Scrapbook - 2006/2007
Jerry Gabig is named Professional of the Year
by the NCMA Huntsville Chapter

Jerome (Jerry) Gabig was presented as the NCMA Huntsville Chapter's 2007 Professional of Year on June 28 at the annual awards dinner sponsored by the Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS). In attendance at the dinner were Jerry, Debbie Gerrity, Steve Hancock, and Doyle McBride.

Jerry Gabig receives certificate from the President of HATS

Steve Hancock and Debbie Gerrity joined Jerry at the HATS Dinner

Jerry Gabig was selected by the chapter for his outstanding contributions toward the education of the Government contracting workforce. He is recognized as an expert in his field, particularly in the area of Government Contract Law. Jerry is a NCMA Fellow and a Delaney Award Winner. He practices law in Huntsville, assisting local, national and international clients on matters involving government contracts. He has offered his expertise to NCMA by leading some educational events, teaching a seminar and was also instrumental in coordinating the joint luncheon with the bar association, providing our organization with revenue to support our overall mission. Additionally, Jerry has published articles in NCMA's national publications, Contract Management Magazine and the National Contract Management Journal. In fact, he was on the NCMJ staff for several years. Not only have these articles provided a better understanding of the subject matter, but they also have contributed to our chapter's success in winning national awards over the past few years. Jerry is a valuable member of the NCMA Huntsville Chapter, and he is an asset to the Government contracting community at the local, regional and national levels.
Article by Joe Hidalgo Published in
Contract Management Magazine

In case you missed it, an article by our own Joe Hidalgo was published in the June 2007 issue of Contract Management Magazine. The idea for the article, entitled “IDIQ Contracts and Fixed Rate Orders – a Performance Based Approach,” was actually born out of one of the chapter’s first CART meetings. It’s a “must read” if you do any business using this contracting methodology – on either side of the table. Many of you will recognize the reference to the SMDC SETAC contract as an example of “best practices.” Joe is a past chapter president of the Huntsville Chapter and an NCMA Fellow. You can read the article by following the link below:

Chapter Awards Presented at June 7 Meeting

On June 7, the NCMA Huntsville Chapter held its annual awards meeting at the Huntsville Museum of Art. After a social hour to enjoy the food and drink provided by the chapter, the program began with installation of officers for the new program year. Joe Hidalgo, past president and NCMA Fellow, performed the installation ceremony.

Next, Randy Centanni presented a number of special awards for outstanding contributions to the chapter during the 2006-2007 program year. Intergraph was named Company of the Year for the support provided by Patricia Bahr and her staff on the education committee and the small business committee. Jerry Gabig was named Professional of the Year for his contribution to education by teaching seminars and publishing articles in his area of expertise of Contract Law. The Paula Cushman Membership Award went to Julie Andrzejewski for her years of dedication and hard work for the chapter. Kathy Manning received the Dr. Len Winter Volunteer Award for her contributions toward the success of a number of chapter education events. The President's Award was given to Sandy Allbee for her outstanding service on the hospitality committee. Rokichia Haywood was the recipient of the Officer's Award for her hard work this past year as the Chapter Treasurer. Finally, the Denis Pelham Exemplary Service Award went to Tim Cole for her remarkable leadership in making the Small Business Conference a huge success.

New officers are installed for the 2007-2008 program year

Doyle McBride thanks Randy Centanni for his service as president

Randy then recognized last year's officers in attendance including Mike Bond, Debbie Gerrity, and Leigh Losset. He also recognized those committee chairs in attendance for their contributions including Sharon Mueller-Myers of the BRAC Committee, Patricia Vail of the Programs Committee, Doug Hawkins of the Education Committee, Steve Hancock of the Small Business Committee, and Brad Atkins of the Awards Committee. Special recognition was given to Larry Crowson of the NEAR Small Business Development Center for his contribution toward the success of the Small Business Conference. Randy also thanked all the past officers and committee members who weren't able to attend for their contributions. A special gift was provided to Denise Pelham for her work on the website and event registration that is so critical to the chapter's success.

