“The Evolving State of Federal Contractor Bid Protests”

“The Evolving State of Federal Contractor Bid Protests”

Orange County Chapter meeting on December 7

Bid protests are a critical facet of the federal procurement process and ensure that the government’s procurement decisions are rendered lawfully. Protests ensure that contractors competing for federal contracts are evaluated fairly and in accordance with the solicitation and the FAR. As the budgets of certain federal agencies shrink, the bid protest process becomes an especially important tool for contractors in pursuing or maintaining existing federal work. Bid protests remain equally important for Department of Defense procurements, where spending appears likely to remain strong.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, December 7, 7:30–9:00am, when Richard Oliver, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, a leading authority on government contracts and disputes involving the Department of Defense and civilian agencies, will describe recent developments in government contract bid protests, including the impact of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016, which have greatly impacted the ability of government contractors to pursue bid protests on task order awards.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

“Are Drones the New First Responders?”

“Are Drones the New First Responders?”

Orange County Chapter meeting on November 2

We all recognize that first responders have a challenging and vital role. They are called to respond to multiple incidents simultaneously, with little to no advance notice, and often to remote locations where time is a critical component of situation evaluation and mitigation.

Flying Lion was formed to address these challenges, offering Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Departments on-demand rapid aerial assessment and imaging services with remotely operated copters with built in HD and infrared cameras. “Eyes on the Scene” applications include emergency response, active shooter, SWAT, fire, crowd observation, natural disasters, search and special events.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, November 2, 7:30–9:00am, when Barry Brennan, Founder and President of Flying Lion will discuss the company’s role with public safety, a brief history of UAS, the current FAA requirements, and the future of UAS.

You will find this to be an interesting look at how technology is being integrated to significantly enhance public safety and the capability of first responders, and maybe see opportunities for technology integration by your company.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

“How to break into the OEMs and Tier 1s as a small business”

“How to break into the OEMs and Tier 1s as a small business”

Orange County Chapter meeting on October 5

Westworld Associates was formed in 1978 by a retired executive from Lockheed. The primary purpose was to provide sales and marketing services to companies with a desire to expand their customer base as well as to grow their current customer base within the US aerospace and defense industries.

The idea was to offer a cost-effective alternative to exploring new opportunities within the US aerospace and defense industries.

The company works directly with their clients to help develop sales and marketing plans with a focus on target customers, programs, key decision makers and execution strategies.

Today the team at Westworld Associates continues to provide support in the development of sales and marketing plans with the inclusion of certain markets in Europe and Asia.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, October 5, 7:30– 9:00am, when Robbie Robinson, CEO of Westworld Associates will discuss the company’s approach to penetrating new customers within the US, European and Asian aerospace markets with a focus on the aerostructures segment of the industry.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

“We Need Growth”

“We Need Growth”

Orange County Chapter meeting on August 3

Why are major systems OEMs like Rockwell Collins and SAFRAN moving to acquire B/E and Zodiac Aerospace, respectively, when there appear to be so few synergies between them?

The answer is GROWTH. With the extremely long program cycles for new aircraft programs, OEMs struggle to grow. Every new platform program becomes a “Must Win”. So what are some of the big differences in these adjacent spaces in the overall aerospace market and what makes the interiors businesses so attractive….and challenging! What must both acquirers do to successfully create value in these market spaces? What can derail these deals?

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, August 3, 7:30– 9:00am, when Jeffrey Johnston, President & CEO, Desser Holdings, will discuss the stark differences in these segments of the aerospace market, why they are attractive, and what makes them so challenging.

The meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

“What’s Your Supply Chain IQ?”

“What’s Your Supply Chain IQ?”

Orange County Chapter meeting on June 1

As the industry continues to enter into the 2nd Golden Age of Aviation, how are you preparing your business, and what steps are you taking to ensure you’re a part of the future supply chain ecosystem? You might be surprised how that future ecosystem might look, and what steps you should be taking today.

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, June 1, 7:30– 9:00am, when Dustin Tillman, CEO, Elite Aerospace Group will describe what he sees and how he is preparing his company to thrive in that future.

Free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and Verify.

Re-inventing and Building a Business for Greater Customer Value and Financial Growth

“Re-inventing and Building a Business for Greater Customer Value and Financial Growth”

Orange County Chapter meeting on May 4

Join us in Irvine on Thur, May 4, 7:30– 9:00am, when Brian Williams, CEO, AIP Aerospace, will cover the transformation of the company from a U.S.-focused tooling-only business (short backlog/capital intensive) into a global provider of integration systems and automated products (long backlog/less capital) with highly differentiated tooling capabilities that advantage the integration business. The discussion will focus on the development and communication of strategic intent, organizational ‘make vs. buy’ considerations, the financial and strategic evaluation of acquisition targets, and the integration of heritage and newly acquired businesses.

Free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“How to Professionally Manage A&D Projects”

“How to Professionally Manage A&D Projects”

Orange County Chapter meeting on April 6

Parker Aerospace has endeavored to significantly improve project and program execution performance across the organization ($2.3B in sales, 7 major divisions, and 38 worldwide locations). In this light, the organization has established a Program Management Office that is focused on people, processes, tools and execution performance to drive a competitive advantage in our market space.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, April 6, 7:30– 9:00am PDT, when Barry Draskovich,
Group Vice President of Program and Contract Management, Parker Aerospace, will discuss the PMO approach, focusing mainly on human resource factors including structure, competencies, key success factors and results to date that resulted in being recognized as a finalist for the PMI 2016 PMO of the Year award.

Meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

“How to Defend Against Economic Espionage”

Orange County Chapter meeting on March 2

You’ve taken all the recommended cybersecurity actions. You have secured ITAR areas. And you welcome tours by potential global customers and suppliers to show off your unique capabilities. Did you know that you could be losing valuable IP just by granting permission to “may I touch”?

Join us in Irvine on Thursday, March 2, 7:30–9:00am PDT, when we will screen a film produced by the FBI followed by comments by FBI Special Agent Cheny Mak.

Economic espionage is real and securing the information that makes your corporation relevant is essential for its survival.

Meeting is free for members ($40 non-members). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

“Increasing Your US-Mexico Cross-Border Commerce”

“Increasing Your US-Mexico Cross-Border Commerce”

Orange County Chapter meeting on February 2

Aerospace commerce between the US and Mexico has been continually increasing. The Cluster Aeroespacial De Baja California is a consortium of over 80 aerospace companies with a strong interest in doing business with Southern California.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, Feb 2, 7:30– 9:00am PDT, when Tomas Sibaja, Executive President, Cluster Aeroespacial De Baja California will discuss how Mexico is positioning itself to add value to tiers in the value chain in the US, how to identify potential clients and products/services, the proper channels to reach decision makers, and how perceived political challenges between Mexico and US are potential business opportunities.

If you are interested in increasing your sales, this is a meeting not to be missed.

Meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.

Tour of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology

Tour of FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technologyfutek-building

Orange County Chapter meeting on December 1

With a mindset of “Failure is not an option” and “Quality Culture” FUTEK designs, develops and manufactures Miniature load, Torque, pressure sensors and related instrumentation and software in Irvine California in an effort to provide total solutions for demanding markets such as Aerospace, Avionics, Medtech, Medical & Automation in a state of art facility.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, December 1, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), for a tour of this unique company.

Meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 until Nov 17). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, and Hein & Associates.