Contracting in the Age of Startups, Technology & Innovation

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Annual Education Symposium

April 26, 2018: 8 am – 5 pm

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Welcome to the Annual Education Symposium

Welcome to the Annual Education Symposium hosted by the Orange County Chapter of the National Contract Management Association [OC NCMA]. Our 2018 theme is Contracting in the Age of Startups, Technology & Innovation. In addition to our keynote speaker Jim Cooper, AES is honored to host contract management experts, attorneys, and experts in the start-up and tech world. Please join us on April 26th, 2018 at Brandman University. RSVP and pay at the door.

Schedule of Events

This years AES is packed with wonderful content and speakers, surrounding the central theme of technology, innovation and the start up world. How are contracts and contract management related to the start up world? Contract Management plays a very pivotal role in any start up or new business. From corporate formation, protecting Intellectual Property, working with vendors, working with government entities, contract management is essential to a successful new business. Our day will start with a Taps Performance by the Irvine Police Department Honor Guard followed by a general overview of the day. Our keynote speaker, Jim Cooper, will be up first as he educates us about his own experience co founding a start up. Thereafter we will have speakers touch upon cyber security, the energy industry, contracting issues start ups face, along with several other interesting issues. Paramount to learning new things at this educational symposium is also networking with other contract professionals. Ample time is set aside throughout the day so you can mingle with colleagues or ask our speakers additional questions.

Schedule of Events

This years AES is packed with wonderful content and speakers, surrounding the central theme of technology, innovation and the start up world. How are contracts and contract management related to the start up world? Contract Management plays a very pivotal role in any start up or new business. From corporate formation, protecting Intellectual Property, working with vendors, working with government entities, contract management is essential to a successful new business. Our day will start with a Taps Performance by the Irvine Police Department Honor Guard followed by a general overview of the day. Our keynote speaker, Jim Cooper, will be up first as he educates us about his own experience co founding a start up. Thereafter we will have speakers touch upon cyber security, the energy industry, contracting issues start ups face, along with several other interesting issues. Paramount to learning new things at this educational symposium is also networking with other contract professionals. Ample time is set aside throughout the day so you can mingle with colleagues or ask our speakers additional questions.

Featured Speakers

Jim Cooper

Company: Co Founder and CTO at Braid Theory; Entrepreneurship Ambassador @ Cal State Fullerton

Jim has a deep, broad and rich, 15 years of experience in commercialization and concentrates on bringing to market novel early-stage technology startups in emerging market segments. He specializes in customer and market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling and go-to-market strategy. Educated in both Australia and the United States, his background in economics and the life sciences, as well as experience in both the public and private sectors, positions him well to assist companies in the Ag and Food Tech, Biotech, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Marine and Maritime spaces at his company, Braid Theory. When not incubating startups, Jim enjoys soccer, ice cream, and playing drums

Wendy Davis, Esq.

Company:   Business Development Associate for the Los Angeles office of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

Wendy Davis is currently the Business Development Associate for the Los Angeles office of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA). The NCFTA is a non-profit dedicated to providing a secure environment for its industry and law enforcement partners to jointly identify, mitigate, and neutralize cyber- and cyber-enabled crime.

Prior to joining the NCFTA, Wendy retired from Southern California Edison, where she had been the Director and Managing Attorney for the Contracts and Intellectual Property group within SCE’s Law Department since 2010. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing a group of transactional attorneys whose principal responsibilities were the development, review, and negotiation of many of the contracts that SCE enters into, primarily with respect to the procurement of materials, services and technology. Additionally, her team was responsible for the protection of the enterprise’s, including trademarks, copyrights and patents.

Wendy was also the lead attorney responsible for privacy and information security at Southern California Edison. She led several attorneys matrixed to this effort and worked closely with SCE’s Chief Information Security Officer and his Cybersecurity team on incident response, grid security and data privacy, information sharing and other efforts relating to SCE’s status as critical infrastructure.

