World Congress 2017 Main Stage Speakers

World Congress Chair


Steve Sarris, CPCM, Director of Contracts, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

Steve Sarris is director of contracts for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, responsible for all aspects of the contracts function, including the evaluation, development, and implementation of the contracts department long-term strategic goals and short-term tactical plans that support the business objectives of the company. Operational responsibilities include establishing and maintaining senior-level customer relationships; directing contract execution and administration; ensuring effective interface between all related functions (subcontracts, materiel, property management, business management, engineering, and production); and ensuring regulatory compliance. Previously, he served in the subcontracts department of Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta) Denver Aerospace to include roles with increasing levels of responsibility from cost analysis to department chief and subcontract administrator from1985 to 1997. He is a Lifetime Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and a member of NCMA’s Board of Advisors.


Main Stage Keynote

Sunday, July 23


Vice Adm. David H. Lewis, Director, Defense Contract Management Agency

Vice Adm. David H. Lewis assumed command as the director of Defense Contract Management Agency in May 2017. Previously, he served as commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, where he led a global workforce of 10,300 civilian and military personnel who design, develop, and deploy advanced communications and information capabilities. Upon selection to flag rank in 2009, Lewis served as vice commander, Naval Sea Systems Command and then served four years as program executive officer, Ships, where he directed the delivery of 18 ships and procurement of another 51 ships. At sea, his major command assignment was Aegis Shipbuilding program manager in Program Executive Office Ships, where he led the delivery of seven DDG 51 class ships and procured another 10 ships.

Main Stage Keynote

Monday, July 24


Omera Khan, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Aalborg University Copenhagen

A full professor at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Omera Khan has gained international recognition for her research in supply chain risk management, and her current research focus is on cyber risk in the supply chain and the rise of emerging technologies to impact supply chains of the future. She is also currently a visiting professor and program director of international supply chain management at Royal Holloway University of London, and has previously held visiting positions at MIT (United States), MBS (UK), and SP Jain (Dubai and Singapore). She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Management, and was recently made a member of the executive committee of the CILT “Leaders in Supply Chain” Forum—limited to the top 120 logistics and supply chain directors from Europe.

Main Stage Discussion

Monday, July 24


Speed Debate: NCMA Style

A one-of-a-kind head-to-head match between corporate and government leaders as they step into the ring to take on controversial contracting topics. Weigh in on the action in real time as these NCMA heavy weights duke it out.

Topics and Speakers:

  1. Buyers and Sellers: Are We Communicating? 
    Speakers: Dick Ginman, Former Director, Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy vs. Darryl Scott, Vice President, Contracts, The Boeing Company
  2. Should We Bring Back Purchasing Agents/Clerks? 
    Speakers: Joanie Newhart, CPCM, Fellow, Associate Administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs, Office of Federal Procurement Policy vs. Larry Trowel, CPCM, CFCM, Principal, Square Corners Consulting, LLC 
  3. Will Small Businesses Survive a Chaotic Contracting Environment? 
    Speakers: Robert Burton, Partner, Crowell & Moring vs. David Drabkin, Principal, Drabkin and Associates, LLC
  4. Technology Takeover: Is My Job in Jeopardy? 
    Speakers: Raymond McCollum, CPCM, Branch Chief, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, GSA vs. Heather Dallara, CFCM, Fellow, Vice President, Contracts, General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.
  5. Is Category Management a Passing Fad? 
    Speakers: Bill McNally, Fellow, Assistant Administrator for Procurement and Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, NASA vs. Iris Cooper, CPCM, Senior Procurement Executive, Department of the Treasury

Main Stage Keynote

Tuesday, July 25


Robert Giandalone, Vice President of Procurement for the Americas, Marriott International

Robert Giandalone is the continent leader for Americas Procurement and is responsible for leading the procurement strategy for this region. This includes oversight for Avendra; sponsorship of Hotshop procure to pay; development of risk, brand and cost-based initiatives; and the integration of legacy Starwood brands. Previously, he was based in Brussels where he oversaw procurement for Starwood in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Since joining Starwood in 2012, Robert has had experience driving cost savings, contract utilization, and expansion of contract scope into retail and corporate areas. In addition to sourcing,he lead the development of performance metrics and the establishment of price control and audit processes to ensure contracted value is reaching market.

