We are proud to introduce the USBLN’s 2016 Disability-Owned Business Enterprise® (DOBE) Host Committee comprised of capable, forward-thinking, and innovative, certified disability suppliers who are helping achieve the USBLN’s vision of driving greater disability inclusion in all areas of business.
This is third year the Host Committee has led efforts to increasing the visibility of DOBEs, their integration into the supply chain and elevating the interest of corporations and government agencies in doing business with USBLN certified DOBEs, service-disabled veterans-owned businesses (SDVOBs), and DOBEs buying from other DOBEs.
The Host Committee, chaired by Patricia K. Graves, President and Founder of Caption First, Inc., will be on hand to greet you at conference sessions, Business Exchange Matchmaker meetings and throughout the conference. We invite you to ask questions and find out how USBLN certified suppliers can bring added value and competitiveness to your supply chain.
Patricia K. Graves
Patricia K. Graves is president and founder of Caption First, Inc., a company that provides real time and offline media captioning for people with hearing loss as well as for people whose Native language is not English.
With a history of business ownership that spans 25 successful years, Patricia is a perfect example of how hard work and business acumen allow small businesses to successfully compete in the marketplace, regardless of disability.
Certified as a DOBE® by the USBLN® in 2012, headquartered in Colorado, and with employees and independent contractors throughout the United States, Caption First serves people, corporations, and organizations nationally and internationally.
No Barriers Media is a multimedia production company specializing in strategic communications solutions for our clients by utilizing emerging technologies and visual trends. Our expert team offers complete multimedia solutions from concept to delivery into multiple formats by utilizing our in-house video editing, production and encoding expertise to control the entire multimedia production. Whether shooting on location or in studio, our state-of-the-art equipment and production techniques offer everything you need from pre-production to final edits. We offer high quality, attention-getting results that are designed to meet and achieve the specific goals of each client. Upon request, we incorporate accessibility features into your media by embedding captions and descriptive audio tracks.
SavinoPro is a General Contracting firm that offers a wide variety of set skilled professionals to perform maintenance service calls, interior fit-outs, and construction management. Our services are provided in our main territory of New York, CT, And NJ but are willing to go even further for our customers. We have successfully completed all our project for our Residential, Commercial, and Industrial clients. SavinoPro is also a Certified USGBC LEED Member and a EPA certified Contractor.
Betta Beasley is the Founder and CEO of 2rbConsulting, Inc. The company connects people with careers across all areas of Information Technology through innovative staffing and placement services. 2rbConsulting’s Technical Recruiting Solutions supports commercial and public sector clients and VMS partners nationwide.
Ms. Beasley is a proud Service-Disabled U.S. Army Veteran and, in 2015, was appointed as Chair of the Women Veterans Advisory Committee for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. As an advocate for women veterans, Ms. Beasley is frequently asked to speak at conferences on issues affecting veterans, ranging from military sexual trauma (MST), suicide, PTSD, homelessness, education and job placement.
Prior to starting 2rbConsulting, Ms. Beasley’s career included working for major corporations in various roles, ranging from Software Developer to Vice-President of Information Technology, including six years at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intelligence Studies with a concentration on Intelligence Analysis. She is an alumna of Harvard Business School and is an active member of the Harvard Club of Seattle.
Precision Group LLC was founded in 2008 at the peak of the pushes for solar energy. With the industry cooling down, we were able to adapt our strategy to energy conservation. Soon we found a way to direct our effort to saving electric power and natural gas for our clients while becoming a certified energy service company.
Over the years, because of our capability to handle much larger loads of electric power and natural gas, Precision Group has been able to offer lower price and therefore to save large amounts of energy expenses for our clients. As an example, we have saved Conair Corporation more than half a million dollars in electricity alone. Precious Group has now grown into a mature energy service company.
Besides providing savings of electric power and natural gas, we have also successfully completed LED lighting projects. At the moment, we are working with large hospitals in the New York City area for Demand Response and onsite power generation.
We are doing our best to contribute to the saving-energy cause of America.
Joyce A. Bender
Joyce A. Bender is the founder and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a firm that recruits and hires people with disabilities in the public and private sectors, who are trained in the information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources, and general business areas.
In 2001, Joyce also incorporated Bender Consulting Services of Canada, Inc., a Canadian company that focuses on creating competitive employment opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Bender Consulting is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa and operates in 19 states in the U.S. and two provinces in Canada. A USBLN® certified DOBE® since 2010, and successful business owner for more than 20 years, Joyce believes that disability-owned and operated firms are business-savvy with strong capabilities and are ready to compete in the business marketplace.
Mark has a long and distinguished career of providing products and services to fortune 500 Utility and Medical companies. His background includes more than twenty years of progressive senior leadership in fortune 500 and large private manufacturing companies. His engineering, manufacturing and operational experience has focused on significantly improving sales and operational performance, reducing operating costs, leading and managing product introduction, and improving customer value. Providing consulting services and products to the utility industry has given him the experience and insight to meet complicated customer requirements.
He worked over ten years for Northern States Power Company, now Xcel Energy, in various management roles prior to Jemni, Inc. He was instrumental in implementing a corporate wide customer service system across multiple states during his tenure.
He is an Army Combat Veteran. In addition, he is also a National Board member for the Elite SDVOB network. Disabled Veteran businesses helping other Vets help themselves. Mark is committed to hiring our disabled Veterans and getting the disabled Veteran unemployment rate that is currently at 41% reduced. The sooner we can get these heroes productive in the workplace, the faster they will adjust and have a productive life. He has an engineering degree from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Business Administration with a minor in Finance from University of Minnesota.