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Tammy Rimes

 

Tammy Rimes
Tammy formerly served as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation. Over her tenure, she purchased over $1 Billion (YES – B!) worth of commodities and services. During the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that destroyed over 2000 homes and the Mt. Soledad landslide in one of San Diego's most exclusive neighborhoods, she served as the Emergency Logistics Chief. Tammy was in charge of centralizing the city's purchasing and warehouse operations and implemented the City's first environmentally preferred purchasing program and moved the surplus property operations to online auctions to increase revenue. Her consolidation efforts of the warehouses resulted in a $1.4M savings during the first year. Her team won the Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute each year she was in management. During the Witch Creek Fires of 2007 and the Mt. Soledad Landslides, she served as the City's Emergency Logistics Chief, coordinating supplies for the Resource Recovery Center and operational needs for the first emergency responders. Tammy was ultimately responsible for buying everything from pencils and helicopters to bids on construction projects and overseeing the warehouse operations. During her 20+ years in City government, she worked on management teams in Financial Management, City Clerks Office, Equal Opportunity Contracting Program, Water and Wastewater. After leaving the City of San Diego, Tammy served as Vice-President of Local Government for Government Sourcing Solutions. Tammy presents at national and regional procurement conferences, and works with procurement officials across the nation on cooperative procurement opportunities, and identifying areas that may result in cost savings, efficiencies, and value-added services and products. Now as the Principal for Tammy Rimes Consulting, her mission is to assist companies in learning how to work with government and becoming adept at winning government contracts.

Rita Parker

 

Rita Parker
Rita Parker is the Program Coordinator for Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative program of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC/KCRPC). She has 27 years of government procurement background; 11 years with a local government as a senior buyer and 16 years as the Program Coordinator for KCRPC.

Jordan Corbitt

 

Jordan Corbitt
Mr. Corbitt has significant experience with the laws, regulations, and procedures relating to eligibility for federal disaster and mitigation assistance. He assists state and local governments and non-profit entities navigate the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance program, including compliance with procurement requirements and filing administrative appeals. Mr. Corbitt has also represented clients in state and federal court in lawsuits involving negligence, breach of contract, DTPA claims, Texas Insurance Code claims, property disputes, fraud, and eminent domain.

Danielle Aymond

 

Danielle Aymond
Danielle Aymond joined Baker Donelson after serving as executive counsel of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). While serving in this role, she was the state's legal advisor through five presidential declared disasters, including the Great Floods of 2016. She is also a Captain in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Captain Aymond authored legislation during the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature that updated the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). She also authored two bills in the 2018 Regular Session that updated dozens of emergency management statutes, including creating a new process through which volunteers are named agents of the state in a disaster. Captain Aymond served on a Federal Emergency Management Legislation Reform Committee organized under the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) that assisted in the writing and passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. She also served as the legal chair for NEMA's Response and Recovery Committee and was asked to serve as the legal chair of NEMA for 2019. Captain Aymond is GIAC certified in Law of Data Security and Investigations (GLEG). Captain Aymond entered the Louisiana National Guard's Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2011, and she currently serves as deputy regional defense counsel. Her previous assignments include the trial counsel of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, trial defense counsel, and command judge advocate for the Louisiana Aviation Command. Captain Aymond served as a full-time attorney-advisor from 2013 to 2016 in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the Louisiana National Guard. Captain Aymond is a 2008 graduate of the Military Police Individual Training Academy, a 2011 graduate of the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School, and a 2013 graduate of the Army Judge Advocate School. Captain Aymond is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Law of Domestic Operations course at the Judge Advocate School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Armando Ramirez

 

Armando Ramirez
An eight-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 1986. He performed duties that included stints as a Personnel Administrative Chief, Classified Special Weapons Security and as a Drill Instructor for Recruit Training.. He retired from the San Antonio Police Department in 2009 after 22 years of service. He served 2 years on Patrol, 15 years with the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, and 5 years as an Academics and Firearms Instructor at the Training Academy. For the last 16 years, he has been actively training officers throughout Texas and the United States in the area of "The first Responder to Active Shooter" for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERRT) based out of San Marcos, Texas in conjunction with the Texas State University. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor and one of the Regional Program Managers for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center where is responsible for the upgrading, changing and writing curriculum for the Basic Level 1 – First Responder to Active Shooter Course and the Active Attack Integrated Response Courses, as well as the Train the Trainer for such courses.

