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Doing Business with SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority)

Event date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 8:30am - 1:00pm
Event location: 
Liberty Hall Corporate Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers a vast option of transit services, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, and commuter rail.

SEPTA's procurement and contracts department is committed to providing a full and open competitive environment for procurement opportunities.  With a particular emphasis on expanding contracting opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses, SEPTA offers technical assistance, training, and other resources for vendors looking to do business with them.

Learn how you can get started and find out just how easy it is to bid with SEPTA.

The Essentials of Government Contracting 

Monitoring and responding to solicitations, processing paperwork, writing proposals, pricing your services/products - government contracting can be overwhelming, no matter the agency. 

This highly interactive session will help you make sense of what's really important and how to keep on track. Bring your questions and share your experiences - you'll come away better prepared!


Learn From the Experts

Mary E. Connell
Director, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, SEPTA

Mary E. Connell is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been employed with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for more than twenty years. During her tenure with SEPTA, Mary has held a variety of positions with progressive responsibility, primarily in the DBE Program Office. During a brief interruption in her SEPTA service, Mary maintained her connection to the small business community. First as a representative for a small business providing consultant services to various federal‐aid recipients for their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program; and then as an enterprise specialist with a small, woman‐owned firm.

Currently, Mary is the Director of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Office at SEPTA. She is responsible for directing and administering all aspects of the Transit Authority’s DBE Program to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws for the inclusion of small, minority and women‐owned businesses in contracting opportunities.  Mary represents SEPTA in the State of Pennsylvania’s Unified Certification Program (PAUCP), and is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. 

Andy Abdallah
Director, Contracts Administration, SEPTA

Andy has 25 years experience in private and public procurement and contracting, construction/project management, contract administration, claims mitigation and dispute resolution.  The Contracts Administration Department handles all of the Authority's procurements and administration of third-party construction contracts, professional services and consultant contracts, vehicle procurements and special services (employee benefits) contracts.

Andy is an active member of APTA  (American Public Transportation Association) and serves on the Procurement and Materials Management Committee, and the Procurement Standards Program - Terms and Conditions Working Group.

Maryann Williams
Director, PTAC, UCEDC

Maryann brings over 30 years of government contracting experience to her position as director of UCEDC’s PTAC program.  She brings a unique perspective to the job as she’s held positions on both sides of the table – helping businesses to obtain government contracts as well as overseeing the government contract process for a manufacturing concern in New Jersey.   

Following an 18-year tenure as a senior contracting official for Greenbrier Industries in Englewood Cliffs, Maryann served as director of the Rockland County PTAC for 13 years. She joined UCEDC in 2007, and under her direction, the PTAC program was awarded the 2010 “Outstanding Center Award” by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).


 For more information contact Rogers Ramsey @ rramsey@ucedc.com /908-527-1166

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