Cattaraugus County PTAC’s Lenora Leasure Elected Vice President of National Association.

Posted on Wed, 04/20/2022 - 08:58 . Updated on Fri, 04/22/2022 - 08:48
CCPTAC's Lenora Leasure being sworn in as APTAC Vice President April 6, 2022

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Gallatin, TN  April 20, 2022  - The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Lenora Leasure of the Cattaraugus County Procurement Technical Assistance Center, has been elected Vice President of the Association, with responsibility for the association’s continuing education and certification programs, including two national training conferences each year.    She will serve as Vice President until March of 2024.  APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers who represent member PTACs.

Lenora Leasure joined the Cattaraugus County PTAC (NY) in 2008 after 13 years in her family’s manufacturing business and 2 years as a business counselor for the Cattaraugus Business Development Corporation. From day one, she looked to APTAC for recommended training, even though her PTAC didn’t belong to APTAC at the time, and she persistently lobbied for APTAC membership until they finally joined in 2013. She has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management and has held her APTAC Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) certification since April 2014.

APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 96 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) sponsored by the Defense Department’s Defense Logistics Agency and local host organizations.  PTACs, located across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam, help local businesses become capable government contractors.  PTACs support a broad base of small business suppliers providing the highest quality and best value to government agencies and creating a strong and vibrant economic base for our communities.  They assist small businesses by offering training events, bid-matching services, one-on-one sessions with procurement counselors, notification of important contracting changes, help with understanding government contracting procedures and requirements, guidance in registering with the federal government, and much more.  They assist government agencies by locating and educating contractors and potential contractors who can provide the products and services they need. 

APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them critical updates on the ever-changing procurement processes across all federal agencies;  comprehensive training opportunities and certification to ensure that PTAC staff can bring the highest level of capability to their work; networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise; and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice  in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.  The work of APTAC is carried out by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are procurement professionals from member PTACs, and supported by a small administrative staff.

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