Conference Proceedings

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National Small Business Conference
"Meeting DoD/DHS Mission Needs in the 21st Century"
8 - 10 May 2006
Newport, RI

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Blaise Durante, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, United States Department of the Air Force

“NAVSEA PEO Submarines - Technology Insertion”: Mr. Richard McNamara,, Executive Director, PEO Submarines

Women in Defense (WID) Breakfast, Sponsored by SAIC

Raytheon Executive Address: Mr. Daniel Smith, Vice President, Raytheon Company; President, Integrated Defense Systems (Will be available soon)

Panel: Program Manager’s Perspective on Small Business Contributions to Major Programs

Mr. Michael Hoeffler, Vice President, Future Naval Capability, Raytheon Company

Small Business Success Story Panel:

Mr. Jay Boyce, Foster-Miller, Inc. (Will be available soon)
Mr. Knob Moses, Vice President, Operations, Government & Industrial Robotics, iRobot (Will be available soon)

New England Military Installation Panel: “2006 & Beyond - Base Vision and Acquisition Outlook”


- Maj Gen Arthur Rooney, USAF, Vice Commander, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB
- Mr. Alan Macdonald, Executive Director, Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative (BRAC Team)
- MG Roger Nadeau, USA, REDCOM


- CAPT Michael Byman, USN, NAVSEA NUWC Newport, RI
- Mr. John Riendeau, Defense Industry Manager, RI Economic Development Corporation (BRAC Team)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session A: Small Business Innovation Research

Mr. Tim Sharp, Small Business Innovation Research Program Manager, Director, Advanced Technology Office
Mr. Michael Caccuitto, III, DoD, SBIR/STTR Program Administrator
Mr. Richard McNamara, Executive Director, PEO

Breakout Session B: Special Topics

Moderator: Mr. Ron Perlman, Buchanan Ingersoll, PC
Mr. Charlie Summers, Jr., Regional Administrator, US Small Business Association
Mr. Ralph Thomas, III, Former Asst. Administrator, NASA Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization; Special Counsel to the Government Contracts Section of Buchanan Ingersoll
Mr. Rich Ramirez, Senior Business Advisor, Center for Veterans Enterprise (COVE), US Department of Veterans Affairs
“What Strategic and Financial Buyers Seek When Acquiring Small Businesses”: Mr. Nick Howland, Associate, DFI International

Breakout Session C: Adding Value

Adding Value 1: Protecting IP Assets When Contracting with the Federal Government

- Mr. Jacob (Jesse) Erlich, Patent Attorney/Partner, Burns & Levinson, LLP
- Mr. Walter Kneissler, Esq., Corp. Counsel, Foster-Miller, Inc.

Adding Value 2: Managing Up: Maximizing the Prime-Subcontractor Relationship

- Mr. Michael Sweat, President, Odyssey Systems Consulting Group
- Mr. John Marshall, President, Datacon, Inc.

Adding Value 3: Building Shareholder Value for Successful Exit

- Mr. Paul Serotkin, President, Minutemen Ventures
- Mr. Darrell Smith, Former President, Milestone Group

Adding Value 4: Embracing Business Development: Marketing Your Company in the Federal Marketplace

- Ms. Ameeta Soni, Senior Vice President of Business Development, VFA, Inc.
- Mr. Gary Dunbar, President, Gary A. Dunbar, Inc.

Breakout Session D: Business Opportunity Networking

Ms. Ludmilla Parnell, Anteon
Mr. Bill Donaldson, Small Business Specialist, Hanscom AFB