Main Stage Keynote

Tuesday, July 25


Dan Helfrich, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Dan is Deloitte’s federal practice leader, providing consulting, risk advisory, and financial advisory services to every cabinet-level agency in the U.S. government. He is also the national managing director of the federal consulting practice for Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He leads more than 7,000 practitioners as they assist federal agencies in transforming into more efficient, effective organizations. Dan regularly writes and speaks on topics of government innovation, customer experience in government, and the future of the government workforce.

Main Stage Discussion

Tuesday, July 25


CM Power Hour

Get to the facts. Fast. Five influential leaders from industry and government take the stage one at a time to discuss today’s acquisition environment, bundling and category management, the effect of acquisition regulations on the seller’s bottom line, and more. Ten minutes each, then onto the next!

Topics and Speakers:

  1. A Perspective on Today’s Acquisition Challenges: How We Got Here
    Speaker: Deidre "Dee" Lee, CPCM, Fellow, Chair, Section 809 Panel
  2. How the Contract Manager Becomes the Cybersecurity Hero
    Speaker: Elliott Branch, Fellow, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Acquisition & Procurement), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A)
  3. The Love/Hate Relationship of Contract Regulations
    Speaker: Steve Sarris, CPCM, Director of Contracts, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  4. The Driven Contract Manager: Gas or Brake Pedal?
    Speaker: Greg Giddens, Principal Executive Director, Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, Department of Veterans Affairs
  5. How a Millennial Spells Business Acumen
    Speaker: Landon Hill, Fellow, Procurement Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Main Stage Keynote

Wednesday, July 26


Jason Schenker, President, Prestige Economics

Jason Schenker is the world’s top-ranked financial market futurist. Bloomberg News has ranked him as one of the most accurate forecasters in the world in 35 different categories since 2011, including #1 in the world in 20 categories for his forecasts of the Euro, the Pound, the Swiss Franc, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and non-farm payrolls. He has written three #1 bestsellers: Commodity Prices 101 (2012), Recession-Proof (2016), and Electing Recession (2016). He is also a columnist for Bloomberg View and Bloomberg Prophets. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on Bloomberg Television, as well as a guest on CNBC. 

Main Stage Discussion

Wednesday, July 26


NCMA's World Series Showdown 

Get excited for this game show–style face off between two teams of industry and government acquisition executives, managers, and students of the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) as they collaborate as a successful acquisition team to field tough contracting questions.

Tom Temin, Anchor/Managing Editor, Federal News Radio

Team One
Stephen Yuter, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, Senior Manager, Deloitte Services LLP
Po Collins, CPCM, C.P.M., Fellow, Acquisition Officer, Fermilab
Amanda Christian, Vice President and Corporate Director of Procurement, CACI Inc.
Heidi Timmerman, CPCM, Fellow, Director of Procurement & Contract Administration, ORAU
Stuart Hazlett, CPCM, CFCM, SES, Director of Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Team Two
Carly Cox, CFCM, Fellow
, Vice President of Operations, JJR Solutions, LLC
David Gragan, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Russ Blaine, CPCM, Fellow, Chief Operating Officer, Beyond Mission Capable Solutions
Brianna Yi, Small Business Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael Fischetti, J.D., CPCM, Fellow, CAE, Executive Director, National Contract Management Association

Executive Panel Discussion Speakers

Hover over a name to read a short bio.


Russ BlaineRuss Blaine has over 25 years of defense-related experience, and has held executive positions in contract management, business development, operations, and proposal development. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president for program development with Wyle Aerospace after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as director of contracting and chief of staff at the Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base. He also served as NCMA’s national president (2013–2014).


