Boot Camps and Workshops


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Innovation Competition 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Entrepreneurs will present new technologies, products or processes and get advice from experts on how to commercialize and bring their products or services to market. The presentations will be evaluated by a group of procurement professionals, entrepreneurs, business experts and faculty from universities and colleges. The top finalists will win monetary prizes and legal and accounting services, coaching and training.

Mentor:

  • Nick Jean-Baptiste, Principal, The HiGro Group

Judges:

  • Chuck Na, Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Eric Herbst, Consultant, National Executive Service Corps of South Florida
  • Anthony J. McGoron, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Engineering & Computing, Florida International University
  • Dr. Zhe Cheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Florida International University
  • Joseph Lebas, Jr., President, Carswell, Inc.
  • Greg Morris, Executive Consultant, Keiretus Forum
  • Jose Mas, CEO, MasTec

 

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Healthcare Industry Roundtable 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Attendees will learn about industry specific trends and best practices to meet thier supplier dicersity goals. Register today to connect with your peers in heathcare to discuss and find solutions for the challenges faced within the industry. This meeting is am excellent opprtunity to network, share ideas and gain invaluable knowledge. Get inspired!

Facilitators:

  • Marisol Romany, Director, Diversity & Minority Business Development, Orlando Health
  • Dana Hill, Program Manager, Florida Blue

 

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Education Industry Roundtable 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Facilitators:

  • Sheldon Edwards, Manager, Minority and Small Business Enterprise Office, Miami Dade College
  • Kathey Porter, MBA, CPSP, Director, Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations, University of Florida

 

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Innovation Boot Camp 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM

What is the right path to innovation? How do you structure your company to take advantage of innovative ideas and encourage employees to innovate? At this interactive boot camp, you will learn strategies to transform your company. Learn from leading experts and entrepreneurs who have used innovation to grow their businesses.

Moderator:

  • Pete Martinez, CEO, Game Changer Tec

Speakers:

  • Abdul Basit, Patent Attorney, The Law Firm of A.Q. Basit
  • Hap Patterson, Senior Director of Engineering Corporate Fellow, Johnson Control
  • Gustavo Grande, Program Manager, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
  • Chuck Na, Interagency Policy Specialist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

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Construction Industry Boot Camp 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Construction spending hit a 10-year high last year and the outlook for construction is even more favorable in 2017. Approximately $200 billion was spent in 2016 on road and highway transportation in the U.S.; the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) annual budget is more than $11 billion. The private sector and the state’s seaports, airports and public schools have billions more to spend.

Moderator:

  • Thomas Huggins, CEO, Ariel Business Group

Speakers:

  • Claudio Diaferia, M.S.,P.E., Director of Engineering, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
  • Carl Nicoleau, Assistant Superintendent, Maintenance Operations, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Joaquin Fardales, Corporate Director of Construction Management, Baptist Health South Florida
  • Terry Watson, State DBE Program Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Lloyd Lovell, Corporate DBE Program Manager, Herzog Contracting Corp.
  • Isaac Smith, Manager, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
  • Clifford Moore, Vice President, NuJak Construction

 

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Social Media Strategies Boot Camp 3:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Social media is an essential platform where customers go to follow, engage with and purchase from your business. Learn the key questions and strategies you need to define in order to (1) establish your unique brand on social media, (2) engage an active community of loyal followers and (3) convert them into long-term customers. We will discuss strategies and the latest online technologies and tactics to engage your customers.

Speakers:

  • Gabriela Guzman, Founder & Director, The Jupiter Circle

 

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CEO Forum: The Pathway to MBE Business Success: Performance, Partnerships, Globalization and Opportunities 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

During this engaging session, attendees will learn the blueprint that top minority CEOs have used to successfully grow their companies into multimillion-dollar businesses and how they landed the big deals that have changed the trajectory of their companies.

Moderator:

  • Angela S. Williams, Manager, Supplier Diversity, AT&T Corporation

Speakers:

  • Susana Robledo, Founder & CEO, Cube Care Company
  • Robert Jordan, President & CEO, RLJ Enterprises/Genesis IV
  • Manny Garcia-Tuñon, President & CEO, Lemartec
  • Chris Pillay, President, Meridian Technologies

 

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Friday, March 31, 2017

 

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CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
How to Improve Your Company’s Cybersecurity and Increase Revenue 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Hacking and data theft are serious threats for businesses and cost billions in lost revenue. At this workshop, you will learn how to protect your company and receive a checklist of steps you can take immediately to determine how vulnerable your company’s infrastructure is. Also, learn how cybersecurity can increase revenue.

Speakers:

  • Rob Vazquez, President, Clarium Managed Services

 

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How to Grow Your Business in Global Markets 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator:

  • Jean-Robert Baguidy, Access to Capital Team Lead, Sr. Business Development Specialist, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

Did you know that 95% of the world’s purchasing power is outside of the U.S.? Are you interested in selling your products and services internationally? Get tips from leading experts on how to successfully do business globally.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Bell, International Trade & Development, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
  • Julia K. Searles, Business Development Specialist Minority & Women Owned Business Group, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Paul Frost, Foreign Commercial Service Officer, South Florida U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

 

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The Future of Supply Chain and Inclusion in Procurement 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Chief procurement officers responsible for billions of dollars in procurement will discuss how to build relationships between major buying organizations and MBEs, as well as the latest supply chain trends. Their insights will include how to identify opportunities and how to compete for and win the BIG contracts.

