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State Agency Recognition Awards (SARA) 2017

 

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 18th Annual SARA presentation was held on January 24, 2018, at the Citrus Heights Community Center located at 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 from 9 - 11:30 a.m.

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

Opening Ceremony


Opening Ceremony by Matt Zweier, Department of General Services


Presentation of the Colors by the Governor's Honor Guard


The National Anthem by Dalene Nannini

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/Rs3FP73nNbA 

Welcoming Remarks


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

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/htc7SNjw__4

 


Welcome to SARA by Angela Shell, Chief Procurement Officer, 
Deputy Director of Procurement Division, Department of General Services.

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/ak7bSyjALm0

 


Greetings from our sponsor by Bob Mulz, Executive Director, Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network.

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/F-kUCx5LweY

John K. Lopez Awards


Business Excellence - Erick Castro, KSE Construction

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/8j9Wy2JSH9w



Individual Excellence - Tanya Little, Business Development Program Manager, Department of General Services

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/4z4R1q7jPKw


Recognition of SARA Judges


Pictured from left to right: Julian Canete, Marty Keller, and Bob Mulz.

  • Julian Canete, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce / Small Business Advisory Council
  • Marty Keller, US Veteran Business Alliance
  • Bob Mulz, Elite Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network
  • Jon Drake, San Joaquin County (not pictured)

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/5hR7_qUdevY

SARA Finalists

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/1oiRxzWVbkU

  • Bureau of Automotive Repair
  • High Speed Rail Authority
  • Victim Compensation Board
  • Public Employees Retirement System
  • Department of Transportation – Division of Procurement and Contracts
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Business Oversight
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Department of Insurance
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Technology
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Military Department
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

The following CDCR Institutions:

  • Avenal State Prison
  • California Correctional Institution
  • California Institution for Men
  • California Rehabilitation Center
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison, Corcoran
  • California Medical Facility
  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
  • Corcoran State Prison
  • Correctional Training Facility
  • Facility Planning, Construction and Management
  • Folsom State Prison
  • High Desert State Prison
  • Headquarters, Office of Business Services
  • Ironwood State Prison
  • Kern Valley State Prison, Procurement
  • California state Prison, Los Angeles County
  • Mule Creek State Prison
  • Pleasant Valley State Prison
  • Wasco State Prison - Reception Center

 


Advocate Finalists


Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/uvUPS6iOskU

  • Andrea Pina, California Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Annetta Salhani, California Public Employees Retirement System
  • Cynthia Tyree, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation- California Medical Facility
  • Donner Weber, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Eleanor Amith, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Avenal State Prison
  • Francisco Rascon, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Ironwood State Prison
  • Irene Contreras, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Valley State Prison
  • Ivor Newman, California High Speed Rail Authority
  • Keala Barkhurst, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Substance Abuse Treatment Facility & State Prison, Corcoran
  • Maritza Gutierrez, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - CA Institution for Men
  • McKensie Pimley, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • Nina Martinez, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Headquarters
  • Richard Zmuda, California Department of Water Resources
  • Ryan Nelson, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Folsom State Prison
  • Shaironda Morris, California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Shantill Castro, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Wasco State Prison
  • Sheila Smith, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Folsom State Prison
  • Terri Barrera, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - Northern CA Youth Correctional Center
  • Yolanda Flores, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - North Kern State Prison
  • Phyllis Johnson, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation - California Correctional Institution

     

Departments with Notable Achievement

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

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/uE5k3vMGL1U

  • California School Finance Authority
  • California Military Department
  • California Student Aid Commission
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California Gambling Control Commission
  • California Law Revision Commission
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
  • California Department of Community Services and Development
  • California Victim Compensation Board
  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Government Operations Agency
  • Colorado River Board of California
  • Department of Finance
  • California Department of Rehabilitation
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • California Fair Political Practices Commission
  • California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • California State University Pomona
  • Employment Development Department
  • State Controller’s Office
  • California Department of Developmental Services
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • San Diego River Conservancy
  • California Department of Conservation
  • California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • California Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • California Department of Business Oversight
  • California Department of Education
  • Office of the State Public Defender
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • California Public Employment Relations Board
  • Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board
  • California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
  • Financial Information System for California

 

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 Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 participation numbers to FY 16-17 participation numbers.


From left to right: Sara Ward, Ryan Boyd, Bezawit Dilgassa, Max Lyulkin, Duane Johnson

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/Ru6WueUDc_k

 


Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
SB Participation total: 89 percent
Accepted by Sara Ward


Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
Employment Training Panel
SB Participation total: 94 percent
Accepted by Ryan Boyd


Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
California Public Utilities Commission
SB Participation total: 54 percent
Accepted by Bezawit Dilgassa


Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
Department of Health Care Services
SB Participation total: 59%
Accepted by Max Lyulkin


Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
SB Participation total: 39%
Accepted by Duane Johnson


 

Most Improved Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Participation

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Participation is based on a 3 percent State Goal
Note: DVBE Participation total is based upon the difference between fiscal year 2015-16 participation numbers to fiscal year 2016-17 participation numbers.


From left to right: Amanda Grant, Anthony Picciano, Ryan Metzer, Max Lyulkin, Sandy Villalobos

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/RiWP-zpzH3U

 


Extra Small Agency (under $250,000)
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
DVBE Participation total: 23%
Accepted by Amanda Grant


Small Agency ($250,000 to $2 million)
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
DVBE Participation total: 27%
Accepted by Anthony Picciano


Medium Agency ($2 million to $20 million)
California Victim Compensation Board
DVBE Participation total: 15%
Accepted by Ryan Metzer


Large Agency ($20 million to $50 million)
Department of Health Care Services
DVBE Participation total: 15%
Accepted by Max Lyulkin


Extra Large Agency (Over $50 million)
California Military Department
DVBE Participation total: 33%
Accepted by Sandy Villalobos

Agency of the Year Winners


Bronze
Department of Public Health
Accepted by Theresa Snider and Kayla Dann
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/0ozey6Kv8bE

 


Bronze
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Accepted by Jaime Jones and Keith Boylan
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/kfmemrIkKEY



Silver
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Accepted by Rebecca Mark
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/j0y27oX7DYg

 


Gold
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Accepted by Tony Favro
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/2MUYucziQmw

Advocate of the Year Winners


Bronze
Sheila Smith
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Folsom State Prison
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/BYBRcWtZYsA

 


Bronze
Ryan Nelson
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Folsom State Prison
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/BYBRcWtZYsA

 


Silver
Andrea Pina
Department of Consumer Affairs
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/TOro9Lz7TqQ



Silver
Shantill Castro
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Wasco State Prison
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/hDdfaKs4_7k

Gold
McKensie Pimley
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/zr9LhMJPKfQ

Richard G. Polanco Diversity Outreach Award

Presentation for the Richard G. Polanco Diversity Outreach Award - Angela Shell

Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Headquarters
Accepted by Nina Martinez

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/1lrTj2NArss

Small Business Advocate Innovation Award

Presentation for the Small Business Advocate Innovation Award - Jeff McGuire

McKensie Pimley, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/ZOpsAoRqc9A

Secretary's Special Achievement Award

Presentation for the Secretary's Special Achievement Award - Marybel Batjer

Andrea Pina, Department of Consumer Affairs

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/Mh29_pkqkco

Governor's Award

Presentation for the Governor's Award - Jesse Torres

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Accepted by Tony Favro and McKensie Pimley

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/2aTjAfbx4YI

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks
Angel Carrera, Chief, Certification and Outreach, Department of General Services

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/-XVkZPMdOxY

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