Pulling Back the Curtain on Supplier Opportunities: Discover, Develop, Grow

May 17, 2022  |  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

 

This event is geared towards small, women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned and service-disabled businesses that are interested in enhancing partnerships and discovering new processes and policies through JMU and the university’s prime contractors.    

Festival Conference and Student Center
1301 Carrier Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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James Madison University welcomes small, woman-owned, and minority-owned firms to Pulling Back the Curtain on Supplier Opportunities.

  • Discover processes and policies that will guide firms as they seek to do business with JMU and the University’s prime contractors.
  • Develop knowledge through professional development while developing business-enhancing relationships with JMU, our prime contractors, and other SWaM businesses.
  • Grow your business through enhanced partnerships and an increased awareness of how JMU does business.

JMU is presenting this event in an effort to connect and share knowledge with small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses so that JMU can ultimately increase the opportunities we provide to diverse businesses.

The location of this event is Festival Conference and Student Center at 1301 Carrier Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

James Madison University has reserved a room block at Hotel Madison (710 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801) for event attendees. To make your reservation you can use the Hotel Reservations button above or use the booking details in your email confirmation from support@exposent.com if you choose to stay at Hotel Madison.

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Welcome

8:35 AM – 8:45 AM

President Alger Welcome

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Supplier Diversity Straight Talk with Bill Cooper

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Morning Keynote with Brandon Bellamy

Breakout Session 1

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Business Resources to Help You Develop & Grow

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Finding & Responding to Solicitations on the new eVA System

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Risk Reduction and Your Small Business

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Opportunities with ARAMARK

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM

Remarks by Procurement Services Director, Katie Weaver

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Afternoon Keynote Fireside Chat with Katie Weaver and Tracey Wiley

Breakout Session 2

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking & Relationship Building

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Construction Sub-Contracting Opportunities

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The State of JMU Information Technology

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

How Does JMU Pay Suppliers? & Small Business Financing

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Networking

President Jonathan Alger
President | James Madison University
President Jonathan Alger

President | James Madison University

Jonathan Alger is president of James Madison University (JMU), a public research university in Virginia with 22,000 students. Under his leadership, JMU developed a new vision to be "the national model of the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world," and a strategic plan focused on engaged learning, community engagement, and civic engagement. President Alger is a nationally recognized scholar and speaker on higher education law and policy issues such as civic engagement, free speech, and diversity. He has taught courses on leadership, higher education law and policy, and diversity among other topics.

President Alger previously served in positions at Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, the American Association of University Professors, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He currently serves on the national boards of the American Association of Colleges & Universities and Campus Compact (as chair), and at the state level on the Northern Virginia Technology Council and Virginia Business Higher Education Council. He is also a member of the University Leadership Forum of the Council on Competitiveness, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Association of Governing Boards' Council of Presidents, the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. He has participated on national advisory committees for many different organizations (such as the Association of American Universities, College Board and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), and has chaired national conferences on civic engagement, diversity, discrimination, technology and academic freedom.

President Alger graduated with High Honors from Swarthmore College and Honors from Harvard Law School.

Brandon Bellamy
CEO | The Velocity Companies
Brandon Bellamy

CEO | The Velocity Companies

Brandon Bellamy is a passionate and purpose-driven real estate entrepreneur. Currently, he is the majority team owner of the Gastonia Honey Hunters and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Velocity Companies. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bellamy has excelled in real estate investment, real estate development, and private fund management. He has won numerous industry awards, including the Globe Street Opportunity Zone Award, The Daily Record 2020 Excellence in Construction and Real Estate Developer of the Year Award, and the Charlotte Business Journal Most Admired CEO Award. In addition, he has been featured in several media outlets, including ESPN Sports Center, Black Enterprise, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and Charlotte Business Journal. Mr. Bellamy couples a unique knowledge of market-rate and affordable housing development and a superior understanding of financial engineering to impact existing and developing communities.

During his tenure at The Velocity Companies, the firm has developed and consulted on projects located in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas with an aggregate asset value exceeding $500 million. Mr. Bellamy
specializes in municipal financing, tax increment financing, tax-exempt bonds, joint venture transaction and financing, public-private partnerships, planned community development and redevelopment, and an innovative way of researching emerging markets.

