2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo
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Speakers

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.

 

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 joined the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services in January 2016 as the Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities. David 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).  Working previously as the Supplier Diversity Liaison and Program Manager for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, David created and maintained a successful vendor outreach program, ACCESSColorado. The program demystified the State's procurement process, and served as a centralized place for everything businesses needed to be successful to compete for government business. During David’s tenure, any business - regardless of size or ownership, was provided access to Colorado's State procurement. As a result, competition was increased, buyers had more options and the State received better value, benefiting all Colorado residents. David served on the Advisory Board for the Minority Business Office and the Greening Government Leadership Council.  David previously supported the local business community through his tenure as Vice President of Membership at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He worked as Safety and Human Resource Manager for a growing trucking company where he launched an effective safety program and worked with management to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. In Monterrey Mexico, David worked for a manufacturer of pipe fittings and served as the main point of contact between customers (U.S. and Canada) and the plant.  David is a Colorado native who learned Spanish living in Venezuela. He is an expert at developing programs, building relationships, and is skilled professional in organizational development and management. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

David Musgrave joined the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services in January 2016 as the Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities. David 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).

Working previously as the Supplier Diversity Liaison and Program Manager for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, David created and maintained a successful vendor outreach program, ACCESSColorado. The program demystified the State's procurement process, and served as a centralized place for everything businesses needed to be successful to compete for government business. During David’s tenure, any business - regardless of size or ownership, was provided access to Colorado's State procurement. As a result, competition was increased, buyers had more options and the State received better value, benefiting all Colorado residents. David served on the Advisory Board for the Minority Business Office and the Greening Government Leadership Council.

David previously supported the local business community through his tenure as Vice President of Membership at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He worked as Safety and Human Resource Manager for a growing trucking company where he launched an effective safety program and worked with management to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. In Monterrey Mexico, David worked for a manufacturer of pipe fittings and served as the main point of contact between customers (U.S. and Canada) and the plant.

David is a Colorado native who learned Spanish living in Venezuela. He is an expert at developing programs, building relationships, and is skilled professional in organizational development and management. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

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.

 

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.

 

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 joined the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services in January 2016 as the Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities. David 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).  Working previously as the Supplier Diversity Liaison and Program Manager for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, David created and maintained a successful vendor outreach program, ACCESSColorado. The program demystified the State's procurement process, and served as a centralized place for everything businesses needed to be successful to compete for government business. During David’s tenure, any business - regardless of size or ownership, was provided access to Colorado's State procurement. As a result, competition was increased, buyers had more options and the State received better value, benefiting all Colorado residents. David served on the Advisory Board for the Minority Business Office and the Greening Government Leadership Council.  David previously supported the local business community through his tenure as Vice President of Membership at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He worked as Safety and Human Resource Manager for a growing trucking company where he launched an effective safety program and worked with management to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. In Monterrey Mexico, David worked for a manufacturer of pipe fittings and served as the main point of contact between customers (U.S. and Canada) and the plant.  David is a Colorado native who learned Spanish living in Venezuela. He is an expert at developing programs, building relationships, and is skilled professional in organizational development and management. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

David Musgrave joined the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Center for Procurement and Contract Services in January 2016 as the Vendor Outreach Administrator & Purchasing Agent. David facilitates larger dollar purchases for goods and services in CDOT’s Region 1 (Denver-metro Area) and coordinates The Center’s vendor outreach activities. David 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).

Working previously as the Supplier Diversity Liaison and Program Manager for the State Purchasing & Contracts Office, David created and maintained a successful vendor outreach program, ACCESSColorado. The program demystified the State's procurement process, and served as a centralized place for everything businesses needed to be successful to compete for government business. During David’s tenure, any business - regardless of size or ownership, was provided access to Colorado's State procurement. As a result, competition was increased, buyers had more options and the State received better value, benefiting all Colorado residents. David served on the Advisory Board for the Minority Business Office and the Greening Government Leadership Council.

David previously supported the local business community through his tenure as Vice President of Membership at the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He worked as Safety and Human Resource Manager for a growing trucking company where he launched an effective safety program and worked with management to develop and implement effective policies and procedures. In Monterrey Mexico, David worked for a manufacturer of pipe fittings and served as the main point of contact between customers (U.S. and Canada) and the plant.

David is a Colorado native who learned Spanish living in Venezuela. He is an expert at developing programs, building relationships, and is skilled professional in organizational development and management. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

 

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.