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Arkansas Regional Industry Days brings numerous businesses and agencies together

By: Jay Woods
Little Rock District

Some of the numerous contractors in attendance network during a break at the Arkansas Regional Industry Days.
Some of the numerous contractors in attendance network during a break at the Arkansas Regional Industry Days.

 

The Arkansas Regional Industry Days brought out 123 businesses and 177 business representatives to North Little Rock High School to learn about $1.7 billion in contracting opportunities available within the region during fiscal year 2016 and 2017.

“It is fantastic to be able to see how much this industry day has really grown in the last few years,” said Denver S. Heath, Regional Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting. “I believe it is a model for other regions to follow.”

Col. Courtney Paul and Mr. Denver Heath hold a discussion during the Arkansas Regional Industry Days.
Col. Courtney Paul and Mr. Denver Heath hold a discussion during the Arkansas Regional Industry Days.

The two day, semi-annual event draws contractors from all over the country.  This year 14 government entities including the Corps’ Tulsa District, Memphis District, Engineer Research and Development Center and the Little Rock Air Force Base attended the two day event.

The industry forum has a two-fold mission.  It allows contractors the opportunity to see the work load that the agencies are presenting and it allows the contractor to learn how to conduct business with the government.  Secondly, for the government it is about understanding which contractors are available so the government can execute their mission and increase competition.

On the first day of the industry forum each agency gave an overview of their business lines.  Attendees were then able to compare each agency’s project list against their core competencies to ensure they made networking plans with the appropriate government representatives.

The second day of the forum included vendor capability briefings, district and agency open houses, focus groups on specific topics and training.  The information presented by attendees and garnered by the government representatives will be used by each federal agency and the Corps to better understand capabilities and resources for future contracting opportunities.

Training presented by the Small Business Administration on their agency programs and General Services Administration on their contract schedules wrapped up the second and final day of the forum.

Each government agency in attendance hoped this forum produced a group of competitive contractors that they can use in the future.

“By attending the Industry Day Forum, we hope to increase our vendor base and increase competition on our projects that will ultimately result in better pricing for our government,” said Maj. Jamey Hartsel, commander, 19th Contracting Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base.


Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division

DALLAS—Mark Mazzanti has been selected to become the director of Programs for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, headquartered in Dallas.  He will replace Mr. Robert E. Slockbower, who is retiring on June 30.

Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division
Mark Mazzanti to become Programs Director for USACE Southwestern Division

As the director of Programs, Mazzanti will be responsible for the development and execution of Civil Works, Military, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste, and Support for Others Programs within the Division. He will provide leadership and supervision for the SWD Programs Directorate and have staff oversight for programs, planning, and project management activities in the division’s four district offices in Fort Worth and Galveston, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; and Tulsa, Okla.

Mazzanti, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is currently serving as the chief, Programs Integration Division, Civil Works Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Washington D.C.  He has served in this capacity since May 2011.

“We are very fortunate to have Mr. Mazzanti join our Southwestern Division leadership team,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, SWD commander.  “His wealth of experience in the Army Corps of Engineers and the civil works arena makes him a valued asset to our Division as we continue to deliver on our commitments to our region, our military, and the Nation.  We are looking forward to his expertise and leadership.”

Mr. Mazzanti was selected to the Senior Executive Service in July 2009, when he was appointed as Programs Director for the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He oversaw the execution of MVD’s Civil Works program, including the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System and the Mississippi River and Tributaries project. In this position, he also served as a senior advisor to the Mississippi River Commission.

Other prior assignments include serving as Deputy to the director of Programs and the chief of the Civil Works Integration Division in the Mississippi Valley Division and the chief of the Programs Management Branch for the Vicksburg District.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Southwestern Division and leading the Programs Directorate,” Mazzanti said.  “SWD has an outstanding reputation for providing great engineering services to our Nation and our national security, and I’m very proud and excited to be a part of this team!”