In July 2020, Mr. Bellamy became the only African American owner of a professional baseball team in the country. He is also the founder and principal broker for The Republic Real Estate Group and has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on underserved communities. Mr. Bellamy is committed to the communities he develops and the people his projects serve.

Kimberly Brewer
Outreach & Marketing Manager | eVA
Kimberly Brewer

Outreach & Marketing Manager | eVA

Kim joined the eVA program in August 2009 bringing with her more than 11 years of marketing and communication experience in the private sector. Along with managing eVA's Outreach & Marketing efforts, one of Kim’s primary objectives is to educate businesses on the benefits of eVA and how to leverage its many tools, as well as, help businesses navigate Virginia’s purchasing process.

Robin Bryan
CIO/Assistant Vice President for Information Technology | James Madison University
Robin Bryan

CIO/Assistant Vice President for Information Technology | James Madison University

Robin Bryan has been with JMU for over 30 years. Prior to becoming CIO/AVP for IT in June 2021, she served as Deputy CIO and Executive Director for IT-Information Systems.

Bill Cooper
Director, Diversity Strategies | Atlantic Constructors, Inc.
Bill Cooper

Director, Diversity Strategies | Atlantic Constructors, Inc.

Bill Cooper is the Chief Curator for The Inclusive Edge, a niche consulting practice focused on inclusion, leadership, and small business strategies. T.I.E. works with its clients to unleash the power of inherent indifference. By using difference as a lever for success rather than allowing it to be a distraction, organizations are often able to do more with less by strengthening the effectiveness of their interactions. This is the genesis of cross-cultural competence – a key ingredient for innovation and success in business today.

He also serves as Director, Diversity Strategies for Atlantic Constructors, Inc., a Richmond, Virginia- based mechanical and industrial construction firm. He says, “At ACI we are working towards a culture of inclusion – one where we don’t just count people but instead, strive to make people count.”

He has served as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond where he opened and was responsible for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). As Director of Supplier Diversity at the University of Virginia, spending with minority- and women-owned firms increased from less than $10 million to more than $60 million annually. And as the President and CEO of Choice Communications, Inc., a commercial printing operation in Richmond, VA, Bill was successful in transforming a former in-house printing operation, into one of the largest minority-own printing firms in the country.

Brent Harlow
Senior Project Manager | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.
Brent Harlow

Senior Project Manager | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.

I am a proud JMU alum that has enjoyed my career in the construction industry and have help many different types of positions within construction teams. From carpenter to supervisor to Owner's rep to Project Manager. All of those steps along the way have greatly influenced my ability to understand and lead complex project teams on very challenging projects across the Commonwealth.

Our industry has been built on relationships and I believe that solid relationships and trust are the foundation to any successful project.

Matt Hollomon
Project Executive | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.
Matt Hollomon

Project Executive | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.

An East Carolina graduate, with a BS in Construction Management, Matt has been with Kjellstrom + Lee for 13 years. He began as a Project Engineer and now serves as a Project Executive, overseeing a wide variety of projects, including JMU's University Recreation Center, the Hartman Hall College of Business, and now JMU's Carrier Library Addition and Renovation.

Matt's extensive construction knowledge has afforded him several committee appointments, including the ECU Construction Management Alumni Advisory Board and the Association for the Preservation of VA Antiquities, to name a few.

Stephen Howard
Manager of Procurement Services | James Madison University
Stephen Howard

Manager of Procurement Services | James Madison University

Stephen Howard has been a member of Procurement for almost 7 years. He leads a team that directly interacts with construction, athletics, furnishings, and anything facility management-related on campus. Stephen’s knowledge of policies and advocacy for customers has helped Procurement enhance its supplier diversity and spending amongst the University. While there is a way to go, Stephen’s energy and excitement to see processes/purchases become more efficient and diverse will hopefully be a catalyst to the further success of Procurement and the University at large.

Cherelle Johnson
Executive Coach, Instructor & HR Strategist | IronDresses Inc.
Cherelle Johnson

Executive Coach, Instructor & HR Strategist | IronDresses Inc.