After presentation of awards, Doyle McBride, incoming president, presented Randy Centanni with an engraved clock as a token of the chapter's appreciation for his outstanding work during his year as president. After Doyle provided a brief synopsis of the plans for the coming year (see President's Message), the meeting was adjourned.

Attendees enjoy good food and conversation at the awards event

The Museum of Art provided a great venue to cap off a wonderful year

Intergraph employees Steve Hancock, Doug Hawkins, and Kathy Manning accept the Company of the Year Award

Jerry Gabig is named NCMA’s Professional of the Year

Julie Andrzejewski receives the Paula Cushman Membership Award

The Len Winter Volunteer Award is given to Kathy Manning

Sandy Allbee is given the President’s Award

Larry Crowson of the NEAR SBDC gets special recognition

Sharon Mueller-Myers and Brad Atkins are recognized for their service

Jan Lasater recognized for her contributions on Certification Committee

Patricia Vail provided wonderful support on the Programs Committee
Huntsville Chapter Members Participate in
NCMA Annual Leadership Summit
On June 22 and 23, Doyle McBride, Kim Waugh, and Sandy Allbee traveled to New Orleans to participate in the Sixth Annual NCMA Leadership Summit. Doyle is this year's Chapter President, Kim is the Chapter Treasurer, and Sandy is the chapter's sponsored participant in NCMA's Leadership Development Program. (click here for more information about LDP).

The meeting is conducted by the national leadership of NCMA and the NCMA Headquarters staff. This year, about 120 chapter leaders from the United States and Canada participated. The purpose of the two-day summit is to provide chapter leaders with the tools and skills they need to build and manage a successful chapter. The objectives of the event are to help participants become better chapter leaders, to develop personal leadership skills, to connect with peers from across the country, and to receive training on fundamental national and chapter operations.

The agenda for the summit included several nationally-know speakers, three town-hall sessions with the NCMA Board of Directors, numerous networking opportunities, and breakout sessions that focused on specific topics of interest to chapter leaders. These breakout sessions covered topics such as:
  • How to build your annual plan and budget
  • How to retain and reinstate members
  • How to conduct a National Education Seminar
  • How to conduct a certification study group
  • How to start up and mentor a student chapter
While these workshops were certainly helpful, the best benefit of the summit was the opportunity to talk to other chapter leaders from across the country to see what they are doing in their contract management communities. We left the summit with a number of great ideas that we hope to implement at the Huntsville Chapter to make us stronger with programs that are even more beneficial to the membership. You will see these ideas unfold in the coming weeks of this new program year.

These leadership summits are held each summer and the chapter pays for attendance by two or three members. If you would like to become a leader in the Huntsville Chapter, participating in these summits is a great way to learn about how NCMA works and to sharpen your leadership skills. Not only will you be better able to help the chapter, but you make connections all over the country that can be beneficial both personally and professionally.

Sandy Allbee makes friends from across the country through NCMA's Leadership Development Program (LDP)

Kim Waugh (center) reunites with other members of her LDP class
North Alabama Small Business Conference was a Huge Success
Thursday, May 3, 2007
by Doyle McBride
On May 3, the NCMA Chapter, along with HASBAT and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), hosted the North Alabama Small Business Conference at the VBC. The conference was one of the most successful events in history of the Chapter. We had nearly 270 participants for the all-day activities and over 360 attendees at lunch. To top it off, well over 100 matchmaking appointments were conducted in the afternoon.

The day started with 12 different sessions that included topics such as how to do business with NASA, MDA, AMCOM, SMDC, and US ACE. Other sessions explained DCAA requirements for small businesses, how to protect intellectual property, and earned value management. A very large crowd enjoyed our luncheon speaker, Ms. Tracey Pinson, the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization for the Secretary of the Army. Finally, after a 1-hour general networking session, the SBDC conducted the matchmaking portion of the event where small business owners had the opportunity to meet Government agency and large business representatives in 15-minute, face-to-face meetings. The entire conference was well-received by small and large business representatives from North Alabama and from all over the country. We had participants from as far away as Washington state.

