2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo
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Speakers

Opening Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting

Rosy Aburto McDonough
Director, Minority Business Office

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state. Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state. Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

John Chapman
State Purchasing Manager, State of Colorado

John Chapman is the State Purchasing Manager for the State of Colorado. In his role, he oversees the management of over 180 state price agreements, which are contracts for commonly used goods and services for all state agencies, state institutions of higher education, local governments, political subdivisions and certified nonprofit entities. The categories of state price agreements include body armor, computers, copies, facilities MRO, office supplies, healthcare products, software, vehicles and more.

John Chapman is the State Purchasing Manager for the State of Colorado. In his role, he oversees the management of over 180 state price agreements, which are contracts for commonly used goods and services for all state agencies, state institutions of higher education, local governments, political subdivisions and certified nonprofit entities. The categories of state price agreements include body armor, computers, copies, facilities MRO, office supplies, healthcare products, software, vehicles and more.

Kara Veitch
State Personnel Director and Executive Director, Department of Personnel & Administration

Kara Veitch was selected by Governor Jared Polis in February 2019 to serve as State Personnel Director and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration. She began her role with DPA as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff in July 2013.  Kara brings extensive non-profit, public, and private-sector experience to her role. In her time with DPA, Kara shepherded a series of initiatives aimed at making the department more collaborative in its service to state agencies. Along with customer service and process improvement initiatives, Kara is focused on making the State of Colorado an employer of choice by focusing on employee engagement initiatives, policies, and other improvements that will bring the state workforce into alignment with best practices in the private sector.  Kara’s experience is complemented by honors and leadership roles outside of work. She serves on the board of directors for Colorado Legal Services and formerly served as the chair of both Beyond Our Borders and the Women’s Bean Project. Her list of honors includes the Windsor Leadership Programme, the City and County of Denver Monte Pasco Civic Leadership Award, Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and the Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year.  Kara holds a Master of Business Administration, a Juris Doctorate, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology - all from the University of Colorado.

Kara Veitch was selected by Governor Jared Polis in February 2019 to serve as State Personnel Director and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration. She began her role with DPA as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff in July 2013.

Kara brings extensive non-profit, public, and private-sector experience to her role. In her time with DPA, Kara shepherded a series of initiatives aimed at making the department more collaborative in its service to state agencies. Along with customer service and process improvement initiatives, Kara is focused on making the State of Colorado an employer of choice by focusing on employee engagement initiatives, policies, and other improvements that will bring the state workforce into alignment with best practices in the private sector.

Kara’s experience is complemented by honors and leadership roles outside of work. She serves on the board of directors for Colorado Legal Services and formerly served as the chair of both Beyond Our Borders and the Women’s Bean Project. Her list of honors includes the Windsor Leadership Programme, the City and County of Denver Monte Pasco Civic Leadership Award, Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and the Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year.

Kara holds a Master of Business Administration, a Juris Doctorate, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology - all from the University of Colorado.

 

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.

Sharon Gonzales
Business Diversity Specialist, Office of Business Diversity, Denver Public Schools

Sharon Gonzales has been employed as the Business Diversity Specialist of the Office of Business Diversity for Denver Public Schools for the Facilities/Construction Division of Denver Pubic Schools (DPS) for the past twenty two years.  She administers Denver Public School’s efforts to make available to minority/women owned businesses the maximum practical opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contractors in the competitive market place. Sharon has instilled in DPS the philosophy that there needs to be awareness to educate employees and business affiliates about the importance of diversity in community and business practices. Denver Public Schools is the only school district in the State of Colorado that has a formal outreach program that engages our diverse business community.  Prior to working at DPS, Sharon also worked at Xcel Energy for 25 years in the Facilities Management Division.  Sharon’s personal passion and primary objective is to remove educational barriers that prevent homeless children from having a successful school experience by assisting in the yearly backpack and school supply drive for over 2,000+ students.

Sharon Gonzales has been employed as the Business Diversity Specialist of the Office of Business Diversity for Denver Public Schools for the Facilities/Construction Division of Denver Pubic Schools (DPS) for the past twenty two years.

She administers Denver Public School’s efforts to make available to minority/women owned businesses the maximum practical opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contractors in the competitive market place. Sharon has instilled in DPS the philosophy that there needs to be awareness to educate employees and business affiliates about the importance of diversity in community and business practices. Denver Public Schools is the only school district in the State of Colorado that has a formal outreach program that engages our diverse business community.

