at Fairness in Procurement (FPA)
My peers consider me an influential advocate and opinion molder in matters involving public procurement participation by minority, women and and veteran-owned businesses. I serve as the Commissioner for the Fairness in Procurement (FPA) and as Managing Partner for the Umbrella Initiative, whose mission is "to double the number of disadvantaged businesses (DBE) contracting with the local, state and federal government by the year 2020." My peers have recognized my contributions by selecting me, as "One of the Nation's Top Diversity Champion" for my work in founding FPA, establishing an academic Think Tank, conceiving the Umbrella Initiative and convincing the US Office of Advocacy to eliminate the FAR Exemptions, a move which will free up between $20 and $64 Billions in contracts for the small business statutory reservation. The Umbrella Initiative; the Contracting Abuse Resolution Board (CARB) and Free Universal Access (FUA), have been small business initiatives which I have helped create. I serve on the Board of the National Federal Contractor Association (NaFCA) and am an Adviser on procurement matters - to the Minority Business Round Table (www.MBRT.net); the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition (www.FMCRC.org); and MBELDEF (www.MBELDEF.org). My entrepreneurial passion, described by Dr. Peter Druker, as monomaniacal, was influenced by my personal relationships with both my past employers and mentors which included a Rockefeller (David) and three U.S. Presidents. My educational degrees come from Texas Christian University, The University of Texas and NYU Management Institute. I have traveled extensively throughout the world and have maintained loyal relationships with my schoolmates going back to high school. I have started several small business ventures and have invented and brought to market numerous innovative products and concepts. Competitive sports have played an important role in shaping my 'team approach' to solving conflicts. I still continue to play competitively, but this time is tennis. The documents I am herewith sharing in this venue are valuable advocacy instruments. Some are White Papers - with legal references - citing the statutes of public laws. Others are OP-EDs and viewpoints to help bring change and affect public policies. Feel free to view and to share these documents with your colleagues. It's one way in which I can help you make a difference.
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