Marty Adcock

 

Marty Adcock
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Marty served as a Reconnaissance Marine at 1st Reconnaissance Bn. in combat operations in Desert Storm. After leaving the United States Marine Corps, he worked for and retired from the League City Police Department in 2017, serving on patrol, 14 years with the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, and 5 years as a training officer. Marty is a Texas Master Peace officer with a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University. He has traveled for the last 15 years across the nation as an adjunct instructor for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, providing active shooter training throughout our nation. Marty is also a Master Instructor for Safariland Training Group providing training in breaching, high-risk warrants planning and execution, less lethal munitions, shoot-house instructor and ballistic shields. Marty currently serves as the Midwest Regional Manager for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in San Marcos, Texas at Texas State University. His current responsibilities include curriculum development, instructor development and assignments, program management and partnership development throughout the 15 states in his region.

Pedro Chavez

 

Pedro Chavez
Pedro Chavez is a Principal Healthcare Industry Liaison for the Gulf Coast Board and has worked in business and workforce development area for over 8 years. Throughout his career, he has cultivated professional relationships with key stakeholders in economic development councils, chambers of commerce and businesses by facilitating state initiatives and providing tailored workforce solutions. Mr. Chavez has been involved in the medical industry extensively. In his previous role, he worked directly with business leaders, including C-Level management, in providing strategic direction to attract talent for competitive positions and anticipated projected needs. Pedro's involvement in the healthcare industry has resulted in cultivated relationships with many businesses in the Houston Medical Center and surrounding areas. His tenure with Workforce Solutions brings the experience to lead healthcare initiatives, workgroup focus and projects throughout the 13 - county Houston – Galveston region.

Conor Peterson

 

Conor Petersen
Conor Peterson is a shared services analyst for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. He helps six Northern California counties and 22 cities save money by providing opportunities for joint contracting, procurement, project implementation, and innovation to deliver efficient and effective local government services on a regional scale.

Debbie Groat

 

Debbie Groat
Debbie has more than 35 years in public procurement at both the State and local level. More than 25 years has been in management. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Purchasing Manager, Certified Public Procurement Buyer, and Personal Coach. She is presently the Director of Cooperative Purchasing for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council facilitating the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee.

Janet Hasty

 

Janet Hasty
Janet Hasty is a 30-year veteran of State of Texas procurement. She has worked in procurement management positions in several state agencies including the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Building and Procurement Commission, Department of State Health Services and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Janet has a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from St. Edwards University, and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is certified as a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and a Certified Texas Procurement Manager (CTPM). Since retiring from state government in 2007, Janet founded Government Procurement Services (GPS). GPS provides procurement training and consulting to government purchasers.

Brian Denzel

 

Brian Denzel
Brian Denzel is the Program Manager of Cooperative Purchasing at Houston-Galveston Area Council's nationwide purchasing program, HGACBuy. HGACBuy has been serving local governments for more than 40 years and continues to grow beyond its 7000 members and 800 vendors. Brian has been involved in government purchasing for over 26 years. Over the last 13 years, Brian has been with H-GAC and has worked his way up gaining an abundance of knowledge in bids, specifications, procurement, and management.

LaWanda James

 

LaWanda James
LaWanda James is the Lead Procurement Coordinator for Procurement Services in the HGACBuy Cooperative Purchasing Program at Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). Ms. James has 21 years' experience in public purchasing and procurement. As Lead Procurement Coordinator, she is responsible for vendor and contractor relations as well as procurement confirmation operations. She is a native Houstonian and studied at the Houston Community College.

