Small Business Procurement Luncheon
Noon - 1:00 pm

Room: Washington

Ticket Required

Welcome & Introduction of Genral Aycock
Diane Potts: CEO
The Center for Emerging Business

Diana Potts

Diane Potts -CEO


An expert in small and diversity businesses as well as environmental and sustainability initiatives within the government, Ms. Potts works with industry and educational institutions to help develop business opportunities and provide training. She is considered a leading expert for small/ diversity businesses and served as NC delegate to the Small Business Advisory Council to the White House in 2010 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2016.Ms. Potts has been involved in both an advisory and leadership capacity for numerous organizations. She played a major role as an advisor with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality during the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita cleanup operations. Ms. Potts was also one of twenty top environmental leaders in the nation chosen to join a Green Sustainability panel at the Pentagon, where she helped write the Department of Defense’s Sustainability Plan which serves as the prototype for 36 other agencies. In 2011, Ms. Potts was chosen as an industry advisor to the newly formed Army Energy Initiatives Task Force.

With over thirty years of experience, Ms. Potts has advised more than five thousand clients, identifying opportunities and providing assistance in the procurement of government and commercial contracts. She founded her own company, G and E Advisors (a woman owned, veteran owned small business), to advise small and diversity businesses and has gained a reputation as one of the foremost experts on environmental issues especially concerning remediation and disaster response clean up, water issues and renewal.

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Major General Al Aycock

Board Experience
--NACD Governance Fellow
--Army Emergency Relief Board, 09-12
--Chancellor's Advisory Board, Fayetteville State University, 04-06
--Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Board, 03-06, President's Award 
--Sustainable Sandhills, 03-06, Founding Member
--Regional Land Use Advisory Committee, Sandhills NC, 03-06
--Special Warfare Museum Board, 95-03



Army Installation Operations. (Facilites, P&L Business, Environment, and Services).  --Director of Operations, Assistant Chief of Staff, Installation Management, The Army Staff, 2011-now 
--Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff at US Army Installation Management Command from 2009-2011. 
--Commanding General, US Army Installation Management Command, Korea, 2006-2008. 
--Garrison Commander, Fort Bragg, NC, 2003-2006.

Joint and Combined Special Operations. 
--Commanding General of Special Operations Command, Korea with collateral duty as Deputy Commanding General of the US and Republic of Korea Combined Unconventional Warfare Task Force and CG, United Nations-Korea Special Operations Forces, 2008-2009 
--Operations Officer, The US Joint Staff, Special Operations Division, 1990-1992.

Special Forces Operations. 
--Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations (G3) for Army Special Operations Command during the highest level of deployment in the history of the force, 2000-2003. 
--Assistant Chief of Staff and Commanding General's Speechwriter, 1998-1999. 
--Battalion S3, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1988-1989, 
--Detachment Commander, Operational Detachment Alpha-584 (Military Freefall), 1987-1988.

Special Forces Training. 
--Battalion Commander for all Special Forces advanced skills training including Military Freefall, Underwater Operations, Sniper, Close Quarters Urban Combat, and the Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) course, 1996-1998.
--Inspector General of the Special Warfare Center and School, 1995-1996. 
--Executive Officer for the Special Forces Battatlion responsible for executing the Special Forces Qualification Course, 1993-1994
--Company Commander for all Special Forces Qualification Course field training and the culmination exercise of Green Beret training, 1992-1993.

Airborne Infantry Operations. 
--Company Commander, 82nd Airborne Division, Company E, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1984-1985.







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