2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo
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Speakers


Talia Bond
PostNet

Talia Bond, an expert in business, marketing and translations, is a business consultant for the MBO. Prior to working for the MBO, Talia worked as an operations manager for Iron Mountain Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions where she successfully developed her employees.  Talia is a recipient of multiple corporate awards that recognized her performance in operations, sales, leadership and quality. While working and being a mother of two, Talia got her MBA and certification as a professional translator. Her passion is to help her community and does that by volunteering with the City and County of Denver as a board member of the Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board (ACCESO). Talia also teaches business and marketing at Regis University in the Dual Language Program.  Talia is the owner of TPB Professional LLC and her company is certified as M/WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE. She offers translations solutions and business/marketing consulting services. She is known as a team player and an energetic, engaging and driven leader. One of her favorite hobbies is to hike the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs.

Talia Bond, an expert in business, marketing and translations, is a business consultant for the MBO. Prior to working for the MBO, Talia worked as an operations manager for Iron Mountain Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions where she successfully developed her employees.

Talia is a recipient of multiple corporate awards that recognized her performance in operations, sales, leadership and quality. While working and being a mother of two, Talia got her MBA and certification as a professional translator. Her passion is to help her community and does that by volunteering with the City and County of Denver as a board member of the Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board (ACCESO). Talia also teaches business and marketing at Regis University in the Dual Language Program.

Talia is the owner of TPB Professional LLC and her company is certified as M/WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE. She offers translations solutions and business/marketing consulting services. She is known as a team player and an energetic, engaging and driven leader. One of her favorite hobbies is to hike the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs.

Cindy Gibbs
Big Fish Branding

Cindy Gibbs, owner of Big Fish Branding, has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas and has been in the advertising and marketing arena for over twenty years. She started Big Fish Branding in 2005. Her vision was to provide creative, results-driven branding and marketing services to companies that had a craving to stand out..not only from their competition, but also from within their own company. With a focus on targeted, creative marketing campaigns, Big Fish Branding has received several national awards for its campaigns, including the Promotional Products Association International Pyramid Gold Award. Last month, at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Cindy was honored as the 2018 Women's View Affiliate Visionary Award recepient. Big Fish Branding has also been an Elite 100 Affiliate for iPROMOTEU for the past three years, a group consisting of the top 100 producing affiliates in the country. Cindy lives in Longmont, Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Any down time she has, she spends skiing with her family or riding and competing in the jumper division on her horse Milan.

Cindy Gibbs, owner of Big Fish Branding, has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas and has been in the advertising and marketing arena for over twenty years. She started Big Fish Branding in 2005. Her vision was to provide creative, results-driven branding and marketing services to companies that had a craving to stand out..not only from their competition, but also from within their own company. With a focus on targeted, creative marketing campaigns, Big Fish Branding has received several national awards for its campaigns, including the Promotional Products Association International Pyramid Gold Award. Last month, at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Cindy was honored as the 2018 Women's View Affiliate Visionary Award recepient. Big Fish Branding has also been an Elite 100 Affiliate for iPROMOTEU for the past three years, a group consisting of the top 100 producing affiliates in the country. Cindy lives in Longmont, Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Any down time she has, she spends skiing with her family or riding and competing in the jumper division on her horse Milan.

 

Barb Musick
State of Colorado Supplier Diversity Liaison

Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process.  Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.  Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College.  Although she is part of the 46% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.

Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process.

Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.

Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College.

Although she is part of the 46% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.

David Musgrave
Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent

David Musgrave is a Purchasing Agent and the Vendor Outreach Administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and other Divisions in CDOT. He coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities including the procurement open house, “Day at the DOT.” He has worked as the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Vice President of Membership Services at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an active Board Member of The Opportunity Council and as serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA).

David Musgrave is a Purchasing Agent and the Vendor Outreach Administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and other Divisions in CDOT. He coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities including the procurement open house, “Day at the DOT.” He has worked as the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Vice President of Membership Services at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an active Board Member of The Opportunity Council and as serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA).

