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Wednesday, February 22 


Registration Opens


SMART Keynote Session
Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) GOVCON Small Business Procurement Conference joins federal, state and local government leaders to discuss economic development and programs to encourage small business development nationally, regionally and locally.  Keynote Panel will provide budget updates, future programs and R&D priorities impacting the region.

Moderator:  Mr. Robert Carullo, Executive Director, SMART 

Welcome: The Honorable Jessica Fitzwater, County Executive, Frederick County, Maryland

  • Ms. Lisa Swoboda, Senior Director, Office of Military and Federal Affairs, Maryland Department of Commerce

  • Ms. Arveice Washington, Deputy Director, Department of the Navy, Office of Small Business Programs


1. From Brainstorming to Battlefield: Overcoming the Valley of Death

The landscape for engaging adversaries continues to expand and evolve, creating a demand for disruptive technologies to reduce and mitigate threats to our information and infrastructure systems, and public health. Unfortunately, the “valley of death” has prevented technologies across all sectors from crossing the finish line. Hear from agency leads on how you can work with their teams to bolster your R&D capabilities and take a “front door” approach to advance your innovation to the next level. 


Moderator: Mr. Jerome Maultsby, Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, US Army Medical Command (Confirmed)


  • Ms. Kathy Zolman, MTEC and MCDC Other Transaction Agreements

2. Defense Offices of Small Business Programs: Your Resource to Understand the Future Requirements and Opportunities

The FY23 Omnibus has a record $858B appropriated.  Leaders from various Defense Offices of Small Business Programs, OSDBUs and the SBA come together to explain what the Small Business Office can do for you, how they work with contracting for small business set-asides, and why it is important to work with them. Get insight into finding forecasts, understanding missions, contacting program offices, and traditional and non-traditional methods for success. Discover how you should position your company to be competitive for federal procurements. 

Moderator & Panelist: Mr. Peter Hunter, Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Medical Command

  • Ms. Pamela Brunson, Small Business Specialist, Office of Small Business Programs, National Guard Bureau (NGB) 

  • Mr. David O. Christ, Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Army Research Laboratory (ARL), US Army DEVCOM 

  • Ms. Irma Alexander, Deputy Director, Naval Air Systems Command – HQ,Office of Small Business Programs

  • Mr. John Niziolek, Chief, Contracting Group 1, KO/AO,  US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) 


1. SBIR/STTR, Tech Transfer and CRADAs: Collaborating with the Military for Future Capabilities

Can your small business achieve mission goals for the Federal Government through disruptive innovation? Together, the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs fund over $1B into projects each year, as "America's Seed Fund.".   Health technology and life sciences firms can access non-dilutive funding through several agencies and components.  This panel will discuss the programs for industry to partner with the military in developing technology in conjunction with the government.  Learn about SBIR, Tech Transfer licensing and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) to locate the right opportunity for your small business.

Moderator: Mr. John Warden, CEO, Hememics

• Mr. Paul Michaels, eJD, Director, ORTA/Medical Technology Transfer, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) 

• Mr. J.R. Myers, Project Manager, SBIR, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)

• Mr. Robert Charles, Chief Medical Law, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) 

2. Civilian Agencies Small Business Opportunities

Leaders from various Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) come together to explain what the Small Business Office can do for you and why it is important to work with them. Get insight into finding forecasts, understanding missions, contacting program offices, and traditional and nontraditional methods for success. Discover how you should position your company to be competitive for federal procurements.  ​


Moderator: Beth Woodring, Director of Attraction and Finance, Frederick County Office of Economic Development

  • Ms. Darlene Bullock, Director, Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 

  • Ms. Denise Warner, Executive Director, Apex Coordination Program - Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MDPTAC)


1. Transportation and Infrastructure: Supporting Resilience & Sustainability

The passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan provided a significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure, providing various funding opportunities that will lead to much-needed transportation improvements and broadband deployment across all communities, especially those that are unserved and underserved. This session will review the offices responsible for coordinating this effort, partnering with local, federal and outside stakeholders, and current and future opportunities.


Moderator: Dr. Anuja Sonalker, CEO, STEER Tech, LLC

  • Ms. Jo-Lynn Davis, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, US Department of Commerce 

  • Mr. Leonardo San Roman, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office, US Department of Transportation

  • Ms. Denise Benjamin-Sirmons, Director, Procurement, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2. Contracting with Maryland

States like the federal government contract for services, supplies, IT support, construction, engineering and healthcare.  Panelists from various state agencies will discuss future opportunities, the new Maryland marketplace to locate opportunities, and contract vehicles available for small business.  Learn about Maryland’s procurement process and how to effectively do business within the state. 


Moderator: Mr. Richard Griffin, Director, City of Frederick Office of Economic Development​

  • Ms. Cristen Ervin, Director of Marketing and Public Engagement. Maryland Department of General Services

  • Mr. Eduardo Hayden, Small Business Outreach Manager, Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs



Evening Networking Reception 


Thursday, February 23


 Registration Opens


Keynote Session

SMART brings together experienced leaders, with over 100 years of combined budget and military experience.   This panel brings together key stakeholders of the Defense Health and Biodefense Response important to defending our nation against various threats to national security.  Leaders from the Department of Defense will discuss priorities, budget and future requirements to complete their mission.


Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Robert Carullo, Executive Director, SMART​

Congressional Update: Mr. Bryan Shuy, Chief of Staff for Representative Andy Harris, Maryland's 1st District

  • Ms. Kimberly Buehler, SES, Director, Army Office of Small Business Programs, Office of the Secretary of Army (Tentative)

  • Ms. Dawn Rosarius, SES, Principal Assistant for Acquisition, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), Fort Detrick

  • Mr. Darryl Colvin, SES, Joint Program Executive Officer for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense  (JPEO CBRND), Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • Ms. Tammy Griffith, Deputy to the Senior Acquisition Executive and Senior Team Lead, National Security Agency, Fort Meade


1. USAMRDC: The Future Battlefield Capabilities

The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity will illuminate how small business products and services are procured for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command and prioritized by the Defense Health Agency.  Program Leads will describe program priorities, current and future requirements and opportunities to support the warfighter.  


