Kansas Procurement Conference

March 29 - 30, 2017


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General Information

The Kansas Procurement Conference on March 29 - 30, 2017 will provide a forum for small businesses to meet face-to-face with buying representatives from private industries (Textron Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Spirit AeroSystems, Siemens and more), as well as governmental agencies. The event will also be a valuable opportunity to network with dozens of exhibitors and government contracting resources, and to attend break-out sessions relevant to small business.

During the registration process, small businesses will be asked to identify the industries they serve. This information will be matched with the services or products that buyers expressed interest in procuring. Prior to the conference date, participants will be able to confirm matched appointments that were based on supplier profiles and buyer interests to ensure productive meetings.

Wednesday, March 29 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM there will be training offered to buying representatives and procurement officials on the topics: SBA/DCMA Small Business Contracting, and Ethics in Procurement.

Conference Welcome Reception, March 29th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Thursday, March 30 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM the matchmaker meetings between suppliers and buyers will occur, along with optional break-out sessions for small businesses. At noon, a boxed lunch will be served and the conference keynote presentation from Textron Aviation’s Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Justin Salmans.

Small businesses can register for $30 per person (includes lunch and refreshments). Buying representatives register at no cost. Exhibitors can register two people for $100 total (includes lunch and refreshments). Exhibitors will have a table and space for their exhibit, but will not participate in the matchmaking.

Buyer’s that have registered include:

  • Textron Aviation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • Koch-Glitsch LP 
  • Beechcraft Defense Company
  • Bombardier Learjet
  • Federal agencies (Department of Interior, Energy, U.S. Air Force, etc.)
  • Local agencies (Sedgwick County, City of Wichita, USD 259)
If you have questions about the event, please contact SBA at (316) 269-6275.



1.Cosponsorship Authorization# 17-0767-33. 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.2. 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.com3. This Web site is provided as a public service under Cosponsorship Authorization # 17-0767-33. It is not an official U.S. government website and may contain links to non-U.S. government information. Inclusion of such links does not constitute or imply an endorsement by SBA. SBA is not responsible for the content, accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of linked information. Please use caution when considering a product, service or opinion offered by a linked website.


Wednesday, March 29th
2:00 PM Procurement representatives check-In for the two workshops
2:15-3:15 PM Workshop: SBA/DCMA Session: Small Business Contracting & Compliance Issues, Negotiating Strong Subcontracting Plans
Presenters: Rosalyn I. Wiggins, Small Business Professional, DCMA Small Business Office Chris Eischen, Area IV Procurement Center Representative, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Government Contracting 
3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:30 PM Workshop: “Ethics in Procurement”
Presenters: Darren Muci, Director, Division of Operations, USD 259
4:30-5:00 PM Doors open for Exhibitors to set-up their tables in main ballroom
5:00-6:30 PM Welcome Reception for all conference attendees. Hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce
Thursday, March 30th
8:00 – 8:30 AM Conference attendees check-in at reception desk to pick-up name tags, etc.
8:35 - 8:50 AM Opening Remarks by SBA Wichita District Director, Wayne Bell; and City Councilman Pete Meitzner
9:00 - 11:55 AM Matchmaker Meetings
9:00 - 9:45 AM Break-Out Session: MAMTC: “Supply Chain Optimization: What is the Total Cost of Ownership”
10:00 – 10:45 AM Break-Out Session: Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (K-PTAC), Scott Knapp, “Enhanced Registrations for More Exposure in the Contracting Marketplace”
11:00 – 11:45 AM Break-Out Session: Kansas SBDC, Alan Badgley, “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program”
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch with Remarks by Kansas Secretary of Commerce, Antonio Soave; and Key Note Presentation by Textron Aviation, Vice President of Supply Chain, Justin Salmans.
1:00 – 3:00 PM Matchmaker Meetings
1:00 – 3:00 PM Break-Out Session: U.S. Small Business Administration, Doug Clary & Teri Taylor, “SBA: Counseling, Access to Capital, and Contracting Assistance”
3:00 PM Conference Closure

Event Speakers

Joe Torrago is a Director with the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC), based in Overland Park. Joe has over 25 years of industry experience in manufacturing plants as either a technical support or in operations leadership roles including VP of Operations, Chief Operations Officer and General Manager. He has worked in consumer products (Estee Lauder, Hallmark Cards) automotive industry (Masland Industries, Sommer-Allibert), web based order fulfillment (Hallmark Business Connections), injection molding, textiles and paper/printing (TradeNet Publishing). He has been assisting Kansas-based organizations achieve their growth plans by increasing productivity since 2015.
Joe has a BSIE from New York Institute of Technology as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Johnson County Community College. He received over 5 years of formal training in Lean from the Kaizen Institute of Technology and has led Lean Implementations in 3 companies and 2 countries.
Since 1991, MAMTC has provided highly affordable consulting services of all kinds to small and medium-sized manufacturers in Kansas. MAMTC covers the state of Kansas with offices in towns like Independence, Salina, Manhattan and Pittsburg, as well as Overland Park and Wichita. MAMTC knows and understands the unique challenges facing our neighbors in Kansas. Whether it’s workforce training, risk management, Lean manufacturing, sustainability, supply chain management and everything in between, MAMTC has a solution to help you improve productivity.

Darren Muci is the Division Director of Operations for the Wichita (KS) Public Schools - Unified School District 259. He is responsible for oversight and management of the following departments - Purchasing, Supply, Production Printing, Student Transportation, Nutrition Services, and Building Venue Sponsorships. His “span of control” includes management of over 300 employees and a budget of over $50 million dollars. He has held this position since July 2002.
USD 259 – the Wichita (KS) Public Schools – is a member of the Council of Great City Schools and is the largest Pre-K–12 school district in the State of Kansas serving over 50,000 students. USD 259 operates over 100 regular, alternative magnet and special schools with a budget of over $600 million.
Previously Darren has held positions as
  • Director of Purchasing for Wichita Unified School District 259 (August 2000 to July 2002)
  • Director of Purchasing for Sedgwick County, Kansas (January 1994 to August 2000)
Darren is a graduate of Wichita State University (1984) with a degree in Fine Arts and has taken many classes towards Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration at Wichita State University.
Outside of the workplace Darren:
  • Is President of the Shocker Track Club, Inc
  • Is a nationally certified Track and Field Official through USA Track and Field
  • Serves as a tutor/mentor through the Wichita based Real Men, Real Heroes program
  • Collects cacti and succulent plants
  • Competes in Master’s Track and Field competitions