On August 29th, a small business workshop was held at the AFITC Conference. Open to DoD personnel and small businesses alike, this forum featured two keynote speakers as well as one-to-one sessions.
Representing the federal government, Ms. Valerie L. Muck, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Air Force Small Business Programs, located in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for policy, advocacy, execution and advice pertaining to Small Business Programs and personnel throughout the Department.
Ms. Muck began her government career in 1983 as an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force. She began her civilian career with the Air Force Audit Agency in 1989 as a co-operative education student and has held audit positions at various locations and levels of responsibility throughout the Air Force Audit Agency – including Assistant Auditor General, Acquisition, Logistics and Financial Audits Directorate; Chief, Policy, Oversight, and Systems Division, Operations Directorate; associate director; program manager; audit manager; team chief; and auditor. Her most recent assignment was Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. She oversaw the integration of full-life cycle acquisition equities into strategy, requirements, policy, processes, funding, program execution, information technology, and workforce management.
Mr. Samuel Wanderi has over 17 years of cyber security experience working on complex high visibility systems. He is a retired field grade Army Signal Officer and Managing Partner of Menya Communications LTD. A cyber security firm providing professional services nationwide in both the public and private sector for over a decade. He hold the highest industry professional certifications in every category of DOD 8570 including the CISSP – ISC² (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), GSLC – GIAC (Security Leader Certification), COR – Government (Contracting Officer Representative), CCNA – Cisco (Certified Network Associate), and CEH – EC-Council (Certified Ethical Hacker).
During his time in the service, Mr. Wanderi sent up and secured complex networks in combats zones during OIF and OEF deployments. He earned a functional area designation of 53A as a Cyber Security Professional from the Army Cyber Center of Excellence in FT Gordon, GA, and a Masters of Science in Cyber Security from Syracuse University. Mr. Wanderi is an active member of ISC2, Security MBA, Technology First, AFSEA, and Dayton Defense Association.
For further information and resources about the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs and Small Business Training Week 2017 (SBTW), visit, http://www.gunter.af.mil/units/smallbusinessprograms/index.asp