Bill Burton

 

Bill Burton
Bill Burton is the Lead Program Coordinator for the Bid & Specification Group at HGACBuy. A graduate of Texas A &M University, Bill has been involved in procurement for over 36 years. For 20 years he worked in Transportation at CenterPoint Energy where he was responsible for the solicitation process for the procurement of transportation vehicles, machinery, and equipment. For the past 16 years, Bill has been with HGACBuy where he has worked to establish competitively priced contracts for goods and services and to provide the customer service necessary to help its members achieve their procurement goals.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Pontello

 

Jackie Pontello
Jacqueline "Jackie" Pontello is the Lead Program Coordinator for Elder Justice Program launched in mid-2018 by the Houston-Galveston Area Council. She comes to H-GAC after a decade working with abuse victims as Executive Director/Co-Managing Attorney of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse. A veteran non-profit leader focused on helping families achieve safety and stability, Pontello has a history of designing public-private partnerships that now serve as state and national models. In addition to AVDA, Pontello has served as Executive Director or Acting Director of One Voice Texas, the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network as well as on the leadership team of Lone Star Legal Aid. She sits on numerous boards and commissions, most recently as a Texas Supreme Court appointee to the Texas Access to Justice Commission. Her work has been recognized by the Buffett Family Foundation (Sunshine Lady Peace Award), the Congressional Hunger Center (Victory Against Hunger Award), DAYA (Dreams & Visions Award), the Houston Food Bank (Albrecht Award for Lifetime Volunteer Service), the National Council of Jewish Women (Hannah Solomon Award), the Salvation Army (Harbor Light Center Volunteer of the Year) and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (Director's Award).

Kelly McCann

 

Kelly McCann
Over 30 years ago, Kelly McCann began her career as an Associate Clinical Psychologist at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Goree Unit in Huntsville. Since her time in prison, Kelly has held direct client care and organizational leadership positions with various social service agencies in the areas of community mental health, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and Elder Abuse. Kelly's career highlights include presenting at numerous national conferences, serving as an external consultant for the U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action on Correctional Health Care, and working with the Houston Police Department to create and conduct dementia training for law enforcement officers. Currently, she is the Project Specialist for the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Elder Justice Project. In her spare time, Kelly serves as a neighborhood block captain and volunteers with a local animal shelter. While Kelly cares about many things, she is most passionate about nature, family, social justice, and her dog, Biscuit, but not necessarily in that order.

Isaac Perez

 

Isaac Perez
Isaac Perez is a Senior Business Developer with the Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation, the Business Finance arm of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. His mission is to help small businesses navigate the lending space and get the financing they need to achieve their goals for expansion, or for starting up. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Mathematics and Communication from Texas A&M University. Prior to his work with economic development, he worked in transportation planning to fund new transit services across the Houston-Galveston region, and in government procurement services.

Joshua Owens

 

Joshua Owens
Joshua Owens AICP, LEED-AP is a Senior Regional Planner with the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he works on regional economic development. He is the administrator for the Gulf Coast Economic Development District. His work focuses on expanding the economic vitality and resiliency of the Houston-Galveston region. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and Bachelors' from Pepperdine University. Previous work experiences include positions with the U.S. Green Building Council, Enterprise Community Partners, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay.

Greg Pendley

 

Greg Pendley
Greg Pendley founded CGP SOLUTIONS, LLC in 2004. Education: MBA-Business, BAAS-Political Science, AAS- Electronics Engineering Technology, 35+ years of Texas electric industry experience, including responsibilities in Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Customer Service, Technical Services and Retail Sales. These duties have also included assisting HGAC Energy Members since 2001.
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The orientation will discuss:

  • Our cooperative environment
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  • Preparing Contract Pricing Worksheets
  • Purchase orders and Order Confirmations
  • Quarterly Activity Reporting

Join us for NIGP – National Institute Government Purchasing

HGACBuy Team will be attending NIGP – National Institute Government Purchasing

Join us for a Contractor Orientation Webinar

The orientation will discuss:

  • Our cooperative environment
  • Requirements for Member participation
  • Preparing Contract Pricing Worksheets
  • Purchase orders and Order Confirmations
  • Quarterly Activity Reporting