Prior to working at DPS, Sharon also worked at Xcel Energy for 25 years in the Facilities Management Division.

Sharon’s personal passion and primary objective is to remove educational barriers that prevent homeless children from having a successful school experience by assisting in the yearly backpack and school supply drive for over 2,000+ students.

David Musgrave, Moderator
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).


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).

Judy Giovanni, CPPB
Purchasing Manager, OIT Procurement and Vendor Services

Judy Giovanni joined OIT in 2008 and has more than 29 years experience in state government purchasing, finance, contracts and human resources. She worked previously as a purchasing professional and contract administrator for the Department of Personnel & Administration divisions of State Fleet Management, Human Resources and the State Purchasing Office.

Judy Giovanni joined OIT in 2008 and has more than 29 years experience in state government purchasing, finance, contracts and human resources. She worked previously as a purchasing professional and contract administrator for the Department of Personnel & Administration divisions of State Fleet Management, Human Resources and the State Purchasing Office.

 

Patricia O’Neal, Moderator
CDOT Procurement

Patricia (Pat) O’Neal is the Procurement Operations Manager in the Center for Procurement and Contracting Services. Pat supervises the team of Purchasing Agents and manages the day to day operations in Purchasing. Pat was a Purchasing Agent for five (5) years and a Contract Administrator in the Engineering Contracts division for two (2) years, prior to being promoted to Operations Manager. She has completed several major Request for Bids (RFP’s), Cooperative Purchasing Agreements and other bids and contracts for various divisions of CDOT. Pat enjoys working with all of her coworkers and relationship building with all divisions and departments of CDOT and other State agencies.  Pat also enjoys working with vendors and doing vendor outreach to encourage more vendors and small businesses to do business with CDOT. She does presentations and has participated on many community and local agency panels to explain and discuss the CDOT Procurement Process. Pat introduced the idea of “ A Day at the DOT” to the CDOT procurement team. The Purchasing Agents and CDOT Management embraced the idea and every one worked hard to make our CDOT vendor fair a huge success. CDOT is currently planning its 5th Day at the DOT, which will take place on August 14th at CDOT Headquarters.  Pat is a native of Chicago, Illinois (Go Bears !!!) where she attended and graduated from Chicago State University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She has also done extensive graduate work in business and taken several classes at the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Pat was also in the second class of the CDOT Leadership Journey, a week long leadership and management course. Having a passion for real estate, Pat pursued and completed several real estate certifications and licenses. Prior to joining CDOT, she was the Vice President and Regional Manager for the North East Region of Pulte Mortgage, a division of Pulte Homes.  Having a love for community and volunteerism, Pat is very active in the Denver community. She currently chairs an endowment fund through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., that awards scholarships to young women graduating from Denver metro high schools. She also helps cook and provides meals for homeless families at the Agape Christian Center in the Five Points area of Denver.

Patricia (Pat) O’Neal is the Procurement Operations Manager in the Center for Procurement and Contracting Services. Pat supervises the team of Purchasing Agents and manages the day to day operations in Purchasing. Pat was a Purchasing Agent for five (5) years and a Contract Administrator in the Engineering Contracts division for two (2) years, prior to being promoted to Operations Manager. She has completed several major Request for Bids (RFP’s), Cooperative Purchasing Agreements and other bids and contracts for various divisions of CDOT. Pat enjoys working with all of her coworkers and relationship building with all divisions and departments of CDOT and other State agencies.

Pat also enjoys working with vendors and doing vendor outreach to encourage more vendors and small businesses to do business with CDOT. She does presentations and has participated on many community and local agency panels to explain and discuss the CDOT Procurement Process. Pat introduced the idea of “ A Day at the DOT” to the CDOT procurement team. The Purchasing Agents and CDOT Management embraced the idea and every one worked hard to make our CDOT vendor fair a huge success. CDOT is currently planning its 5th Day at the DOT, which will take place on August 14th at CDOT Headquarters.

Pat is a native of Chicago, Illinois (Go Bears !!!) where she attended and graduated from Chicago State University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She has also done extensive graduate work in business and taken several classes at the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Pat was also in the second class of the CDOT Leadership Journey, a week long leadership and management course. Having a passion for real estate, Pat pursued and completed several real estate certifications and licenses. Prior to joining CDOT, she was the Vice President and Regional Manager for the North East Region of Pulte Mortgage, a division of Pulte Homes.

