VETS 2020

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS)

May 26 - 29, 2020 in San Antonio, TX, is a Business Development Conference created by Veterans for Veterans.

Welcome to the VETS2015 Speaker Documents and Resource page. This webpage will serve as your home base for important information you may need for planning and preparation leading up to the conference.

Please click the category below to view and download specific files.



Marketing Materials

Presentation Materials

  • PowerPoint Template
    (Note: all speakers are required to us the VETS template unless otherwise approved by conference management)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Earl Morganl with the Conference Management Team.

Mr. Earl Morgan
Speaker Coordinator, VETS2015
Phone: (571) 297-4024

Please find the speaker presentations for the 2015 Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium below. All presentations are in .pdf format. To download, please click on the presenter's name.

A1. CVE Verification

A2. A Look at All Financing Options for Veteran Owned Small Business

A3. Managing a Federal Contract Effectively and Profitably

A4. What is the IRS Auditing and Finding

B2. Financial Audits and Compliant Accounting Systems

B3. Legislative and Regulatory Update for Government Contractors

B4. Simplified Acquisitions: Where Agency Opportunities and Dollars Are On the Rise!

C1. Developing a Pipeline for Business Opportunities

C2. Proposal Writing 101: Pricing

C3. How to Deal with a Difficult COR

C4. GSA Veteran Initiatives

D1. The Ins and Outs of Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protege Agreements

  • Cy Alba, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC
  • Kathryn Flood, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC

D2. Proposal Writing 101: Technical

D3. GSA Schedule Proposal Pricing and Compliance Pitfalls

  • Scott Davidson, Managing Principal, Vets GSA LLC

D4. Small Business Administration, Office of Veteran Affairs

E1. Benchmarking and Assessing Your Competition

E2. Best Market Research Practice for VOSBs & SDVOSBs

  • Tom Johnson, President and Publisher, Set-Aside Alert

E3. Contruction Claims and Pitfalls & General Claims/Request for Equitable Adjustment (REAs)

E4. What's Your Exit Strategy and Do You Need One?

F1. The Proper Use for Joint Ventures and Teaming Agreements in Federal Contracts

  • Lee Dougherty, Esq., Principal, Offit│Kurman

F2. Marketing Intelligence: Hidden In Plain Sight

F3. Quality Management Systems: What are they and Why are they Important to the Growth of Your Business

F4. Planning for Outgrowing Your NAICS and Losing Your Small Business Status

OSDBU Director's Town Hall I:

  • Angela Herring, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Deposit Insurane Corporation

Doing Business with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) - FDIC Acquisition policy and procedures are available online at  It is important to also note, per the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) Section 342, financial regulators, including FDIC are required to make a determination whether agency contractors, and as applicable, subcontractors have failed to make a “good faith” effort to include minorities and women in their workforce.  As a means of verifying contractor’s good faith effort, for awards over $100,000, FDIC may request support documentation.

Cy Alba.PilieroMazza PLLC


PilieroMazza PLLC

Cy Alba is a partner with PilieroMazza PLLC and practices primarily in the area of government contracts. Cy counsels clients in a broad range of government contracting matters, including: overall regulatory compliance; counseling on a wide variety of small business issues, including compliance with the SBA’s HUBZone, Woman Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, and 8(a) programs, the prosecution or defense of small business size and status protests and appeals before the SBA and its Office of Hearings and Appeals; the prosecution or defense of bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; defense of suspensions and debarments; the preparation and negotiation of contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreements, joint venture agreements, and mentor-protégé agreements; the preparation and pursuance of claims and requests for equitable adjustment to a wide variety of federal agencies; and ITAR compliance and the preparation of technical assistance agreements and/or manufacturing licensing agreements for the export of defense articles and data. Cy also assists PilieroMazza clients with general litigation matters in state and federal courts.

Cy Alba is currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and has been admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.



Summit Insight

Judy Bradt, CEO of Summit Insight, is one of America's top experts for companies who want to win government business. Want to focus fast on your best federal prospects and get down to winning? That’s the core of her practice. As author, speaker and consultant, Judy's been making government contracts easier for over 27 years, serving more than 6,000 companies...on their road to winning over $300 million dollars in government business.  Thousands of business owners across the country and federal small business specialists use her book and workbook, Government Contracts Made Easier, to grow their business and counsel their clients. Her clients include the Small Business Administration, Smithsonian Institution, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She is honored to serve America’s veteran business owners on your path to federal contract success.