Robert Sherick

Principal, Energy Research Cooperative

Robert Sherick has extensive industry, consulting, and vendor experience in energy industry technology strategy and solutions as well as emerging clean energy technology research and demonstration.  He is a Principal at Energy Research Cooperative focused on effectively integrating advanced, emerging, clean energy technologies into the energy industry.  Previously he was the Principal Manager at Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology group investigating and demonstrating renewable integration into utility planning and operations.  He was also the Director of Power Supply at Pasadena Water and Power responsible for generation resources, renewable energy contracts, resource planning, and energy trading operations for the City of Pasadena.  He was Product Manager at Sungard Energy Systems providing overall strategic direction on a wholesale energy transaction software system.  He also provided technology consulting on energy trading systems while at Deloitte Consulting.  He started his energy career at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the United States, where he held various positions in energy trading, energy management systems, and grid operations.  Mr. Sherick has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Claremont Graduate University, Drucker Management.  He is a registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

Ryan S. Blaney, Esq.

Company Name:  Bolimini International

Ryan Segarra Blaney, Esq. has been practicing law since 2005 where he gained an LLM in International Intellectual Property Law at prestigious ESADE School of Law in Barcelona, Spain. After practicing for two years at a large IP firm in Barcelona, Blaney returned to the United States.

Blaney has practiced at both small and large firms and most recently worked for four years in the Advanced Technology Division of Southern California Edison where he assisted the engineers with contract formation, risk mitigation, data privacy and intellectual property assessment of new technologies.

Now Blaney is laser focused on using his wide breadth of experience to assist start ups and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. His passion is to hear their stories and help them grow their businesses via business entity formation, transactional work, intellectual property protection and information governance.

Bolimini is the name of a cave in Eastern Spain. This cave is where Blaney’s grandmother spent 8 months of her life living, to escape the bombs falling outside during the Spanish Civil War. The name Bolimini and the location it depicts both hold a special place in Blaney’s heart. Blaney wants to protect your business like the cave protected his family over 75 years ago.

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Nick Sanders

Company: President & Principal Consultant, Apogee Consulting, Inc.

Nick is currently President and Principal Consultant for Apogee Consulting, Inc., a small boutique consultancy focused on assisting government contractors with the administrative challenges of selling to the Federal government. In that role, he has supported contractors in diverse industries, including engineering service providers, telecommunications companies, and bio-pharmaceutical manufacturers. When he’s not consulting, he is Director, Government Accounting and Compliance, for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a large defense contractor located just north of San Diego, CA.

Prior to joining GA-ASI, Nick was Senior Manager, Government Accounting/Internal Controls Excellence at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business, a $5 Billion entity. Before joining Raytheon, Nick spent 10 years in the “Big 4” world of public accounting as a government accounting/contracting consultant. At PwC, Nick was a Director, leading the West Coast Government Contracts practice and the Aerospace/Defense industry practice. Nick also spent many years in private industry, in progressively responsible roles at government contractors including Hughes Aircraft Company, TetraTech, and Jacobs Engineering Group. At Jacobs, Nick held several positions, including Manager, Federal Contract Compliance and Manager, Corporate Contracts.

Nick has an extensive list of published articles, including “Government Audits of Contractor Ethics and Business Conduct Compliance Programs” (Government Accounting, Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report, May 2010), and “Audits of Mandatory Contractor Disclosures under 52.203-13: Everything You’ve Been Told is Wrong” (GACPA Report, May 2014). He frequently speaks to both AGA and NCMA on various topics of interest. He has instructed at several NCMA National Education Seminars, including “Risk Management of Complex U.S. Government Contracts and Projects.” In addition, Nick has instructed at many seminars, including those marketed by Federal Publications, Inc. and Public Contracting Institute. In 2013, Nick was Co-Chair for American Conference Institute’s “DCAA Audit & Compliance Bootcamp.”

Nick has a B.A. in Economics/Literature (Dual Degree) from Claremont McKenna College. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). In addition, he is a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist and holds a “Lean Principles” Bronze Level designation with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Shingo Prize Institute. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Thompson West’s Government Accounting, Costs, Pricing, & Accounting Report and is a member of the Aerospace Industry Association’s Cost Principles Committee. He is Chair (Emeritus) of the Contract Finance Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

John Noone, Esq.

Company: Contract Administrator, Parker-Hannifin Aerospace.  

After working for over six years for L3 Technologies, Power Paragon, Incorporated as a Project / Contract Administrator, John Noone was recently hired as a Contract Administrator on a six month contract basis at Parker-Hannifin Aerospace in Irvine, California.  