Tom Thompson
Colorado PTAC

Tom is proud to be a Colorado Native, born and raised in the Front Range. Tom dedicated 31 years plus of service as Procurement Professional to the City of Longmont. He is a lifetime member of NIGP, holds lifetime CPPB Certification, a Master Instructor for the Federal Contractors Certificate (FCC) program and a level III Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist. Colorado PTAC has provided Tom with the enjoyment of helping people. He is honored to be able to use his 40 plus years of expertise to assist people with their business as a Procurement Counselor.

Tom is proud to be a Colorado Native, born and raised in the Front Range. Tom dedicated 31 years plus of service as Procurement Professional to the City of Longmont. He is a lifetime member of NIGP, holds lifetime CPPB Certification, a Master Instructor for the Federal Contractors Certificate (FCC) program and a level III Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist. Colorado PTAC has provided Tom with the enjoyment of helping people. He is honored to be able to use his 40 plus years of expertise to assist people with their business as a Procurement Counselor.

 

Event Emcee

Reggie Rivers

Reggie Rivers is a former Denver Bronco, media personality, benefit auctioneer, motivational speaker, master of ceremonies and author. He is a former NFL running back who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos during the 1990s. Reggie is a media personality and business owner, who has worked in newspaper, radio and television in Denver. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in journalism and he earned a master’s degree in global studies from the University of Denver. Reggie has written five books; the latest is the award-winning novel, “The Colony: A Political Tale.”

Reggie Rivers is a former Denver Bronco, media personality, benefit auctioneer, motivational speaker, master of ceremonies and author. He is a former NFL running back who played six seasons with the Denver Broncos during the 1990s. Reggie is a media personality and business owner, who has worked in newspaper, radio and television in Denver. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in journalism and he earned a master’s degree in global studies from the University of Denver. Reggie has written five books; the latest is the award-winning novel, “The Colony: A Political Tale.”

Ribbon Cutting

Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera
State of Colorado

Dianne Primavera is a leading patient advocate who has spent three decades fighting for every Coloradan’s access to quality, affordable health care.  As a young mom in 1988, Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor told her that she had, at most, five years to live. Since her first diagnosis, Dianne has fought cancer four times and survived. Her personal battle with cancer inspired her to make it her life’s work to ensure every Coloradan has access to the health care they need when they need it.  In 1990, Dianne joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, where her work focused on helping individuals dealing with serious injuries recover and resume dignified, fulfilling lives. Since then, she’s held many prominent positions throughout the public and non-profit sectors devoted to furthering life-saving medical research and connecting Coloradans who experience illness with the treatment they need to recover.  In 2006, Dianne was elected to the first of four terms in the State Legislature, representing Broomfield, Superior, and parts of Erie. Throughout her service, Dianne was highly regarded for her success working across the aisle to promote Colorado small businesses, lower prescription drug costs, and expand access to affordable health care. Some of her major successes included:  - Expanding Medicaid and private-insurance coverage for cancer screenings and women’s preventative health care  - Securing insurance coverage for autism services for children in Colorado  - Enhancing privacy protections for Coloradans’ personal medical information  - Creating a program to distribute unused cancer drugs to patients who could not afford them  - Creating a Business Personal Property Tax Credit to reduce costs for small businesses  Most recently, Dianne served as the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, one of the largest organizations in the country dedicated to breast cancer prevention, treatment, research, and education.  Dianne is a lifelong Coloradan and a Broomfield resident. She has two adult daughters and a one-year-old granddaughter, Kailani. Dianne is also an avid country dancer — taking after her dad, who was a dedicated ballroom dancer throughout his life, even on his 95th birthday.

Dianne Primavera is a leading patient advocate who has spent three decades fighting for every Coloradan’s access to quality, affordable health care.

As a young mom in 1988, Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor told her that she had, at most, five years to live. Since her first diagnosis, Dianne has fought cancer four times and survived. Her personal battle with cancer inspired her to make it her life’s work to ensure every Coloradan has access to the health care they need when they need it.

In 1990, Dianne joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, where her work focused on helping individuals dealing with serious injuries recover and resume dignified, fulfilling lives. Since then, she’s held many prominent positions throughout the public and non-profit sectors devoted to furthering life-saving medical research and connecting Coloradans who experience illness with the treatment they need to recover.

