About



Since 1993, the Competitive Edge Conference has linked the region’s small businesses, including Minority, Women, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Locally Based Enterprises, with leading decision-makers from the public and private sectors to explore new contract opportunities, new procurement practices and new strategies to expand and exceed statewide procurement goals.

This year’s Competitive Edge Conference has been refreshed, redefined, reinvigorated and re-imagined to provide you with new business strategies and opportunities to grow your business.

LEADERSHIP

The Competitive Edge Conference is a collaborative experience that is stewarded by public sector diversity professionals who recognize procurement opportunities in both the public and private sector and want to provide a new platform for assisting small businesses to enter the game with constructive information, strategies and best practices.

Conference Leadership
    Zenaida Chape'
    Conference Chair
    Assistant Director Business and
    Diversity Initiatives
    MTA Department of Diversity and
    Civil Rights
    2 Broadway, 16th Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    T: 646.252.1391
    F: 646.252.1351
    E: zchape@mtahq.org
    Robin L. Wilcox
    Conference Co-Chair
    Director of Operations, Mentor Program and Construction Management Administration
    30-30 Thomson Avenue
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    T: 718.472.8036
    F: 718.752.7500
    M: 646.208.4722
    E: RWilcox@nycsca.org
The Competitive Edge Conference Advisory Committee
    Battery Park City Authority
    DASNY
      www.dasny.org


      Michael Clay (Chair: 2005 – 2006)
      Director
      Office of Opportunity Programs
      515 Broadway
      Albany, NY 12207-2964
      T: 518.257.3464
      F: 518.257.3100
      E: mclay@dasny.org


    Metropolitan Transportation Authority
      www.mta.info


      Michael J. Garner
      Chief Diversity Officer, MTA Headquarters
      Department of Diversity and Civil Rights
      2 Broadway, 16th Floor
      New York, NY 10004
      T: 646.252.1385
      F: 646.252.1381
      E: mgarner@mtahq.org


      Zenaida Chape’ (Current Chair; Chair: 2009 – 2010)
      Assistant Director Business and Diversity Initiatives
      MTA Department of Diversity and Civil Rights
      2 Broadway, 16th Floor
      New York, NY 10004
      T: 646.252.1391
      F: 646.252.1351
      E: zchape@mtahq.org

    New York Power Authority
      www.nypa.gov


      Debra J. White (Vice Chair: 2009 – 2010)
      Director, Supplier Diversity
      Supplier Diversity Program
      123 Main Street
      White Plains, NY 10601
      T: 914.681.6976
      F: 914.681.6783
      E: debra.white@nypa.gov


      Damon Williams
      Supplier Diversity Program Analyst I
      123 Main Street
      White Plains, NY 10601
      T: 914.287.3852
      F: 914.681.6783
      E: Damon.Williams@nypa.gov

    New York City Department of Small Business Services
      www.nyc.gov/html/sbs/html/home/home.shtml


      Walter E. Maxwell
      Executive Director for External Affairs
      Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity,
      Procurement Technical Assistance Center
      110 William Street – 2nd Floor
      New York, NY 10038
      T: 212.513.6389
      F: 212.618.8899
      E: wmaxwell@sbs.nyc.gov


      Helen Wilson
      Assistant Commissioner, Contractor Services
      Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity
      110 William Street, 7th Floor
      New York, NY 10038
      T: 212.513.6323
      F: 212.513.8899
      E: HWilson@sbs.nyc.gov 

    New York City School Construction Authority
      www.nycsca.org/Pages/Welcome.aspx


      Suzanne Veira
      Senior Director of the Business Development Division
      30-30 Thomson Avenue
      Long Island City, NY 11101
      T: 718.472.8053 
      F: 718.472.8087
      E: sveira@nycsca.org


      Robin L. Wilcox (Current Vice Chair)
      Director of Operations, Mentor Program and Construction Management Administration
      30-30 Thomson Avenue
      Long Island City, NY 11101
      T: 718.472.8036
      F: 718.752.7500
      M: 646.208.4722
      E: RWilcox@nycsca.org


      Lois Fahie
      Manager, Business Development
      30-30 Thomson Avenue
      Long Island City, NY 11101
      T: 718.472.8325
      E: lfahie@nycsca.org

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
      www.panynj.gov


      Lash Green
      Director
      Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights
      233 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
      New York, NY 10003
      T: 212.435.7802  
      F: 212.435.7827
      E: lagreen@panynj.gov


      Jorge Mercado
      Principal Business Development Representative
      Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights
      233 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
      New York, NY 10003
      T: 212.435.7821
      F: 212.435.7827
      E: jmercado@panynj.gov
      Justin Deebrah
      Business Analyst
      233 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
      New York, NY 10003 
      E: jdeebrah@panynj.gov
    New York State Insurance Fund
      www.nysif.com


      Heather Woolfolk
      Affirmative Action Officer
      MWBE Oversight Officer
      199 Church Street
      New York, NY 10007
      T: 212.312.0088
      hwool@nysif.com


      Lucas McCullo
      M/WBE Fiscal Business Specialist
      199 Church Street
      New York, NY 10007
      T: 212.312.7543
      E: lmccullo@nysif.com

      Rhonda Bethel
      Senior Personnel Administrator
      199 Church Street
      New York, NY 10007
      T: 212.312.9093
      E: rbeth@nysif.com
The Competitive Edge Conference Event Committee