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)
As a brand new employee, I found your meeting very interesting and very informative. Thank you for inviting me.
I thought the presentation was well worth my time. I understand much better what the BAA and DBE forms are actually used for now.
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.
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 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!
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
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.
I thought the training was very useful. I have only been here since the 1st week in August but I have heard Naomi and Deb talk about Buy America. The more the entire organization knows about the process the better chance of positive results.
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.
The training session was indeed helpful. From an engineer’s/designer’s standpoint seeing how complex and challenging this issue really is, I believe will be helpful in developing specifications and drawing documents which in the end provide sufficient detail along with a narrowed definition of the products and systems which may be procured from a DBE supplier.