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Arkansas Government Contracting Specialists

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service PTAC staff have over 50 years of combined experience in government procurement.  Our knowledgeable staff can help you register as a government vendor, read a solicitation, and help you prepare your bid. How do you perform the award or handle contract close-out?  Our counselors have the know-how.  At Arkansas PTAC, we speak Procurement.

Need help registering in SAM (System for Award Management), reading a solicitation, or working on your bid?

We can help! We offer one-on-one assistance to our clients. Contact us today to get started.

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Melanie Berman - Program Director

msberman@uada.edu

  • Over 15 years of experience in the field of community and economic development.
  • 7 years of experience as a Project Manager of federally funded cooperative agreements.
  • Over 3 years of experience as an Awards Officer of federally funded grants and contracts.
  • Regional Director for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.
  • Lifelong public servant, former Peace Corps and AmeriCorps member.
  • Current member of the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, promoting cultural and economic development opportunities within the state of Arkansas.
  • MPA, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • B.A., Mass Communications, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
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Savanna George - Program Technician

sgeorge@uada.edu

  • Over 3 years of case management experience
  • Over 5 years of public service experience and program development
  • MPS, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
  • B.S., Social Work, Harding University
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Tim Hicks - Procurement Counselor

thicks@uada.edu

  • 21-year veteran, United States Air Force (USAF)
  • Certified VA-Verification Assistance Counselor (VAC)
  • Former Arkansas Department of Finance (DFA) Office of State Procurement Specialist
  • Vendor of the Year, Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP)
  • State of Arkansas licensed teacher, with over 12 years in education, presented training on local, state, national and international levels
  • M.S., Operational Management, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • B.S., Criminal Justice Administration, Park University
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Tierra Hutley - Procurement Counselor

thutley@uada.edu

  • Seven years experience writing and evaluating bid solicitations for public and private entities
  • Five years experience as the Procurement Manager at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Served for three years as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Arkansas chapter of NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement 
  • MPA, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Kim Magee

Kim Magee - Outreach Coordinator

kmagee@uada.edu
501-671-2081

Available to speak to:

• Business Owners
• Chambers of Commerce
• Civic Groups
• Community Leaders
• Elected Officials
• Economic Developers
• Anyone who is interested in learning about Arkansas PTAC, the services we provide and the potential benefits PTAC offers to businesses and local economies.

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Kimberly Randle - Procurement Counselor

krandle@uada.edu

  • Over 13 years of experience in community engagement, governmental affairs and economic development across multi-state regions.
  • Over 14 years of foundation, non-profit and philanthropic leadership at the local, state, and national level.
  • 10-year tenure serving the citizens of Arkansas as central staff for the Arkansas General Assembly.
  • University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture LeadAR Class 16 graduate.
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. 

 

 

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