More than 25 years in the passenger railcar industry managing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation and Buy America compliance
Oversaw more than $200 million in subcontract awards and payments to DBE, MBE and WBE subcontractors (a.k.a. business partners)
Provided DBE and Buy America training to more than 1000 staff members worldwide.
Developed DBE and Buy America strategy for new bids and existing contracts to Program, Purchasing, Estimating, Legal, Contracts and Marketing Management.
Oversaw 2nd-tier DBE subcontracting program by monitoring major system subcontractors.
Insured all DBEs were certified, paid promptly and “counting value” was correct.
Advised potential DBE suppliers through the certification application process with various transit properties.
Prepared DBE participation and Buy America compliance reports for monthly submittals to our transit property customers.
Successfully “passed” all Buy America Pre-Award and Post Delivery Audits I’ve managed.
Successfully managed meeting or exceeding USDOT-FTA Annual DBE Goal to remain in good standing with the USDOT, FTA and transit authorities.
Continuously addressed the ramifications of the USDOT’s DBE and Buy America rules (e.g., mentor-protégé, responsiveness vs. responsibility, etc.)
Served as a moderator and presenter at APTA, COMTO, and national civil rights committee meetings and conferences.
100% of my DBE Good Faith Efforts proposals accepted by my firm’s customers.
Served as my firm’s DBE and/or Buy America Liaison Officer on contracts with the following transit organizations:
AMTRAK (Washington, DC)
Hampton Roads Transit (Norfolk)
King County (Seattle)
LACMTA (Los Angeles)
LBT (Long Beach, CA)
MD MTA (Baltimore)
Miami-Dade Transit (FL)
MTS (San Diego)
Muni (San Francisco)
(NY) MTA (NYCT, LIRR, Metro-North RR)
OCTA (Orange County, CA)
Valley Metro (Phoenix)
VIA (San Antonio)
WMATA (Washington, DC)
It was a pleasure to attend this training. I commend you on a job well done. You are a natural presenter and the message was clear and very informative. I took a LOT away from the class. Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend.
Kelly B.Project Scheduling
I thought that you did a great job with your presentation. You made good time with all the information that you gave. It is good that you give this to all departments along the Supply Chain, for it makes everyone understand the importance and justify why we do what we do.
Nice job. While I had some familiarity with both BAA and DBE/WBE/MBE, I learned a lot. Gotta agree with you. Your approach, providing candid insight, is a welcomed change. Thanks for taking the time to enlighten us and keep us in synch with the business needs.
David B.Material Availability Improvement Team
Very good presentation. Clear, precise, to the point.
I found the training session very informative. I have been with this organization for almost 5 years and only lately have I heard of “Buy America.” I was quite surprised to hear that we’ve been doing it for as long as we have. I think it was very beneficial for my staff and me to hear what it is and the details surrounding the importance of compliance and all that goes into the process. Thank you for including us in your training.
Patty M.Accounts Payable Supervisor
I thought you did a good job covering such complex subjects, especially for persons having no exposure to these regulations. Your past efforts to educate union leadership were a good idea. Having rank and file understand, at least in a basic way, is beneficial.
James L.Work Package Controller
Thank you for the class! Since I was still mulling over thoughts I had during the class this morning, I would say that it was very well worth the time and effort! I am thinking of ways to keep a running tab on BAA and DBE value during the quotation process. Thank you for the insight on how important these regulations are to our company.
I thought your workshop was very well done. I think it should be mandatory for everyone who deals with bids, purchasing, and marketing or directly with our suppliers.
Many thanks for the presentation. It was a complicated subject, simply given and I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the enthusiasm and passion with which it was given.
The presentation was very good. I think it will be an excellent presentation for new personnel, but also a good one to have for a “refresher” session. Good job.