About Us

Since 1993

Competitive Edge

Since 1993, the Competitive Edge Conference has linked the region’s small businesses, including Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses and Locally Based Enterprises, with leading decision-makers from the public and private sectors to explore new contract opportunities, new procurement practices and new strategies to expand and exceed statewide procurement goals.


This year’s Competitive Edge Conference has been re-imagined and refreshed with a new virtual format. Certified firms, prime companies and government agencies authorities and corporations will have the opportunity to connect, collaborate and share intelligence on how to become “Future Ready”. The Conference program will focus on helping firms enhance their business skills and obtain access to contracting opportunities throughout New York State.

Competitive Edge Committee

Advisory Board

Planning Committee

Agency / Authority / Company Representative
Battery Park City Authority Justin McLaughlin-Williams Director of Diversity
Shinay Stewart Project Associate
City University Construction Fund Michelle Castro-Bent Associate Chief, Procurement Services, Office of Facilities Planning
Crescent Consulting Associates, Inc. Anthony Peterson Executive Director
Jennifer Arroyo Office Manager
DASNY Michael Clay Senior Director, Opportunity Programs Group/Resource Acquisition Unit
Cher Parker Administrative Asst., Opportunity Programs Group
Department of Citywide Administrative Julieann Lee MWBE Officer, Office of Citywide Purchasing
Long Island Power Authority Rosa Rhoden Procurement Manager
Mayor's Office of MWBE Raymond Medina Assistant Director of Programs
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Michael Garner Chief Diversity Officer
Zenaida Rodriguez Assistant Director, Business & Diversity Initiatives Unit
Migdalia M. Taveras Systems Analyst/Project Manager
New York City Economic Development Corporation Bomi Kim Senior Vice President, Contract Director, Opportunity M/W/DBE
Paris Martin Program Manager - Opportunity MWDBE - HireNYC-Contracts
New York City Housing Authority Ester Tomicic-Hines Sr. Dep. Dir., Ofc. of the VP for Supply Management
Christina Gencarelli Special Assistant
NY Power Authority Victoria Daniels Manager, Supplier Diversity
Anne O'Malley Supplier Diversity Specialist
Eric Alemany Director - Supplier Relationship Management
NYC Department of Education (DOE) Adam Wexelbaum Equal Opportunity and Diversity Specialist
NYC Design and Construction Kristen Carroll M/WBE Outreach and Compliance Analyst
Lea Mapp Deputy Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer
NYC School Construction Authority Suzanne Veira Senior Director Business Development Division, Mentor and Graduate Mentor Programs
Gregory Glasgow Director Operations - Business Development Division
Adam Gilyard Manager of Business Development
NYC Small Business Services Walter E. Maxwell Executive Director for External Affairs
NYS Homes & Community Renewal Wanda Graham Vice President and Director of the Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
Veronica Flanders Assistant Vice President, Office of Economic Opportunity & Partnership Development
Monique Guidry Director Marketing/Media Relations Specialist
NYS Insurance Fund Damaris Torres Associate Director Human Resources
Mary Elizabeth Rumberg M/WBE & SDVOB Coordinator
NYS Workers Compensation Board Deborah Spence Program Outreach Specialist
Office of New York City Comptroller
Scott M. Stringer
Wendy Garcia Chief Diversity Officer
Brian Ceballo MWBE Officer
Office of the New York State Comptroller -
Thomas P. DiNapoli
Nancy R. Hernandez Deputy Comptroller, Diversity Management
The Port Authority New York/New Jersey Jorge Mercado Principal Business Development Representative
Anthony Miller Senior MWSDBE Compliance Representative

Certification Requirements

Getting certified as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise, Women-owned Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business is the first step to understanding government procurement.