In 2006, Dianne was elected to the first of four terms in the State Legislature, representing Broomfield, Superior, and parts of Erie. Throughout her service, Dianne was highly regarded for her success working across the aisle to promote Colorado small businesses, lower prescription drug costs, and expand access to affordable health care. Some of her major successes included:

- Expanding Medicaid and private-insurance coverage for cancer screenings and women’s preventative health care

- Securing insurance coverage for autism services for children in Colorado

- Enhancing privacy protections for Coloradans’ personal medical information

- Creating a program to distribute unused cancer drugs to patients who could not afford them

- Creating a Business Personal Property Tax Credit to reduce costs for small businesses

Most recently, Dianne served as the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado, one of the largest organizations in the country dedicated to breast cancer prevention, treatment, research, and education.

Dianne is a lifelong Coloradan and a Broomfield resident. She has two adult daughters and a one-year-old granddaughter, Kailani. Dianne is also an avid country dancer — taking after her dad, who was a dedicated ballroom dancer throughout his life, even on his 95th birthday.

Lunch

Mayor Michael B. Hancock
City and County of Denver

Michael B. Hancock is Denver's 45th mayor. During his time in office, Mayor Hancock and his administration have created the city’s first dedicated affordable housing fund, implemented a Mobility Action plan expanding Denver’s bicycle and pedestrian networks, and established the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team to keep longtime Denver residents and businesses in their homes as the city embraces a growing economy. Mayor Hancock’s Equity Platform spans all city departments to increase opportunity for every resident and ensure no one is left behind. He has prioritized investing in the city’s children and youth, started record investment in affordable housing and tripled funding for services for those experiencing homelessness, hired more police and firefighters to keep our residents safe, and embraced technology as a Smart City to make government resources work smarter and more impactfully for residents.

Michael B. Hancock is Denver's 45th mayor. During his time in office, Mayor Hancock and his administration have created the city’s first dedicated affordable housing fund, implemented a Mobility Action plan expanding Denver’s bicycle and pedestrian networks, and established the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team to keep longtime Denver residents and businesses in their homes as the city embraces a growing economy. Mayor Hancock’s Equity Platform spans all city departments to increase opportunity for every resident and ensure no one is left behind. He has prioritized investing in the city’s children and youth, started record investment in affordable housing and tripled funding for services for those experiencing homelessness, hired more police and firefighters to keep our residents safe, and embraced technology as a Smart City to make government resources work smarter and more impactfully for residents.

 

How To Do Business with the City & County of Denver

Ruth Rodriguez
DEN Commerce Hub Business Liaison

Ruth Rodriguez is a DEN Commerce Hub Business Liaison who works as part of an ongoing DEN team effort to encourage small, minority and women-owned enterprises to participate in airport contracting opportunities. In addition to the normal hurdles that small, minority and women-owned enterprises experience when initiating a new business, there are unique challenges to doing business at DEN. Some of these obstacles include security requirements, material handling restrictions, plus prerequisites for FAA and insurance bonding. She is encouraged and supported to assists businesses in navigating these unique challenges, both pre and post contract, to help ensure a positive airport working experience.

Ruth Rodriguez is a DEN Commerce Hub Business Liaison who works as part of an ongoing DEN team effort to encourage small, minority and women-owned enterprises to participate in airport contracting opportunities. In addition to the normal hurdles that small, minority and women-owned enterprises experience when initiating a new business, there are unique challenges to doing business at DEN. Some of these obstacles include security requirements, material handling restrictions, plus prerequisites for FAA and insurance bonding. She is encouraged and supported to assists businesses in navigating these unique challenges, both pre and post contract, to help ensure a positive airport working experience.

Cecilia Rivas de Schuermann
Business Development Coordinator, City & County of Denver General Services Purchasing Division

Cecilia Rivas de Schuermann has over 25 years business experience as a salesperson and business consultant. Her bachelors and masters are both in business administration. Her education & experience positions very well to work with businesses on how to sell to the City and County of Denver. Cecilia currently works as a Business Development Coordinator for the General Services Purchasing Division. Please contact her at cecilia.rivasdeschuermann@denvergov.org or 720.913.8120 if you are interested in selling to Denver.

