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State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) 2015

The State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) honors State departments for outstanding achievements in Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) advocacy and for contracting success SBs and DVBEs.

The 16th Annual SARA presentation was held on January 14, 2016, at the Scottish Rite Temple located at 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact: DGSSara@dgs.ca.gov

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... Watch the SARA 2015 Ceremony (Windows Media Player) in its entirety.  To view the complete list of winners, see the 2015 SARA Press Release (PDF).

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presentation of the Colors -
Governor's & Adjutant General's Own Honor Guard

The National Anthem -
Miles & Jeff French  

Welcome to SARA -
Jim Butler, Deputy Director, Procurement Division, DGS


Greetings

Mike Sabellico, Executive Director, Disabled Veteran Business Alliance 

Bob Mulz, President, the Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) Network 

Small Business Testimonies

Savita Farooqui, Symsoft Solutions, LLC

Dawn Hall, Attain It 

John K. Lopez Award


Individual Excellence
 - Rene Cota, President & CEO of CMG Alliance


Business Excellence
 - Global Blue DVBE
Award Accepted By: David Hornbeck, President

John K. Lopez Nominees:

Al Renteria, CEO & President, ARRC

Brigg Goodwin, CEO & President, Granite Data

Carlos Flores, CEO & President, Coronado Distribution, Inc

Dave Hornbeck, President, Global Blue DVBE

Deb Muramoto, Director, California Capital Finance Development Corporation

Dennis Thurston, Supplier Diversity Manager, Southern California Edison

Marty Keller, Deputy Executive Director, DVB Alliance

Michael Bilodeau, CEO & President, IO Environmental & Infrastructure

Rebecca Aguilera, President, Diego & Son Printing

Rebecca Robison, CEO & President, She Marine Veteran Supply

Rene Cota, CEO & President, CMG Alliance

Richard Fowler, CEO & President, Fowler Construction

Richard McKinnon, President, DVBE Technology Group

Robert Severson, CEO& President, The Severson Group

Wayne Gross, Customer Liaison, DGS


Collaboration Award for Contracting Excellence

Collaboration Award for Contracting Excellence


  • Barry S. Johnson, Shooting Start Solutions, LLC.
  • Jason Schwartz, i3Tech Data Solutions, Inc.
  • Roberto Herrera, California Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Recognition of SARA Judges

  • Ken Ashford, Metropolitan Water District of Southern CA
  • Julian Canete, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce / Small Business Council   
  • Rene Cota, CA Disabled Veteran Business Alliance   
  • Debra Roak, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce / Small Business Council   
  • Mike Sabellico, California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance

SARA Finalists

  • Board of Equalization

  • Bureau of Automotive Repair

  • Cal Fire

  • California Department of Veteran’s Affairs

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System

  • Caltrans, District 10

  • Caltrans, Office of Business & Economic Opportunity

  • Department of Consumer Affairs

  • Department of Developmental Services

  • Department of Housing & Community Development

  • Department of Parks & Recreation

  • Department of Public Health

  • DGS, Office of Business & Acquisitions Services

  • Franchise Tax Board

  • Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development


The following CDCR Institutions:
        
  • Avenal State Prison
  • CA Institution for Men
  • California Medical Facility
  • California State Prison, Corcoran
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • Folsom State Prison
  • CDCR, Headquarters
  • High Desert State Prison
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • Los Angeles County
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison
  • Salinas Valley State Prison
  • Wasco State Prison, Reception Center

Advocate Finalists

  • Annette Holling, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Institution for Men

  • Curtis Dickinson, CAL FIRE

  • Debra Stewart, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – CA State Prison, San Quentin

  • Eleanor Amith, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Avenal State Prison

  • Elizabeth Swanson-Callan, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – CA Medical Facility

  • Irene Contreras, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Valley State Prison

  • Keala Barkhurst, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – CA State Prison, Corcoran

  • Linda Langley, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Wasco State Prison

  • Lisa Tackett, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Kern Valley State Prison

  • Lynette Hall, CA Public Employees’ Retirement System

  • Maria Ramos, CAL FIRE

  • Matt Freeman, Board of Equalization

  • Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

  • Sam Venero, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Ironwood State Prison

  • Sammy Wong, Department of Parks & Recreation

  • Steven Martinez, Department of Transportation, District 10

Departments with Notable Achievement

Departments who have exceeded 30% or higher for their Small Business participation goal, as well as achieved 5% or higher for their Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise goals.