Po CollinsPo Collins is the acquisition officer for Fermi Research Alliance LLC (FRA), which manages Fermilab on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. She has more than 20 years of experience in contract/procurement management, including assignments as buyer, subcontract administrator, and contract manager. An NCMA member since 1989, she has served on NCMA’s Board of Directors from 1999–2003 and 2008–2014, and is one of the “founding mothers” of the NCMA Women’s Forum. She also served as the program manager for NCMA’s Contract Management Leadership Development Program from 2014–2016. She has been honored with seven different awards from NCMA, most recently the Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award in 2016.


David DrabkinDavid Drabkin is a commissioner of the Section 809 Panel. He is an administrator for the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association; and a principal of Drabkin and Associates LLC. He is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a vice chair of two committees of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of NCMA and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Procurement Roundtable and the Public Contracting Institute. He also teaches at various universities, including the GW Law School and UVA.


David GraganDavid P. Gragan is the Senior Procurement Executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent agency of the Federal Reserve. He has been a public procurement professional since 1993, when he was selected to be the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Indiana. He subsequently served the citizens of Texas as the state procurement director. He then served for several years as a consultant to state and local governments on procurement reform, eProcurement and best practices, working for Accenture, Oracle and CGI. Dave most recently served as the Chief Procurement Officer for the District of Columbia, having been appointed by the mayor in June, 2007, and departing that cabinet role in December, 2010. Dave is currently the chairman of the Governing Board of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council, the certifying body for state and local government procurement professionals. He has been honored with the distinguished service awards of both the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). He is a Certified Public Procurement Officer, and a life member of NASPO. Before embarking on his public procurement career, he was a signals intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Southern California.


Raymond McCollumRaymond McCollum has been with the General Services Administration (GSA) for eight years. Currently serving as a branch chief, he is responsible for more than 500 contracts managed by 15 people in the GSA IT Schedule 70 Program—Software Category. Previously, he served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserve, with two tours in Iraq. He is currently the president of the Washington DC Chapter of NCMA, and is a 2015 graduate of NCMA’s Contract Management Leadership Development Program. He also holds FAC-C Level III, FAC-COR, and FAC-P/PM Level II certifications.


Tom TeminTom Temin is a broadcaster, writer, editor, and consultant with more than 35 years of experience with business-to-business media and IT products and services. He is the co-host and managing editor of The Federal Drive with Tom Temin—a weekday morning news and talk program on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington, DC—where he reports on and analyzes the latest news affecting the federal government, government contractors, and the community in which they operate. Previously, he was executive vice president and editor-in-chief for PostNewsweek Tech Media, formerly an affiliate of the Washington Post Company, and produced the award-winning Washington Technology and Government Computer News magazines, as well as Government Leader and Defense Systems.


Stephen YuterMr. Stephen J. Yuter is the Chief Contracts Strategist at Deloitte. In his position, he provides senior advisory contracts support to account leadership to shape and strengthen win strategies on Federal engagements for the firm. Prior to his time at Deloitte, Mr. Yuter was the Director of Capture Strategy and Principal Consultant at Red Team Consulting where he led strategic capture and business development efforts for a wide spectrum of government contracting clients. Before joining industry, he was the Director of Acquisition Management and Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service, and has held senior acquisition and contracting leadership positions at HUD, USDA, DHS, and DoD. His roles and responsibilities across the civilian and defense sectors included providing leadership for contracting operations, acquisition policy, and workforce development, as well as being source selection authority on over $10B of contracts. Mr. Yuter holds a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, an M.S. in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology, a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. In addition, Mr. Yuter is a regular panel member on the Public Contracting Institute’s “Fun with the FAR” series and an Adjunct Professor of Procurement and Contracts Management at the University of Virginia. He holds professional certification as a CPCM, CFCM, PMP, and ICCM-F Level III, and is a Fellow of both NCMA and ACT-IAC.