Originally from Washington, D.C. , he lived as an Army dependent in various locations in the United States and Korea.  In the process, he attended nine different schools and four different colleges before graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a B.A. in History.  Based on his experiences while attending multiple schools in various locations, he authored in 2007 a self-published non-fiction book, titled Students Who Move And Transfer Schools. 

His first career was in the United States Army as an Officer in the Quartermaster Corps when he served in various contract administration-related logistics and supply distribution positions in Virginia, Texas, Germany (twice), New Jersey and California.  He commanded the largest company-sized organization and managed the largest food distribution center located outside of the United States.  Also, he  graduated from the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced Officers Courses; the Supply Management and General Troop Support Management Courses; the Command & General Staff College and the National Defense University, and  he earned an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  

After his military career, he earned a J.D. and from Whittier Law School.  During that time, he co-founded a national lawsuit which challenged a federal statute that affected U.S. Armed Forces personnel, which later became reportable federal case law.  Also, from 2001 to 2009 was a recurring guest on the “Veterans Hour” show on the Genesis Radio Network.    

In Contract Administration Management, he has worked in the areas of property (facilities) management; transportation services, renewable energy, aircraft parts, and U.S Navy nuclear propulsion command , communications, and control equipment.   

He is licensed as an attorney in the State of Colorado.  As a result, he became actively involved with certain U.S. Congressional Representatives in ensuring an Amendment was enacted with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that created some equality for Armed Forces personnel in family law court actions.  Due to those efforts and several articles he wrote to the American Bar Association Family Law Division, and his personal litigation experiences, he was a speaker at the Colorado Spring Family Law Conference in March, 2017 when he gave a presentation titled “The Start of Equity in an Equitable Distribution State.”  He is listed as an expert witness in the TASA Group in the area of property division for family law actions involving Armed Forces personnel. 

Recently, in conjunction with Attorney Virginia Suveiu, he became an instructor and an adviser to assist her in the ongoing development of the Legal Risk Management program at the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Continuing Education.  He earned a CPCM in 2016. In 2017, he graduated from the Phoenix Strategies Mediators Course (in Colorado Springs, Colorado). John recently passed the CFCM exam.

 

Brian Mills, Esq.

Company:  Partner @ Snell & Wilmer LLP

Brian Mills is a labor and employment partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in their Orange County office.  His law practice is concentrated in employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in all areas of litigation in state and federal court and arbitration, including claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, reasonable accommodation of disabilities, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes (individual and class action), medical leave claims, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements. He practices before state and federal agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), the California Labor Commissioner (DLSE), the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

He also provides clients with ongoing advice on a wide range of personnel matters including hiring and termination decisions, employment agreements, wage and hour issues, public works compliance, and employee medical leave. Brian conducts investigations into workplace disputes and violence. He works with clients to develop employee handbooks, severance agreements, employment contracts, offer letters, confidentiality agreements, and personnel policies that are tailored to meet the needs of the business. Brian designs workplace reduction plans to comply with state and federal laws including the WARN Act and the ADEA. He provides training to supervisors and employees on sexual harassment, investigations and other employment law topics.

Featured Speakers

Jim Cooper

Company: Co Founder and CTO at Braid Theory; Entrepreneurship Ambassador @ Cal State Fullerton

Jim has a deep, broad and rich, 15 years of experience in commercialization and concentrates on bringing to market novel early-stage technology startups in emerging market segments. He specializes in customer and market validation, competitive analysis, business modeling and go-to-market strategy. Educated in both Australia and the United States, his background in economics and the life sciences, as well as experience in both the public and private sectors, positions him well to assist companies in the Ag and Food Tech, Biotech, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Marine and Maritime spaces at his company, Braid Theory. When not incubating startups, Jim enjoys soccer, ice cream, and playing drums

Wendy Davis, Esq.

Company:   Business Development Associate for the Los Angeles office of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA)

Wendy Davis is currently the Business Development Associate for the Los Angeles office of the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA). The NCFTA is a non-profit dedicated to providing a secure environment for its industry and law enforcement partners to jointly identify, mitigate, and neutralize cyber- and cyber-enabled crime.

