SPEAKER

Amanda L. Ray

Procurement and Business Development Manager
Facilities Development & Operations, Business Operations
Palm Beach County

I started with Palm Beach County in 2004 as a Fiscal Specialist with Facilities Development and Operations (FDO), Facilities Management Division. I was given an amazing opportunity to work at the region level where I performed procurement/storeroom functions. This position enabled me to learn the inner workings of FDO and provided me with facilities management type experience. Within two years, I accepted a promotion with the Purchasing Department where I then spent the next 8 years of my career as a Senior Buyer. The Purchasing Department was an exceptional department to work for as it provided me with extensive knowledge on government procurement. As a Senior Buyer, I was the liaison between the user departments and the vendors for purchasing goods and services. In 2014, I accepted a promotion within FDO as the Procurement & Stores Manager. I managed three types of work groups: Contract Evaluators, Procurement Specialists and Storekeepers. All of these positions are responsible for contract management and procuring goods and services at the region level. I recently accepted a new position within FDO as a Procurement and Business Development Manager. This newly created position is responsible for overseeing the procurement, stores and inventory programs for FDO. I am also involved with outreach to the vendor and contractor communities to promote doing business with Palm Beach County and providing information on how to become a registered vendor. I am hopeful with this new position, we are able to simplify the process and provide vendors and contractors with a single point of contact to answer any questions or concerns they may have.

I have been with the County now for over 14 years. My favorite part of working at the County is the amazing colleagues I get to interact with on a daily basis. Working with a great group of people makes work enjoyable and an awesome experience for everyone involved!


WHO WE ARE

The Palm Beach Partners is a coalition of City, County, State and non-profit agencies aligned to maximize economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the South Florida region.
The group includes: South Florida Water Management District, City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, (Office of Small Business Assistance, Department of Airports and Palm Tran), School District of Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Center for Technology Enterprise and Development (TED Center), and PARAGON Florida, Inc.

2018 STEERING COMMITTEE

OUR GOAL:

Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.

Please join us in making the 2017 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • Workshops exposing business owners to the latest social media and marketing technology, how to build your credit and obtain a small business loan and how to build connections and contracting opportunities with government agencies.

  • Power Talks with Government Agencies and Private Corporations.

  • Keynote Luncheon and Spotlight on Vendor Awards.

  • The "Real Business" Networking Reception And Awards Presentation

Copyright 2018 © Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo, All rights Reserved.

Design By: G3designs & Services

This site is best viewed with the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge.