More than 27 years in the passenger railcar industry managing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation and Buy America compliance
Oversaw more than $225 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 1500 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
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.
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 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.
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.
As a brand new employee, I found your meeting very interesting and very informative. Thank you for inviting me.
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
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 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.
I thought the presentation was well worth my time. I understand much better what the BAA and DBE forms are actually used for now.