Episode 4 – Enhancing HUB Programming at Texas State University w/ Dan Alden and Destiny Llamas

Episode 4 – Enhancing HUB Programming at Texas State University w/ Dan Alden and Destiny Llamas

Dan Alden and Destiny Llamas discuss how to best affect growth as it relates to Texas State University and the HUB community. Throughout the conversation they share University goals, insight on their HUB Program and much more.  Dan Alden & Destiny Llamas, Director of Procurement/HUB Coordinator & HUB Specialist at Texas State University.

· Dan emphasizes the need for more outreach and a cultural shift at the University

· Discuss HUB numbers “snapshot” and how it’s measured based on division and commodities

· Destiny elaborates on specific areas of improvement as well as services within their HUB community

· Expand on collaborations with fellow state agencies such as their sister University, Sam Houston State University, and more

· Share advice to potential vendors and best practices to apply for available contracts

· Elaborate on HUB networking events and advise best networking practices for the HUB community

· Discuss specific ways in which the HUB community has shifted through the pandemic and change in overall spend

· Destiny breaks down the HUB contracting process and how they measure areas of improvement for spend

· Dan and Destiny detail how they approach challenges with HUB vendors and contractors as well as how they work through these issues to develop the best solution

· Dan and Destiny give advice for upcoming HUB coordinators by sharing some of the personal challenges they have overcome throughout their careers

· Destiny shares successful stories between prime contractors and HUB partnerships

· Destiny shares what she feels are the most important qualities of being a coordinator such as being thorough, patient, and personable

· Both Dan and Destiny share their experience within the procurement industry as well as prior experience

· They encourage people to reach out via email or phone for additional information

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Contact Dan Alden & Destiny Llamas: 512-245-2521 or hub@txstate.edu

Hosted by: Tyrone Dixon & Jada Harris

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