Episode 6 – Supporting HUB Community and Development of Minority Businesses Through Texas A&M University System with Keith Williams
Keith Williams provides business opportunities as the HUB Coordinator for Texas A&M University System (not associated w/ the university) –including 11 universities, 1 health science center, and 8 state agencies
· Provides equal opportunities and access through Texas A&M System while encouraging development of business in state with Texas with minorities
· Department consists of 4 workers in procurement office that support the Texas A&M System
· Keith is responsible for facility planning and construction of anything over threshold of 10 million – any opportunities or projects across state at any of the universities or agencies
· Anything under 10 million will go through partnership with SSC (Southeast Service Corp.)
· Primary focus in construction projects mainly new but also refurbished
· He elaborates on 3 delivery methods for large projects: construction manager at risk, competitive sealed proposal, and design build
· Details HUB percentage goals – breaks down increase year over year by percentage for minorities (increasing minority ethnicity goals)
· Keith mentions need for more prime HUB contractors and encourages potential candidates to reach out -regardless of HUB certification
· Expands on SSC partnership and role in contracting process with Texas A&M systems
· Explains distinction between Texas A&M System construction projects vs. university goals
· Lends advice to help prepare vendors; emphasizes importance of having proper documentation and submitting accurate HUB plan
· Shares passion for helping develop small businesses and increasing their reach throughout community
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mpulse-live-podcast Contact Keith Williams: (979) 458-3265 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit: hub.tamus.edu
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