Elliott BranchElliott Branch is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is the senior career civilian responsible for acquisition, contracting, and policy that governs the operation of the U.S. Navy’s worldwide, multibillion-dollar acquisition system. Previously, he was the first civilian director of contracts at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Prior to that, he served as the chief procurement officer for the Government of the District of Columbia, and held various positions in the SES with the Department of the Navy. He is a past recipient of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, two Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Executive, the Vice Presidential Hammer Award for Reinventing Government, and the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Management Excellence.


Iris CooperIn her role as the senior procurement executive for the Department of the Treasury, Iris Cooper is responsible for Treasury’s acquisition environment, including policy development, evaluation and monitoring of bureau organizations, category management, governance of federal-wide and Treasury procurement systems, and acquisition workforce development and career management. She previously served as the executive director, Office of Acquisition Operations, Department of Veterans Affairs; director of acquisition, U.S. Maritime Administration; and deputy program manager for the DOD Deskbook Joint Program Office in Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Born and raised in Germany, she holds an interpreter’s license from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. She is also a recipient of the DOD Meritorious Civilian Service Award.


Michael FischettiMichael Fischetti is the executive director of NCMA. He assumed this position in July 2012 after retiring from the U.S. federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He has 30 years of diverse acquisition experience, including leadership, management, policy, and contracting officer positions involving oversight, program management, and procurement operations of supplies and services in multiple government, civilian, and industry organizations.He holds a JD; an MS in national resource strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; an MA in business management from Central Michigan University; and a BA in economics and political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Within NCMA, he was twice elected to a three-year term on the NCMA Board of Directors (since 2007) and served on the Executive, Audit, Strategic Planning, and Professional Standards and Ethics Committees. He served a term as national secretary, and for the Washington DC Chapter he served as president, vice president, treasurer, director, and chairman.


Stuart HazlettStuart A. Hazlett assumed the position of director of contracting for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in January 2012. He serves as the delegated head of the contracting activity by the Chief of Engineers and has overall responsibility for managing the contracting activity in support of USACE that has presence in more than 30 countries supporting military programs, civil works, real estate, and research and development. Previously, he served as the deputy director of Program Acquisition & Strategic Sourcing for Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy. He also served as the chair of the Strategic Sourcing Directors Board and as the department’s representative to the Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Council Strategic Sourcing Working Group.


Bill McNallyBill McNally directs NASA’s procurement functions throughout the agency, and represents NASA procurement to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, industry, and international organizations. He previously served as a special procurement advisor in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Prior to that, he served 26 years with the U.S. Air Force, serving as the chief of Air Force Contracting Policy and the military deputy in the secretary of defense’s Acquisition Reform Office. He also served as a professor at the Defense Systems Management College and as the Air Force Element Commander at the Defense Acquisition University.


Heidi H. TimmermanIn her role as director of the Procurement and Contracts Administration department of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Heidi Timmerman is responsible for the strategic operation of the department, including prime contracting, strategic partnership projects, real estate, purchase-card administration, and procurement services. Previously, she served as vice president of supply chain operations at IdleAire Inc.; director of procurement, store services and contracts management, for Goody’s Family Clothing; and as a senior buyer/planner for Chatsworth Products Inc. In addition to her commercial experience, she served as a U.S. Marine Corps captain in a variety of roles.


Robert BurtonRobert A. Burton is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, DC, office. A 30-year veteran of procurement law and policy development, he served in the Executive Office of the President as deputy administrator (as well as acting administrator) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years as a senior acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense.


Carly CoxCarly Cox is the vice president of operations for JJR Solutions, a service-disabled veteran–owned small business in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to this, Carly spent 10 years supporting the growth and development of Peerless Technologies Corporation, serving as director of business analytics, and previously as the director of contracts and procurement. She holds an MS in acquisition and a BS in organizational leadership. She is also a graduate of NCMA’s Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP), and has served the NCMA community in varying capacities since 2009, including most recently as chair of the Professional Education Committee. She has received several recognitions for professional achievement, including Dayton Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, NCMA’s Top Professionals Under 40 in Contract Management Award, NCMA’s National Achievement Award, and NCMA’s Albert Berger Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award.