Moderator:

  • Jack Greene, Director, Procurement, AutoNation

Speakers:

  • Brad Singh, Vice President, Sourcing & Procurement, Universal Parks & Resort
  • Judy Schmelzer, AVP, Business Services & Resource Management, Broward College
  • Rosa Constanzo, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management & Chief Procurement Officer, Jackson Health System

 

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The Secret to My Success 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Learn from leading minority business entrepreneurs about how they developed and grew their companies. By attending this session, you will learn about strategies to remain competitive, how to have long-term success and hear insights on what it takes to stay at the top in business.

Moderator:

  • Jacquline Wilson, President & CEO, Paramount Solutions & Global Services

Speakers:

  • Juan Segarra, President, Foresight Construction Group
  • Roda Carter, President, Carter-Health Disposables
  • Graciela Beltran-Uddin, President, PowerWright Technologies
  • Jaimie Wright, President, PowerWright Technologies

 

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Boot Camp | How to Scale-Up Your Supplier Diversity Program and Measure the Effectiveness and Economic Impact of Supplier Diversity 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
For Procurement & Supplier Diversity Professionals

Companies are often at a loss when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of their Supplier Diversity Programs. Increasingly, senior corporate management wants to know how the activities are contributing to the goals of the program and to other corporate objectives. Fred McKinney, Managing Director of MBE Programs at Tuck School of Business, has more than 20 years of experience working with corporate America and MBEs. He is conducting groundbreaking research designed to help Supplier Diversity professionals better understand the economic impact and effectiveness of their programs. This analysis includes spend analysis, but goes far deeper into how supplier diversity impacts the community and the corporation.

Speaker:

  • Dr. Frederick W. McKinney, Ph.D., Managing Director of Minority Business Programs, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

 

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Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
This session is specifically for college and high school students.

CRAMS Consulting will facilitate a youth workshop focused on leadership, careers and business. Students will hear from successful minority business owners. The Youth Entrepreneurs Workshop is designed to excite students about entrepreneurship and prepare them for bright futures.

Speaker:

  • Marlyn Paris-Lawson, President, CRAMS Consulting

Speakers:

  • Yash Daftary, CEO, Hercules Protein
  • Hudson Robillard, CEO/CPA, Robillard & Company
  • Nadine Cherry, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

 

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Accessing Capital to Grow Your Business 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

At this information-packed workshop, you will hear about financing options and strategies to grow your company. Learn about the checklists that non-traditional and traditional lenders use to approve deals. From micro-financing and venture capital to lines of credit, SBA loans, equipment financing and factoring, determine which vehicle is right for your company.

Moderator:

  • Althea Harris, Assistant District Director of Marketing & Outreach, U.S. Small Business Administration

Speakers:

  • Tamara Maxwell, Minority & Women-Owned Business Group, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
  • Nicholas Mirabal, Vice President, BB&T
  • Mark S. Mandula, CMO, Managing Partner, United Capital Funding
  • Jean-Robert Baguidy, Sr. Business Development Specialist, Office of Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Pablo Pino, South Florida Market President, TD Bank

 

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Doing Business in the Entertainment and Sports Industries 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Florida’s sports industry has an economic impact of more than $44 billion, provides more than 400,000 jobs and attracts more than 13 million out-of-state visitors each year. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and film and television productions make the entertainment industry a vital part of Florida’s economy. Hear from decision-makers in sports, entertainment and media about ways to successfully do business in these industries.

Moderator:

  • Marisol Romany, Director, Diversity & Minority Business Development Culture and Language Resources, Orlando Health

Speakers:

  • Leonard Spencer, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, The Walt Disney Company
  • Corey Smith, Senior Director Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliance, Major League Baseball
  • Ralph Stringer, President, Neostar Sports & Entertainment
  • Angela Guzman, Director, Supplier Diversity, NBC Universal

 

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Opportunities in the Construction Industry 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

There are billions of dollars' worth of projects in the state of Florida's public and private sectors. How can minority businesses be included in major projects? Learn more about these projects to be able to compete, bid and win. This session will focus on opportunities in the construction industry. Industry leaders will discuss how to ensure diversity in major public sector and private sector projects. You will meet the key players and decision-makers.

Moderator:

  • Helen Cordero, Manager of Procurement, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)

Speakers:

  • Linda Porter, Florida Diversity Manager, Skanska USA
  • Michael Young, President & CEO, ACY Contractors
  • Jason Albu, CEO, Albu & Associates
  • Larry Blackburn, Vice President and Construction Executive, Turner Construction
  • Jeanette Schutz, Minority Business Manager, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
  • Gustavo Vergara, Business Opportunity Specialist, 8(a) Business Development Division, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

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Doing Business with Federal, State and Local Government 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Discover what opportunities exist for your business in the trillion-dollar government contracting sector. This workshop will identify contracting opportunities and outline steps to successfully do business with federal, state and local governments. The topics to be discussed include how to win contracts, joint ventures, subcontracting opportunities and certifications.

Moderator:

  • Darraugh C. Butler, Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Speakers:

  • Joshua R. Stutzman, Assistant District Director, 8(a) Business Development DivisionU.S. Small Business Administratino (SBA)
  • Jerilyn Bailey, Bureau Chief of IT & Special Projects, Florida Department of Management Services
  • Kathey K. Porter, MBA, CPSD, Director, Small Business & Vendor Diversity, University of Florida
  • Adrianna Clark, Southeast Region Director, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Colleen Robbs, Supplier Diversity & Outreach Coordinator, Procurement & Warehousing Services, Broward County Public Schools
  • Beverly Kuykendall, President of Government Business, American Medical Depot

 

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2017 Sponsors

WHO WE ARE

The FSMSDC is one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the NMSDC. The mission of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council is to link Corporations and Government Agencies with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to foster business development and expansion.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Florida State Minority
Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC)

9499 N.E. Second Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33138
P: (305) 762-6151

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