Meet the Primes Conference

Meet the Primes


Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Room | April 11, 2023 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Presented by
Hawaii Defense Alliance 150 x150
Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism Logo

A Forum on Subcontracting

It is anticipated that the Department of Defense will spend over $2 billion on work in Hawaii in 2023-2024. To meet the requirements of federal regulations and team with small businesses, large prime and sub-prime contractors are anxious to work with local small businesses. This conference is designed for those local small businesses to hear directly from large prime contractors about upcoming local projects, with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with prime contractors, federal contracting offices, and local resource partners. It is also a chance to network with other local small business on defense contracting.


7:00 – 8:00Exhibitor set-up
8:00 – 8:15Welcome remarks and acknowledgment of sponsors

Gen. Mark Hashimoto, USMC INDOPACOM
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8:15 – 9:15Strategies Around Government Contracting

Ryan Kanda, Deputy Director, NAVSUP OSBP
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Jayme Nagao, Deputy Director, NAVFAC Pacific OSBP
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Ailie Souriolle, Director, PACAF Small Business Program
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9:15 – 9:45DoD Insights from NAVFAC

CAPT Cameron J. Geertsema, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC Hawaii
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9:45 – 10:15DoD Insights from Army Corps

LTC Ryan Pevey, District Commander, US Army Corp of Engineers
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10:15 – 10:30Break
10:30 – 12:00Large Contractors Panel

Julie Hong, Indo-Pacific Operations Director, Jacobs
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Maurice Anstead, DMI and Army Markets Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
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Neal Faradineh, Business Development Director-INDOPACOM, Peraton
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Dry Dock V

CAPT Stephen T Padhi, Commanding Officer, NAVFAC PACIFIC
Gerry Majkut, President, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Cedric Ota, Vice President, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Martin Lessard, Vice President, Dragados
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12:00 – 12:45Lunch
12:45 – 1:45Navy OSBP presentation
Arveice Washington, Deputy Director, DoN OSBP
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1:45 – 2:00Break
2:00 – 5:00One-on-one meetings
(Concurrent with the below presentations)
2:00 – 3:00SBA/PTAC/SBDC presentation

Hazel Beck, Deputy District Director, SBA
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Cynthia Yamasaki, Oahu Center Director, SBDC
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Micolas Ogawa, Counselor, PTAC
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3:00 – 3:15Break
3:15 – 4:15Small Business Success Stories

Lia Young Hunt, President, Goldwings Supply Service
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Christine Lanning, President, IST
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Kat Mashima, President, Mashima Electric
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Cariann Ah Loo, President, Nakupuna Services
4:15 – 4:30Hawaii Defense Alliance Update

Jason Chung, VP Military Affairs Council, COCH
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4:30 – 5:00Closing remarks
5:00 – 7:00Networking Social