May 2018  Newsletter

We hope you enjoy this month's NCMA Denver Newsletter. Thank you for your interest in NCMA and the Denver Chapter.
In This Issue

President's Corner with Angie Nelson

Angie Nelson
NCMA Denver President
Dear Denver Chapter,

I hope you all had a safe long weekend, as we remember and honor those who gave everything for our country. 
Our final Board of Directors meeting of this program year will be Wednesday, June 13th, and combined with our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at  Humboldt Farm Fish Wine. The cost to attend, which includes appetizers, an entree, and two beverages, is $25 for NCMA members and $35 for non-members/guests. Please see the registration link in this newsletter (space is limited and RSVPs required). We are holding this dinner to celebrate our program year and to say thank you to those in the Denver Chapter who have given their time generously to give back to the NCMA community. If you're interested in joining the Board of Directors, this is a great opportunity to come meet with us. 
I will be turning the "gavel" over to our incoming President, Jami Eckel, whose term starts July 1st. We will also be welcoming our new President-Elect for the following year, Ashley Parker, who our members just voted into office. Congratulations Ashley! We also will be recognizing a few members of the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors who have gone above and beyond for this organization.
Don't forget there are still opportunities for our members to take advantage of before the close of the program year. If you want to attend World Congress, and meet certain eligibility requirements, we offer a scholarship to attend! You can also nominate (or be nominated) for NCMA's Advancing Professional Award (due JUNE 1st) or Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award (due July 31st). Applications for the Contract Management Leadership Development Program are due before midnight on July 31, 2018. If you're considering applying, reach out to me soon as the current Chapter President. Also, please stay tuned for registration details for the June 21st NCMA Webinar: Buyer/Seller Communications & Exchanges of Information. 
I hope to see you in June!

June Spotlight Webinar Series: June 21st, 2018
Join us for an upcoming webinar event on June 21st, 2018.  Registration details coming soon!
Topic: Buyer/Seller Communications & Exchange of Information
Key Takeaways:
  • Learn how to use market research to build communication strategies
  • Gain a better understanding of the rules in exchanging information in government sales
  • Learn how to interpret government vendor communication plans

SAVE THE DATE: September 12, 2018

NCMA Denver is partnering with PilieroMazza on September 12, 2018 at The Crawford Hotel in Denver for an event that will feature timely and relevant topics in government contracting and contracting management.

Exact programming, speakers and more information will be available soon. Stay tuned!
NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program Applications Now Available for Program Year 2018-2019
Be a part of the future of contract management and apply for the Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP)!

The highly-competitive Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) is designed to help develop our next generation of leaders through an intensive educational experience focused on live leadership training, mentoring and networking. Participants will receive, without charge, approximately 160 hours of top-quality education during this 10-month program in leadership, volunteerism, and governance. A primary goal of the program is to propel graduates into leadership positions, armed with the tools they will need to succeed.
More information on the program and the application can be found at NCMA's website.  Applications are due July 31, 2018 no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) to
RECAP: The Future of DoD - Change to Enable Rapid Acquisition and Insertion of Innovative Technology
Our joint event with NCMA-Pikes Peak, NDIA-Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Space Foundation exceeded expectations. The speakers first presented on why the current acquisition process is complicated and results in hurdles for DoD to bring in new innovation from non-traditional contractors. The discussion period with the audience was lively and focused on ideas for change to the acquisition process, use of non-traditional contracts, should the DoD accept more risk, and whether culture change in DoD and industry is needed. Many thanks to our co-hosts, our speakers - Gary and Sue Payton, and our sponsors - Ball Aerospace, Boecore, Lockheed Martin, Sherman & Howard, Six & Geving, and Synergetics.
NCMA Awards 
There are several upcoming award opportunities through NCMA. Our Chapter is full of outstanding professionals so let's make sure they get recognized! Below are a list of the awards and when nominations are due. If you're interested in submitting for an award to nominate yourself or someone else the Denver Chapter would love to help you through the process. Please contact Brie Staker at for any assistance with award packages and nominations.
Advancing Professional Award- This award recognizes rising stars and top performers who will eventually be leaders in the contract management profession and in NCMA. Nominations for this award are due by June 1st.

Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award- This award celebrates chapter volunteers who demonstrate dedicated service to NCMA and its members. Nominations are due July 31st.

More information about these awards and the submission process can be found at:
Denver Chapter Scholarship Program - Attend World Congress
Did you know that the Denver Chapter has a Scholarship Program for our members and one of the areas the scholarship covers is education? This includes attending national conferences such as the upcoming World Congress in July 2018. If you've not attended World Congress before it is a fantastic opportunity to gain hours of training, meet and network with other contracts professionals, and grow your career. Attendees at World Congress will earn up to 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits or Continuous Learning Point (CLP) credits. If you're interested in attending but don't have the financial resources available to make it happen applying for a Denver NCMA Chapter Scholarship is a way to get you there and we would love to help you out. Registration and early bird pricing for World Congress are set to open in January 2018. If you're interested in applying for a Scholarship to attend World Congress, or another educational event, please contact Brie Staker at: for more information. 
Denver Chapter Leadership
Angie Burke - President
Stephanie Amend - President-Emeritus
Jami Eckel - President-Elect
Nate Gordon - Treasurer
Alyson McCoy- Secretary
Board of Advisors:
Melanie Burgess
Blake Couture
Brad Duchein
Dolly Fernandez
Paul Fisher
Rodney Fowler
Kelly Garehime
Matt Gomer
Thomas Reid
Phil Seckman
Brie Staker
Erin Stewart
Kristin Batalon - Employment Chair
Brie Staker - Awards & Scholarship
Matt Gomer - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Byron Guidry - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Kristine Kalish - College Outreach Chair
Julie Kehrer - Corporate Sponsorship Chair
Julie Linton - Membership Co-Chair
Tyler Thomas - Membership Co-Chair
Tess Gosda - Newsletter Co-Chair
Ashley Parker - Newsletter Co-Chair
Karri Palmetier - Newsletter Co-Chair
Quincy Stott - Leadership Co-Chair
Ben Olson - Leadership Co-Chair
Britton Nohe-Braun - Events Co-Chair
Nicole Maynard - Events Co-Chair
Ashley Parker - Social Media & Website Co-Chair
Nicole Maynard - Social Media & Website Co-Chair
Stacey Gustus - Chapter Coordinator (Chapter Mom Emeritus)