The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Chuck Spence, Deputy Director of the Utah Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), has been elected President-elect of the Association. He was sworn in at APTAC’s annual membership meeting on March 26, 2014 and will servein this position until APTAC’s annual meeting in March 2015, at which time he will accede to the position of President. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
Chuck joined the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development in February, 2005 as the Deputy Director of the PTAC, which helps small businesses with all phases of Government contracting – federal, state, and local. He assisted in building a new program from the ground floor, including recruiting initiatives, marketing strategies, and developing the PTAC brand. He also served as President of the Utah Supplier Development Council for four consecutive years. He holds an APTAC ACAS Certification and served as APTAC Region 9 Director from 2011 until his election as President-elect.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. These PTACs, located across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam, help local businesses become capable government contractors, on the belief that a broad base of small business suppliers provides the highest quality and best value to our government agencies and at the same time creates a strong and vibrant economic base for our communities. They assist small businesses by offering training events, bid-matching services, one-on-one sessions with a procurement counselor, notification of important contracting changes, help with understanding government contracting procedures and requirements, guidance inregistering with the federal government, and much more. They assist government agencies by locating and educating the contractors and potential contractors which can provide the products and services they need.
APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them critical updates on the ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies, comprehensive training opportunities and certification to ensure that PTAC staff can bring the highest level of capability to their work, networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise, and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas. The work of APTAC is carried out by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are procurement professionals employed by member PTACs, and supported by a small administrative staff.