This event was organized by the Chapter's Small Business Committee and headed by Tim Cole. The Committee has been working on the project since August 2006, and the results were astounding. The Chapter would like to thank all the committee members, the volunteers that helped on the day of the event, the companies and organizations that sponsored the conference, and all of the agency and company representatives who participated in the breakout and matchmaking sessions. We would especially like to thank Ms. Pinson for taking time from her busy schedule to provide our keynote address.

Volunteers from Intergraph register early.

The registration table is ready for the big crowd.

Ms. Pinson chats with Committee members Mary Griffith and Tim Cole.

Participants enjoy dessert during the after-lunch networking session.

Conference presentations:

NCMA World Congress Was Well Attended by the Huntsville Chapter
by Doyle McBride
At least 20 members of the Huntsville Chapter attended NCMA's World Congress in Dallas from April 22 through April 25. Among the local companies represented were Intergraph, Westar, Gleason Research, and Qualis. Joe Hidalgo of Sparta attended as the winner of the Chapter's membership contest, and Kim Waugh of Westar attended as the Chapter's first graduate of NCMA's Leadership Development Program.

World Congress continues to get better and better. The Dallas event included a number of nationally-known speakers and industry leaders such as Helen Greiner, founder of iRobot Corporation, and Michael Wynne, Secretary of the Air Force. The 3-day event included over 100 sessions on a variety of topics affecting our industry. Most of the presentations are posted on if you want to learn more about the topics covered. There were also ample opportunities to network with contract professionals from all over the world. The next World Congress will be held in April 2008 in Cincinnati, so start making your plans to attend.

Luncheons provided opportunities for chapter members to network

Joe Hidalgo, Steve Hancock, and Kim Waugh chat between sessions.
We Have a Winner!
by Debbie Gerrity
I am very pleased to announce that the winner of this year's "NCMA Huntsville Chapter Membership Contest" is our own Joe Hidalgo.

This year our contest provided incentives for participation in chapter activities. Joe accumulated the most points in the contest through his attendance at many of our luncheons, C.A.R.T. meetings and educational events. This year's prize is a trip to the NCMA World Congress to take place April 22-25th, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.

Joe is presently the Manager, Contract Services supporting Huntsville, Alabama Offices of SPARTA.

A retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Joe served various positions of leadership and responsibility in contract management while on active duty to include Chief positions at the U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt, Honduras and Targets PMO at Redstone Arsenal. Joe also served as a Contract Specialist in the Hellfire PMO and Contracting Officer with Lab and Base Support during tours at Redstone.

Joe has over 20 years experience in contract management with the public and private sectors. Prior to joining SPARTA, he was with The Boeing Company and McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

Mr. Hidalgo has been a member of the Huntsville NCMA Chapter for over 15 years. He is presently serving on the Chapter's Advisory Committee. Prior to that, he served in a myriad of leadership positions to include National Vice President, South Eastern Region 2003-2004, Chapter President 2000-2001 and Treasurer 1998-1999, to name a few.

Joe is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and a Fellow mentoring our Chapter.

While Joe's attendance was impressive this year we had many members who were very close in the running. Although Joe walked away with the grand prize all of our members have won in the professional growth they achieved in participation in our Chapters activities, sponsorships, our quality guest speakers and outstanding training sessions.

Your participation and volunteerism make our chapter the standard for others to follow. Although this years contest has come to a conclusion I challenge each of you to volunteer, participate in the coming year's events and take advantage of the outstanding opportunities which our chapter has to offer as we embark on yet another promising year.
Luncheon - February 27, 2007
Speaker: Mark Lumer
Principal Assistant, Contracting
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Huntsville Chapter
Helps Make a Dream Come True!
By Jeannie Brooks
On February 14, 2007, 35 complete hygiene packs or Dream Packs and several bags of extras (toothbrushes, soap, etc.) were delivered for use in the Circle Project. One of the recipient schools is Madison Cross Roads in Toney, Alabama. You may not realize it, but of the 924 students in this school, 60 percent live below the poverty level. Yes, this school was very excited to receive our donation.

