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Defense & Aerospace Conference

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 Presented by Oakland County’s Diversification Through Federal Contracting Program

Thank you for attending, the 2022 Defense & Aerospace Conference!

Stay tuned for updates on the 2023 Conference

The first of its kind, Oakland County Defense and Aerospace Conference presented by Oakland County’s Diversification Through Federal Contracting (DTFC) Program. DTFC is here to help provide your business with the resources to win federal contracts.

Through partnerships and resources, this initiative will help Oakland County-based companies diversify their customer portfolio and become more economically resilient through the successful pursuit of federal contracts and grants.

The goal is to increase the value of federal contracts won by Oakland County businesses from approximately $300 million to $1 billion by 2025, thereby creating thousands of new jobs in Defense, Aerospace, and other related industries.

Who Should Attend

Those interested in selling to the Federal government, as well as sub and prime contractors interested in growing their manufacturing and engineering capabilities through federal contracting to strengthen their company objectives to amplify the defense ecosystem here in Oakland County, and beyond.

​Monday, June 6, 2022 | 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

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The Kingsley Bloomfield Hills -
a Doubletree by Hilton
39475 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

 Hotel Stay Information

Group Name: Defense Summit

Book a Hotel Room

Room Reservations must be made by Saturday, May 7, 2022.

WIFI ACCESS: Network is Hilton Honors Meeting or Lobby, when prompted it will give an option for enter a promotional code, please enter to connect: theduke

 Event Highlights Include

  • ​Reach 200+ Defense & Aerospace small businesses and sub-contractors with industry opportunities and resources available to help diversify your company profile.

  • Diversify automotive capabilities into aerospace industry.

  • Keynote Speaker from Defense/Aero Industry

  • Industry Report specific to Oakland County

  • Federal Contracting Panel Discussion

  • Opening Networking with Local Resources

  • Breaking learning tracks – seeking panelists and speakers!

  • Networking Reception

 Contact Info

Interested in being part of the action? Contact:
Dustin Frigy, Oakland County Federal Contracting

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 Event Panel


8:00 A.M. 
Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by: Warner Norcross + Judd

9:00 A.M.
Welcome / Opening Comments & Introductions
Master of Ceremonies: Ingrid Tighe, Director, Economic Development, Oakland County
Dave Coulter, Oakland County Executive
Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Representative, Michigan’s 8th District
Michael Stone, Senior Counsel, Warner Norcross + Judd
Resource Partners & Exhibitors Introduction
Vicki Selva, Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center

10:15 A.M.
Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium (DATC) Introduction
 Transition into panel/quick break

10:30 A.M.
Successful Federal Contractor Panel
Moderator: Ingrid Tighe, Director of Economic Development, Oakland County

Jeanne Schabath-Lewis, Small Business Liaison Officer, General Dynamics Land Systems 
Bruce Barron, CEO and President, Barron Industries
Catherine Abad, Program Manager - Manufacturing Division, Unified Business Technologies (UBT)
Jennifer Prybys, Supply Chain Program Manager – BAE Systems, Inc.
Frank Ervin III, Group Vice President (Retired), Piston Group

11:30 A.M.
Lunch On-Site: Keynote Speaker + Defense/Aerospace Industry Report and Overview
Sean Carlson, Deputy County Executive, Oakland County
Lunch Sponsor: Michigan Defense Center

12:30 P.M.
Networking with Resource Partners and/or Training Track Breakout Sessions

3:30 P.M.
Closing Comments & Networking Reception
Sponsored by: John Bedz, Manager Special Programs, Automation Alley

 Sponsorship Opportunities

​You are a valued partner in the Defense ecosystem. Join us as we launch Oakland County’s Diversification Through Federal Contracting: Defense and Aerospace Conference, and reach 150+ Defense and Aerospace small business sub-contractors with industry opportunities and resources available to help diversify their customer portfolio.

 Thank You to our Sponsors, Speakers, and Exhibitors

Automation Alley
General Dynamics
Michigan Defense Center
Piston Group
Schoolcraft PTAC
Warner Norcross + Judd