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  1. 1. 1 | P a g e 2013 Minnesota SBLO Training “It takes more than the SBLO” Thursday, June 20, 2013 Presenter’s Professional Biographies U.S. Small Business Administration Terri Billups Procurement Center and Commercial Marketing Representative (PCR/CMR) Office of Government Contracting 6501 E. Eleven Mile Road Warren, MI 48397 Phone: 586-282-7387 Blackberry: 586-552-9027 Terri Billups is a Procurement Center Representative/Commercial Marketing Representative with the U.S. Small Business Administration Area IV, Office of Government Contracting. Terri is assigned to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), Warren, MI where she is responsible for supporting the acquisitions of the Army, Defense Logistics Agency Army Corp of Engineers and the Veterans Administration. Prior to her move to the SBA in 2011, Terri was employed by the Army Contracting Command, TACOM LCMC and worked on the Heavy Combat Team in Foreign Military Sales. Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2009 as a Public Servant, her career began in the private sector where she worked at LG International as an Account Executive and then Chrysler Corporation. During her nine year Chrysler career, she worked as an Analyst in Information Technology, a Senior Buyer in Non-production Purchasing and a Program Manager in Diversity Supplier Development. Terri holds an MBA from Walsh College in Troy, MI with a specialization in International Business. She is Level III Certified in Government Contracting from the Federal Acquisition Institute. Randall O. Czaia Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist Minnesota District SBA Office 100 North Sixth Street 610-C Butler Square Minneapolis, MN 55403-1563 (612) 370-2314 Randy Czaia is the Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist for the 8(a) Business Development Program at the Minnesota District SBA office. Prior to joining the SBA as a contracting officer for the 8(a) Business Development Program in 1997, Randy worked in procurement for 15 years with the DoD. He spent 6 years with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, MI. and 9 years at the Air Force Research Lab in Albuquerque, N.M. Randy has experience as a contract cost/price analyst, a procurement analyst, and as a contracting officer. He is also the Chair of the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council.
  2. 2. 2 | P a g e Dwight A. Johnson Commercial Market Representative – Minnesota SBA Office of Government Contracting, Omaha (402) 221-7206 At the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Government Contracting, Dwight A. Johnson uses his statutory authority to see that small business receives its fair share of millions of dollars in federal prime and subcontracts. Johnson’s question for federal agencies and primes reflects his passion for small business. He asks, “Why not?” To increase federal subcontracting dollars to small business, Johnson has become one of SBA’s strongest advocates for including small business participation and past performance in small business subcontracting as factors in federal contract source selection. To increase access to federal contracts by small business, Johnson developed a series of monthly SBA webinars for federal contracting staff from across the country. Up to 800 participate each month. Considered a member of SBA’s Washington, D.C. staff, Johnson offices in Omaha and has coverage of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Community activities have included leadership roles with United Way of the Midlands and Omaha’s Downtown Kiwanis Club. Johnson, a former business owner, has served as an adjunct business faculty member at two colleges in Omaha and two in Kansas City. He maintains membership in the National Contract Management Association. Johnson holds and maintains Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in contracting. Johnson attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.He grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa, milking Holsteins. Medtronic, Inc. Gretchen H. Ebert Director Supplier Diversity 710 Medtronic Parkway NE - MS: LS240 Minneapolis, MN 55432 Gretchen Ebert is the Director of Supplier Diversity at Medtronic, Inc., the global leader in medical device technology. As a supplier diversity professional since 1998, Ms. Ebert was pivotal in the formation of two successful Supplier Diversity /Small Business Programs that significantly increased the utilization of minority and women owned businesses. Ms. Ebert is Vice Chair of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Healthcare Industry Group, Co-chair of the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) Corporate Roundtable and serves on the Diversity Information Resources Board of Directors. She is past Chair and Vice Chair of the MMSDC Board of Directors.
  3. 3. 3 | P a g e Ms. Ebert has received several recognitions, including MMSDC and Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Minority Advocate Awards and played a key role in numerous recognitions of Medtronic’s Supplier Diversity program, including the MMSDC’s 2006 and 2009 Corporation of the Year, the Metropolitan Economic Development Association’s 2012 Corporation of the Year, the Women’s Business Development Center’s Corporate Partner and MBNUSA’s Top 101 Corporations for Supplier Diversity. Ms. Ebert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from St. Mary’s University. Woodward, Inc. Mark J. Schnorenberg Global Sourcing Audit and Compliance Specialist Woodward, Inc. (815) 639-6500 Mark Schnorenberg is a graduate of Rockhurst College (now University) in Kansas City. Mark was a Radio and TV Broadcasting major that has spent his entire professional life in Procurement/Sourcing-the last 3 as a full-time Government Compliance Specialist. Mark’s career has been in aerospace and the toy industry. Mark is married, with an awesome grandson. Mark’s perfect day would be 82-degrees, spent with his wife, grandson and dog on his pontoon boat floating the Mississippi River! Cargill, Inc. John Taylor, CDP Director, Supplier Diversity Cargill Strategic Sourcing (952) 742-0255 15407 McGinty Road West MS#23 | P.O. Box 5623 Wayzata, MN 55391-2399 John Taylor joined Cargill August 2010, and serves as director of supplier diversity. In this role, he is responsible for increasing alignment and coordinating supplier diversity goals throughout Cargill. He works closely with the Cargill Strategic Sourcing Team to support businesses owned by minorities, women, disadvantaged groups and small businesses. Mr. Taylor is an active participant in local and national organizations dedicated to stimulating the growth of minority-owned and woman-owned businesses. He also focuses on mentoring activities with the leaders of disadvantaged businesses. His advocacy includes developing and administering the Company’s diversity strategies and initiatives. John received a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness from “the” Ohio State University a Master of Business Administration from Millikin University and his Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) designation from Cornell University. John serves as a board member for The MMSDC, Uptown Professional Magazine and Diversity Information Resources.
  4. 4. 4 | P a g e M. A. Mortenson Co. Brenda Furst Small Business Specialist 700 Meadow Lane N Minneapolis, MN 55422 (763) 287-5371 Brenda has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. She has held a variety of postions focusing in Operations and Human Resources. Brenda started with Mortenson in March 2001 for the Denver Office as the Office Manager working closely with the Director of Operations and Vice President. In April 2005, Brenda transferred to the Minneapolis Office as a Human Resources Administrator for the Human Resources Team and in 2006 was a Recruiter for Mortenson. Since 2009 Brenda has worked as the Small Business Specialist for the Federal Contracting Group. As Small Business Specialist, Brenda was instrumental in developing Mortenson's Small Business Utilization program. Brenda works closely with Mortenson's Compliance Manager to ensure the program is successful. Michael Hommer Compliance Manager Mike Hommer is the Compliance Manager at Mortenson Company, a leader in the Construction Industry with a dedicated market sector group specifically focused on Federal Construction Projects. As Compliance Manager, Mike is responsible for the management, implementation and training of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to it's project team members working on Federal Government projects, inclusive of Small Business Utilization which has been developed and lead by our Small Business Specialist. Mike is an associate member of the Design Build Institute of America, a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, a member of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.