Having a love for community and volunteerism, Pat is very active in the Denver community. She currently chairs an endowment fund through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., that awards scholarships to young women graduating from Denver metro high schools. She also helps cook and provides meals for homeless families at the Agape Christian Center in the Five Points area of Denver.


Keynote Lunch & Presentation of Governor’s Minority Business Awards

Reggie Rivers
Event Emcee

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.”

Rosy Aburto McDonough
Director, Minority Business Office

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state. Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state. Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking. Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.

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.

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.


How To Do Business with Institutions of Higher Education

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Cathy Kramer
Program Manager, Connect2DOT

Cathy Kramer is the Statewide Program Manager for Connect2DOT and owner of Caddis LLC, a business and marketing consulting firm specializing in small business program development and support services for companies in the transportation industry. She has 25 years of marketing and management consulting experience, working with a range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She provides strategic direction to corporations and government agencies regarding market analysis, corporate positioning, brand strategy, integrated marketing planning, proposal writing, supplier diversity, and small business program management. She has been directly responsible for more than 50 national and international client accounts and is often asked to provide keynote presentations and training at national organizations and events.  Cathy has been a consultant to CDOT for 12 years providing technical assistance to DBE/ESB firms and supporting the development and outreach of CDOT’s DBE/ESB Programs. In 2008, Cathy was part of the team that conducted the CDOT Disparity Study which was used to determine the need for remedial programs based upon racial and gender discrimination in state highway construction contracting. As a result, she assisted CDOT staff in restructuring the DBE/ESB Programs and determining the 2013 – 2015 FHWA Overall Annual DBE Goal. She has an extensive understanding of CDOT contracting and project delivery methods and has assisted hundreds of firms in marketing their services to CDOT.  Prior to starting her own business, Cathy was a Senior Systems Analyst for a Washington D.C. management consulting company where she managed large-scale federal financial and procurement software implementations at the Library of Congress, US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, and Louisville Water Company. She consulted with clients to re-engineer workflow procedures, define system requirements, and streamline business processes.  Cathy is currently the Program Manager for Connect2DOT, managing the partnership between CDOT and the Colorado Small Business Development Centers and assisting with business consulting, training, outreach, and technical support to contractors and consultants through 14 centers across the state. Cathy received a B.A. from Michigan State University.  Cathy is available for consulting through the Denver Metro SBDC in downtown Denver, as well as by virtual appointment statewide.

Cathy Kramer is the Statewide Program Manager for Connect2DOT and owner of Caddis LLC, a business and marketing consulting firm specializing in small business program development and support services for companies in the transportation industry. She has 25 years of marketing and management consulting experience, working with a range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She provides strategic direction to corporations and government agencies regarding market analysis, corporate positioning, brand strategy, integrated marketing planning, proposal writing, supplier diversity, and small business program management. She has been directly responsible for more than 50 national and international client accounts and is often asked to provide keynote presentations and training at national organizations and events.

Cathy has been a consultant to CDOT for 12 years providing technical assistance to DBE/ESB firms and supporting the development and outreach of CDOT’s DBE/ESB Programs. In 2008, Cathy was part of the team that conducted the CDOT Disparity Study which was used to determine the need for remedial programs based upon racial and gender discrimination in state highway construction contracting. As a result, she assisted CDOT staff in restructuring the DBE/ESB Programs and determining the 2013 – 2015 FHWA Overall Annual DBE Goal. She has an extensive understanding of CDOT contracting and project delivery methods and has assisted hundreds of firms in marketing their services to CDOT.

Prior to starting her own business, Cathy was a Senior Systems Analyst for a Washington D.C. management consulting company where she managed large-scale federal financial and procurement software implementations at the Library of Congress, US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, and Louisville Water Company. She consulted with clients to re-engineer workflow procedures, define system requirements, and streamline business processes.

Cathy is currently the Program Manager for Connect2DOT, managing the partnership between CDOT and the Colorado Small Business Development Centers and assisting with business consulting, training, outreach, and technical support to contractors and consultants through 14 centers across the state. Cathy received a B.A. from Michigan State University.

Cathy is available for consulting through the Denver Metro SBDC in downtown Denver, as well as by virtual appointment statewide.


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/

Barb Musick, Moderator
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.