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Top 100 conference: Procurement reform and the evolving role of the prime contractor

I generally don’t like to brag, but we’ve got some great speakers for our Top 100 conference next week — June 24 at the Ritz Carlton at Tysons Corner, Va.

All the industry speakers are executives from Top 100 companies.

First, there is Booz Allen Hamilton chief executive officer Ralph Shrader, who will open the day. He’ll talk about the evolution of the prime contractor and the new partership that industry and government need to form.

With all the changes Booz Allen has gone through and the changes the market is going through, I can’t think of anyone who could bring better insights into the challenges and trends affecting companies in the government market.

Shrader was one of the first high-level executives I interviewed when I started at Washington Technology in 1996, so on a personal level, it is always fun for me to see him.

We also have a pair of panels. Bill Gormley of the Washington Management Group is leading a panel on the impact of the new administration on the federal market. His panelists include Linda Berdine, president, G&B Solutions, a VSE Corp. company; Ted Buford, senior vice president, CACI International; Mike Fox, senior vice president and director, SRA International; and Ed O’Hare, assistant commissioner, Integrated Technology Service, General Services Administration.

A second panel will be led by Shawn McCarthy of Gartner’s Government Insights on profiting from disruptive technologies. His speakers include Curt Aubley, chief technology officer, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services; Michael Donovan, enterprise architect and chief technologist, EDS, an HP company; Dave Vennergrund, director and senior principal, SRA; and Troy West, general manager, Dell Federal Systems.

Batting cleanup will be Lesley Field, deputy administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy. She will be speaking about procurement reform and the steps ahead.

Rounding out the half-day event is the Top 100 awards luncheon, where we will recognize the leading companies in the government market.

I’ll be the MC for the day, and I’m still trying to come up with some ideas for the luncheon. I was thinking of emulating David Letterman and his top-10 list, but we all know how that turned out.

Anyway, don’t hesitate to register. It’ll be a fun day.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 18, 2009 at 9:53 AM

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