Small Business Procurement Luncheon
Noon - 1:30 pm

Room: Washington

Ticket Required

T. Leney

Thomas J. Leney

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

Executive Director: Small and Veteran Business Programs

Thomas (Tom) J. Leney serves as the Executive Director for Small and Veteran Business Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he is responsible for programs that promote small business participation in VA procurements, with special emphasis on Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs and VOSBs). Mr. Leney is a member of the United States Senior Executive Service.

Prior to his current government service, Mr. Leney gained practical insight into the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses as a senior executive in two successful small businesses. His personal experiences as a government contractor have enabled Mr. Leney to mentor small businesses on the complexities of the federal acquisition process. His earlier work at Winrock International and the United Nations Foundation overseeing the development of projects to support the U.S. Government and the United Nations around the world has given him an understanding of the importance and the complexities of program and partnership development on many levels.

Mr. Leney is a Veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1973 to 1995. Among his military assignments, he led an armored cavalry squadron in the Persian Gulf War of 1991 and was the Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy for the Department of the Army. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy.



Ron Uba

Ron Uba

U.S. Department of Commerce

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Senior Business Development Specialist


Ron Uba was born in Denver and attended University of Colorado in Boulder (Analytical /BioChemistry) . He completed Masters of Science at the University of Southern California (Informatics Science Operations). In addition to starting his 17 Year Government career his freshman year in Aquaponics and C14 Geiger Counter Development while at the U.S. Geological Survey Laboratories for Water Quality Control, Ron worked at the US Department of Commerce at International Trade Administration, United Nations, the U.S. Census Bureau.

Currently, Ron serves on the Labs to Market Team and is the Access to Contract Opportunities Senior Business Development Specialist at the Minority Business Development Agency. Mr. Uba focuses on working closely with the 39 funded MBDA centers and special projects to help MBE’s identify and seek contract opportunities by facilitating engagements where buyers, and sellers from various supply chains where agriculture, environment, high technology, commercial innovation, health care, transportation, energy, new construction and IT make a noticeable impact in job creation and sustain robust revenue streams.


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