DECEMBER - 9 - 2021 VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS

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Bud Crawford

Partner and Co-Founder at Coeur Capital Inc.

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Bud Crawford is currently a Partner and Co-Founder at Coeur Capital, Inc.. Mr. Crawford has over 14 years of banking and financial services experience. Mr. Crawford began his career at Bank of America, leading the implementation of numerous LEAN Six-Sigma projects. Mr. Crawford left Bank of America to become COO and Equity Partner at Libertas Financial Corporation, a factoring company based out of Atlanta, GA. After helping lead the sale of Libertas to First Bank and Trust, Mr. Crawford took over as CEO of PrimeArc Capital, LLC (“PrimeArc’). During his tenure as CEO, PrimeArc increased EBITDA by 300% and the company qualified for the Inc5000 list in 2020. In 2021, Mr Crawford helped found Coeur Capital, Inc., a specialty finance firm set up to acquire the assets of PrimeArc through a management buyout. Currently, Coeur provides both factoring (facilities from $10,000 – $2,000,000) and ledger lines of credit (facilities from $500,000 – $2,000,000).

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Carol Phelps MBA, CFE,CMC

Program Manager MH Miles Company, CPA, PC

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Carol Phelps is Manager of State Supportive Services and provides technical support for small businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses and certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) as a consultant for the Georgia Department of Transportation. She is skilled in business development specifically targeted to help grow small business enterprises. Carol has over 20 years’ experience in consulting, financial analysis, project management, forecasting, planning and strategic analysis. Her passions include women economic development and youth entrepreneurships and she serves on several corporate and community boards. Carol is a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Fraud Examiner and earned a MBA in Finance from Indiana University/Kelley School of Business where she was a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow.

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Carolina Ramon

Director of Specialty Programs University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Carolina Ramon is the Director of Specialty Programs for the University of Georgia (UGA) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where she oversees the International Trade Center, Multicultural Business Division, and the new UGA SBDC Center at Morehouse College. In 2017, Ms. Ramon became the first Latino woman in the forty-two-year history of the UGA SBDC to be named the Director of the Multicultural Business Division. She oversaw the delivery of training and business consulting to minority business owners across the state of Georgia. Before joining the SBDC’s Multicultural Business Division, Ms. Ramon served as Director of the Small Business Administration’s WEDA -SBA Metropolitan Atlanta Women Business Center for over six years. Prior to advancing her career in public service, she spent time in the corporate arena with CNN and Ernst and Young. Ms. Ramon is an experienced small business advisor and certified federal procurement instructor with an extensive history of launching business enterprises and designing entrepreneurship training programs in partnership with nonprofit organizations in Georgia. Her areas of expertise include procurement, minority business certifications, mergers, and acquisitions; business planning and valuations; corporate financial management and business case analysis; capital formation, allocation, and return analysis. Ms. Ramon holds a bachelor’s in marketing and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and accounting from Georgia State University.

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Jim Barnaby

Deputy Commissioner of State Purchasing Division

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Jim Barnaby serves as the Deputy Commissioner of State Purchasing. Prior to joining State Purchasing, Mr. Barnaby served as Strategic Sourcing Director for the University System of Georgia before retiring October 2021 with more than 25 years of service. During his service with the University System of Georgia, Mr. Barnaby worked at Georgia Perimeter College as the Director of Logistical Services where he launched eProcurement and the Georgia First Marketplace. Mr. Barnaby served in the US Army for over 20 years and retired as a First Sergeant. As an Army Infantry First Sergeant and Platoon Sergeant, he dedicated the majority of his time to leading, planning and logistics. Some of the highlights of his military career were serving 9 years in Europe, training new recruits as a drill sergeant at Ft. Benning, Georgia and receiving the Bronze Star for actions in Desert Storm. His last duty assignment was at North Georgia College, where he served as a military instructor. After retiring from the Army in 1997, Mr. Barnaby remained with North Georgia College and began working in Auxiliary Services. After completing a BA in Business Management, he was hired as the college’s Procurement Officer and the Director of Materials Management. During his time there, he established new procurement processes and launched the new PeopleSoft eProcurement Module. In 2008, Mr. Barnaby earned his National Certification as a Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and then his Certification as a Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) in 2009.

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Julian Andrea Bailey, MBA, PCM

Communications and Supplier Outreach Manager, State Purchasing Division

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Julian Bailey has more than 20 years of work experience in the marketing, communication, and outreach areas. She has successfully managed numerous training sessions, workshops, lecture series and programs that collectively bring together representatives from government and private organizations, as well as business leaders. Ms. Bailey is currently employed as a Communications and Supplier Outreach Manager with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) where she is responsible for communications and supplier outreach efforts for the State Purchasing Division. She has trained thousands of business owners on the procurement process and systems in Georgia, including Team Georgia MarketplaceTM and the Georgia Procurement Registry. Partnering with organizations charged with growing Georgia businesses, Ms. Bailey has traveled across the state to conduct workshops, and serve as subject matter experts at conferences, expos, and trade shows. In addition, she manages the State of Georgia Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification process. Ms. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Howard University. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Troy University. She is a Professional Certified Marketer (PCM®) with the American Marketing Association.

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Thomas Larkin

Contracting Ninja for Gorby Peters Small Business Training Program

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Tom Larkin is the Contracting Ninja for Gorby Peters Small Business Training Program. He has over 35 years of experience in planning, executing, and administering various aspects of federal acquisition. He has served in the roles of a buyer, contract administrator, and educator on multiple federal programs, and in multiple roles ranging from procurement counselor with GT Procurement Technical Assistance, as well as a buyer for spare parts and tank engines to obtaining research supplies for scientist at the USDA-ARS Honeybee Lab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Larkin is a former administrative contracting officer for the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank production line at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. Additionally, he was a Professor of Contracting at the Air Force Institute of Technology where he taught a variety of acquisition courses to government officials in a continuing education capacity. Mr. Larkin is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army and retired at the rank of Major. He currently resides in Roswell, Georgia.

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Mary Chapman

Director of Policy, Training and Outreach for the Department of Administrative Services, State Purchasing Division

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Mary Chapman serves as the Director of Policy, Training and Outreach for the Department of Administrative Services, State Purchasing Division. Mrs. Chapman has more than 15 years experience in state government procurement policy, contract negotiations, program management and implementation of major projects. Mrs. Chapman began her legal career by clerking for the Augusta Judicial Circuit. She has served in state government in a variety of roles, including staff attorney, contracts attorney, executive business analyst with the Medicaid program and division chief for the healthcare facility regulation division within the Department of Community Health. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law School.

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Steve Ekin

Director, Surplus Property Division

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Steve Ekin serves as the Director of the Surplus Property Division. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Ekin was the Director of Operations for an international import company where he was responsible for daily operations and logistics of a high volume distribution/manufacture facility. Mr. Ekin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Professional Property Administrator from the National Property Management Association. He is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Alex Atwood

Commissioner, Department of Administrative Services

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Alex Atwood was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services on March 1, 2019 by Governor Brian P. Kemp. Mr. Atwood has an extensive and distinguished judicial, legislative, military and law enforcement career. Prior to joining DOAS, Mr. Atwood served as the Glynn County chief magistrate judge. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, former State Representative of House District 179 and former Special Agent who worked for multiple federal law enforcement agencies in numerous commands and operational roles before retiring as Director of Legal Training for the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Over the years, Mr. Atwood has received numerous accolades for excellence in the legal profession and community service. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, followed by a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster College and a Juris Doctorate in Law (Cum Laude) from Atlanta’s John Marshall School of Law. Mr. Atwood is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Nancy Cleveland

Certified Procurement Professional and VA Certified Verification and Evaluation Counselor, Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Centers (GTPAC)

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Nancy C Cleveland is a Certified Procurement Professional and VA Certified Verification and Evaluation Counselor with Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Centers (GTPAC) based in Atlanta. GTPAC is one of eleven programs under the umbrella of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) that help businesses in various ways to encourage, build and contribute to the competitiveness in State’s economic development initiatives and beyond our borders. AS a GTPAC Counselor, Ms. Cleveland helps GA-based businesses navigate the government procurement processes. This includes getting our clients procurement ready to identify, respond to contracting opportunities and, hopefully, win contracts at the federal, state, and local levels. She has more than 10 years of experience in this role GTPAC Counselor. Additionally, she served on the National Board of the Association of Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) as Region 4 Director for PTACs in the Southeast. Ms. Cleveland worked as the Program Support Manager for The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech, (The Academy). In this position, Ms. Cleveland supported the Academy’s Program Management team and served as an Instructor of the Academy’s topflight acquisition and government contracting courses. The Academy is a Defense Acquisition University equivalency training provider for DoD’s acquisition workforce specifically, the contracting workforce government-wide as well as businesses interested in learning more about the rules and regulations (the FAR and supplements) that govern Contracting Officers and teams responsible for federal acquisitions of goods and services. Before joining the GTPAC Team, Ms. Cleveland held executive positions both in the public and private sectors. She served as SBA’s SCORE Augusta Chapter Chair and held the position of Fund Management and Monitoring Director for the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic Development and Housing. In the private sector, she held several executive corporate Human Capital positions in the insurance and transit industries. To cap it off, Ms. Cleveland was a small business owner. Ms. Cleveland holds an EMBA from the University of New Haven, New Haven CT and a BA in Business from Clark, Atlanta GA.

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Sandy Headley

Vice President of ACE

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Headley brings more than 20 years of banking experience to her role as Vice President of ACE. She is responsible for large commercial lending and advocacy work for ACE. Headley directed the ACE lending team as Chief Lending Officer from 2007 to 2016. Her natural sales ability and passion for ACE’s mission has led the organization to deploy over $120 million, more than 2000+ small businesses, creating or saving more than 14,000+ jobs. She was instrumental in developing multiple ACE financial products/programs and expanding the organization’s service area into Atlanta and Norcross. Prior to joining ACE, Headley held various roles in banking over her career; she sits on the board for Capital Partners Certified Development Company. Sandy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.