Moderator & Panelist: Ms. Dawn Rosarius, SES, Principal Assistant for Acquisition, US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) 

  • Ms. Thea Hofgesang, Director, US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) 

  • Dr. Valerie DiVito, Civilian Deputy Director, Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)

  • COL James Andy Nuce, Commander, US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA)

  • COL Mark G Hartell, Military Deputy Director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

  • Representative, US Army Medical Research and Development Command 


2. Mid-Atlantic Federal & Military Construction

With its close proximity to Washington, DC and federal facilities, Maryland is positioned to receive over $1 Billion in Federal and Military construction projects in FY23-24 on installations in the Region.  This panel will bring leaders from the USACE, NAVFAC, MICC-Fort Eustis and prime contractors to discuss future construction projects, and who has small business goals on current and future opportunities.   

  • Mr. David Morrow, District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District 

  • Ms. Joey Harmon, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company (Confirmed)


1. Operational Medicine- Medical Logistics, Staffing and Casualty Care: Understanding the Unique Challenges for Defense Health and Military Treatment Facilities 


Moderator:  Ms. Jasmine Stewart, President, Goldbelt Frontier​

  • Mr. Peter Hunter, Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Medical Command

  • Ms. Cassandra Martin, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Health Agency 

  • Mr. Darin Callahan, Naval Medical Readiness Logistics Command, Detachment Fort Detrick


2. Team APG: Protection and Capabilities for the Future Battlefield 

Aberdeen Proving Ground is the premier Army base with Joint Program Offices which support the warfighter from Communication to CBRN threats to future technology development.  Hear from these commands on the future battlefield needs and capabilities to meet the ever changing threat landscape.  The Joint Program Executive Offices for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, US Army DEVCOM and US Army CECOM will be joined by the Army Contracting Command - APG, to provide first-hand insight into the development of break-through technology for the warfighter, lessons from COVID, current operational needs, future requirements, and acquisition forecast will have an impact on their respective Commands. 


 Moderator: Ms. Joan Michel, Profile Partners, LLC

  • Joint Program Officer, JPEO-CBRND 

  • Ms. Debra Abruzzese, ACC-APG Mission Operations Director, U.S. Army Contracting Command Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • Mr. Karl Kappra, Director, Futures Division at U.S. Army Research Laboratory, DEVCOM  

  • Ms. Amber Blake, Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs-Aberdeen Proving Ground (OSBP-APG)




1. IT & Data Modernization

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Defense Health Agency have Information Technology (IT) and Data Modernization Initiative (DMI) involving multi-year, multi-billion-dollar efforts to modernize data across the federal and state public health landscape. Learn how agency-wide data modernization and enhanced technologies initiatives are currently being implemented, and future plans to align technology and data strategies to address lessons from COVID in public health challenges. 


Moderator: Mr. Shaun Poulson, Chief Operating Officer, EdgeWater Federal Solutions

  • Mr. Matthew Quinn, Science Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

  • Mr. Ricky Clark, NITAAC Deputy Director and Associate Director, Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations, National Institutes of Health 


2. Defense Intelligence Community

The Department of Defense’s mission priorities continue to change to meet emerging threats and capabilities. Small businesses need to understand their mission and how to do business and helpful tips to engage with these agencies. Hear from various components of the Defense Intelligence and Information Systems on contracting with their respective agency.


Moderator:  Dr. Jim Fraley, Chief Scientist Information Technology, Pragmatics, Inc.​

  • Dr. Ruby Crenshaw-Lawrence, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) 

  • Mr. Scott Jackson, Director, Small Business Programs, National Security Agency (NSA) 

  • Ms.  Kimberly Davila, Director, Small Business Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) 

  • Ms. Carlen Capenos, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) 


1. Cybersecurity: Federal Efforts to Strengthen Critical Infrastructure and Security Programs
The U.S. government is constantly adapting to the evolving threat landscape presented by bad actors. Learn how agencies are anticipating and developing new approaches to these threats. Hear from Chief Information Security Officers on areas industry can assist the feds in combatting risks to critical infrastructure, understanding new requirements, challenges to program success, and best practices. 

Moderator: Mr. Robert Hanley, Vice President, Cyber Solutions/Engineering, Sabre Systems, Inc.


  • Mr. Emery Csulak, CMMC CCP, CISSP, PMP, vCISO & Director of Cyber Compliance, Boston Government Services, LLCBGC, LLC, (Former Chief Data Officer, US Department of Energy) 

  • Mr. Jeremy S. Scholtes, Principal (Attorney), Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

2. The Future of Public Health Emergencies

The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) partners with industry to ensure the nation’s preparedness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, as well as emerging infectious disease. Experts from BARDA, NIH, the FDA, and the SNS will provide key insight into funding mechanisms, current opportunities, and insight into future priorities of the agencies to enhance the availability of medical countermeasure for use for future disasters and emergencies.  


Moderator: Mr. Michael Bosley, President, Goldbelt C6


  • Dr. Paula Bryant, Director of the Office of Biodefense, Research Resources, and Translational Research at DMID/NIAID

  • MAJ Maira Malhabour, USAF Homeland Defense, Med Countermeasures-CBRN, Emergency Management

  • Mr. Rhys de Callier, Vice President, Strategy & Portfolio Management, QuidelOrtho, Inc. 


Maryland Artisanal Networking Hour



Closing Remarks

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