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)
Was it worth my time? Absolutely. I have heard of DBE and Buy America, but have not really been given any training on how complex the subjects are. The training was extremely helpful to me for making decisions as an IE can directly affect DBE and possibly Buy America. The training has given me another tool that I can reference to make smart decisions.
I thought the topics were relevant to all of our jobs and the presentation was useful. It was the right length and right level of detail. You did a good job explaining the regulations in language we could all understand. The examples helped.
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.
I enjoyed the presentation and how it outlined our limitations for some of these contracts. The “real life” examples always help people understand how it really happens!
I had no idea about Buy America and didn’t know all about DBE either. The meeting was very knowledgeable and I thought very well organized as far as how you went into details and made it very easy to listen too. Most informational meetings that I’ve attended lack the personal touch that you incorporated.
I appreciate the invitation to attend today’s DBE & Buy America Training Session. I felt it was very beneficial to me and well worth my time. You did a great job with your presentation.
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 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 enjoyed the presentation this a.m. very much. You have a great command of the facts and a broad knowledge of the subject. The pace and timing was right on target. Well done.
Nice job on presentation, even with my experience in both subjects, I found the presentation interesting and even learned something new. Thanks!