GARY W. PRITCHETT
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Director of Contracts in the Public Sector charged with the responsibility of leading, mentoring, collaborating and managing a public sector organization seeking and applying world class contracting solutions to Urban and Regional multi-modal transportation growth and development.
Over 29 years’ experience in contract management in the private sector, regional and federal government. Presently, successfully leading a division of the DART Procurement Department as an Assistant Vice President for Procurement. I had a significant leadership role in guiding the development and awarding of the Construction Management at Risk contracts that doubled the amount of DART rail lines. These contracts were in excess of $350 million each. I routinely briefed the DART Board of Directors on matters of procurement policy and contract award and modification actions. I regularly consulted with and was consulted by my peers in the transit industry as well as with (FTA) Federal Transit Agency personnel. I regularly brief the business and professional community of DFW, challenging them to be even better corporate citizens in the way that they do business in the DFW area. Consistently lead in developing more streamlined public procurement processes. I have clearly demonstrated an ability of successfully leading professional groups toward policy goals. During my tenure at DART, in recognition of these skills and leadership abilities was elected as the Chairman of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Materials Management Sub-Committee.
General Services Administration
CONTRACT SPECIALIST 2016-2016
Responsible for operations and management and services and janitorial/custodial services for all federal buildings in central California and Nevada
THE ARCANUM GROUP
CONTRACT SPECIALIST 2013-2015
Responsible for construction task order support for facilities operations and management contracts in conjunction with Department of Defense Commissaries, and various Federal Agencies supported by GSA.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit
ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, CONTRACTS AND MATERIAL CONTROL 2009-2012
Manages Contracts and Material control branches. Responsible for briefing Board of Directors on all contract actions (Construction/Project Management, Professional Services, Services, and Commodities) responsible for the largest, most complex, and formal procurement actions within the Authority. Supports all MARTA customers, implements Authority (Board of Directors/senior management staff) policies and directives, and applied knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure timely, effective, and responsive procurement, at a fair and reasonable price, of all construction, professional services, services (other than professional services), and project management required to accomplish the MARTA mission. Ensured that all actions conformed to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and Authority procedures.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONAL CONTRACTS 2003 –2009
As Assistant Vice President I was a key team member in the DART Light Rail build-outs into different areas of North Texas. I was responsible for the creation and administration of A&E, Construction-at-Risk and Design-Build contracts in support of these efforts.
In the position of Assistant Vice President of Operational Contracts, I served as the Co-Chairman of DART’s Change Control Board.
I led and managed four sections within the Department of Procurement (Construction/Project Management, Professional Services, Services, and Commodities) responsible for the largest, most complex, and formal procurement actions within the Authority. Supported all internal DART customers, implements Authority (Board of Directors/senior management staff) policies and directives, and applied knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure timely, effective, and responsive procurement, at a fair and reasonable price, of all construction, professional services, services (other than professional services), and project management required to accomplish the DART mission. Ensured that all actions conform to applicable laws, regulations, policies, and Authority procedures.
INTERIM ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONAL CONTRACTS 2002-2003
Managed three sections within the Department of Procurement (Project Management & Miscellaneous Construction, Services, Commodities, and Professional Services sections). Responsible for the largest, most complex, formal procurement actions within the Authority.
CONTRACTS SUPERVISOR 2001 –2002
Supervised assigned Contract Specialists, contract personnel and other personnel working within either the Projects Management/Miscellaneous Construction or Commodities and Services Division under the senior manager. Provided leadership and team direction for professional contract administration to include procurement planning and requirements identification, solicitation, award and contract administration.
CONTRACT SPECIALIST 2001 – 2001
Conducted and administered procurements to meet the recurring needs of DART for a wide variety of goods, services and rail related projects. Managed contracts ranging from $25,000 up to $200,000,000
Coordinated system procurements requiring multiple solicitations with responses for plans, schedules, and negotiation strategies.
Prepared and developed pre-contract planning including clarification of requirements, specifications and schedules for DART's most complex procurements. Analyzed requirements and selected contract type including terms and conditions. Coordinated with other DART functional areas to facilitate procurements.
Developed solicitations in accordance with DART's Procurement Regulations and Procedures Manual and other requirements of Federal, State, and local laws.
Conducted pre-bid/pre-proposal conferences with suppliers. Conducted bid openings, reviewed and evaluated bids and/or offers in coordination with departmental technical representatives.
Liaison with DART and technical department or with industry contacts. Acted as an official spokesperson regarding contract matters for DART.
Planned and conducted negotiations and served as the negotiation team leader for assigned procurements. Prepared contract documents and coordinated award of contract. Made recommendation for award/no award of contracts.