Managing Principal

CPT Scott Davidson USA .RET has more than 15 years of professional consulting and contracts management experience supporting Federal Government Contractors.  Scott is the Owner and Managing Principal of Vets GSA LLC a growing Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that is focused on GSA Schedule Consulting, Federal Business Development Strategy and Federal Contract Compliance Support and to Small and Large Businesses.  In his role at Vets GSA; Scott provides specialized consulting expertise in GSA Schedule Contracting, Federal Contract Management services and Federal Proposal and Business Development support for all sizes of business from Small to Fortune 500 clients. Scott is responsible for the cradle to grave capture management of several hundred million dollars’ of Federal Business for clients to include a Department of Justice $150M single award for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business client.  Prior to Vets GSA Scott served as the Director of GSA Schedules for the URS Corporation (Ranked 248 on the Fortune 500) in which he was responsible for the management and administration of URS’s Federal Division’s GSA Schedules Program Office. Scott was responsible for the management of all of the Federal Services GSA Schedules which generated over $300M a year in revenue for the company.





President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Group of Virginia, LLC

Scott Denniston is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Scott Group of Virginia, LLC. The Scott Group provides strategic business development services to small businesses in the Federal marketplace. The Scott Group additionally facilitates partnerships and alliances between large and small businesses to compete on Federal contract opportunities as well as identify potential small business subcontractors and partners.

Mr. Denniston also serves as the Executive Director for the National Veteran Small Business Coalition whose mission is to transition veterans into business owners and ensure the Federal acquisition field is fair for all veteran owned small businesses. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Freedom Foundation and the American Small Business Coalition.

Previously, Mr. Denniston was the Director, Office of Small Business Programs and the Center for Veterans Enterprise at the Department of Veterans Affairs. During his tenure, the VA was a leader in awards to all categories of small businesses consistently spending over $3 billion with small business. He has held numerous management positions with the Small Business Administration. He is also active in the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and is past chair of the Small Business Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

He was born in Somerville, New Jersey. He received a B.A. degree in Economics from Waynesburg College and a M.S. degree in Government from Southern Illinois University. He is also a veteran, having served in the US Army.


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Mr. Dougherty practices in the area of Government Contracting. He has experience in all phases of government contracting at the Federal, State and local level, from contract formation through contract administration and dispute resolution. His experience includes bid protests, negotiated procurement disputes, terminations for convenience and defaults and litigation. He has unique experience in government fraud investigations and DCAA audits, False Claims Act investigations, Contracts Disputes Act issues, suspension and debarment, Qui Tam cases and other administrative and criminal investigations and litigation. He also has extensive international experience in procurement law both in Europe and in Asia. He is recognized for his work in the area of Bid Protests and since 2012 has represented clients in more than 75 protests. He is a frequent guest on Federal News Radio and previously wrote a weekly article on Bid Protests in the Washington Business Journal.



Katie Flood Headshot.jpgKATIE FLOOD

PilieroMazza PLLC

Katie Flood is an associate with PilieroMazza in the Government Contracts Group. She focuses her practice on government contracts litigation, particularly actions before the GAO, the COFC, and the SBA’s OHA. Ms. Flood advises clients on compliance with FAR, focusing on small business procurement matters. Such matters include issues related to specific program eligibility requirements for the SBA’s 8(a), HUBZone, SDVO, and Women-Owned small business programs. She counsels clients on issues related to small business participation in the GSA’s Multiple Award Schedule Program. She also drafts and reviews teaming agreements, subcontracts, and joint venture agreements.

Katie Flood is currently a member of the Virginia Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and has been admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.





President & CEO
HeiTech Services, Inc.

Heidi W. Gerding is an entrepreneur, accomplished business leader – and wife and a mother of four, who holds the distinction of being the first woman from Minnesota to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. After leaving the Navy, her leadership and organizational skills placed her in management positions of increasing responsibility with Washington-area management services firms contracting with the Federal Government. She advanced from Project Manager for one firm to President of Operations for another. While directing projects, she gained extensive experience in the intelligent application of technologies, finding great satisfaction in developing sensible solutions to clients' needs.