Cecilia Rivas de Schuermann has over 25 years business experience as a salesperson and business consultant. Her bachelors and masters are both in business administration. Her education & experience positions very well to work with businesses on how to sell to the City and County of Denver. Cecilia currently works as a Business Development Coordinator for the General Services Purchasing Division. Please contact her at cecilia.rivasdeschuermann@denvergov.org or 720.913.8120 if you are interested in selling to Denver.

Murugan Palani
Director, Office of Business Diversity, Denver Public Schools

Murugan Palani is a native of Denver, Colorado proudly graduating from George Washington H.S. in 1995 and from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. He completed his M.B.A. at Webster University in 2011 and earned a Masters in Human Resource Management in 2012.  Murugan served in the Colorado National Guard his last two years in college and served 6 years as an Officer in the Army upon obtaining his Business degree.  In 2016, Murugan joined Denver Public Schools as their new Director of the Office of Business Diversity. He is a strong proponent of small business and believes that helping small businesses grow and succeed is the key to growing our economy and our community.  In March of 2012, The Denver Business Journal named Murugan to its Top 40 Under 40 list of Business Leaders in Colorado and in 2014 The Colorado Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission award Murugan both its Humanitarian of the Year and Business Social Responsibility Awards. In 2015 COBiz Magazine named him to its list of the Top 25 most influential young professionals in Colorado.

Murugan Palani is a native of Denver, Colorado proudly graduating from George Washington H.S. in 1995 and from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. He completed his M.B.A. at Webster University in 2011 and earned a Masters in Human Resource Management in 2012.

Murugan served in the Colorado National Guard his last two years in college and served 6 years as an Officer in the Army upon obtaining his Business degree.

In 2016, Murugan joined Denver Public Schools as their new Director of the Office of Business Diversity. He is a strong proponent of small business and believes that helping small businesses grow and succeed is the key to growing our economy and our community.

In March of 2012, The Denver Business Journal named Murugan to its Top 40 Under 40 list of Business Leaders in Colorado and in 2014 The Colorado Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission award Murugan both its Humanitarian of the Year and Business Social Responsibility Awards. In 2015 COBiz Magazine named him to its list of the Top 25 most influential young professionals in Colorado.

 

How To Do Business with the State

Barb Musick
State of Colorado Supplier Diversity Liaison

Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process.  Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.  Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College.  Although she is part of the 46% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.

Barb Musick is the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State of Colorado. A public sector professional who believes in the greater good, she enjoys working with vendors, state and local governments, and nonprofits to help maximize the state’s procurement process.

Before joining the Department of Personnel and Administration earlier this year, Barb spent nearly eight years in the Department of Local Affairs, where she worked with small local governments and nonprofits, helping them leverage demographic and economic data for planning and grants.

Prior to joining the State of Colorado in 2009, Barb worked in communications, marketing and corporate branding with industry-leading companies. She has a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from New Hampshire College.

Although she is part of the 46% of Coloradans born in another state, she loves Colorado and considers it her forever home. She lives in Denver with her menagerie of rescue and foster dogs and cats.

David Musgrave
Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent

David Musgrave is a Purchasing Agent and the Vendor Outreach Administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and other Divisions in CDOT. He coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities including the procurement open house, “Day at the DOT.” He has worked as the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Vice President of Membership Services at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an active Board Member of The Opportunity Council and as serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA).

David Musgrave is a Purchasing Agent and the Vendor Outreach Administrator for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and other Divisions in CDOT. He coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities including the procurement open house, “Day at the DOT.” He has worked as the Supplier Diversity Liaison for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Vice President of Membership Services at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an active Board Member of The Opportunity Council and as serves as the Communications Co-Chair for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA).

Teresa Rausch, CPSM
Director of Procurement Operations, University of Colorado

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Teresa Rausch, CPSM, joined the University of Colorado (CU) as Director of Procurement Operations in June 2016. Prior to that, she served as Director of Strategic Sourcing at the Douglas County School District and, earlier, as Director of Procurement at PetSmart. Teresa is currently responsible for the day to day operations of three key procurement areas for CU at the centralized Procurement Service Center, including purchasing, contracts, and the small business program. Teresa received a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from Arizona State University.