Cherelle Johnson is an Executive Coach, Instructor, and HR Strategist with a passion for education and leadership. She is the founder of IronDresses Inc., a 501 (c) 3 enterprise dedicated to the empowerment and leadership development of women. As an author, her books serve as educational resources to promote and inspire faith that leads to impact. As a double alumna of James Madison University, Cherelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as a Master of Science in Education degree and is a current Ph.D. student at Regent University in Organizational Leadership. With her present-day work as an Instructor and Executive Coach, Cherelle also assists her husband at Divine Unity Community Church where he serves as Senior Pastor and Founder. She recently serves as the Provost of the church's newly launched Leadership Institute (DULI) as it is her passion to launch high-capacity Christian business and church leaders

Nick Koger
Director of Outreach | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund
Nick Koger

Director of Outreach | Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

Nick Koger is the Director of Outreach at Shenandoah Community Capital Fund. In his role, he oversees SCCF's digital media operations and marketing efforts. He's passionate about supporting entrepreneurs through education, capital, and connecting them with community partners. As an entrepreneur himself, he has experience running a technology company, building a prototype, and soliciting user feedback.

Nick holds a Master’s in Digital Media Strategy from Bridgewater College and lives in Bridgewater, Virginia with his wife Jasmine.

Joyce Krech
Director | Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
Joyce Krech

Director | Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

Joyce has been a key contributor to more successful small businesses in the Shenandoah Valley than it’s possible to count. Her enthusiastic and practical advising and teaching have prepared entrepreneurs for the rigors of starting and growing a small business, and her collaboration with a wide range of community initiatives has helped the entire region prosper.

Joyce joined the SBDC team in 2000, in roles from Office Manager, Training Coordinator, Business Advisor, Assistant Director, and Director since 2011. She works with clients from Ideation to Start-up, Business Planning, Financial Projections, and Growth Strategies.

She is a Certified Virginia SBDC Business Advisor, Certified GrowthWheel™ Advisor, and earned her BA from Bridgewater College and her Masters of Technical and Scientific Communication from James Madison University. She has 30+ years of practical experience in small business and non-profit management, operations, marketing, and finances, and has taught adult classes in business and accounting.

Tish Leeth
Director of Cash and Investments | James Madison University
Tish Leeth

Director of Cash and Investments | James Madison University

Tish graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. In 1998, Tish returned to James Madison University after taking time out to start a family, first in Sponsored Programs and then in Financial Reporting and finally in 2003 joining the Cash and Investments Office. Tish holds the CTP accreditation from AFP and the CPCP accreditation from the NAPCP in 2018.

Verniece Love
Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity | Director of SWaM and DBE Certification
Verniece Love

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity | Director of SWaM and DBE Certification

Verniece Love is currently the Director of SWaM and DBE Certification at the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. Her current position involves managing the Commonwealth’s Small, Women-owned, and/or Minority-owned Business (SWaM) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Programs. Verniece received her B.S. in Marketing as well as her M.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jessica Marcus
Diversity Coordinator | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.
Jessica Marcus

Diversity Coordinator | Kjellstrom & Lee, Inc.

Jessica has been with Kjellstrom + Lee for ten years. In addition to leading corporate marketing efforts, she also serves as the Supplier Diversity Coordinator, partnering with the Preconstruction Department to further diversity goals through engagement.

Jonathan Mason
Responsible Sourcing - Supplier Diversity Manager | Specialty Supply Chain at Aramark
Jonathan Mason

Responsible Sourcing - Supplier Diversity Manager | Specialty Supply Chain at Aramark

Jonathan Mason has worked at Aramark for 8 years in various roles ranging from financial to operational analysis. He currently supports Aramark’s Global Supply Chain & Procurement organization as the Supplier Diversity Manager for the U.S.-based Aramark Managed Services procurement.

In this role, Jonathan oversees company efforts to meet small & diverse spend requirements by planning and executing supplier development programming, supporting sales and new business opportunities, and strengthening procurement relationships with minority vendors across various departments.

As an active member of the Philadelphia Urban League, Aramark Young Professionals, Aramark L.E.A.D. (Leaders & Employees of African Descent) and his local church, Jonathan is passionate about using his platform, knowledge, and resources to help others achieve success.
He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and resides in Philadelphia, PA with his family.

