Learn the secrets from our very own minority and small business owners on how to win projects that are involved with the City, State and Federal agencies. They will describe their experiences and specific tools needed to successfully navigate the plethora of options and projects. While the process can be unnerving, the journey can also be rewarding. Come armed with your questions and share in the knowledge where only the brave fear to tread. Ramesh Nair is CEO & Founder of Vistara, a Construction Management Firm, managing projects involved working with the City, State and Federal agencies and in the range of $500K to over $500MM. Venu Sarakki is Founder and CEO of SAI, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm. He was invited by the White House to advice President Obama about important business issues that affect small business community in July 2014, especially with respect to federal contracting and how it can be improved. Patricia Watts is Founder, CEO & President of FCI Management. Her company develops and implements energy and water efficiency solutions for public and private schools, universities, government and municipal agencies.
Indian appetizers will be served!
Ramesh Nair, CEO and Founder of Vistara Construction Services, Inc. (vistara.com), a Construction Management firm based in Chicago undertakes projects in the Commercial and Civic arena. His firm provides Owner’s Representative services during both Pre-construction and Construction thereby helping the owner meet both the financial and schedule goals for a project. Having managed projects that range from under $500K to over $500 Million, Vistara has applied these skills to the design and construction of schools, police and fire stations, libraries, college facilities, airports, food processing plants and courthouses. A number of these projects have involved working with City, State and Federal agencies.
Venu Sarakki is the president of Sarakki Associates Inc. (sarakki.com), an award winning, Irvine, CA based multi-disciplinary engineering firm. The company provides engineering services to Federal, State and local governments in the areas of Homeland Security and Secure Border Crossing System, Information Technology, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Infrastructure Engineering.
His company has won several outstanding engineering excellence awards by both US and Overseas governments. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Bangalore University, MTech from IIT Madras and MS in Transportation Systems from Michigan State University. He has published over a dozen papers in national and international professional journals. He is active in American society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) and is the recipient of “Entrepreneur of the Year” by ASEI. On July 11, 2014, Mr. Sarakki was invited to The White House to discuss business issues relating to Federal Contracting with President Barack Obama and country’s top 50 business leaders. At present, Mr. Sarakki is serving as a Mentor to some of the UCI-MBA candidates on career choices and advising other upstart small businesses in Southern California. He is also a business advisor to several small businesses in Southern California.
Patricia Watts is the founder, President & CEO of FCI Management (fcimgt.com). She leads development of strategy and business development. Widely known for her care for her employees and partners, Ms. Watts established a model training program that partners local utilities and nonprofits to train inividuals from underserved communities. With over 30 years of experience in the regulated electric utility industry. Ms. Watts has held management positions in customer service, energy services, marketing, public affairs, and community relations
Ms. Watts is a member of several boards of directors that focus on strengthening the economy and human potential. One such board is the Low Income Oversight Committee; an advisory board of the California Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Watts has an M.B.A. degree from Kellogg School of Management. She received the CBCC Small Business of the Year 2006; Outstanding Entrepeneur BBA 2006; SCMBDC Supplier of the Year Class 3 2009: 100 Black Men President’s Award (Long Beach chapter) 2011; Ernst & Young Entrepeneur of the Year semi-finalist 2011.
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