The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Chuck Spence, Program Director of the Utah PTAC, has been elected as Region 9 Director of the Association. APTAC’s Region 9 encompasses the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. He was sworn in at APTAC’s annual membership meeting on April 10, 2017 and will serve until April 2019. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
Spence began with the Utah PTAC in 2005, serving as Deputy Director for 11 years prior to assuming the position of Program Director. He previously served as APTAC Region 9 Director from 2011–2014, at which time he was elected President-Elect, proceeding from there to serve one-year terms as President and Immediate Past-President. Spence was also the President of the Utah Supplier Development Council for four years (2008-2011). He has earned the respect and admiration of numerous CEO’s and business executives for his tireless effort to assist and facilitate business opportunities for his clients in the complex world of government contracting and been officially recognized for his exemplary work by receiving four “Letters of Excellence” from former Governor/Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., and current Governor Gary Herbert.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. These PTACs, located across the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam) help local businesses become capable government contractors, on the belief that a broad base of small business suppliers provides the highest quality and best value to our government agencies and at the same time creates a strong and vibrant economic base for our communities. They assist small businesses by offering training events, bid-matching services, one-on-one sessions with a procurement counselor, notification of important contracting changes, help with understanding government contracting procedures and requirements, guidance in registering with the federal government, and much more. They assist government agencies by locating and educating the contractors and potential contractors which can provide the products and services they need.
APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them critical updates on the ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies; comprehensive training opportunities and certification to ensure that PTAC staff can bring the highest level of capability to their work; networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise; and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas. The work of APTAC is carried out by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are procurement professionals employed by member PTACs, and supported by a small administrative staff.