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OAKLAND PANELISTS - 06/24/09

  • Guest Speakers:
    • Elihu Harris, Chancellor of Peralta Community College
    • Barbara Lee, Congresswoman, 9th Congressional District
    • Marty Keller, Director for the Office of Small Business Advocate
  • Public Sector Panelists include:
    • Representative from Homeland Security
    • Representative from Department of Transportation
    • Representative from Department of General Services
    • Representative from CalTrans
    • Representative from East Bay EDA
    • Public agencies representative
  • Private Sector Panelists include:
    • Representative from American Airlines
    • Representative from Hewlett-Packard
    • Representative from Chevron
    • Representative from Lockheed Martin
    • Another industry sector - TBD
  • Local Sector Panelists include:
    • Mark Quinn - SBA Lending
    • Bob Lane - Government Contracting
    • Bernida Reagan - Surety Bonding
    • Workforce Investment Board Representative
    • Ralph Zamora - Public Works Contractor
    • Local Small Business Owner

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SAN JOSE PANELISTS - 07/09/09

  • Public Sector Panelists include:
    • Lori Falkenstrom, General Service Administration
    • Osayahde Nesbitt, Caltrans
    • Michael Aquillio, California Department of General Services
    • Ashwini Kantak, San Jose City Manager’s Office
    • Mark Quinn, District Director SBA

 

  • Private Sector Panelists include:
    • Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, former DOT and currently of Teaming USA
    • Don Gonneville, Small Business and Veteran Representative
    • Dorothy Davis, DoVeDa Enterprises, Inc.
    • Carol Bowyer, The Federal Technology Center
    • Michael Coop, heyCoop LLC

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NATIONAL CITY PANELISTS - 07/16/09

  • Public Sector Panelists include:
    • Michael Aguillio, DGS
    • Pamela Smith-Cressel, GSA
    • Cherri Shur, CALTRANS
    • Ruben Garcia, SBA District Office
    • Bob Silvas, San Diego Airport Authority
  • Private Sector Panelists include:
    • John Leach, Disabled Veteran Entrepreneur, Business Trainer
    • Barry Levine, Sperry West
    • John Freeman, Knight and Carver
    • Derry Pence, Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association
  • Local Panelists include:
    • Emily Yanushka, San Diego Water Authority
    • Greg Cox, San Diego County Supervisor
    • Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer
    • Chuck Flacks, San Diego Workforce Partnership
    • José A. Nuncio, San Diego Association of Governments

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SANTA MONICA PANELISTS - 09/02/09

  • PUBLIC SECTOR PANELISTS:
      Moderator - Chuck Ashman - Business Matchmaking
    • Isaac Ike, Dept. of General Services, City of Los Angeles
    • Kellee MacDonald, City of Santa Monica
    • Debbie C. Johnson, County of Los Angeles, Internal Services, Office of Small Business/PTAC
    • Pamela Smith-Cressel, U.S. General Services Administration
    • Mo Clary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Dennis Thurston, Southern California Edison
  • PRIVATE SECTOR PANELISTS:
      Moderator - Brian Tippens - HP
    • Leon Pilosof, VP Procurement, Warner Bros
    • Benita Fortner, Director, Supplier Diversity, Raytheon Company
    • Jim Cragg, President, S.O.Tech / Special Operations Technologies Inc.
    • Denise Rodriguez-Lopez, American Express OPEN
    • Don Gonneville, Gonneville Corporation

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SACRAMENTO PANELISTS - 09/22/09

  • Public Sector Panelists
    • Liza Whitmore, Small Business Liaison, District 3/North Region California Department of Transportation
    • Eric Mandell, US Dept of General Services
    • Lori Falkenstrom, US General Services Administration
    • Bob Lanter, California Workforce Investment Board
    • John Blankenship, US Department of Veterans’ Affairs
       
