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Speaker Biographies - Alliance Baltimore 2016
November 10, 2016
City of Baltimore
Courtney M. Billups, Esquire is the managing principal of the Law Offices of Courtney M. Billups, located in Washington, D.C. The firm provides corporate counsel and consulting services to small businesses and technical assistance and consulting services to public entities. Attorney Billups serves as legal counsel and business consultant to small businesses that perform in a wide variety of industries and do business in both the private and the public sectors. He also serves as a consultant to state and local jurisdictions in the area of public policy, procurement, small business utilization and clean energy initiatives. Attorney Billups has distinguished himself as a successful commercial litigator, business development specialist, and has performed procurement and small business utilization evaluations for state and local jurisdictions across the country. In 2012, Mr. Billups was appointed the Director of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2015, Mr. Billups became Chief Solicitor of the Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Office for the City of Baltimore, Department of Law. In that capacity, he is responsible for administering the City of Baltimore’s Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Program.
Mr. Billups is a graduate of Morehouse College where he was a three-time, all-conference, student-athlete. He graduated with honors receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Mr. Billups received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School where he also served as President of the Black Law Students Association. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Billups began working for former Maryland Congressman and Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Parren J. Mitchell, where he worked closely with Congress, federal agencies, state and local governments, trade associations and business organizations providing research materials, legal analysis and policy position papers. In addition to drafting testimony and providing general advocacy on behalf of small businesses, Mr. Billups also worked in numerous state and local jurisdictions across the country assisting in the development of the requisite factual predicate studies needed to support state and local small, local and disadvantaged business enterprise programs.
In 1995, Mr. Billups was named by Black Professional Magazine as one of America's “Best and Brightest.” In 2007, Mr. Billups was named a “Community Excellence” award winner by the Maryland State Department of Education. In 2016, Mr. Billups was honored as the “Most Efficient Administrator of a Minority Certifying Agency” by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association. Attorney Billups has been a featured speaker for the National Bar Association, the George Washington University Law School, the Howard University School of Law, the Georgia State University School of Law, the National Association of Minority Contractors, as well as for several other trade associations and business organizations.
In November of 2006, Mr. Billups was elected County Commissioner for Queen Anne’s County Maryland, becoming the first African-American elected official in the three hundred year history of the County. Attorney Billups served as the Program Management Consultant for the newly established Maryland Clean Energy Center promoting loan programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy technology throughout the state of Maryland. He serves on the Advisory Board of BB&T Bank and on the Board of FSC First, a non-profit small and minority business funding organization.
US Small Business Administration
Honeywell Building Solutions
Montgomery County Office of Procurement, Division of Business Relations & Compliance
Grace is the Manager of Montgomery County Government’s Office of Business Relations and Compliance (OBRC). The OBRC is directly responsible for developing legislation and policies that aid the growth and success of Local Small, Minority, Female, Disabled Persons Owned Businesses. The OBRC administers the County’s social-economic and business compliance programs including the:
• Minority, Female and Disabled Persons Owned Business (MFD)
• Local, Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP)
• Living Wage Law
• Prevailing Wage Law
• Equal Benefits Law
OBRC’s goal is to promote open and fair competitions, strengthen business equity and competitive contracting for MBE’s and local businesses. Grace works directly with the offices of the County Executive, County Council, Department Directors, business owners, associations, Chambers of Commerce and other stakeholders to craft a robust business community that is sustainable, compliant and economically successful.
Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO-DC)
Katlin Barrett is the Program Manager for the Women Presidents' Educational Organization DC Chapter
Maryland Department of General Services
Maryland Dept of Transportation
Angela has been working within the Maryland Department of Transportation for the last 24 years. She began her career in procurement at the Maryland Transit Administration (then the Mass Transit Administration) in 1989 as a procurement clerk, and in 2000 became a buyer for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police in their Quartermaster Unit. Tying the concepts of procurement with Minority Business, she became an Administrative Officer in the Authority’s MBE Office in 2005, and took her skills with her to the MBE Office at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in 2010. She is currently a Certification Officer interviewing applicants seeking Minority Business Certification in the State of Maryland.
Global Supplier Diversity Strategies LLC
Principal Consultant – Global Supplier Diversity Strategies LLC
Mr. Gillean works with corporations, both domestic and foreign to develop Supplier Diversity Programs that are in full compliance with the regulations of their host countries.
He has been working in the purchasing profession since 1979 and has always involved himself in Supplier Diversity issues. Most recently, Charles has led the Supplier Diversity Program for a Global 200 corporation. He is considered by some as a SME (Subject Matter Expert) on this rapidly expanding subject. Charles also administered the Supplier Diversity Program for the 4th largest transit property in the nation. As a result of his extensive experience, he is well grounded in all aspects of both public and commercially based Programs.
He has testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights on Supplier Diversity issues and was a key participant in the development of unified certification standards for federal agencies and advocacy groups.
Mr. Gillean regularly conducts workshops and seminars on Program Development, Federal Compliance and his favorite topics, “Innovative Approaches to increase Diversity Supplier Participation”; and “Marketing to the Big Boys, P3 – Prepare, Present Pursue”.
Charles has been active with many advocacy organizations. These include, Supplier Diversity UK, ISM Supplier Diversity Pharmaceutical Forum, NMSDC, NAWBO, Veteran and Disabled business owners organizations to name a few. He has also served in leadership positions in the industry by serving on the Boards of such organizations as NMSDC, PA-DE-NJ, NAWBO, and NAVOBA.
