HHS Pathway to Success

May 30, 2018 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Plaza

Silver Spring, MD 20910

METRO: 15 minute walk from Silver Spring Station, 8400 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

  1. Head northeast on Colesville Rd toward Metropolitan Branch Trail (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Georgia Ave (371 ft)
  3. Turn left onto Ellsworth Dr; Destination will be on the right (0.2 mi)
PARKING: Information about the parking can be found here:

Town Square Garage: http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/go/town-square-garage-garage-61

Wayne Avenue Garage: http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/go/wayne-avenue-garage-garage-60

HOTELS/LODGING: Information about local hotels/lodging can be found here:

This event will bring together business and government for a discussion about emerging technologies including artificial intelligence that will change how the Department of Health & Human Services will acquire goods and services in the future.

It will provide a targeted opportunity for businesses and HHS contracting professionals to be part of an interactive discussion with key government officials. Find out how HHS "Buys Smarter" using technology today and in the future to streamline and introduce new efficiencies to its acquisition process. 

Participants will also hear from a panel of senior acquisition experts  who will be live coaching three businesses on how to strategically market their companies to the federal government. MCCC and HHS support business success and recognize the need to connect business with government and business to business. This event will offer that connectivity and the opportunity to collaborate and build relationships.

HHS will feature the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who will share upcoming  FY 19 IT and Professional Services requirements.

There will also be an Exhibit Hall where attendees can speak with large prime contractors who have excellent records teaming and subcontracting to other companies. HHS Small Business Specialists from CMS, FDA and NIH will also be available to meet with attendees.


Who Should Attend:

Small and large businesses engaged in the federal market space or are looking to enter that space for the first time. HHS 1102s, CORs and Program Officials. Government participants are eligible to receive four (4) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) for attendance. Please contact Ali Pourghassemi for more information.



Georgette "Gigi" Godwin, President and CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Andrea Brandon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability, HHS Senior Procurement Executive

Jose Arrieta, HHS Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Division of Acquisition

Melissa Starinsky, Director and Head of the Contracting Activity, CMS Office of Acquisition and Grants Management

Leonard Grant, Director and Head of the Contracting Activity, FDA Office of Acquisition and Grants Services

Diane Frasier, Director, NIH Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management and Head of the Contracting Activity

General Jess Scarbrough (retired) Director, Office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts and Grants Office, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

John Gentile, HHS Executive Lead for the HHS ReImagine Buying Smarter Initiative

Lori Ruderman, PSC Program Manager HHS ReImagine Buying Smarter Initiative

Dr. Nick Nayak, President and CEO Green Light Acquisition


Pathway to Success Session One  [10:00am - 11:00am]

Welcome & Keynote Speakers

Gigi Godwin, Welcome from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce [10:00 – 10:10]

Andrea Brandon, Message from the HHS Senior Procurement Executive [10:10 – 10:25] 

Jose Arrieta, Using Block Chain Technology in the HHS market space [10:25 – 10:45]

John Gentile/Lori Ruderman: HHS ReImagine “Buying Smarter” Initiative [10:45 – 11:00]


Pathway to Success Session Two: Shark Tank [11:00am – 12:00pm]


Jose Arrieta: HHS
Melissa Starinsky: CMS
Leonard Grant: FDA
Diane Frasier NIH
General Jess Scarbrough (retired), Director, Office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts and Grants Office HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Break/Lunch  [12:00pm – 1:00pm]

Track Three: HHS Federal Procurement Opportunities [1:00pm – 2:00pm]

Moderator:  Nick Nayak


Melissa Starinsky, CMS
Leonard Grant, Director, FDA
Diane Frasier, NIH 

NIH NITAAC (TBD)        

Exhibit Hall: [10:00am – 2:00pm]

Large Primes (TBD)
CMS, FDA & NIH Small Business Representatives
HHS ReImagine


For further information from HHS, contact Clarence Randall or Ali Pourghassemi

MCCC Strategic Partners