In October 1999, Ms. Gerding formed HeiTech Services to provide management consulting and information technologies services to the Federal Government. She based the company’s founding principles of Honor, Excellence, and Innovation on ideas learned as part of the Naval Academy’s Honor Concept. As an active business owner, she leads employees by example, through her own dedication and commitment to her work, to incorporate the founding principles into all aspects of the business, provide exceptional customer service to her clients, and nurture the professional and personal needs of her employees. Her leadership efforts have been rewarded with steady growth and recognition.




Director, Veterans Programs
Office of Veterans Business Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

Mr. Heilman has leadership responsibility for programs that aid and educate America’s veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. Heilman joined the civil service in 2013 bringing extensive management, marketing, and military experience to OVBD and a demonstrated commitment to its mission.




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President & Publisher
Set-Aside Alert

Tom has been in the federal marketing and sales industry for over 25 years, focusing on content products that include government materials. For four years he headed a highly productive sales team selling databases and org charts of government officials. The products include information on people, places and programs throughout all levels – federal, state, county and municipal. The company’s services combine text with graphics, photos, navigation icons, and its proprietary dynamic charting capability.

He has negotiated numerous GSA and VA Schedule contracts for a variety of products and services companies. He consults for numerous government contractors, including major business publishers, software companies and other government suppliers. He advises on government-oriented product development and government sales issues. He has conceived and built new technology information products, e-commerce catalog sales websites, and content databases covering medical research equipment and supplies. He conducted financial simulations for utility and industrial companies and for product/equipment tradeoff and system analysis, and developed government market analysis tools over a twenty-year period.

Independently, Tom also publishes Set-Aside Alert, a government sales newsletter, and directories of minority- and woman-owned businesses and market researchers. He is a past president of the National Directory Publishing Association. He has a BSChE and MSIA from Purdue University.




Cohen Mohr LLP    

Victor Klingelhofer is a service-disabled veteran, having served during the 1970s as an NCO in the 101st Airborne Division and after OCS as a Nike Hercules missile officer. After his discharge from the Army, he attended law school at Catholic University in Washington, DC.  Since his graduation in 1983 Mr. Klingelhofer has practiced Government Contracts law and has been with the DC firm of Cohen Mohr since 1985, becoming a partner there in 1989.  Mr. Klingelhofer is also an active member of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force (VET-Force) and is currently serving as VetForce’s Vice Chairman.


The Chief Storyteller

Ira Koretsky is the president of The Chief Storyteller®, a boutique marketing and sales consulting firm. He has delighted audiences around the world helping them achieve better business outcomes and accelerate their revenue with highly effective written, spoken, and social media communications. With over 25 years of experience, he is a sought-after global speaker, columnist, consultant, and executive coach.




David Kriegman has spent 30 years growing and managing companies that provide services to the government.  

At SRA International, Mr. Kriegman served in many leadership roles from project manager to chief operating officer during a time when SRA grew from $5M in annual revenue to over $1B.  Before becoming SRA’s COO, Mr. Kriegman was the director of Defense Systems.  He grew that business from $48M to over $400M in seven years.  While he was a senior manager at SRA, the company was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and by Washingtonian magazine as one the best places to work in the D.C. area.

After leaving SRA, Mr. Kriegman became president of a venture capital-backed start-up and later served as president of a company formed through multiple acquisitions.  

Currently Mr. Kriegman serves as CEO of Z2B, LLC, a firm established to help other companies achieve their strategic growth goals.  His clients include companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established companies with revenue over $10B.  Kriegman is the author of Zero to a Billion: 61 Rules Entrepreneurs Need to Know to Grow a Government Contracting Business.






TargetGov at Marketing Outsource Associates, Inc.

Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov, is a nationally-recognized government contracting marketing and business development expert. She is the author of the new book: "The Basic Guide to Government Contracting" and "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business" now in its third printing. She has spoken at international, national, regional and local conferences including the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Business Women's Summit, the Annual OSDBU Procurement Conference and the Annual National Veteran's Conference regarding practical, bottom-line focused business development best practices. She also has delivered motivational speeches to the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business and the University Of Maryland Robert H Smith School Of Business and was adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Continuing Education.