Prior to joining the NCFTA, Wendy retired from Southern California Edison, where she had been the Director and Managing Attorney for the Contracts and Intellectual Property group within SCE’s Law Department since 2010. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing a group of transactional attorneys whose principal responsibilities were the development, review, and negotiation of many of the contracts that SCE enters into, primarily with respect to the procurement of materials, services and technology. Additionally, her team was responsible for the protection of the enterprise’s, including trademarks, copyrights and patents.

Wendy was also the lead attorney responsible for privacy and information security at Southern California Edison. She led several attorneys matrixed to this effort and worked closely with SCE’s Chief Information Security Officer and his Cybersecurity team on incident response, grid security and data privacy, information sharing and other efforts relating to SCE’s status as critical infrastructure.

Robert Sherick

Principal, Energy Research Cooperative

Robert Sherick has extensive industry, consulting, and vendor experience in energy industry technology strategy and solutions as well as emerging clean energy technology research and demonstration.  He is a Principal at Energy Research Cooperative focused on effectively integrating advanced, emerging, clean energy technologies into the energy industry.  Previously he was the Principal Manager at Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology group investigating and demonstrating renewable integration into utility planning and operations.  He was also the Director of Power Supply at Pasadena Water and Power responsible for generation resources, renewable energy contracts, resource planning, and energy trading operations for the City of Pasadena.  He was Product Manager at Sungard Energy Systems providing overall strategic direction on a wholesale energy transaction software system.  He also provided technology consulting on energy trading systems while at Deloitte Consulting.  He started his energy career at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the United States, where he held various positions in energy trading, energy management systems, and grid operations.  Mr. Sherick has a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Claremont Graduate University, Drucker Management.  He is a registered Electrical Engineer in the State of California.

Ryan S. Blaney, Esq.

Company Name:  Bolimini International

Ryan Segarra Blaney, Esq. has been practicing law since 2005 where he gained an LLM in International Intellectual Property Law at prestigious ESADE School of Law in Barcelona, Spain. After practicing for two years at a large IP firm in Barcelona, Blaney returned to the United States.

Blaney has practiced at both small and large firms and most recently worked for four years in the Advanced Technology Division of Southern California Edison where he assisted the engineers with contract formation, risk mitigation, data privacy and intellectual property assessment of new technologies.

Now Blaney is laser focused on using his wide breadth of experience to assist start ups and entrepreneurs realize their dreams. His passion is to hear their stories and help them grow their businesses via business entity formation, transactional work, intellectual property protection and information governance.

Bolimini is the name of a cave in Eastern Spain. This cave is where Blaney’s grandmother spent 8 months of her life living, to escape the bombs falling outside during the Spanish Civil War. The name Bolimini and the location it depicts both hold a special place in Blaney’s heart. Blaney wants to protect your business like the cave protected his family over 75 years ago.

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Nick Sanders

Company: President & Principal Consultant, Apogee Consulting, Inc.

Nick is currently President and Principal Consultant for Apogee Consulting, Inc., a small boutique consultancy focused on assisting government contractors with the administrative challenges of selling to the Federal government. In that role, he has supported contractors in diverse industries, including engineering service providers, telecommunications companies, and bio-pharmaceutical manufacturers. When he’s not consulting, he is Director, Government Accounting and Compliance, for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a large defense contractor located just north of San Diego, CA.

Prior to joining GA-ASI, Nick was Senior Manager, Government Accounting/Internal Controls Excellence at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business, a $5 Billion entity. Before joining Raytheon, Nick spent 10 years in the “Big 4” world of public accounting as a government accounting/contracting consultant. At PwC, Nick was a Director, leading the West Coast Government Contracts practice and the Aerospace/Defense industry practice. Nick also spent many years in private industry, in progressively responsible roles at government contractors including Hughes Aircraft Company, TetraTech, and Jacobs Engineering Group. At Jacobs, Nick held several positions, including Manager, Federal Contract Compliance and Manager, Corporate Contracts.

Nick has an extensive list of published articles, including “Government Audits of Contractor Ethics and Business Conduct Compliance Programs” (Government Accounting, Costs, Pricing & Accounting Report, May 2010), and “Audits of Mandatory Contractor Disclosures under 52.203-13: Everything You’ve Been Told is Wrong” (GACPA Report, May 2014). He frequently speaks to both AGA and NCMA on various topics of interest. He has instructed at several NCMA National Education Seminars, including “Risk Management of Complex U.S. Government Contracts and Projects.” In addition, Nick has instructed at many seminars, including those marketed by Federal Publications, Inc. and Public Contracting Institute. In 2013, Nick was Co-Chair for American Conference Institute’s “DCAA Audit & Compliance Bootcamp.”

