2016 Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award Announced at APTAC Annual Meeting

May 20, 2016

Sandra Ledbetter Recognized for National Leadership and Service

Source: APTAC, May 10, 2016Betty (2)

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Sandra Ledbetter, Government Sales Advisor for the Central Massachusetts Area Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), has been elected Secretary of the Association and honored with APTAC’s Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award.  She was sworn in – and presented the award – at APTAC’s annual awards ceremony on April 6, 2016.  APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.

Ledbetter has over 30 years of business development experience, specializing in the government marketplace. Prior to joining the Massachusetts SBDC Network PTAC, she spent several years as a Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) for a prime contractor, after having served for nearly 15 years as Director of the Southwest Michigan PTAC. She holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in biology and an Associate Contracting Assistance Specialist Certification from APTAC.

An APTAC member since 1986, Ledbetter has been a passionate, dedicated volunteer and leader.  She took the helm of the association’s Membership Committee in 2003, playing an instrumental role in shaping membership policies and services.  She joined APTAC’s Board as Region 1 Director in 2009, a post she held until her election as Secretary.  But her service to APTAC has gone well beyond the responsibilities of these specific positions, as over the years she has enthusiastically contributed behind the scenes to association policy debates, countless special initiatives, and as a mentor and friend to colleagues across the country.  In 2009, she was recognized for this service as an APTAC Fellow, and this year received APTAC’s highest honor, the Betty McDonald Outstanding Member Achievement Award.

Betty McDonald was a founder and the first President of APTAC (then known as the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialists). This award, named in her honor, recognizes a significant contribution and deep commitment not just to the procurement profession, but to the APTAC organization and its members.

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.

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