OGDEN, Utah –Weber State University’s John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics MBA program and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Great Salt Lake Chapter will sponsor the Intermountain Contract Management Seminar March 13 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at WSU Davis Building 3 (2750 University Park Blvd., Layton).
The keynote speakers will be Robert Bennett, former U.S. senator and current chairman of Bennett Group International, and Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, deputy assistant secretary for contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition in Washington, D.C.
In addition to WSU students, about 200 attendees from across federal, state and industry will be in attendance, the majority of whom serve in supervisory/executive roles. Also registered are more than 100 federal contracting professionals from Hill Air Force Base, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the civilian agencies.
“This will be quite a community gathering,” said Matt Mouritsen, WSU’s MBA program director. “The NCMA local chapter has had similar events, but they have never been on this scale before. When you combine WSU’s facilities and access to our faculty, it creates a unique and exciting event.”
Breakout sessions will include classes, lectures and panels on strategic sourcing, buying efficiencies, federal contracting and procurement processes. A networking event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The seminar is the first of its kind in the area and represents the most comprehensive training, career fair and networking opportunity for contract management, procurement and acquisition professionals in the intermountain region.
“Students will have access to key players in the next step of their careers, whether they are going into industry or government contracting,” said Andrew Hatch, NCMA Great Salt Lake Chapter president. “There will also be career counseling and a career fair with booths and industry representation. Educational sessions will improve the knowledge base of current contracting employees while providing resources for those interested in contracting careers.”
Two WSU professors will participate in panel discussions at the seminar. Visiting professor of business administration Chuck Kaiser will participate in “Successful Contract Performance (Cooperation among the CO, COR, PM, and Contractor)” from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., and Stanley Fawcett, the John B. Goddard Endowed Chair in Global Supply Chain Management, will contribute to the discussion “Improving the Procurement Process” from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Mouritsen said the summit will be a great supplement to the MBA’s graduate certificate in contract management for students. The certificate program was established three years ago along with a graduate certificate in aerospace management as part of the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership formed by the Utah System of Higher Education, the Department of Workforce Services, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Grow Utah Ventures.
Two of the primary purposes of the acceleration partnership include: developing responsive, industry-driven education and training systems that will provide a skilled talent pipeline to meet the short- and long-term needs of selected industry clusters; leveraging the resources and expertise within Utah’s higher education network to accelerate Utah’s industry clusters. The WSU MBA program, by offering these two certificates to the region, assists in mobilizing trained aerospace and contract managers in both government and commercial sectors.
Registration is still open; NCMA members can attend for $40; non-NCMA members can attend for $100. Student can get a full-access pass for $35. Visit gslncma.org to purchase tickets.
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