2017 EIP Awards & Fall Training Conference

2017 EIP Awards & Fall Training Conference
Please join us for the Coalition’s 2017 Excellence in Partnership Awards and Fall Training Conference at the Fairview Park Marriott.



We cordially invite you to join the Coalition for Government Procurement at our Fall Training Conference titled:Market MRI:Modernization,Reorganization &Innovation– The Procurement Prognosis for Government and Industry. This all-day event will be taking place at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, VA on November 16th and will include a keynote, numerous in-depth government led panel discussions, smaller MRI sessions in the afternoon with a variety of government agencies participating, and of course plenty of time for networking. To access the draft agenda for the Fall Conference, pleaseclick here.

We are pleased to announce that Shay Assad, Acting DPAP Director, will serve as our morning keynote.We will have thee-Commerce, MRI, and the Future of Procurementpanel moderated by Tom Sisti of SAP,and have invited Leantha Sumpter, Deputy Director, DPAP; Ben FitzGerald, Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee; andMark McCalisterDirector of Federal Contracts, IBM, to participate on the panel. The GSA MRI Panel will follow and will include Mary Davie, Deputy Commissioner, FAS (Moderator);Kay Ely, Assistant Commissioner for IT Category;Erv Koehler, Assistant Commissioner for Customer and Stakeholder Engagement; Dave Zvenyach, Assistant Commissioner for Systems Management; and Stephanie Shutt, Acting Director MAS PMO.

Before heading into lunch, we are pleased to bring back one of the most popular segments from last year’s conference –If I Knew Then, What I Know Now– while putting the Modernization, Reorganization, & Innovation spin on it. This panel will be moderated by Angela Styles, former OFPP Administrator, and will include panelist Jon Etherton, who spent 21 years of working in and with Congress and the Executive Branch on national security funding and acquisition policy issues, now founder of Etherton and Associates; Karen Evans, who served as administrator of E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget (a job now dubbed “federal CIO”) under President George W. Bush, now partner at management consulting service KE&T Partners;and Jim Williams, former commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, now partner at Schambach and Williams Consulting.

After a networking lunch, the afternoon will consist of two separate MRI sessions with four topics to choose from in the first session, and five in the second.

MRI Session One


1. Professional Services MRI

Jacob Bertram, Contracts Director, GSA

Alexandra Rouse, Professional Services Program Executive, GSA


2. IT Portfolio Part 1 MRI

Bill Zielinski, IT Category Manager, GSA

Jose Arietta, Director, Schedule 70, GSA


3. General Products MRI

Teresa McCarthy, Center Director, GSA

Jill Laduca, Center Director, GSA

Peter Han, Center Director, GSA


4. VA Healthcare MRI

Craig Robinson, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, VA

Rick Lemmon, Acting Chief Procurment and Logistics Officer, VA (invited)

Jaime Friedel, Director Procurement Directorate, SAC, VA

MRI Session Two


1. IT Portfolio Part 2 MRI

Casey Kelly, Acting Director,IT Services, GSA

Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, SEWP, NASA

Chris Hamm, FEDSIM Director, GSA



Jackie Smyth, Strategic Sourcing Director, DHS

Eric Cho, Project Lead, Procurement Innovation Lab, DHS

Kevin Boshears, OSDBU Director, DHS

Nina Ferraro, Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, DHS


3. FedMall MRI

Adarryl Roberts, Portfolio Manager, DLA (invited)


4. GSA Federal Marketplace Initiatives

Kay Ely, Assistant Commissioner, IT Category, GSA

Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Enterprise Strategy, GSA


5. Defense Healthcare MRI

Col. Alex Zotomayor, Director Medical Supply Chain, DLA

Timothy Klopfer, DHA

We will conclude the Conference with light food and drinks to allow additional time for networking.

Register today for both the and Fall Training Conference and Excellence in Partnership Awards (evening of 11/15 at same location)! For any assistance with registration or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Matt Cahill at mcahill@thecgp.org or by phone at 202-315-1054. We look forward to your participation!

Register today for both the Fall Training Conference and Excellence in Partnership Awards (evening of 11/15 at same location)!  For any assistance with registration or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Matt Cahill at mcahill@thecgp.orgor by phone at 202-315-1054.  We look forward to your participation. To access the draft agenda for the Fall Conference, please click here.

The Coalition is pleased to announce its upcoming Excellence in Partnership Awards Celebration – Dinner & Dialogue With GSA Leadership.  We are honored to have Chief of Staff for GSA, Jack St. John, and newly appointed Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner, Alan Thomas, join us for this important evening where we will honor organizations, individuals, and officials from across the procurement community who have made significant contributions in promoting common sense, as well as best value acquisition strategies and outcomes that support the evolving mission needs of government.

Mr. St. John, appointed by President Trump in mid-March, will be providing welcoming remarks focusing on the vital importance of government-industry partnership in delivering best value mission support for the American people.  Prior to this appointment, from the beginning of the Administration, he served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the GSA.

Mr. Thomas, who took on his new role as the Commissioner of the FAS in June, will outline his vision and goals for FAS, and he will hold an open Q&A session after his presentation.  In his critical position within GSA, he leads the newly reorganized FAS as that organization and the agency as a whole work to build on past successes, including improved employee, customer, and supplier satisfaction; increasing efficiencies to yield savings, and ensuring GSA’s acquisition strategies are aligned with the Trump Administration’s business and technology initiatives. FAS plays a key role in facilitating GSA’s mission to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.  Mr. Thomas comes to this position with more than 20 years of experience in both industry and government.

To access the draft agenda for the EIP Awards Dinner, please click here.

  • Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award
    Presented to an individual in the government contracting community for delivering outstanding best-value solutions for the taxpayer and demonstrating a long-term commitment to advocating “common sense in government procurement.”
  • Acquisition Savings Award
    Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for developing innovative solutions resulting in savings to the government and taxpayer through sound acquisition planning and development, and well defined contracting requirements.
  • American Innovation AwardNEW
    Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for creating innovative solutions and/or processes to solve the government’s challenges in procurement and/or technology.
  • Best Veteran Hiring Award
    Presented to a government agency or contractor for promoting and executing a robust and successful veteran hiring, teaming or subcontracting program to the benefit of our brave men and women in uniform.
  • Acquisition Streamlining AwardNEW
    Presented to an organization or individual (government or contractor) for successfully creating an efficient use of resources to design, develop, or produce quality systems in the procurement and contracting environment. This award can be for reducing contract duplication, streamlining the acquisition process, developing a new and effective system, or reducing unnecessary requirements or regulations.

The following day, November 16th, the Coalition will hold its all day Fall Training Conference at the same location.  This year’s theme will be 2018 Market MRI: Modernization, Reorganization & Innovation – The Procurement Prognosis for Government and Industry.  Speakers will be discussing the status of critical legislation, acquisition reform, business outlooks, and more. Afterwards, we will be holding our much-anticipated afternoon MRI Sessions, which will offer a unique opportunity to get the latest information on the most significant contracts in the Federal marketplace.

For any assistance with registration or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Matt Cahill at mcahill@thecgp.org or by phone at 202-315-1054.  We look forward to your participation!

Date & Time: November 15th from 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Location: Fairview Park Marriott - 3111 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042


Membership Tier

EIP Regular Registration

Conference Regular Registration


















$1,000 (includes EIP registration for 11/15)



11/15/2017 6:00 PM - 11/16/2017 6:00 PM
Fairview Park Marriott 3111 Fairview Park Drive Falls Church, VA 22042 UNITED STATES

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