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)
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 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 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.
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!
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 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.
I honestly felt that you did a very good job today and kept the attention of the group you certainly know your job andI learned many things today.
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 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.
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.