Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
John Hale III is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Department of Energy, reporting directly to the Office of the Secretary. In this role, Hale advocates for small businesses including small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and Historically Underutilized Business Zone businesses.
Nickolas (Nick) is the DOE Small Business Goals and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOB) point of contact. Nick has been in Federal procurement since 1981 as a Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer, Senior Procurement Analyst, and a member of the FAR Council.
Kent is the DOE Subcontract-Goals and HUBZone point of contact. Kent is not new to DOE his journey began in 1991, as a Budget Analyst in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). While at DOE, Kent moved on to serve as a Program Analyst and Special Investigator for the DOE Office of Hearings and Appeals, resolving cases involving legal claims of businesses and educational organizations of various sizes.
LaTonya is the DOE Mentor-Protégé Program Manager and 8(a) Program point of contact. Major accomplishment(s), in current position, include development, issuance and implementation of the Department of Energy first Small Business First Policy issued December 14, 2012; and development and implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the OSBU and the Minority Business Development Agency. The MOU was developed to increase small business utilization at DOE.