Kirk Morris
Director of Engineering and Construction | James Madison University
Kirk Morris

Director of Engineering and Construction | James Madison University

Raised in the intermountain west, after I received my Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho, I launched my career working for various private firms in Boise, Idaho. As my experience evolved, I became a partner in a firm in Boise. I later moved on from the partnership, working as a Senior Architect for Washington State University, and then transitioning to the Design and Construction Manager for an international corporation headquartered in Washington state. I continued to work remotely for the corporation while we relocated to Virginia, a move spearheaded by my wife, as she took the role of Assistant Vice President of Planning and University Architect at Virginia Tech.

Over three years ago I was hired as the Director of Facilities Planning and Construction here at James Madison University and a year ago I transitioned to my current role, the Director of Engineering and Construction.

Chris Schilling
Director of Responsible Sourcing East Region | Aramark
Chris Schilling

Director of Responsible Sourcing East Region | Aramark

Director of Responsible Sourcing East Region for Aramark. 32 year veteran of the Food Service Industry with 12 years in Operations and 20 plus in Supply Chain. Oversee, local, regional, and sustainable programs, as well as Grab n Go Suppliers and MWBE partnership contracts.

Dr. Michelle Seekford, FNP-C
CEO | Valley Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine
Dr. Michelle Seekford, FNP-C

CEO | Valley Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine

Dr. Michelle K. Seekford DNP FNP-C MPH COHN-S CCM
Bachelor of Science -Undergraduate of Eastern Mennonite University

Masters Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Occupational Health and Safety from Tulane University

MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner from Old Dominion University

DNP- Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of South Alabama

COHN-S Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist

Certified Case Manager

I live with my husband David on our family’s dairy farm. We have 2 adult children and many furbabies.

I have a passion for occupational medicine, health and safety. I enjoy integrating my expertise in occupational health and safety in the management of complex occupational medicine issues. As a career entrepreneur, I am passionate about working directly with clients on the design and implementation of multi faceted business operations dealing with multi-level workforce management.

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors– being in nature, hiking and camping. I also love traveling and seeing the world.

Katie Weaver
Director, Procurement Services | JMU
Katie Weaver

Director, Procurement Services | JMU

Katie Weaver is currently the Director of Procurement Services at James Madison University. She has worked in the procurement profession for fourteen years through a variety of positions, including being the JMU SWaM Champion. She has served on both the VASCUPP Supplier Diversity Committee and on a regional committee for the Minority Supplier Development Council. Katie has an undergraduate degree in Business and Organizational Development from Eastern Mennonite University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from James Madison University. She holds a Virginia Construction Contracting Officer (VCCO) certification and the Certified University Procurement Officer (CUPO) certification.

Tracey Wiley
CEO | Rainmaker Industries Group LLC
Tracey Wiley

CEO | Rainmaker Industries Group LLC

Business Architect and Strategist. Building sustainable businesses by connecting meaningful resources, talent and technologies that create wealth opportunities in diverse communities. I believe in the value of the (3Ts).

David Wilson
Managing Principal | FundUUp
David Wilson

Managing Principal | FundUUp

David is Managing Principal of FundUuP, a 15-year-old funding firm helping companies acquire short-term business funding when traditional bank financing is unavailable. They provide both secured and unsecured capital to operating businesses and real estate investors up to $100M. www.funduup.com

In 2014, David wrote the popular networking event blueprint “I Hate Networking Events!” which is endorsed and recommended by the Father of Modern Networking and Founder of BNI Dr. Ivan Misner. It's available on Amazon and at IHateNetworkingEvents.com.

In 2020, he launched The No-Rejection Connection™, teaching proactive entrepreneurs how to MONETIZE their networks by connecting anyone (including themselves) to anyone, anywhere, for any reason—WITHOUT REJECTION! TheNoRejectionConnection.com

You can also catch him as The Business Savage on his internationally-broadcast business radio show No-Nonsense Market Domination every Wednesday at 3 PM ET on ibgr.network where he straightforwardly and humorously discusses business topics like sales, networking, and connecting.

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