 

How To Do Business with Higher Ed

Adrianne LaRue
Colorado State University Assistant Small Business Liaison Officer

Adriann LaRue grew up in the northeast and moved west after graduating with a B.A. from the University of Maine. She spent time working in non-profit legal assistance and the Utah State Courts before moving to Colorado. In 2015, Adriann was hired on in Procurement Services at Colorado State University. She has worked as a purchasing agent with commodities including athletics, events, advertising and study abroad. Adriann is currently the Assistant Small Business Liaison Officer, promoting the University’s goals in spend diversity.

Adriann LaRue grew up in the northeast and moved west after graduating with a B.A. from the University of Maine. She spent time working in non-profit legal assistance and the Utah State Courts before moving to Colorado. In 2015, Adriann was hired on in Procurement Services at Colorado State University. She has worked as a purchasing agent with commodities including athletics, events, advertising and study abroad. Adriann is currently the Assistant Small Business Liaison Officer, promoting the University’s goals in spend diversity.

Penny Davis
University of Colorado Small Business Liaison Officer

Penny Davis, University of Colorado Small Business Liaison Officer, works with University departments, management, and staff to create and administer federal Small Business Subcontracting Plans. She also creates and participates in outreach opportunities and training activities.  She is a native of New Orleans, LA and a graduate of the School of Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a Certified Supplier Diversity Professional (CSDP).  Penny began her career at the University of Colorado in Procurement Service Center (PSC) Payables Services. She transitioned to her current position in PSC Purchasing Services in May 2010. Penny has an extensive background in small business, having owned and operated several successful companies since 1980.  She has served on committees and boards for various business and industry organizations throughout her career. She is a current Director of The Opportunity Council.  Penny actively supports the economic role of small business by working to increase awareness in the University community of its importance.

Penny Davis, University of Colorado Small Business Liaison Officer, works with University departments, management, and staff to create and administer federal Small Business Subcontracting Plans. She also creates and participates in outreach opportunities and training activities.

She is a native of New Orleans, LA and a graduate of the School of Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a Certified Supplier Diversity Professional (CSDP).

Penny began her career at the University of Colorado in Procurement Service Center (PSC) Payables Services. She transitioned to her current position in PSC Purchasing Services in May 2010. Penny has an extensive background in small business, having owned and operated several successful companies since 1980.

She has served on committees and boards for various business and industry organizations throughout her career. She is a current Director of The Opportunity Council.

Penny actively supports the economic role of small business by working to increase awareness in the University community of its importance.

Stacy Tino
Director of Procurement & Distribution Services, Auraria Higher Education Center

Stacy Tino is the Director of Procurement & Distribution Services at the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) on the Auraria Campus. The Auraria Campus is a higher education community located in the heart of downtown Denver. The 150-acre campus is shared by three separate and distinct institutions of higher learning: Community College of Denver (CCD), Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), and University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). The Auraria Higher Education Center is a separate state entity whose role is to provide and manage shared services, facilities, and property to support these prominent institutions in achieving their goals.  Tino has been in her current role for over 10 years and has been doing governmental procurement for 20+ years. She has been a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) since 2005. As Director of Procurement & Distribution Services, Tino leads all procurement for AHEC, including construction. In addition, her team does all purchasing and construction procurement for CCD and MSU Denver, as well as construction procurement for CU Denver when the project is in an AHEC-owned facility. As part of her role, she leads the team that distributes packages, U.S. mail, intercampus mail, and special deliveries on campus.

Stacy Tino is the Director of Procurement & Distribution Services at the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) on the Auraria Campus. The Auraria Campus is a higher education community located in the heart of downtown Denver. The 150-acre campus is shared by three separate and distinct institutions of higher learning: Community College of Denver (CCD), Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), and University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). The Auraria Higher Education Center is a separate state entity whose role is to provide and manage shared services, facilities, and property to support these prominent institutions in achieving their goals.

