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State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) 2016

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 with SBs and DVBEs.

The 17th Annual SARA presentation was held on January 25, 2017, at the Citrus Heights Community Center located at 6500 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 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 2016 Ceremony (coming soon) in its entirety.  To view the complete list of winners, see the 2016 SARA Press Release.

 

Welcome & Opening Remarks

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

The National Anthem -
Naomi Allen  

Welcome to SARA -
Daniel Kim, Director, Department of General Services


Greetings

Rene Cota, Interim Executive Director, Disabled Veteran Business Alliance 

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

DVBE Testimonial Video

John K. Lopez Award


Individual Excellence
 - Cole Woodman, Global Engineering Services, Inc.


Business Excellence
 - IECLT, Inc.
Award Accepted By: Steve DiPressi and Eddie Barajas


Recognition of SARA Judges

  

  • Julian Canete, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce / Small Business Council   
  • Rene Cota, CA Disabled Veteran Business Alliance   
  • Lori Kammerer, Small Business Council
  • Bob Mulz, Elite  SDVOB Network  
  • Mike Sabellico, Vanguard Global Solutions

SARA Finalists

  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

  • California Board of Accountancy

  • Department of Food and Agriculture

  • Department of Technology

  • Department of Consumer Affairs

  • Department of Developmental Services

  • Department of Parks and Recreation

  • Department of Public Health

  • Department of State Hospitals

  • Department of Consumer Affairs - Division of Investigation

  • Employment Development Department

  • Franchise Tax Board - Procurement Bureau

  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

  • Department of Housing & Community Development

  • Department of Social Services

The following Caltrans Institutions:
        
  • District 4
  • District 10
  • Office of Business & Economic Opportunity
  • Training and Outreach Branch
  • Division of Procurement and Contracts

The following CDCR Institutions:

        
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • Avenal State Prison
  • California City Correctional Facility
  • Calipatria State Prison
  • California Health Care Facility
  • California Institution for Men
  • California Medical Facility
  • California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, Corcoran
  • Facility Planning, Construction and Management Division
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • Office of Business Services
  • Wasco State Prison, Reception Center
  • Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

Advocate Finalists

  • Alice Valdez, CDCR - Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

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

  • Carol Bell, CDCR - Centinela State Prison

  • Linda Lintag, CDCR - Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

  • Damon Dorn, California Department of Transportation

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

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

  • Francisco Rascon, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Ironwood State Prison

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

  • Janet LaPerle, California State Teachers' Retirement System

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

  • Kimberly Love, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Pelican Bay State Prison

  • Latoya Deon, Department of Health Care Services

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

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

  • Michael Aguillio, Department of General Services

  • Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

  • Pamela Sherron, California Department of Food and Agriculture

  • Ryan Nelson, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Folsom State Prison

  • Wayne Gross, Department of General Services

  • Yolanda Flores, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – North Kern State Prison

  • McKensie Pimley, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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.

  • Fair Political Practices Commission
  • Secretary of State's Office
  • California Gambling Control Commission
  • Student Aid Commission
  • Department of Transportation
  • Board of Pilot Commissioners
  • California High-Speed Rail Authority
  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Health Care Services
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Community Services & Development
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • Employment Development Department
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • Public Employment Relations Board
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Conservation
  • San Diego River Conservancy
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission
  • State Controller's Office
  • Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Department of Technology
  • State Personnel Board
  • Department of General Services
  • Government Operations Agency
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Business Oversight
  • Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency
  • Military Department
  • Office of Emergency Services
  • Law Revision Commission
  • Board of State and Community Corrections
  • Department of Education
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Agricultural Labor Relations Board

Most Improved Small Business Participation

Small Business (SB) Participation is based on a 25% State Goal.
NOTE: SB Participation total is based upon the difference between FY 2014-15 participation numbers to FY 2015-16 participation numbers.

Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
California School Finance Authority, of the State Treasurer's Office
SB Participation total: 56%
Award Accepted By: under construction

Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
SB Participation total: 38%
Award Accepted By: under construction

Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
Office of Traffic Safety, of the California State Transportation Agency
SB Participation total: 66%
Award Accepted By: under construction

Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
First 5 California
SB Participation total: 33%
Award Accepted By: Joan Dutra

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
California Department of Public Health
SB Participation total: 33%
Award Accepted By: Alan Lum

Most Improved Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Participation

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Participation is based on a 3% State Goal
NOTE: DVBE Participation total is based upon the difference between FY 2014-15 participation numbers to FY 2015-16 participation numbers.


Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
California Educational Facilities Authority, of the State Treasurer's Office
DVBE Participation total: 60%
Award Accepted By: under construction

Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
Board of State and Community Corrections
DVBE Participation total: 33%
Award Accepted By: under construction

Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
California Department of Education
DVBE Participation total: 9%
Award Accepted By: Jessica Spencer

Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
California Department of Food and Agriculture
DVBE Participation total: 8%
Award Accepted By: Pamela Sherron

Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
California High-Speed Rail Authority
DVBE Participation total: 7%
Award Accepted By: Alice Rodriguez

 

SARA Winners



Bronze
California Department of Transportation - Training and Outreach Branch Office of Business & Economic Development
Award Accepted By: Mario Solis


Silver
California Department of Public Health
Award Accepted By: Alan Lum


Gold
California Department of Veteran's Affairs
Award Accepted By: Jamie Jones and Keith Boylan


Advocate of the Year



Bronze
Keala Barkhurst
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, California State Prison, Corcoran

Silver
McKensie Pimley
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


Gold
Nina Martinez
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Small Business Advocate Innovation Award (SBAIA)

Presentation for the Small Business Advocate Innovation Award (under construction)


Michael Aguillio, Department of General Services

Secretary's Special Achievement Award

Presentation for the Secretary's Special Achievement Award (under construction)

Wayne Gross, Department of General Services

Richard G. Polano Diversity Outreach Award

Presentation for the Richard G. Polanco Diversity Outreach Award  (under construction)


California High-Speed Rail Authority
Accepted By: Alice Rodriguez

Governor's Award

Presentation for the Governor's Award  (under construction)

California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Accepted By: McKensie Pimley

Closing Remarks

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