She has been quoted in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Start-ups Magazine, and Government Executive Magazine. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the past National Procurement Committee Co-Chair for Women Impacting Public Policy, a non-partisan organization representing over 500,000 members.

Among other honors, she was named the 2010 Maryland Women in Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year Awardee.




President, Strategies for Small Business
Director, Marketing
Superior Financial Group

Sue is the number one provider, SBA Patriot Express Program and SBA Export Express and director of marketing for Superior Financial Group. Sue’s involvement began with the program’s inception in 2002. Since then, Sue has helped fund over 41,000 SBA loans, which include Patriot Express loans, Export Express, Community Express and now Small Lender Advantage v.2 and became the largest SBA lender by volume. Her goal is to fund 100,000 small businesses.  

Sue sits on several national boards focused on veterans and entrepreneurship. Including, the President of the nonprofit, American Economic Empowerment. And co-founded Women’s Military Exchange: Operation Next Step. Plus one of the founders of

Sue is the President and CEO of the on line company which helps contractors across the nation with easy and cost efficient lien forms.

For over ten years, Sue served as the CFO and Vice President of a commercial and industrial real estate firm in Northern California. In addition, Sue was the first woman-parking operator in the United States with seven parking facilities in San Francisco. Sue is a serial entrepreneur and has started over seven businesses. She holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College.




Management Support Technology, Inc. (MSTI)

Mr. Middleton has over forty-five years of professional hands on data processing experience in project management, systems engineering and integration, design, development, life cycle methodologies, testing and documentation. His detailed experience includes DOD program planning; systems conversion and installation; systems concept design and development; review and/or development of project master plans, test plans, functional descriptions of tactical and strategic command and control: systems design of menu driven software; education and training; and concepts supporting human factors engineering.

He currently serves as the President/Chief Operating Officer for Management Support Technology, Inc. (MSTI) – a Virginia firm based in Fairfax, VA. He has been with MSTI since 1998 and assumed the President/COO position in 2005. Under his leadership, MSTI has tripled its size in employees and revenues.



Dir., Veteran Business Outreach Centers
Office of Veterans Business Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

As a member of the leadership team at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development in Washington, D.C., Ray Milano directs the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program. Presently, Ray manages a network of fifteen VBOCs, located throughout the U.S., to provide entrepreneurial training, counseling and mentoring to veterans and their family members.

Previous to his current post, Ray was the Assistant District Director of Economic Development for the SBA’s Massachusetts District Office. In this role, Ray worked with the SBA staff and local resource partners to ensure the effective management and delivery of the SBA’s technical assistance programs to entrepreneurs, small businesses and economic development organizations in Massachusetts.

Ray has been with the SBA since 1999 and his roles and responsibilities have provided him with a well-rounded depth of knowledge and understanding of SBA programs and services.

He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Bridgewater State University and a United States Marine Corps veteran.


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Senior Vice President Government Funding & Operations
Prosperity Funding

Robert joined the Prosperity team in 2014 after 11 years at a large NY based bank where he was FVP/Director of their Government Contractor Finance group and also was Director of Credit & Accounts Receivable for many years. For 18 years prior to joining the bank, Robert started and ran his own consulting business providing Accounts Receivable Management, Collections and Paralegal services to clients whose focus was servicing the government and private sectors, particularly the staffing and modeling industries.

A former business owner and entrepreneur, Robert has over 30 years experience and a formidable knowledge base in understanding the challenges a business owner faces in growing and running their business. He is well known within the 8(a), Veteran and SDVOSB communities for educating and assisting companies to start or grow their business and prides himself on building relationships to help others in succeeding in their businesses. With the help of his network in the Washington DC metro area, Robert often seeks out and encourages teaming opportunities between his network and clients taking that extra step.





Knowledge Institute

Foundation for Entrepreneurial Research and Development

Dr. William Osgood is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in entrepreneurial education and small business development. As scholar and practitioner in the field of entrepreneurship, he has authored dozens of business management books, launched multiple entrepreneurial ventures and consulted with numerous organizations on issues dealing with venture creation, finance and high growth strategies. His books have been published in multiple languages, distributed internationally, and are used by academic institutions, government, economic development agencies and private consulting firms in teaching entrepreneurship. His expertise in effectively driving small business start-up and economic growth has been sought after by leading private sector and government organizations including Microsoft, IBM, The World Bank, Bank of America, Verizon, American Express, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education and State Economic Development Agencies. He was named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Small Business Advocate of the Year.
Dr. Bill holds a Doctorate in System Development and Adaptation from Boston University and a MBA from Northeastern University. He is a strong civic leader and a United States Veteran.