Nick has a B.A. in Economics/Literature (Dual Degree) from Claremont McKenna College. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). In addition, he is a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist and holds a “Lean Principles” Bronze Level designation with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Shingo Prize Institute. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Thompson West’s Government Accounting, Costs, Pricing, & Accounting Report and is a member of the Aerospace Industry Association’s Cost Principles Committee. He is Chair (Emeritus) of the Contract Finance Committee of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

John Noone, Esq.

Company: Contract Administrator, Parker-Hannifin Aerospace.  

After working for over six years for L3 Technologies, Power Paragon, Incorporated as a Project / Contract Administrator, John Noone was recently hired as a Contract Administrator on a six month contract basis at Parker-Hannifin Aerospace in Irvine, California.  

Originally from Washington, D.C. , he lived as an Army dependent in various locations in the United States and Korea.  In the process, he attended nine different schools and four different colleges before graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a B.A. in History.  Based on his experiences while attending multiple schools in various locations, he authored in 2007 a self-published non-fiction book, titled Students Who Move And Transfer Schools. 

His first career was in the United States Army as an Officer in the Quartermaster Corps when he served in various contract administration-related logistics and supply distribution positions in Virginia, Texas, Germany (twice), New Jersey and California.  He commanded the largest company-sized organization and managed the largest food distribution center located outside of the United States.  Also, he  graduated from the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced Officers Courses; the Supply Management and General Troop Support Management Courses; the Command & General Staff College and the National Defense University, and  he earned an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  

After his military career, he earned a J.D. and from Whittier Law School.  During that time, he co-founded a national lawsuit which challenged a federal statute that affected U.S. Armed Forces personnel, which later became reportable federal case law.  Also, from 2001 to 2009 was a recurring guest on the “Veterans Hour” show on the Genesis Radio Network.    

In Contract Administration Management, he has worked in the areas of property (facilities) management; transportation services, renewable energy, aircraft parts, and U.S Navy nuclear propulsion command , communications, and control equipment. John recently passed the CFCM exam.

He is licensed as an attorney in the State of Colorado.  As a result, he became actively involved with certain U.S. Congressional Representatives in ensuring an Amendment was enacted with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that created some equality for Armed Forces personnel in family law court actions.  Due to those efforts and several articles he wrote to the American Bar Association Family Law Division, and his personal litigation experiences, he was a speaker at the Colorado Spring Family Law Conference in March, 2017 when he gave a presentation titled “The Start of Equity in an Equitable Distribution State.”  He is listed as an expert witness in the TASA Group in the area of property division for family law actions involving Armed Forces personnel. 

Recently, in conjunction with Attorney Virginia Suveiu, he became an instructor and an adviser to assist her in the ongoing development of the Legal Risk Management program at the University of California, Irvine’s Department of Continuing Education.  He earned a CPCM in 2016. In 2017, he graduated from the Phoenix Strategies Mediators Course (in Colorado Springs, Colorado).

Brian Mills, Esq.

Company:  Partner @ Snell & Wilmer LLP

Brian Mills is a labor and employment partner with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in their Orange County office.  His law practice is concentrated in employment litigation and counseling. He represents employers in all areas of litigation in state and federal court and arbitration, including claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, reasonable accommodation of disabilities, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes (individual and class action), medical leave claims, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements. He practices before state and federal agencies, including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), the California Labor Commissioner (DLSE), the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

He also provides clients with ongoing advice on a wide range of personnel matters including hiring and termination decisions, employment agreements, wage and hour issues, public works compliance, and employee medical leave. Brian conducts investigations into workplace disputes and violence. He works with clients to develop employee handbooks, severance agreements, employment contracts, offer letters, confidentiality agreements, and personnel policies that are tailored to meet the needs of the business. Brian designs workplace reduction plans to comply with state and federal laws including the WARN Act and the ADEA. He provides training to supervisors and employees on sexual harassment, investigations and other employment law topics.

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7 CPE credits available
7 MCLE credits pending approval

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