The 2019 Kansas Suppliers Conference is bringing together buying representatives from major regional and national manufacturers, prime contractors, and government agencies to meet potential small business suppliers in Kansas and surrounding areas.
Matchmaking services will be provided through the registration process to create appointments for buyers and suppliers in similar industries. Buyers this is your chance to find a new supply source or diversify your supply chain. Suppliers this is your chance to pitch your business, make connections, and get that next sale!
In addition to the matchmaking event, you will have opportunities to join break-out sessions and workshops in business development programs, local resources, and contracting opportunities.
*Register for your spot today! Check back often, new buyers are added daily.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Excel Industries, Inc.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
US Air Force – McConnell AFB
US Air Force – Tinker AFB, Tinker AFB Alternate Sourcing
US Army – Fort Riley
Defense Contract Management Agency
Wichita Public Schools (USD 259)
Wichita State University
City of Wichita
Alberici Constructors, Inc.
FACC Solutions, Inc.
For more information contact SBA at (316) 269-6616 or Wichita_DO@sba.gov
*Cosponsorship Authorization# 19-0767-27. SBA’s participation in this Cosponsored Activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any Cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
*Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Matt Mapes, Textron Aviation, (316) 517-3104, MMapes@txtav.com
*The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.
*Registration does not guarantee a one-on-one meeting with a buyer, but is required in order for a meeting to be scheduled.
Senior Procurement Analyst
Defense Contract Management Agency Small Business Office
Ms. Wiggins is a Senior Procurement Analyst for the Defense Contract Management Agency Small Business Office located in Chester, Virginia. She is currently responsible for providing advice and technical assistance on Small Business programs, policies, procedures and subcontracting matters. She is the Agency representative for DoD OSBP initiatives, working groups and Integrated Program Teams. She was previously a part of the DCMA Mentor-Protégé Group where she was responsible for managing DoD Reimbursable and Credit Mentor Protégé agreements. Ms. Wiggins had prior Small Business experience with the Defense Energy Support Center where she conducted annual compliance reviews on their Contractor’s Subcontracting Programs. Ms. Wiggins began her career in contracting at the Defense Supply Center (DLA Aviation), Richmond.
Scott Knapp is the Deputy Director for the Kansas PTAC hosted at Wichita State University. Scott joined the Kansas PTAC in April of 2013 after more than 9 years with the Nebraska PTAC. In his position, Scott assists Kansas companies in locating, obtaining and performing federal, state and local government contracts. He works with large and small companies from service companies to manufacturers. He has been certified by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers as a Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist and Certified Procurement Professional. Prior to working for the Nebraska PTAC, Knapp was an owner and manager of a training company that worked with state government and schools. He has a background in management and ownership of small companies.
Voltaire C. Walker
Global Supplier Diversity, Northrop Grumman
Voltaire C. Walker is currently Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector, headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland, one of five Business Sectors of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Walker is a 40 year experienced Supply Chain and Supplier Diversity Manager, serving in various management capacities within the Global Supply Chain organization, including Procurement Section Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs Sector Manager, Global Supply Chain Supplier Offset Support, Materials Manager, Program Subcontract Manager, Specialty Metals Compliance Manager, and Mentor Protégé Program Manager. Walker is a former 10 year Board Director member of the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (formerly MD/DC MSDC)) with over 30 years’ experience in promoting and facilitating small business opportunities within Northrop Grumman Mission Systems at its Procurement locations throughout the U.S. Walker is a graduate of Delaware State University (B.S.) and Ohio State University (Masters). He resides in the Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area.
Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Brad White is currently Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Textron Aviation, the world’s leading manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. As Vice President of Supply Chain, Brad leads a team of 200 supply chain professionals and manages all direct and indirect procurement with an annual spend of over $3 billion. He is responsible for supply base performance, material cost management, purchased inventory planning, and supplier contract negotiations. Previously, Brad spent 3 years leading all component fabrication factories at Textron Aviation in the areas of sheet metal, welding, machining, tube bending, paint, and chemical processing. In this role, he directed all plant capital investments, managed staffing, and had overall factory performance responsibilities for safety, financial, quality, and delivery metrics. As director of fabrication, Brad led an organization of nearly 1,000 employees operating in 1 million square feet of factory space. Prior to being Director of Components Manufacturing, Brad held the role of Director of Production Control & Logistics for Textron Aviation where he managed all scheduling, demand planning, inventory management, warehousing, and transportation activities. His organization of 600 employees spanned across all Textron Aviation manufacturing facilities. Brad’s experience includes serving as the General Manager of McCauley Propeller Systems. In this role, he managed all profit and loss related business decisions for McCauley Propeller Systems, a division of Textron Aviation. Additionally, he was responsible for leading all engineering, sales, product support, manufacturing, and customer service initiatives. Preceding to McCauley, Brad held various management and technical positions at Cessna Aircraft within Supply Chain Management and Production Control & Logistics. He is also a former participant in the Textron Leadership Development Program where he held rotational assignments at four different Textron business units including Kautex, Textron Systems, Cessna, and Greenlee. Before joining Textron in 2007, Brad earned a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Management and Electrical Engineering from Miami University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Finance from Wichita State University. While at Textron, Brad earned his Textron Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Brad was raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area and now lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife Lindsay and their three children.
Black Anvil Group
Jeffrey Westeman is a proud Wichita native and owner of Black Anvil Group. With more than 30 years' experience in the aerospace manufacturing sector, his diverse set of passions led him to develop skills and expertise in information technology, project management, supply chain, security, and continuous improvement. Before founding Black Anvil Group in 2015, he spent 25 years managing the Technology and Business Services division at Wichita’s Triumph Group. While serving in a senior leadership role, he aided in the company’s sales growth of over 2,000 percent. During this time, he spearheaded hundreds of pivotal technology- and operations-focused projects, including successfully implementing 3 ERP systems; and he became recognized for effectively managing and completing large-scale, extreme risk, high visibility, complex, and mission-critical projects. At Black Anvil, Westeman has supported dozens of small- and mid-sized manufacturers with technology-related projects and implementing cyber security initiatives. Westeman has presented for companies and organizations including Boeing Defense, Boeing Commercial, Spirit AeroSystems, Sikorsky, Cessna, INFOR, APICS, Institute of Internal Auditors Association (IIA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and Wichita State University. He has also instructed hundreds of students on a variety of topics, including supply chain management, technology, continuous improvement, and security. Westeman attended Wichita State University; is an advisor on four industry advocacy boards at Wichita State and WSU-Tech, and member of the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing North Central Region. Westeman holds certifications as a Supply Chain Professional, an Associate Supply Chain instructor, an Associate Lean Enterprise Workshop instructor, Supply Chain Lean Professional, and Six Sigma Green Belt. He is also the founder of Stop Senior Thefts, an organization focused on identifying and mitigating financial abuse against senior citizens.
Find your Match & Schedule a Meeting
This event offers mobile friendly super-easy scheduling capabilities. To schedule a meeting go to Meeting Maker, find your match and send a meeting request.