BuildIt! GovCon 2019



 We are excited to welcome you to Build It! GovCon.


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Closest parking to entrance is Parking Lot D.
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Check in at the registration to receive your badge and event program.




9:00AM – 09:45AM:

Registration & Continental Breakfast


9:45AM- 10:00AM:

Welcome & Introductions


10:00 AM – 10:45AM:

Keynote Speaker Rene Cota


10:45AM -11:00AM:



11:00AM – 11:45AM:

Panel with Prime Vendors


11:45AM – 1:00 PM:

 Networking Lunch

1 PM – 2:30 PM:

Government Agency Presentations



Exhibit Hall


Rene Cota 

President | CMG Alliance


Rene Cota is the president of CMG Alliance, a management consulting firm specializing in Government Acquisitions that has trained and mentored thousands of business professionals.

Rene has over 15 years of experience as a contract negotiator and has managed over $100M worth of contracts for his clients. He is the former Executive Director for the Disabled Veteran’s Business Alliance, and sits on the board for CalVet.

Rene has also developed training and small business programs with:

PTAC offices in Riverside and Los Angeles

Southern California Edison VETS Program

LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority DVBE Program, Mentor Protege Program, and Metro Academy.

Department of Labor Veteran’s Economic Outreach Program


Special Guests

Dr. Bryan Reece | President of Norco College

Norco College | President of Norco College

Bryan Reece has over 28 years of community college experience, including 19 years of teaching experience.  He began his career as a full-time faculty member at Cerritos College, followed by a range of administrator positions at Cerritos and Crafton Hills College.  Prior to his presidency at Norco College, he was vice president of Instruction, held two dean positions, and served as the Academic Senate president.

Dr. Reece received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. He is an awarded professor and a published author.   He resides in Murrieta with his wife, Kathi, and has three grown daughters.

Government Agencies

Julie A. Padilla | Riverside PTAC

Riverside Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) | Julie A. Padilla

Ms. Julie A. Padilla is the Program Director for the Riverside Community College District’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center program. The RCCD PTAC provides free, personalized services to businesses wanting to sell their goods and/or services to the Government on a local, state, or federal level. The Riverside PTAC has served Riverside and San Bernardino county county businesses since 1996. Julie has worked in Government Procurement for over 17 years, and has been with the Riverside program since 2008.  Julie is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) and the Department of Defense Western Regional Council for Small Business Education and Advocacy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a master’s degree in Communications with a major in Public Relations.

P. Eric Ravelli | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Prisco Eric Ravelli

Mr. Prisco Eric Ravelli is the Deputy for Small Business Programs at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District. The Los Angeles District provides world class engineering solutions and project management services that respond to the needs of the nation, the environment and the public, including: Planning, designing, building and operating water resources, designing and managing the construction of military facilities for the Army and Air Force, and providing design and construction management support for other federal agencies. Prior to joining the Corps, Mr. Ravelli held positions as Small Business Program Manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Business Opportunity Specialist for Small Business Administration, Economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Benefits Analyst for Willis Towers Watson. Mr. Ravelli holds a M.S. in Marketing Management and B.A. in Economics from UMUC and Rutgers University respectfully.

Department of General Services | Matthew Zweier

Matt Zweier currently serves as an Outreach Liaison and SB/DVBE Advocate with the California Department of General Services. He educates business owners throughout California about the benefits and opportunities of pursuing a Small Business (SB) certification or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) certification, and ensures they can access their share of state contracts. Matt previously worked in the California State Assembly and California State University system. His background is in communication, education, and government. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State University.

Prime Vendors

Ural Yal | Vice President | Flatiron

Flatiron : Meet Ural Yal

Ural Yal has more than 21 years of experience in oversight of several heavy civil construction projects California. As District Manager, he overseas Flatiron’s interests in over $2.5 billion in construction projects. In this capacity, he facilitates collaboration between all stakeholders, engages in ongoing partnering with clients, and helps to ensure that the team has the right staff, equipment, and resources to successfully meet project goals.

With an annual construction volume of more than $1.5 billion, Flatiron builds heavy civil infrastructure for the transportation sector, specializing in highways, roads, aviation, and bridges across North America. We employ more than 1,100 people in California and 3,500 across North America, and have constructed $8 billion in projects for Caltrans and other agencies throughout California since 1999. As a leader in alternative delivery, and having received numerous design-build excellence awards, more than 50 percent of our work is design-build, public-private partnerships (P3) and other alternative delivery methods, where we work with clients to find innovative solutions to meet their goals.

Teresa Maxwell | DBE Compliance Manager | SKANSKA

SKANSKA : Meet Teresa Maxwell

For over 15 years Teresa Maxwell has worked in the construction industry focusing on outreach communication programs on transportation projects with SBE/DBE/WBE/MBE/etc. participation goals. She coordinates with diversity councils, small business owners, state, federal, private agencies and other community stakeholders. Her current position as DBE compliance manager at Skanska Civil includes $3 billion dollars of work on the Metro Westside Subway Extension Section 1, the Metro Regional Connector Transit Corridor and the City of LA Sixth Street Bridge Replacement project. Teresa is proud of her role outreaching to the local, small and disadvantaged business communities in the Los Angeles region. Teresa graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Management & Human Resources, and is a Master of Arts candidate at the University of Southern California’s Strategic Public Relations program.

Skanska was founded in 1887 and is one of the world’s leading project development and construction companies, focused on selected home markets in the Nordic region, Europe, and USA.

Jeff Holmes | Small Business Program Manager | RQC

RQC : Meet Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes has worked at RQ Construction for 10 years. For his first five years with RQC, he worked as an Estimator: and since, as the Small Business Program Manager. His responsibilities involve managing the small business department, which includes supply chain development, outreach to small businesses, compliance reporting to government stakeholders, and proposal writing.

RQ Construction is a privately held design-build firm located in San Diego County, California. Established in 1996, RQ has developed a reputation for providing quality design and construction services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Since it’s incorporation, RQ has lived by its Mission Statement to provide customers the best-built environment while being the first choice of all stakeholders.