Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum

Date:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time:   8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Houston Community College Southwest
5601 W. Loop South, 1st Floor  Auditorium
Houston, Texas  77081

$5.00 Cash at the door

Harris County Purchasing Department

Presenter: Damon Harris, Assistant Purchasing Agent
Presenting: Key projects to be undertaken by Harris County Purchasing Department

• NRG Park Astrodome Renovations
• Harris County Toll Bridge Expansion
• And others…

Harris County Flood Control District

Presenter:   Jeff Lindner, Director Hydrologic Operations Division/Meteorologist

Presenting: Updates


  • Houston Area’s ever-changing weather patterns affects Houston’s Infrastructure
  • Overall relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey

Almeda-Genoa Constructors

Presenter:   Maria Rios, DBE Representative

Prime Contractors:

  • Pulice Construction, Inc.
  • Roy Jorgenson & Associates
  • MICA Corporation

Presenting: Drive288 Updates and Opportunities


  • $815 million Toll Road Expansion Project on TX288
  • 12% DBE goal for $97.8 million
  • All trades are needed

ExxonMobil Global Services Company

Presenter:   Kevin Bowser, Global sustainable Procurement/Supplier Diversity


  • Updates on potential business opportunities
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA)
    • WBEA Golf Classic
    • Raise Scholarship funds for Women Owned Business


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Presenter:   FEMA Representative

Presenting: Disaster Relief Update


  • Funding for businesses and individuals
  • Review Programs related to Disaster Relief
  • Discuss procurement opportunities within FEMA locally

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Presenter:   Tim Jeffcoat, Director of the Houston District Office

Presenting: SBA response to Hurricane Harvey Event


  • SBA’s varied assistance programs for Disaster Relief
  • SBA’s business and personal loan assistance


Special Announcements and Updates:

Houston Water Works Team, Joint Venture

Presenters: Elizabeth Martin, Diversity Outreach coordinator

Robert Monk, Construction Manager

Presenting: Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion (NWEPP)


  • Upcoming Opportunities
  • Plant is expanding current production levels by 320 million gallons per day
  • Expansion project is valued at $1.3 Billion
  • Expected to be completed in 2024

Gilbane Building Company

Presenter:   Darlene Cowins, MWDBE Liaison

Bob Stasia, Senior Project Executive

Presenting: Doing business with Gilbane


  • Upcoming Opportunities
  • Process for working with Gilbane


Presenter:   James Harris, Director, Supplier Diversity

Presenting: Discuss how to do business with H-E-B


  • Construction Opportunities
  • Business opportunities
    • Food & Beverage
    • Beauty/health
    • Artisanal
    • General Merchandising