Introducing the 2018 DOBE Host Committee

Badge for USBLN DOBE Certified BusinessesWe are proud to introduce the USBLN’s 2018 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 the fourth year the Host Committee has led efforts to increase 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 Betta Beasley, Founder and CEO of 2rbConsulting, 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.

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Betta Beasley

Founder and CEO
2rbConsulting, Inc.
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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 and People with Disabilities (PwD), Ms. Beasley is frequently asked to speak at conferences on issues affecting the disabled workforce and veterans, ranging from PTSD, suicide, homelessness, education, and corporate hiring strategies for the untapped talent pool of People with Disabilities.

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 in Intelligence Analysis. She is an alumna of Harvard Business School and is an active
member of the Harvard Club of Seattle.



Email: betta@2rbconsulting.com
Website: www.2rbconsulting.com
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Andrew Houghton

Founder
No Barriers Media

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.



Email: Andrewdh@bellsouth.net
Website: www.nobarriersmedia.com/
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Artura Taylor

President / CEO
Taylor Distribution Group, LLC

Founder, Artura Taylor, is a graduate of SMU Artura received a BBA from SMU, a former RVP for a Fortune 100 with 25 plus years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Her educational background, along with extensive professional and managerial experience, provides an unusual breadth of cross-industry expertise. Artura utilized her experience attained from holding Executive positions with McDonald’s, Greyhound Lines, and Burger King to build TDG into recognized commodities distributor.  Having seasoned business acumen has resulted in successfully shifting of efforts to lucrative markets within the wholesale distribution industry; targeting a niche market with governmental agencies.   Prior to forming Taylor Distribution Group, LLC, Mrs. Taylor used her Fortune 500 experience to build Quest Transportation Inc. into one of the largest Minority Woman Owned Interstate Transportation Companies in the Southwest. Boasting a contractual base to include but not limited to all of the Phillip Morris Companies: General Foods, Kraft, Miller Brewing, Oscar Mayer, Louis Rich, and Tombstone Pizza; in addition, Ralston Purina, Quaker Oats, Dow Chemical and Mervyns.



Email: artura@taylordistributiongroup.com
Website: www.taylordistributiongroup.com
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Joyce A. Bender

Founder and CEO
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Joyce A. Bender is the founder and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a national leader in advancing employment of people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. Bender provides disability employment expertise in the areas of recruitment, workplace mentoring, strategic planning, training, and digital accessibility to drive innovation and realize business value for customers. Joyce, hosts a weekly radio show, Disability Matters, on www.voiceamerica.com and is board member of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the national Epilepsy Foundation. A USBLN certified DOBE since 2010, and successful business owner for more than 20 years, Joyce has partnered with another DOBE, Andrew Houghton, the CEO of No Barriers Media to deliver iDisability to market. This enterprise wide eLearning platform delivers disability employment content to market.



Email: jbender@benderconsult.com
Website: www.benderconsult.com
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Patricia K. Graves

President and Founder
Caption First, Inc.

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.



Email: Pat.graves@captionfirst.com
Website: www.captionfirst.com