Trisha Ferrand has served as a fulltime Senior Procurement Counselor and workshop developer and trainer for the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) since 2009. She also assists the PTAC with grants proposal writing, survey administration and reporting, and special writing and research projects. Previously, she was Program Manager for the Imperial County Procurement Technical Assistance Center in El Centro, CA, which was established as a result of her competitive grants application. Her contracting background includes more than eighteen years of experience in writing RFPs, staffing source selection committees, and overseeing contracts with consultants on behalf of Atlantic County, New Jersey, and San Diego and Imperial Counties in California.
Paul Hollenbach’s early career included marketing power equipment to airframe manufacturers (IT&T), aircraft simulators for the US Navy (ACF), a brief stint as manufacturer’s representative for electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and filtration equipment (Hollenbach Tripex) and founder of a commercial division of a military valve manufacturer (Valcor Engineering) providing sophisticated valves and pumps for the medical and photographic industry. Paul founded his own company, Hollenbach & Associates, specializing in the construction industry, specifically the development of structural anchors for the nuclear power field, powder actuated tools and adhesive anchors. He has been active in various committees developing federal and state regulations for the use of powder actuated tools, National concrete anchor testing standards and adhesive anchor standards. He was active in the development of the International Building Code and served as an expert witness in over 100 product liability cases for construction products.
Vera Howell is the Director of Community Affairs for Turner Construction Company in San Diego. She has an extensive background in administrative management as well as community program implementation management. As Director of Community Affairs, she is responsible for managing and implementing key programs such as the Turner School of Construction Management and the implementation of the ACE Mentor program in local high schools. On the San Diego Convention Center Expansion project, Vera helped organize over 1,000 minority firms to participate in building the project. As Director of the outreach program, she is responsible for performing in-house and outreach activities that solicit and maintain the involvement of the small, minority, women and disabled veteran business community. Most recently, Vera received a nomination for San Diego, Women Who Move the City.
Carlos Liu, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is the Business Opportunity Specialist for 8(a) Business Development and point of contact for San Diego and Imperial Valley area. His focus is to ensure small business owners who are socially and economically disadvantaged are aware of the various SBA programs and requirements (SDB, 8(a), HubZone, etc.). Mr. Liu also provides business development, federal contact support, and other technical assistance and entrepreneurial training as needed.
Rochelle Lowe, SAIC Assistant Vice President and Small Business Compliance manager, is responsible for SAIC’s small business compliance related efforts and serves as the SAIC Small Business Liaison Officer. Ms. Lowe has been at SAIC for more than 20 years and uses her 25+ years of federal and commercial procurement experience to assist line organizations to meet their contractual requirements. Ms. Lowe holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a BA in Public Administration from San Diego State University (SDSU), as well as a degree in Purchasing and Materials Management. Staying actively involved in the community is important to remaining current, and Ms. Lowe has served on several non-profit organization boards and is the current Education Chair for the DoD Western Regional Council.
Cyndee McGowan, Caltrans District 11 Small Business Liaison, has worked for the State of California for 22 years. She began her career at State Compensation Insurance Fund, and in 1999 Cyndee moved to Caltrans, where she started out in the mailroom. From there, Cyndee transferred to Construction as a Staff Services Analyst in Kearny Mesa. Once the new building was up and running, she returned to the District Office and was promoted to Associate Governmental Program Analyst in the Transnet Unit (TransNet is the half-cent sales tax for local transportation projects that was first approved by voters in 1988.) Cyndee loves interacting with people and now works in the Small Business Unit to expand her knowledge and experience with Caltrans and to help Small Businesses be more widely utilized.
Gladys Selfridge is a project manager of the Connectory.com Network, a web-based resource containing detailed profiles of company products, services, capabilities, and capacities. In addition, Ms. Selfridge is an Economic Development Analyst for the East County Development Council, where they focus on bringing economic growth through growing primary industry in San Diego’s East County.
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