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TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jul 24, 2014
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Speaker on Acquisition Challenges and Goals

The chapter welcomed James “Hondo” Geurts, acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, as the speaker for its July luncheon. Geurts is responsible for all Special Operations Forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics. As acquisition executive, his challenge has been determining how to operate small teams around the world without gateways and infrastructure in place. With concern for budget, he emphasized to industry the need to try new plans and new strategies while still allowing industry to compete at their best at a fair and reasonable price. He challenges industry to ask two questions when reaching out to his office: 1. Does it help him become an expert? 2. Does it help him become a trusted provider to the force? Whether the solution comes from small or large business, Geurts’ mission is to try and find business models that make sense for the right set of tools in order to execute.

Event Photographs:

Capt. Gerry Slevin, USN (Ret.) (l), chapter first vice president, joins guest speaker James “Hondo” Geurts (c), acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Manning Bolchoz at the July chapter meeting.
Capt. Gerry Slevin, USN (Ret.) (l), chapter first vice president, joins guest speaker James “Hondo” Geurts (c), acquisition executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, and Manning Bolchoz at the July chapter meeting.
Geurts presents the chapter with information on the Program Executive offices in July.
Geurts presents the chapter with information on the Program Executive offices in July.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Eimile Whalen
727-954-8719

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