Maintained responsibility for the development of pre-negotiation position, when appropriate, served as chairperson on the technical evaluation of proposals and plans. Controlled discussions with offerors and documented all discussions.
Managed contract administration from inception through final closeout which included: monitoring the contractor activities to ensure compliance with the provisions of the contract; acting as liaison with the contractor and the DART technical staff; approving payments, contract interpretation, resolution of disputes; modifications and change-order actions as necessary; maintained complete files and current contract status; initiated default or termination actions or instituted negotiation procedures.
Closed out contracts including obtaining appropriate releases, acceptance certificates, warranties and disposition of retained payments. Performed self-audits as assigned for contract and solicitation files.
Performed other duties as assigned.
Fleet Boston (formerly BankBoston) 1998 – 2000
Responsibilities included pricing of common and preferred stock, private stock, options, bonds, commercial paper, mutual funds, foreign stocks and bonds.
Metcalf & Eddy 1997 – 1998
SENIOR SUB-CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR
Responsible for the contract formation and administration cost-plus fixed fee sub-contracts for the consolidated sewage outflow project with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
Administered the full spectrum of sub-contract administrator functions including: negotiating terms, preparing subcontract modifications, resolving disputes, supporting new business proposal efforts, risk analysis, due diligence, review and correction of vouchers before forwarding for payment.
Timely prepared and negotiated confidentiality agreements enabling successful submission of prime contracts for international joint ventures.
United States Air Force 1972 – 1996
SUPERVISORY CONTRACTING OFFICER and CHIEF of CONSTRUCTION and ARCHITECTURAL & ENGINEERING SERVICES BRANCH (1989 – 1996)
Held an Unlimited Contracting Officers warrant. Responsible for the training and oversight of 17 contract specialists performing the full spectrum of contracting actions on different contract types from pre-solicitation through contract close out utilizing my expert knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and its supplements.
Established an in-house training program for my staff, which was adopted as a model for the entire Directorate.
Created with the Chief of Engineering and Design a Strategic Business Plan which insured seamless integration of processes required between procurement and Engineering to support the Master planning goals for Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
Drafted regional contracting policy guidance for operational contracting units resulting in new and improved processes.
Settled contract disputes sometimes using alternative dispute resolutions, thereby saving thousands of dollars per case in court cost.
Testified before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals resulting in successful litigation of appeals to the board.
Modified annual performance reports to reflect goals of the unit, which resulted in significant improvement in meeting unit goals.
CONTRACT SPECIALIST (1983 – 1989)
Responsible for soliciting, awarding, administrating and closing out of blanket purchase orders, blanket purchase agreements, request for quotations, request for proposals and invitations to bid.
Timely and accurately performed solicitations and pre-award actions resulting in receiving commodities when and where needed.
Performed all administrative actions on different contract types resulting in avoiding disputes, timely payments and on time delivery.
AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SCHEDULER (1979 – 1983)
Responsible for scheduling aircraft through the entire maintenance cycle. Coordinated maintenance schedules with operational requirements and published weekly and monthly combined maintenance/ operations schedules.
UNITED STATES AIRFORCE RECRUITER (1977 – 1978)
Responsible for the successful recruitment of eligible applicants into the United States Air Force. This was a “Special Duty” assignment for which I was “hand selected”.
AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (1972 – 1977)
Responsible for managing all ground maintenance functions on assigned aircraft.
B.S., Business Administration, Park College (now Park University), Parkville, MO
A.S., Contract Management, Community College of the Air Force, Gunther, AL
Defense Contract Specialist
Defense Contract Administration
Defense Cost and Price Analysis
Post Award Contract Administration
Base Contract Administration
Management of Defense Acquisition Contracts
Government Contract Law
Executive Contract Administration
Executive Small Purchase
Defense Contract Negotiation
Task Order Contracting
United States Air Force (1972 – 1996) Retired
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Dallas – Board of Directors
National Contract Managers Association (NCMA)
Member, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
Chairman, APTA Material Management Sub Committee
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce Member
African Chamber of Commerce Member (Dallas Chapter)
Council of Minority Transportation Organization Member (Dallas Chapter)
Department of Defense (DAWIA) certified Acquisition Level II and Procurement Level II
PAST COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTS
Republican Party Nominee for the Great and General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2000)
Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer (CASA)
District Chairman, Neponsit Valley Boys Scouts of America
Vice Chairman, Parker Hill-Fenway Area Planning and Action Counsel
Treasurer, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors
Member, Mission Hill Tenants Association (elected)
Member Boston Housing Authority Tenant Task Force
Founder, the Charles Neighborhood Association
Tutor, elementary school students thru Charles Street AME Church
Usher, Charles Street AME Church
Volunteered with a non profit entity to establish State funding for the creation of Carpenter Point Senior Housing Development in Dallas TX
Current as of June 2018