Of Counsel
Manfredonia Law Offices, LLC 

Jim works of counsel for Manfredonia Law Office, LLC, in Federal Government Contracts, bid protests before GAO and Court of Federal Claims, disputes before the BCA and Court of Federal Claims, size protests, suspension, debarment, and “SDVOSB” status verification and disputes. Jim worked as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Veteran Affairs for over 10 years, litigating major construction, delay, and procurement disputes. Jim was previously partner in Slothower & Petersen, in Bend, Oregon, and he has hands-on construction experience as a construction supervisor on commercial projects in New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho.




President and Founder
Contracts Unlimited Incorporated

Tom Petruska is president and founder of Contracts Unlimited Incorporated.  The Northern Virginia firm specializes in the preparation of proposals and the formation, negotiation and administration of commercial and government contracts and subcontracts for large as well as small businesses. Tom has extensive experience with preparing and supporting GSA Schedules and the Multiple Award Schedule Program.  His expertise with government contracting covers all aspects of working with GSA Schedules, including the handling of compliance issues related to the terms of Schedule contracts. He also has worked with small and veteran-owned disadvantaged businesses – writing subcontracts and international agreements. He has negotiated 8(a) contracts and prepared EEO-1 reports and prepared an Affirmative Action Plan.

Tom has over 37 years of specialized experience with commercial and government contracts - including preparation and negotiation of Team Agreements, Non-disclosure Agreements, equitable adjustments and certified claims, termination settlement proposals, and other agreements. In addition, he has prepared codes of conduct and compliance programs for clients, and he has worked with clients to support their export controls program. He has prepared corporate policies including the purchasing system, and estimating system. Tom has worked on numerous proposals in pricing and risk analysis and prepared client’s indirect cost pool rates. Furthermore, he has prepared and negotiated business transactions agreements such as software licenses, terms of sale and purchase order agreements, and participated on a team in M&A transaction.

Mr. Petruska earned a BA from Villanova University and a MBA from George Mason University.



Mark Rockefeller StreetSharesMARK ROCKEFELLER

Co-Founder & CEO

Mark is an alternative- and social-finance expert, previously with the global financial services law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. Prior to Milbank, he was a microfinance and social-entrepreneurship advisor in Africa and a researcher at Columbia University in New York. He began his career in military service and is a veteran of the Iraq war. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance and advanced degrees in business and law.

StreetShares is an interactive marketplace where investors bid to provide shares of commercial loans to small businesses. Unique team expertise, privileged customer access, intellectual property, and innovative technology position StreetShares to disrupt the $120B small business lending market for business loans under $100K. StreetShares has a special focus on assisting Veteran-owned and MilSpouse-owned businesses.

Mark has published in several financial and legal academic journals and periodicals.


Sarah Schauerte Legal Meets Practical LLC


Legal Meets Practical, LLC

Sarah Schauerte is an attorney whose practice is dedicated to helping veteran-owned small businesses grow. She became involved in law because her father, a veteran and small business owner, often lamented that he could not understand his attorney because the attorney spoke only in legalese. Sarah’s company, Legal Meets Practical, specializes in legal documents that have all the required legal protection and provisions without the incomprehensible language.

A certified verification counselor as recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation, a significant chunk of Sarah’s practice focuses on assisting businesses obtain verification in the VA's VetBiz Verification Program. Sarah also possesses considerable experience in corporate formation, defending and litigating contract disputes, and drafting a wide plethora of contracts necessary for any growing small business. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Eastern District of Virginia.



Jim Scott Penan and Scott


Penan & Scott, P.C

James Scott, Jr., CPA is a founding partner of PENAN & SCOTT, P.C., an accounting and financial consultant firm located in Rockville, Maryland.

Mr. Scott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants; District of Columbia Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also is a member of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition, and a board member of a community bank in Maryland.

Mr. Scott has extensive experience negotiating directly with DCAA and other cognizant government contractor auditing agencies to resolve rate and contract issues. He has significant experience with auditing financial statements of closely held, non-public companies, with a specialty in government contractors. He also assists clients with sophisticated tax and business planning, structuring merger and sale transactions capital infusion and bank financing.

