Category Archives: Panel Discussion

18 March 2015 SBA Regulatory Fairness Board Hearing in Salida CO

National Ombudsman Brian Castro will convene a regional hearing to hear testimony from small business owners, representatives of trade associations, and other members of the small business community regarding federal regulations and enforcement and compliance actions impacting America’s small businesses.

SBA Region 8 Regulatory Fairness Board Chairperson Dr. Alison K. Brown will participate.

The National Ombudsman convenes regulatory fairness hearings and roundtables across the country to give small business owners a means to comment on unfair enforcement actions, government audits, and excessive fines or regulations. It is anticipated that during this hearing small business stakeholders will testify on a number of wide-ranging issues. Issues reported by participants undergo a high-level fairness review at the appropriate federal agency, and the Office of the National Ombudsman works with its federal agency partners to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses grow.


Administrative Offices for Chaffee County Colorado

104 Crestone Avenue

2nd Floor

Salida, CO 81201

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. MDT – Registration

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. MDT – Hearing

Members of the small business community, trade organizations and media are encouraged to attend. RSVPs should be made to Dr. Alison Brown, NAVSYS Corporation at (719) 481-4877, ext. 124 or by email at by March 11, 2015. Those wishing to testify must register and provide written statements in advance. Anyone desiring confidentiality may request that his or her name not be released and may submit written testimony in lieu of a public appearance at the hearing. Those wishing to put testimony on the record on a confidential basis may do so by offering it in writing in advance.

For additional information about the Office of the National Ombudsman, visit our website at

The SBA’s programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made when requested 1 week in advance. Contact: or call (202) 205-6178.


09 April 2015 WID Discussion with RM Women in Defense panel, the Pinery, COS


Thursday April 9, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM MDT


The Pinery at the Hill
775 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905


Sara Kinney  Women in Defense – Rocky Mountain Chapter 719-332-0423

April 2015 WID-RM Luncheon

Women in Defense – Rocky Mountain Chapter is proud to present a panel on:

 Women-Owned Small Businesses featuring

Ms. Kathy Boe, Boecore

Ms. Alison Brown, NAVSYS Corporation

Ms. Sara Kinney, Rim Technologies


11:30 – 12:00 Registration and Networking

12:00 – 12:10 Ms. Kathy Boe, Boecore

12:10 – 12:20 Ms. Alison Brown, NAVSYS Corporation

12:20 – 12:30 Ms. Sara Kinney, Rim Technologies

12:30 – 13:00 Questions to Panel Members

14 August 2014 NDIA RMC SBC/PTAC Panel Discussion followed by US SBA Regulatory Fairness Hearing




The NDIA Rocky Mountain Chapter Small Business Committee is pleased to co-host the August 14, 2014 meeting with the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

Please join the NDIA and PTAC from 9:00am – 10:30am for a panel discussion focused on small business government contracting issues, with an introduction to Brian Castro, National Ombudsman, with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of the National Ombudsman.

The goal is to create open dialogue between small businesses, industry, and government personnel.  Our panelists will create an open forum to discuss –



Gary Henry, Executive Director, Colorado PTAC


  • Brian Castro, National Ombudsman, US SBA
  • Willie Franklin, Director Small Business, CH2MHill
  • David Hollenbach, CEO, DSoft Technologies
  • Paul Aldrich, SB Specialist, Schriever AFB
  • Kim Diercks, CO, USAFA
  • NCMA/Gov’t Contracting Officer (TBD)
  • Russ Farmer, NDIA 

Thursday, 14 August 2014
9:00 – 10:30am NDIA / PTAC Panel discussion
RSVP:  By email to


Pikes Peak Workforce Center
El Paso County Citizens Service Center Building
1675 Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO  80907
Free Parking is available in the Garage attached to the Westside of the building. From the Garage, enter the building on the first floor through the glass doors, and let the Security Guards know you are there to attend the NDIA meeting.

$15 suggested donation per person
Cookies, coffee, tea & water provided
(Cash/check only–made out to NDIA RMC SBC)

Immediately following this meeting, Mr. Castro will convene a US SBA Regulatory Fairness Regional Hearing to hear testimony from small business owners, representatives from trade associations, and other members of the small business community regarding federal regulations and enforcement and compliance actions impacting America’s small business.  See link for more information.

Flyer – Colorado Springs CO Hearing_August 14 2014 FINAL

11:00 am – Hearing registration
11:30 am –2:00 pm – National Regulatory Fairness Hearing

09 May 2013 NDIA RMC SBC / NCMA Panel discussion on Trends in Government Contracting

Intro:  RMC SBC Intro 09 May 2013

Moderator:  Betsy Pimentel, VP Defense Programs, Stellar Solutions, Inc.;
Panel members:
Col Matthew A. Stevens, USAF HQ AFSPC/A7K;
Jim Berns, Director of Contracting, US Air Force Academy;
Pat Haar, Director of Contracts, Serco, Inc.;
Ken Knapp, Executive Director, Colorado PTAC;
Gary L. Henry, VP Operations, McNew & Associates, Inc.
Dr. Alison K Brown, President & CEO, NAVSYS Corporation; Chair of NDIA RMC SBC

Location:  SERCO Inc.; 1050 North Newport Road; COS 80916
Time:  7:00 – 9:30am

NDIA RMC Small Business Contracting Workshop

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Maj Tom Jost, AFSPC A5X, Chief Innovation Strategy Branch;
John Hart, Office of Advocacy US-SBA;
CT Trafton, President SigmaCor;
Betsy Pimentel, Vice President Defense Programs, Stellar Solutions;
Dr. Alison Brown, President & CEO of NAVSYS Corporation; Chair of NDIA RMC SBC

Location:  Pikes Peak Work Force Center; 1675 Garden of the Gods Road; COS 80907
Time:  8:00am-12:00pm