Set-Aside Alert/Business Research Services
With four decades of experience in the Federal government contracting arena, Tom is an expert at government business development. He has negotiated numerous GSA Schedule contracts and has advised both large and small organizations. His clients have included Dun & Bradstreet, McGraw-Hill, and 3M Corporation, as well as numerous small businesses, HUBZone firms, 8(a) companies, veteran-owned businesses and tribal enterprises.
He is publisher of Set-Aside Alert: the nation’s leading news source for anyone working in the small business side of Federal contracting. With subscribers throughout the United States, Set-Aside Alert serves as an invaluable resource for small contractors, prime contractors, consultants, and government agencies.
Tom graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Administration. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps at the headquarters of the US Army Materiel Command.
Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice
Kirlin Builders, LLC
Accomplished Government Contract Management professional, diversity and Small Business specialist, with more than 15 years of experience in the Federal Contracting arena. Ms. Smith’s strengths and competencies ensures Kirlin Builders’ (KB) success as a leader in the Federal Construction industry. Since 2011, Ms. Smith has been an integral part of the KB, working cohesively with all departments, in support of our Federal program performance.
Currently Ms. Smith administers compliance and ensures Small Business participation KB’s Federal Contracts valued at over $1.65 Billion. Ms. Smith is directly involved, and has been instrumental in the achievement of SBA Mentor Protégé Agreements and resultant Joint Venture contract awards in excess of $250 Million. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
Contract Administration and Compliance
Project and Program Management
Small Business Subcontracting Plan (Goals) and Participation Plans
Small Business Program Management
Maryland Technical Assistance Program (MD PTAP)
Ms. Johnson LeFlore has extensive experience in both government and commercial contracting. She has worked with a wide range of items, methodologies and procedures, including: Federal, Department of Defense, State Department and local contracts. Acquisition and instructions applicable to acquisition of highly sophisticated, unique research and development efforts, professional and management services. She reviewed requests for contractual services submitted by organizations supported by government agencies. Analyzing the requirement, conferring with appropriate personnel to obtain needed technical data related to preparation of the contractual document (scope of work, evaluation criteria, deliverables, patents, etc). Her experience encompasses the entire contract spectrum from cradle to grave contracting.
Ms. LeFlore has been the owner and operator of OMO and Associates a small consulting company located in Baltimore, Maryland the Company provided expertise services throughout the procurement process to small businesses.
• GSA Schedule Expertise (Professional Services, MOBIS, Temporary Administrative and Professional Staffing, etc).
• Designed and planned HUBZone, 8(A), SDB, GSA and Woman-Owned Workshops for PTAP clients.
• Implemented programs and evaluated their effectiveness.
• Drafted training grant proposals and monitored grant implementation.
• Participate in heavy networking with representatives of federal, state, and local agencies, small business resource organizations, business incubators, professional associates, socio-economic and economic development councils.
• Arrangement of participation and visiting exhibitions, shows, conferences and trade shows.
• Organization of business meetings, seminars and training programs.
• Contract costs analysis techniques to gather and evaluate price and/or data for a variety of pre-award and post-award procurement actions, such as proposals for engineering, economic, construction and other services
• Federal and Agency acquisition principles, regulations and procedures, types and methods to procure and/or administer contracts.
• Prepared and Processed Procurement Documents for Award of Grants and Cooperative Agreements.
Social Security Administration - OSDBU
Soraya (Morgan) Gutman founded, grew and successfully sold her business advisory firm, Morgan Business Solutions. Today, she serves as President of Brand Launcher; focusing her talents on helping hardworking entrepreneurs on the cusp of growth increase sales and employee productivity. She is ranked a 5 out of 5 speaker for organizations including: The U.S. Military Fort Bragg, Vistage International, FABTECH, INFORMA and dozens of corporations for her out-of-box seminars. In 2016, she won The Best Speaker Award by The Newcastle Delaware Chamber of Commerce.
Soraya also enjoys donating her talents to many non-profit organizations, including The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners where she won “Trailblazer of the Year” for attaining the highest corporate sponsor dollars of any chapter since the founding of the organization in 1978 and The Raleigh Wake Human Resource Management Association where she founded, led and spun off multiple first-of-its- kind Senior Executive Think Tanks for C-Level Professionals.
Having lived and worked during political, economic and social turmoil in England, Germany, Egypt and Turkey, Soraya has a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face during all economic climates. She is uniquely talented at transforming her international and resourceful spirit into practical, can-do business solutions that produce results.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
As Director in the Supplier Diversity Initiative, Natalie supports LGBTBEs throughout the certification application and beyond, helping LGBTBEs leverage certification for their unique and growing enterprise. Prior to joining NGLCC, Natalie received her BA in International Peace Studies and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame where she worked to achieve a healthier and more supportive LGBT and gender environment on campus. She went on to receive her Masters in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development at the United Nations Mandated University for Peace and is inspired to be using her educational and professional background at the NGLCC.
Tammy Stickland is Senior Manager, Procurement for the U.S. offices of Eisai Inc.
Eisai Inc. was established in 1995 and began marketing its first product in the United States in 1997. Since that time, Eisai Inc. has rapidly grown to become a fully integrated pharmaceutical business. Eisai has a global product creation organization that includes U.S.-based R&D facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as manufacturing facilities in Maryland and North Carolina.
Baltimore County, Maryland Office of Budget and Finance, Purchasing Division
Carla earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from York College of Pennsylvania, May 1988. After graduation, Carla served Maryland constituents in a variety of agencies and capacities within State government for more than twenty years before leaving state service.