Mr. Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting - Cum Laude - from the University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland. He began his career with Ernst & Young, after serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.



Matt Stavish.jpgMATT STAVISH

Vice President
Republic Capital Access
Matt began his career in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Virginia in 2003, moving to Washington and Lee University, and finally Temple University.  He transitioned to Novartis Vaccines in 2011 to focus on public health and immunization practices.  At Novartis, Matt held several roles in sales, marketing, and management.  Matt holds a degree in Chemistry from Washington and Lee University, a Masters in Chemistry Education from the University of Virginia, and a MBA in Finance and Innovation Entrepreneurship from the Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business.  He resides in Leesburg, VA with his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Harper.





Judge Thomas served on the Veterans Affairs Board of Contract Appeals (now U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals) for 10 years.  While there he also served as mediator for over 100 Alternative Dispute Resolution sessions and personnel situations for Federal Agencies and the Military.  

Prior to his appointment to the Board, Judge Thomas was Veterans Affairs Assistant General Counsel, PSG V, for 14 years.  He had national responsibility for legal issues involving all procurements, construction and supply programs, protests (GAO, GSBCA), disputes, environmental compliance, and real property.  He represented VA at SBA to obtain special eligibility status for Veteran and Disabled Veteran owned businesses. Previously, he was the VA Deputy Asst. General Counsel and a trial attorney, Claims & Litigation Division, Office of General Counsel, GSA.

Judge Thomas served in the Army and was awarded a Bronze Star in Vietnam.  He received a Presidential Rank Award for his interpretation and implementation of Public Law 102-585, Section 603, Limitation on Prices of Drugs Procured by Department of Veterans Affairs and Certain Other Federal Agencies. He wrote the Master Agreement, Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreement and chaired industry-wide implementation meetings. He is presently Of Counsel with the Manfredonia Law firm.

Judge Thomas has a B.S. in Business Administration and J.D. from the University of Richmond.




Chief Visionary Officer/Chief Executive Office
The American Small Business Coalition

Guy Timberlake is Chief Visionary Officer and Chief Executive Officer of The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC), an innovative membership, education and networking organization aiding companies around the world with finding, qualifying and winning business opportunities in the government sector, and assisting government agencies with identifying viable industry partners to support their business and mission requirements. He is responsible for establishing the organization's operational tempo and leverages a well-developed network of current and former Government officials and Industry executives to benefit The ASBC constituency. Under Guy's leadership, The American Small Business Coalition is credited with enhancing the knowledge, skills and confidence of small government contractors, facilitating hundreds of productive partnerships between small, mid-tier and large companies, and contributing to the successful capture of contracts and subcontracts resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in receivables for member companies and contract and corporate employment opportunities for thousands of individual professionals.


TWilson HeadshotTAN WILSON

President of Entellect, LLC
Co-Founder of

Tan Wilson of Entellect and is an accomplished proposal and marketing management expert with over 20 years of win successes, managing and implementing business development and program management strategies across various business sectors in the Federal and commercial arenas. Having managed large government IDIQs, GWACs, and BPA contracts, she understands both the capture and proposal processes for complex large government programs.
Tan was familiar with the resource constraints of these fast-growing entities and was instrumental in providing not only direction, but resourceful and effective solutions. She created Entellect to provide businesses with on-demand boutique BD and proposal support resources. As a complement to her services, she co-founded as the go-to source for small and mid-tier businesses seeking reliable, abbreviated information with which to make quicker and better-informed decisions on pursuing Federal contract opportunities.

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All activities will take place at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Based on our attendee feedback, VETS2016 features different levels of breakout sessions to help our Veteran small business owners make the best selection to fit their educational need. Session color indicates the intended audience (but feel free to attend any of them):

    • Start-up/Emerging Business Owners: For start-up/emerging Veteran small business owners with little or no experience in Federal procurement and/or business ownership.
    • Mid-Tier/Mature Business Owners: For mid-tier/mature Veteran business owners who have already broken into the Federal marketplace and are seeking knowledge to grow.


VETS 2019 is focused on one thing—the success of your Veteran-owned Small Business. Will you be a part of the conversation?