New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking

8:30 a.m.

Kickoff and Welcome

  • Wayne Savage; Director, Arrowhead Park

8:32 a.m.

Flag Presentation

  • UNM NROTC Colorguard

8:35 a.m.


  • John Garcia; District Director, U.S. SBA New Mexico District Office

8:45 a.m.


Keynote Address

  • Rick Shindell; President, Zyn Systems

9:15 a.m.


Dissecting the SBIR process: From registration to commercialization

You may know the due dates and page counts for every SBIR/STTR agency, but do you know how long it takes to get the first disbursement of funds? Or how often you should keep in contact with your contracting officer during a Phase I? In this session, industry experts and federal officers will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the entire SBIR process. Learn about key elements like maintaining relationships with federal program managers, differences between funding mechanisms and invoicing government agencies, when to start preparing data for your Phase II commercialization plan, and other essential program tips.


  • Moderator: Joy Colucci; CEO and Owner, Metis Technology Solutions
  • Panelist: Richard McNamara; RRM & Associates, LLC.
  • Panelist: Dr. Bill Goodman; President, Goodman Technologies, LLC.
  • Panelist: Dan Suhr; President, Independent Platform

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


Moving your innovation forward: Programs that complement SBIR

The SBIR/STTR programs are a great vehicle to receive R/R&D funding to turn your idea into a product. But, these programs are not the only way to receive funding and support for your technology and business. This session will focus on other funding and development opportunities that are not directly linked to SBIR/STTR, but are complementary as you move towards the next stage of commercialization. Hear from program leaders and representatives on technology transfer/transition, commercial preparation and assistance, business advancement and growth, and technical problem-solving opportunities.


  • Moderator: Scott Maloney; Chief Innovator, Arrowhead Center
  • Panelist: Myrriah Tomar; Director, Science and Technology Office, New Mexico Economic Development Department
  • Panelist: David Kistin; Program Lead, Center for Collaboration and Commercialization (C3) Sandia National Laboratories
  • Panelist: Mariann Johnston; Project Manager, Feynman Center for Innovation, LANL
  • Panelist: Yolanda Marshall; Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Communication, NASA

11:15 a.m.


Balancing your accounts: Financial expectations for SBIR contracting agencies

For many companies, compliance, accounting, and financial sheet balancing can be serious headaches. Setting yourself up for success early and having the background knowledge necessary to solidify your financial structure can keep you out of hot water with government customers. This session will focus on providing knowledge and touch points to applicants, awardees, and long-standing contractors on some of the best tips, tricks, and things to avoid when creating a budget, managing separation of accounts, and billing a contracting customer.


  • Moderator: Therese Rivera; Statewide Program Manager, NMPTAC
  • Panelist: George Moker; Director, Ambrosi Donahue Congdon
  • Panelist: DCAA
  • Panelist: Dave Kellner; President, Cognet Innovations

12:00 p.m.

Working Lunch

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Presentation

Cybersecurity Presentation – Protecting your data and maintaining control

Are you ready for the changing face of cyber-security protocols? Both NIST and DoD have updated their regulations for protecting and securing classified/unclassified data over the past year. Many companies make the mistake of thinking this is something they can take care of down the road, but your first incident can be your last. In this working lunch presentation, staff from the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center will talk about these new regulations, what’s on the horizon, and best practices for securing your systems to mitigate penetration efforts from internal and external sources.


  • Elythia McAnarney; Advisor, PTAC

1:00 p.m.


What’s on the horizon: The changing face of the DoD SBIR/STTR programs

Both the Department of the Navy and the US Air Force have been changing their SBIR/STTR programs to make contract acquisition easier and to broaden the scope of innovation. However, there is still some confusion about how to apply to open topics and prepare a strong pitch. This presentation and panel combination will feature key Navy and USAF personnel discussing the changes being put into place, why they decided to open up the acquisition process, and what applicants can expect in the future.


  • Jon Leggett; SBIR/STTR Program Manager, NAVSEA
  • Gabe Mounce; Director, Air Force Space Accelerator Program, Air Force Research Laboratory

3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:00 p.m.

Reception and Networking

Join us for food and networking at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North


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This event is an initiative of the NM FAST Partnership Program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NMSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Arrowhead Center, (575) 646-6120,