Date: May 17, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) / 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Pacific)
Who Should Attend: Government, military, academia, Acquisition Workforce, Small Business Reps, Industry
Event Description: Join us as we discuss the path to finding SB through Category Management. The Department of the Air Force Category Management Program has experienced significant success in strategically managing costs, meeting critical mission requirements, and all while supporting SB. This webinar will focus on walking through the DAF CM Program key principles and then diving into how the teams have used business intelligence to drive effective decision making; all rooted at understanding the requirement and the industry in which supports these requirements. You will walk away energized with some new tools and ways of thinking that can help deliver the same success within your organization.
Mr. Steve Brady, Air Force Materiel Command
Steven M. Brady is an acquisition program manager and Division Chief of the Enterprise Innovation Division, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Air Force Material Command. Mr. Brady leads a multi-functional team of program managers, contracting professionals, operations researchers, and IT specialists. He established the Air Force's Category Management (CM) Program Support Office (PSO), on behalf of the Air Force Deputy Chief Management Officer (SAF/MG) and is responsible for providing support resources and execution tactics for the Air Force's 207 billion dollar CM program. His team specializes in leading Category intelligence Report (CIR) workshops to train teams on how to effectively use business intelligence to improve organizational cost and performance. In addition, he established the Business Intelligence (BI) branch responsible for developing and managing analytic capability and tools used to support both CM and operational contracting professionals.
Prior to entering civil service in 2010, he worked 20 years in the private sector leading projects for Motorola and Northrop Grumman. He also co-authored a book on project management, How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control.
Mr. Kevin Herstine, Air Force Installation Contracting Center
Kevin M. Herstine is an acquisition program manager and Category Management Branch Chief within the Enterprise Innovation Division, Air Force Installation Contracting Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Mr. Herstine currently manages the Category Management Program Support Office (CM PSO), which leads the 207 billion dollar Air Force Category Management Program on behalf of the Air Force Deputy Chief Management Officer (SAF/MG). The CM PSO provides direct support to the implementation and execution of the Air Force Category Management Program, including development of innovative solutions and business intelligence through specialized Category Intelligence Reports (CIRs). The CIRs provided by the CM PSO have analyzed over 7.6 billion dollars in Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense, and Federal requirements and have enabled cost savings and avoidance opportunities in excess of 3 billion dollars. In addition to providing direct execution support, the CM PSO also generates tools, guides, templates, and training products to facilitate the Category Management initiative.
Mr. Herstine entered the civil service in 2006 and has an MBA in Project Management. Prior to his current assignment, he spearheaded several precedent-setting enterprise acquisitions, yielding improved mission capability and over 150 million in cost savings and avoidance.
, DAU Small Business Learning Director
Mr. Carkhuff is responsible for leading the life cycle activities of assigned Small Business Professional (SBP) learning assets. He also serves as a professor for all instructor-led SBP courses. He was the first DoD acquisition professional to earn the new DoD Small Business Professional Credential in May 2021.
He is a retired naval officer and former SH-60B helicopter pilot with over 2500 flight hours. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (BS, Physical Science), the Naval War College (MA, National Security and Strategic Studies), the Naval Postgraduate School (MS, Contract Management) and Liberty University (EdS, Educational Leadership). He is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
Links to previous events in the Spring Series:
15 Feb - SBIR / STTR
8 Mar - Innovating Using SBIR OTs
19 Apr - The 2023 DoD Small Business Strategy