  • Private Sector Panelists
    • John Dunbar, Golden State Framers
    • Adrienne Cisneros, American Express OPEN
    • Rich Dryden, Executive Director, California Disabled Veterans' Business Alliance

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ESCONDIDO PANELISTS - 09/29/09

  • Public Sector Panelists
    • Bob Silvas, Director Small Business Development, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
    • Angel Carrera, Small Business and DBA Services and Outreach, California Department of General Services
    • Elaine Richardson, Manager Contracts and Procurement, San Diego Association of Governments
    • DaKeyah McFarlin, Deputy Small Business Programs, Marine Corps Installations West, Camp Pendleton
    • Emily Yanushka, SCOOP Manager, Small Contractor Outreach and Opportunities Program, San Diego County Water Authority
    • Caltrans Purchasing,  representative TBA
  • Private Sector Panelists
    • Susan Asato, Director of Purchasing and Material Management, MiraCosta College
    • John Dunbar, CEO, Golden State Framers
    • Adrienne Cisneros, American Express OPEN

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COMPTON PANELISTS - 02/03/10

  • PUBLIC SECTOR PANEL:
    Moderator, Larry Carroll, Nationally Syndicated Business Broadcaster
    • Thomas Knox, Small Business Program Administrator, California Department of Transportation
    • Danetta Jackson, California Department of General Services
    • Mo Clary, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Pamela Smith-Cressel, U.S. Department of General Services
    • Margaret I. Hernandez, Director, Small Business Development Program Office, Port of Los Angeles
    • Derek Hull, Planning and Economic Development  Director, City of Compton
  • PRIVATE SECTOR PANEL:
    Moderator, Brian Tippens, HP
    • Dennis Thurston, Diversity Manager, SoCal Edison
    • Don Stoneham, President, AGAPE Enterprises
    • Vicky Harper‐Hall, Aerospace Systems Sector, Northrop-Grumman Corporation
    • Shel Lytton, AAL and Partner, Kelly, Lytton and Williams

 

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RIVERSIDE PANELISTS - 02/04/10

  • PUBLIC SECTOR PANEL:
    Moderator, Larry Carroll, Nationally Syndicated Business Broadcaster
    • Leo Gomez, County of San Bernardino Purchasing Department
    • Ann Blazina, Civil Rights/CalTrans Offices of Business and Economic Opportunity
    • Scott Haddon, County of Riverside
    • Mo Clary, U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs
    • Eric Mandell, California Department of General Services
  • PRIVATE SECTOR PANEL:
    Moderator, Brian Tippens, HP
    • Dennis Thurston, Diversity Manager, SoCal Edison
    • Lee Haven, Granite Construction
    • Denise Hays, Hal Hays Construction, Inc.
    • George Hanible, Community Programs Manager, SKANSKA USA West

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IRVINE PANELISTS - 04/06/10

  • GUEST SPEAKERS
    • Leila Mozaffari, Director, Orange County SBDC
    • Enrique Perez, J.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, Rancho Santiago Community College District
    • Chuck Ashman, Executive Producer, Business Matchmaking
    • Kristin Johnson, Regional Director, Northern California SBDC Regional Lead Center
    • Marty Keller, Director, Office of Small Business Advocate Governor's Office of Planning and Research
    • Rachel Baranick, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration
  • PUBLIC SECTOR PANELISTS
    • Virginia Abadessa, Director, Contracts and Procurement Contracts, Administration and Material Management, Orange County Transportation Authority
    • Eric Mandell, Purchasing Manager, Department of General Services
    • Mo Clary, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    • Don Lopez, L&L Industries
  • PRIVATE SECTOR PANELISTS
    • Joseph F. Alderete, Supplier Diversity Manager, Southern California Edison
    • John Arena, Business Outreach Program Manager, Procurement/Professional Services, Metropolitan Water District
    • Jason Pereira/Vik Bapna, California Watershed Engineering Corporation
    • Arnice Lamb, Manger Supplier Diversity and Development, The Walt Disney Company

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