Huntsville Chapter members and friends who made a difference by contributing to this project include:
Cash Donations
Bill Wahlheim (Westar)
Emmet McClellan (Westar)
John Lewis (Westar)
Bill Braddy (Westar)
Debbie Agarwal (NCMA/Westar)
Item Donations
Jeannie Brooks (NCMA/Westar)
Kim Waugh (NCMA/Westar)
Beth Wilt (Westar)
Becky O’Shields (NCMA/Westar)
Joyce Vest (Westar)
Stephanie Worley (Westar)
Doyle McBride (Colsa)
Victoria Ingram (Westar)

Madison Cross Roads School is in need of more than just Dream Packs. If you’d like to help meet the needs of their students and their families, please consider donating coats, shoes, socks, soup, canned meats, peanut butter, or diapers. Please contact Jeannie brooks at

The Chapter’s next community project will be March 15, 2006. We will be helping the national Children’s Advocacy Center stuff totes for their upcoming center. Look for more information soon.
NES 2007 Was a Success
February 1, 2007
Despite the foul weather that resulted in a condensed schedule, the 2007National Education Seminar (NES) on February 1 was a success. The annual NES is one of the primary sources of funding for our chapter, so we want to thank each of the participants, and especially the organizations that sent multiple attendees.

The topic of the NES was Performance Based Acquisition and the presenter was Mr. Charles Rumbaugh. Many of you are familiar with Mr. Rumbaugh through his Regulatory Update Newsletter. If you're not on distribution, visit his website at Based on the evaluation forms, the attendees found the seminar content meaningful, and Mr. Rumbaugh received high marks for being both informative and entertaining as he "breathed relevance" into a topic that many people find difficult to apply to their day-to-day activities.

Please remember that our local chapter is an all-volunteer group, and we are always looking for members to participate in the planning and implementation of our programs. We are here to serve the membership, so please contact any of the officers or board members if you want to volunteer or if you have suggestions for improvement. You can find contact information on our website at

Speaking of volunteers, we want to thank all the folks on the board who helped make this event a success. Special thanks to Sandy Allbee for venue arrangements, Patricia Bahr for presentation setup, Rokichia Haywood and Leigh Losset for event sign-in, Debbie Gerrity for name badges, and Denise Pelham for registration, email notification, certificate printing, and website maintenance.

Charles Rumbaugh explains the basics of PBA

The Intergraph group and others discuss a case study

Everyone is engrossed in a class exercise

This group has found the solution

Steve Hancock and Charles Rumbaugh discuss matter over lunch
Luncheon - January 18, 2007
Speaker: Lee Rosenberg
MDA Office Of Small Business Programs
Click here for a copy of the presentation.

NCMA Members Come Through for Christmas Charities
Thanks to the generosity of Huntsville Chapter members, twenty five stockings were delivered to Christmas Charities on December 4 to help underprivileged children in our area have a Merry Christmas. The gifts included everything from crayons and hair bows to bicycles and Barbie houses. The following NCMA "elves" contributed to the cause:
Kim Waugh
Jeannie Brooks
Debbie Agarwal
Kim Mason
Angie Swinford
Becky O'Shields
Debbie Gerrity
Pam Crook
Amanda Zimmerman
Chris Hancock
Brad Atkins
Taraysha Draper
Rob Calahan
Doyle McBride
Kathy Manning
Patricia Bahr
Jay Billings
Thanks to Jeannie Brooks and Kim Waugh of Westar for coordinating this project.

