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GCS 2018Thursday, June 7, 2018
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA

NEPA Alliance Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is hosting its annual Government Contracting Showcase 2018.

The 2018 Government Contracting Showcase is a half day training event to learn how to do business with Federal & State Agencies, and Prime Contractors. Attend educational workshops on government contracting, networking opportunities with government agency buying offices, government prime contractors and economic development agencies.

What can the 2018 Government Contracting Showcase offer your business?

Discover the benefits of securing government contracts; learn how PTAC can help.
Diversify your client base; explore new business opportunities.
Expand to new markets; grow your bottom line.

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Luncheon Keynote Speaker – Department of General Services, Secretary Curt Topper

Curt TopperCurt Topper was appointed Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services on January 20, 2015 and was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2015.

As Secretary of General Services, Topper oversees Pennsylvania’s state government operating agency responsible for the procurement of goods and services, the management of non-highway capital projects, the management of the commonwealth’s real estate portfolio, increasing and advancing contracting opportunities for small and small diverse businesses and the maintenance and protection of state-owned buildings and facilities.

Prior to his appointment to Secretary of DGS, Topper served at Georgetown University, where he renegotiated service and supply arrangements and introduced business process and system improvements to reduce the University’s operating costs by more than $1 million.

Topper also served as deputy secretary of procurement for the commonwealth from 2005 to 2008, where he led the department’s new shared services centers for procurement, warehousing, and print production. In this role, he was instrumental in modernizing and streamlining operations and played a key role in the implementation of new procurement activities. Topper also negotiated key contracts and reduced costs for the commonwealth by more than $200 million annually.

Morning Keynote Speaker – Mark R. “Hawk” Thomas

Mark ThomasMark R. “Hawk” Thomas is Managing Counsel, Reid Law PC, where he counsels and consults with federal business ventures through Reid Law PC and Reid Ventures LLC. Colonel Thomas is an industry executive, federal lawyer, military aviator, and electrical engineer with more than thirty years’ tested leadership in federal contracting, technology development, and legal advocacy. Colonel Thomas advises, represents, and develops entities seeking to establish, protect, or expand their presence in federal markets. As both strategic mentor and outside legal counsel, he guides businesses through the regulatory labyrinth, technical challenges, financial complexities, and myriad legal mandates inherent to procurement transactions and disputes with federal agencies. He provides clients with specialized support arising from a unique confluence of senior acquisition credentials, broad technology expertise, seasoned business acumen, and specialized legal skills, together with the exceptional focus, intrinsic synergy, and superior value arising from these qualifications in a single source.

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Hotel Accommodations

The special room rate for government employees is $93. All guests that book using this rate must show government ID. Guests that are tax exempt must present an individual Tax Exemption Certificate upon check-in. All other guests will be billed at the rate of $159. Guests can call reservations at 1-800-525-2427 (follow the prompts for a new group reservation in the Pocono’s) and give the group code 4022 or the group name NEPA Alliance. Rates are based on availability and are not inclusive of resort fee or taxes.

Registration is $50 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and workshops.

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Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, contact Karen OstroskieDebbie Langan, or Paula Terpak at the NEPA Alliance Procurement Technical Assistance Center at 570-655-5581 or 866-758-1929.