• 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:
      1. AMTRAK (Washington, DC)
      2. BART (Oakland)
      3. CALTRANS (Sacramento)
      4. CTA (Chicago)
      5. DART (Dallas)
      6. GCRTA (Cleveland)
      7. Hampton Roads Transit (Norfolk)
      8. King County (Seattle)
      9. LACMTA (Los Angeles)
      10. LBT (Long Beach, CA)
      11. LYNX (Orlando)
      12. MARTA (Atlanta)
      13. MBTA (Boston)
      14. MCTS (Milwaukee)
      15. MD MTA (Baltimore)
      16. METRA (Chicago)
      17. METRO (Houston)
      18. Miami-Dade Transit (FL)
      19. MTS (San Diego)
      20. Muni (San Francisco)
      21. NJT (Newark)
      22. (NY) MTA (NYCT, LIRR, Metro-North RR)
      23. OCTA (Orange County, CA)
      24. PAAC (Pittsburgh)
      25. RTD (Denver)
      26. SEPTA (Philadelphia)
      27. Tri-Met (Portland)
      28. Valley Metro (Phoenix)
      29. VIA (San Antonio)
      30. WMATA (Washington, DC)

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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.
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