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SBC 2023: Make Doing Business with the VA your Priority

About This Webinar

New to doing business in the federal marketplace or with the Department of Veterans Affairs? Join our panel of VA contracting experts to learn best practices, tips, and tricks for doing business with us. Come prepared with your questions and learn first-hand the path forward to meeting your small business goals.

Featured Presenters
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Director, Acquisition Support, Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Zebulon Fox serves as the Associate Executive Director for the Office of Facilities Acquisition (OFA) and Head of Contracting Activity within the Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM). As the Associate Executive Director of OFA, Dr. Fox oversees CFM’s Major Construction and Architect and Engineering (A/E) contracting program as well as CFM’s procurement policy office, acquisition career management, and interagency acquisition support program. Dr. Fox serves as the principal advisor to the Executive Director of CFM by providing procurement oversight and guidance to effectively manage the Major Construction Program, in addition to seismic corrections, physical security, and historic preservation of VA’s facilities.

Dr. Fox retired from U.S. Army Reserves in 2021 with military service including OIF/OEF deployments. Prior to Dr. Fox’s appointment, Dr. Fox served as the CFM Director of AE Construction Contracting Policy Service. Dr. Fox’s career at VA began at the VA Acquisition Academy as a member of the Acquisition Fellow class of 2009. Dr. Fox earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Walden University in 2019 and maintains FAC-C Level III, LCP Level II, and FE/C Level I certifications.
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Executive Director, Department of Veterans Affairs OSDBU
Sharon G. Ridley, MSW, LCSW is the Executive Director for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She is responsible for oversight of programs that promote small business participation in VA procurements, with special emphasis on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

Prior to her position with OSDBU, Ms. Ridley served as the Executive Director Network Support, leading initiatives to advance Secretary of Veterans Affairs priorities. Reporting directly to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management/Chief Operating Officer of the largest integrated health care system in the nation ($70B budget, 1250 sites of care, and more than 300,000 employees). As Executive Director Network Support she provided health care operations guidance and information on strategic initiatives to regional leadership including 18 Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) directors and 172 medical center directors.

Ms. Ridley previously served for six years as Chief Operating Officer in the VHA Procurement and Logistics Office, providing primary support to the chief officer, whose responsibilities included leadership and oversight to approximately 2,800 contracting and logistics professionals. She supervised a staff of 27 and provided oversight for budget and fiscal responsibilities (in excess of $308M), human resources, the Chicago-based Data Collection and Extraction Program, and many other management functions.

Ms. Ridley has over 22 years of experience leading clinical and administrative programs, both internal and external to the federal government, at the national level and in the field. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is licensed by the Florida Clinical Board of Social Work Examiners and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
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Director Federal Services, SIRIS LLC