Conference and Awards Dinner Lauded by Government and Industry as Success Worth
Market intelligence, industry education, B2G relationship building and fifth
anniversary awards ceremony round out first-time full-day event for premier federal sector membership
Columbia, MD, March 8,
2009—In the days since The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC)
Fifth Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner (www.turningfive.com),
feedback has poured in and the event has been deemed as a huge success. This
first-ever conference and award dinner will become an annual event.
The ASBC is a membership organization exclusively focused on
supporting the development of relationships, best practices and market
intelligence for companies doing business in the government sector. The primary
goal is to help government agencies identify viable and vetted companies to
support their mission requirements.
A goal of the conference and award dinner was to help
attendees learn and improve how they do business with the federal sector. To
that end, keynotes, breakout sessions and panel discussions filled the day with
representatives from the government and accomplished industry professionals.
One such presenter was Mary A. Davie, Assistant Commissioner, Office of
Assisted Acquisition Services, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services
“GSA was honored to be included in the American Small
Business Coalition's Fifth Anniversary event. It was a great opportunity for us
to be able to engage directly with The ASBC members, particularly related to
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Davie. “Additionally, the event provided a
fantastic forum for government/industry
collaboration resulting in several follow up conversations between ASBC members
and GSA to discuss ways we can work together to support specific federal agency
customers' needs,” she said.
Other government presenters included Casey Coleman, Chief
Information Officer, GSA; Delores Thompson-Gad, Assistant Director, Office of
Small Business Programs Mission and Installation Contracting Command,
Directorate of Contracting Fort Belvoir; and Soraya Correa, Director of
Procurement Operations, Department of Homeland Security.
David A. Drabkin, Acting Chief Acquisition Officer and
Senior Procurement Executive, GSA, was the featured speaker of a special
edition of the Washington Breakfast Club™, which celebrated 25 years as the
area’s premier information exchange for Government and Industry.
“At events like the 5th Anniversary Conference, I
was able to sit in a briefing given by the GSA CIO with twenty others and ask
all the questions I wanted,” " Steve Mackie, President, Storage
Strategies, Inc. “Membership in The ASBC offers tremendous access to
influential people and high value information to its members. The seminar given
by Courtney Fairchild of Global Services Inc. on GSA Schedules, was an
outstanding primer on the relevance and value of the GSA Schedule in the
marketplace. Tremendous access, valuable information and great people, the ASBC
is a definite return on my investment," he said.
"The charter of The ASBC is focused on ensuring
government agencies and their prime contractors have additional means of
reaching qualified and quality small business industry partners who can support
agency requirements,” said Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary of
The ASBC. “Concurrently, we help our member companies understand the nuances of
effectively doing business in this marketplace based on their ability to
deliver, their knowledge and their experience and not their small business
designations or related socioeconomic goals.”
"Given our organization-wide goals, our primary goal of
the Fifth Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner was to ensure the event was
a good use of everyone's time. According to the feedback we've received from
the attendees, volunteers and presenters we've spoken to, we succeeded,"
Co-Founder and President Margaret Timberlake said, "We
honestly didn't know what to expect due to the current state of the economy
when we first started planning the event, not to mention every other
conference, awards dinner and networking social that happens in this town every
day. We have been pleasantly surprised and committed to making this an annual
event,” she said.
A highlight was the evening’s presentation of the 2009
Member Awards recognizing the achievements and contributions of individuals and
companies participating in The ASBC’s Associate, CORE™ and Government Access
membership programs. The honorees were: Member of the Year, Judy Bradt,
Principal & CEO, Summit Insight; Flag Bearer, Joe Martin,
Client Development Director, Employment Enterprises Inc.; Eagle Spirit
Award, Angela Dingle, President & CEO, Ex Nihilo
Management, LLC; Rookie of the Year, Emily Summers, Principal, Market
Torque, LLC; New Member of the Year, NavtechGPS;
Founders' Award Presented by Margaret Timberlake to Art Medici, Managing
Partner, 9th Degree Advisors, LLC; and Founders' Award Presented by Guy
Timberlake to Mission
Essential Personnel, LLC.
About The American
Small Business Coalition The American Small Business Coalition is a membership
organization exclusively focused on supporting the development of
relationships, best practices and market intelligence for companies doing
business in the government sector.
The group’s primary goal is ensuring that government agencies are able to
identify viable and vetted companies who can support their mission
requirements, and that those companies have access to an established and
trusted community of current and retired leaders from Government and Industry.
Visit www.theasbc.org or contact them at
410-381-7378 for additional information
As featured in the October 2008 Washington Technology
not just for start-ups' The ASBC has been credited with facilitating more
than $2 billion in direct and subcontract awards for its members since being
founded in 2004.
Guy Timberlake, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of
The ASBC,was recently named to the 2009 class of the Washington Business
Journal’s Minority Business Leader Awards and will be recognized at a special
luncheon on April 2nd at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC
with the other honorees.
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