to outer space to cyber space, we are defining possible at the edge of every frontier.

Participating In:

Contracting Needs:

SDBs, HUBZones, SDVOSBs that meet the following (other socioeconomic categories are welcome, but we are trying to target these ones):

  • NAICS 541330 (engineering services)
  • Source talent to Boulder
  • Candidates that are strong in math, algorithm development, C++ software development, systems engineering
  • Cleared (secret or TS)
  • Knowledge/experience in orbital mechanics, celestial mechanics, fluid dynamics, space sensor processing, SBIR, tracking/track fusion

Representatives:

Jenifer Scoffield, Small Business Liaison Officer

Jenifer Scoffield has been with Northrop Grumman as the Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) since 1990 currently working at Space Sector. She is responsible for compliance and oversight for the Supplier Diversity Program at Propulsion Systems Business Unit. Her primary function is meeting and educating the diversity small business community, to subcontract with NGSS. Coordinating opportunities internally working with supply chain in order to comply with the requirements of our government contracts.

As a Small Business Liaison Officer, Jenifer has had experience in purchasing chemicals, adhesives, and propellants for various government programs. Knowledge in working with quality, logistics, proposals, and contracts has given her the experience and fundamental understanding needed to lead in the right direction, those diversity suppliers seeking to do business with NGSS. Working on Northrop Grumman Strategy Sourcing for the Space Sector. Jenifer has been awarded the NASA Agency-Level Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year and awarded the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Program Leadership and Advocacy Award.

Jenifer continues to work with numerous Industry Associations, including being Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Council Chair the last two years and currently the Chair of Marshall Prime Contractor Supplier Council (MPCSC). Jenifer is a certified member and trainer of the Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals (ASDP). Jenifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Katie Haney, Small Business Liaison Officer, Launch and Missile Defense

Katie Haney is a Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) for Northrop Grumman Space Systems supporting the Launch and Missile Defense Systems Division.

As an SBLO, Katie oversees the small business efforts for most of Northrop Grumman’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) programs to include advocacy of small business and compliance to small business requirements. She also serves as Northrop Grumman’s representative on MDA’s Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC).

Katie has over nine years of experience in government supply chain to include subcontract compliance, governance, and training in addition to her role as an SBLO. Her experience in subcontract compliance has provided her unique and beneficial insight into government contractual requirements and expectations. This experience has lent itself to being an SBLO and has offered further opportunity to work with various functions within the company allowing her to have more of an impact when advocating for small business.

Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and minor in economics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Northrop Grumman is a technology company, focused on global security and human discovery. Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they need to connect, advance, and protect the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers’ toughest problems, our 95,000 employees define possible every day.

Shane Deichman, Sr. Capture Manager

Shane is a Senior Capture Manager for Northrop Grumman, responsible for managing growth opportunities across multiple business areas – including defense, space, and intelligence – while supporting Northrop Grumman’s established excellence as a key contributor to national security. He has been a Board Member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) since January 2019, advocating for our nation’s largest per capita aerospace economy, serving as Vice Chair since January 2022.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Shane spent two years with BAE Systems Inc. and nearly four years with Teledyne Brown Engineering in multi-billion-dollar business pursuits and served as a part-time Strategist for Caliola (a women-owned small business specializing in secure mesh networking solutions for austere environments). In government, Shane was Program Manager for Space Integration & Early Warning in the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), responsible for integrating space-based sensors into C2BMC to provide Warfighters with better data more quickly.

Shane has more than three decades of experience in government service, both as a scientist and as a manager, and is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certified at Level III in Program Management, Science & Technology Management, and Engineering as well as Level II certified in Information Technology, Purchasing, and Facilities Engineering. He was the Acquisition Program Manager for the Objective Simulation Framework (OSF), an ACAT IAC-equivalent contract awarded in August 2011 by MDA’s Engineering Directorate.

Shane’s previous government service includes seven years at United States Joint Forces Command’s Joint Futures Lab (USJFCOM J9) as Experiment Operations Director, where he was responsible for finding and evaluating new ideas – “disruptive innovations” that enable Transformational defense capabilities. Shane supported the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Industrial Base Capabilities Studies, was a founding member of U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Industry Engagement Board, and served as a Government Advisor to numerous Defense Science Board Task Forces and Summer Studies. He spent two years as an Office of Naval Research Science Advisor at Marine Corps Forces-Pacific (MARFORPAC), and began his career as a Physicist at Naval Ocean Systems Center (now Naval Information Warfare Center-Pacific) in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval War College (1994) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government “Senior Executive Fellows” Program (2003), Shane also holds an M.S. in Engineering Systems from Naval Postgraduate School-Monterey (2016), an M.S. in Management from Salve Regina University (1997), and a Baccalaureate in Nuclear Physics from the University of California at Berkeley (1989). Shane has lectured on military innovation at the Pentagon, State Department, and service, joint, and international war colleges, and has published several articles on innovation and warfighting. He was one of Hampton Roads – Virginia’s “Top 40 under 40” entrepreneurs in Inside Business magazine (2005), and has received three Joint Meritorious Unit Awards. 

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