Tino has been in her current role for over 10 years and has been doing governmental procurement for 20+ years. She has been a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) since 2005. As Director of Procurement & Distribution Services, Tino leads all procurement for AHEC, including construction. In addition, her team does all purchasing and construction procurement for CCD and MSU Denver, as well as construction procurement for CU Denver when the project is in an AHEC-owned facility. As part of her role, she leads the team that distributes packages, U.S. mail, intercampus mail, and special deliveries on campus.

 

Vender Viewpoint: How We Were Successful

Ben Jacobs
Co-Owner, Tocabe

Tocabe is the only American Indian owned and operated restaurant in Metro Denver. The restaurant first opened its doors in December 2008, adding a second location in 2015 and food truck in 2016.  Ben and his business partner Matt Chandra work with many local and national Native organizations. Along with community outreach, Ben and Matt travel around to tribal communities learning about their traditional foods and what’s important to them on a cultural and community level.  Ben has lived in Denver since the age of three and grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood. He graduated from Denver East High School in 2001, then attended and graduated from the University of Denver in 2005 with a B.A. in History with a focus on American Indian studies.

Tocabe is the only American Indian owned and operated restaurant in Metro Denver. The restaurant first opened its doors in December 2008, adding a second location in 2015 and food truck in 2016.

Ben and his business partner Matt Chandra work with many local and national Native organizations. Along with community outreach, Ben and Matt travel around to tribal communities learning about their traditional foods and what’s important to them on a cultural and community level.

Ben has lived in Denver since the age of three and grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood. He graduated from Denver East High School in 2001, then attended and graduated from the University of Denver in 2005 with a B.A. in History with a focus on American Indian studies.

Darrell Hammond, Sr.
Peak Performance Coach, Higher Ground Consulting, Inc.

A native Coloradan, Darrell completed a degree in Business Management after earning an athletic scholarship. After college he continued playing basketball and traveled around the world playing exhibition basketball, keynote speaking, and providing custom training. A silver medalist for Team USA, he has first hand experience on a variety of high performing teams on and off of the court.  With over 30 years in HR, he has held many executive positions providing trusted council to the C-Suite. Advisor to boards, executives, teams, corporations, numerous government agencies, elected officials, law enforcement, educators and non-profit leadership teams, Darrell has expertise and passion for team building, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. He is know for high-energy, humor, analogies and a straight talking style.

A native Coloradan, Darrell completed a degree in Business Management after earning an athletic scholarship. After college he continued playing basketball and traveled around the world playing exhibition basketball, keynote speaking, and providing custom training. A silver medalist for Team USA, he has first hand experience on a variety of high performing teams on and off of the court.

With over 30 years in HR, he has held many executive positions providing trusted council to the C-Suite. Advisor to boards, executives, teams, corporations, numerous government agencies, elected officials, law enforcement, educators and non-profit leadership teams, Darrell has expertise and passion for team building, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. He is know for high-energy, humor, analogies and a straight talking style.

Troy McLeland
Co-Owner, Express Employment Professionals

Troy McLeland is the owner, along with his wife Jennifer, of the Downtown Denver office of Express Employment Professionals. Together, they share the global Express mission of putting more than a million people to work.  Prior to purchasing the Denver franchise in January of 2018, Troy has a track record of more than 20 years in the staffing industry leading centralized national recruiting functions, virtual recruiting/sales teams, retained and contingent search/staffing firms, corporate recruiting departments and RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) endeavors.  The Express Denver office has been serving Denver businesses and job seekers since 2001. Learn more about Troy and connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troymcleland/

Troy McLeland is the owner, along with his wife Jennifer, of the Downtown Denver office of Express Employment Professionals. Together, they share the global Express mission of putting more than a million people to work.

Prior to purchasing the Denver franchise in January of 2018, Troy has a track record of more than 20 years in the staffing industry leading centralized national recruiting functions, virtual recruiting/sales teams, retained and contingent search/staffing firms, corporate recruiting departments and RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) endeavors.

The Express Denver office has been serving Denver businesses and job seekers since 2001. Learn more about Troy and connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/troymcleland/