Greg GiddensA member of the Senior Executive Service, Greg Giddens is the principal executive director for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and also serves as the acting chief acquisition officer for VA. Previously, he held various roles within the VA, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security. He has received several awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 2005 and the Federal 100 award in 2007 and 2017.


Landon HillAs a procurement manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Landon Hill leads an acquisition group providing support for energy and environmental research. He previously led ORNL’s commodities team and high-volume strategic sourcing efforts. Prior to ORNL, he served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, and as a supply chain analyst at Panalpina. He is also a 2013 graduate of the NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program.


Joanie F. NewhartJoanie Newhart has over 30 years’ experience in federal government contracting. Prior to her current position as the associate administrator for Acquisition Workforce Programs at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, she gained a variety of work experience as a contractor and an Army civilian, and served as the senior procurement executive at both the Small Business Administration and the Department of Transportation. She is a 2012 and 2017 Fed 100 winner.


Larry TrowelLarry Trowel has been in the contracting profession both in the U.S. Air Force and in private industry for over 38 years. His Air Force assignments included both operational and acquisition duties. Following his Air Force career, he joined GE Aviation, where he served as the general manager for Government Contracts and Pricing, and later as general manager for GE-wide Government Business Practices & Processes. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in economics and the University of Montana with an MBA. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.


Amanda ChristianIn her role as vice president and corporate director of procurement at CACI, Amanda Christian leads an organization of more than 100 professionals that purchase goods and services with an approximate spend of $1.5 billion per year and is responsible for building and maintaining a motivated and effective procurement organization that supports CACI’s long-term business strategy. She is a longtime member of NCMA and currently serves on the Board of Directors.


Heather DallaraHeather Dallara has over 13 years of federal services contracting experience spanning a variety of defense and civilian customers. In her current role with General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., she leads the DOD and FMS contracts and subcontracts team for the company’s Global Solutions Division. She has previously worked at L-3 Technologies Inc. and Harris Technical Services Corporation. She was recognized with NCMA’s Advancing Professionals Award in 2014, has held numerous leadership positions at the Dulles Corridor Chapter of NCMA, and is a graduate of the 2010 NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program.


Dick GinmanRichard “Dick” Ginman retired from federal service in 2015 and has been one of the most influential figures in Department of Defense acquisition. He has four decades of experience in government and commercial contracting. As director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), Ginman was responsible for implementation and oversight of DOD’s main acquisition regulations. A retired rear admiral, he previously held multiple acquisition positions in the Navy. Ginman also chaired the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, which President Obama established by executive order in June 2011, to guide the use of integrating systems for displaying federal spending data. He continues to lead peer reviews of major acquisitions for DoD.


Deidre "Dee" LeeDeidre A. Lee is the chair of the Section 809 Panel, an independent advisory panel established by the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to streamline acquisition regulations. She is also a self-employed consultant specializing in contract issue resolution. Most recently, she served as vice president for operations at the Fluor Corporation. As a federal employee, she served as director of management at FEMA; assistant commissioner for IT at the Federal Acquisition Service, GSA; director of defense procurement and acquisition policy, DOD; administrator of OFPP; and associate administrator of procurement at NASA. She has served as a member of the NCMA Board of Directors and executive vice president for federal affairs and operations at the Professional Services Council.


Darryl ScottDarryl A. Scott is a commissioner on the Section 809 Panel. He is currently the vice president of contracts for The Boeing Company, where he is responsible for contracting policy, processes, operations, and compliance across the company. He joined Boeing in 2009 after a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a major general. He also serves on the Aerospace Industries Association Acquisition Policy Executive Council, on the Board of Trustees of the United States Air Force Museum, and on NCMA’s Board of Advisors. Additionally, he represents Boeing as executive-in-residence at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Brianna YiBrianna Yi is the small business program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a research and development laboratory operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy. She is an active member of her local NCMA chapter and a 2015 graduate of NCMA’s highly competitive Contract Management Leadership Development Program.

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