HATS Holiday Party is a Big Success
December 7, 2006
If you missed the HATS holiday party on December 7, you missed a great opportunity to enjoy some good food and casual conversation with fellow NCMA members and folks from other HATS member organizations. Even though it was a frigid night outside, the Botanical Garden's Arbor Hall was warm and cozy, and festively decorated for the holidays. Thanks to Cristina Hinkle of HATS for organizing the event, and thanks to Mike Bond for serving as NCMA's point man.

The Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) is a non-profit association of technical and professional societies in the Huntsville area that is dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering. NCMA is an active member of HATS, and is represented on the HATS Board of Directors by Alfred Modrall, CPCM, Fellow.

Lee Ann Hunt, Herschel and Barbara McFarlen, and Mike Bond sample some of the good food.

Thanks to HATS for providing a nice holiday spread.

Debbie Gerrity and Lee Ann Hunt enjoy the festivities.

Sandy Allbee and Mike Bond look over some of the brochures from HATS organizations.
Intellectual Property Seminar Was Well Attended
December 5, 2006
On Tuesday, December 5, the NCMA Huntsville Chapter conducted a seminar entitled "Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) and Government Contracts." The 2-hour morning seminar was held at the Hilton Gardens Inn, and was taught by local attorney and NCMA member Jerry Gabig. Over 60 people attended the seminar and enjoyed a full country breakfast followed by a primer on IP issues as they relate to Government contracts. As always, Jerry covered the subject very well, drawing on his many years experience on the "front lines."

We want to thank Jerry for teaching the seminar, and we also want to thank Patricia Bahr, Kathy Manning, and the entire education committee for a job well done. As indicated by the number in attendance and the positive comments that followed, the time and location were well received, so be on the look out for more morning seminars in the future. As always, your comments and suggestions regarding NCMA educational opportunities are welcomed. Just contact any of the Chapter officers or education committee members.

Leigh Losset and Debbie Gerrity handle registration.

Kathy Manning and Jerry Gabig get ready to start the seminar.

The big crowd enjoys a hot breakfast on a very cold morning.

Jerry Gabig explains some basics on intellectual property.
Click here for a copy of the presentation.

Seminar - Doing Business with NASA

On October 21, Byron Butler and Steve Beale of the MSFC Procurement Office presented an NCMA-sponsored seminar, “Doing Business with NASA.”

Click here for a copy of the presentation.
Second CART Meeting was held September 13, 2006

The Huntsville Chapter held its second Contract Administrator Round Table (CART) meeting at the SPARTA facility. The turnout wasn't as good as we had hoped, but we still had some good discussions on some new topics. During the one-hour meeting, we discussed the following:

  • How are agency-specific clauses incorporated under GSA schedules
  • Should you expect the same contract terms between two parties when the prime-subcontractor roles are reversed
  • How specific should you be in defining the terms of a teaming agreement
  • How can you meet final deliverables under a contract after the period of performance has ended

  • We just scratched the surface on these topics, but the dialogue was certainly worthwhile. This is proving to be an excellent venue to bring up those perplexing issues that we all face on a daily basis. Please consider attending the next CART meeting on October 18. The more people we have participating, the more we all can learn!

    Message from the President

    by Randy Centanni, Fellow

    Let me take this opportunity to welcome all of our new and returning members to another great year for the Huntsville Chapter of the NCMA. Founded in 1964 and now with 510 members as of July 2006, the Huntsville Chapter has grown to become one of the largest Chapters of the National Contract Management Association!

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    NCMA Holds Board of Directors Kick-off Meeting

    Debbie Agarwal and Kim Waugh enjoy a convivial moment before the 2006-2007 Huntsville NCMA Program Year Kick-Off Meeting.

    Doyle McBride explains ideas that he and Denise Pelham will implement to make the Huntsville NCMA website more user-friendly.

    Joycelyn Williams, Jan Lasater, Rob Calahan, and Katrina Rogers gather for the Italian buffet and to catch up on summer activities.

    Board members listen intently as plans for the 2006-2007 year are outlined.