  • Board of Equalization
  • Board of Pilot Commissioners
  • California Gambling Control Commission
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Colorado River Board of California
  • Commission of Disability Access
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Business Oversight
  • Department of Community Services and Development
  • Department of Conservation
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of General Services
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Water Resources
  • Financial Information System for California
  • Government Operations Agency
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • Law Revision Commission
  • Military Department
  • Natural Resources Agency
  • Office of Inspector General
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
  • Public Employment Relations Board
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development
  • State Lands Commission
  • State Treasurer’s Office
  • Student Aid Commission
  • Tahoe Conservancy

Most Improved Small Business Participation

Small Business (SB) Participation is based on a 25% State Goal

Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
State Independent Living Council
SB Variance total: 42%
Award Accepted By: Daniel Hess

Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
California Tahoe Conservancy
SB Variance total: 53%
Award Accepted By: Christine West


Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development
SB Variance total: 19%
Award Accepted By: Brian Reilly


Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
California State University, Chico
SB Variance total: 18%
Award Accepted By: Duane McCune and Sara Rumiano

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
California Highway Patrol
SB Variance total: 32%
Award Accepted By: Bob Jones and Jackie Ngo

Most Improved Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Participation

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Participation is based on a 3% State Goal


Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
Board of Pilot Commissioners
SB Variance total: 29%
Award Accepted By: Tracey Bowen

Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
Department of Community Services & Development
 SB Variance total: 73%
Award Accepted By: Scott Vice


Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
Department of Housing & Community Development
 SB Variance total: 10%
Award Accepted By: Wendy Barnes, Linda Suggs, and Anita Laxton


Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
State Controller's Office
SB Variance total: 8%
Award Accepted By: Michelle Cruz and Jennifer Johnson

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
Department of General Services
SB Variance total: 17%
Award Accepted By: Noah Valadez

 

SARA Winners



Bronze

Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development
Award Accepted By: Brian Reilly


Silver
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Headquarters
Award Accepted By: Nina Martinez


Gold
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Award Accepted By: Marie Ramos, Tony Favro, Monte Manson, Curt Dickinson, and Janet Barentson


Platinum
California Department of Veteran's Affairs
Award Accepted By: Roberto Herrera, Keith Boylan, Gloria Anderson, and Bob Beamer

Advocate of the Year



Bronze
Lynette Hall
California Public Employees' Retirement System

Bronze
Sammy Wong
Department of Parks & Recreation


Silver
Sam Venero
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Ironwood State Prison


Gold
Steven Martinez
California Department of Transportation, District 10

Platinum
Lisa Tackett
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Kern Valley State Prison

Small Business Advocate Innovation Award (SBAIA)

Presentation for the Small Business Advocate Innovation Award (SBAIA) (Windows Media Player)


Curtis Dickinson and Marie Ramos, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Secretary's Special Achievement Award

Presentation for the Secretary's Special Achievement Award (Windows Media Player)

Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Headquarters

Richard G. Polano Diversity Outreach Award

Presentation for the Richard G. Polanco Diversity Outreach Award  (Windows Media Player)


Department of General Services, Outreach Team
Accepted By: (Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Judith Burnett, Emma Cardenas, Tasha Nomura-Stewart, Tonia Burgess, Catrina Blair, Danetta Jackson, Mary Purvis, Wayne Gross, Michael Aguillio and Anthony Lewis 

Governor's Award

Presentation for the Governor's Award  (Windows Media Player)

Department of General Services, Office of Business & Acquisition Services
Accepted By: Director Daniel C. Kim

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks
Angel Carrera, Chief, Certification and Outreach, DGS

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