In Photos: DoD 2016 Mentor-Protege Training Week

DoD OSBP Acting Director Kenyata Wesley briefs MPTW16 attendees.

More than 400 people attended the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) 2016 Mentor Protégé Program Training Week (MPTW16) in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was held from May 31, 2016, through June 3, 2016, at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel.

DoD’s Mentor-Protégé program helps small businesses meet emerging requirements by simultaneously setting them up for today’s needs while posturing them for tomorrow’s threats, challenges and opportunities.

MPTW16 featured distinguished speakers, informative training sessions, matchmaking activities and networking opportunities to help small businesses compete for prime contracts and subcontracts in the defense sector.
The event concluded with an awards ceremony. Ten mentor-protégé teams were honored with Nunn-Perry awards for their outstanding contributions to DoD’s Mentor-Protege program. The award is named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry.

25th Anniversary

The department’s Mentor-Protégé program celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Legislation (Public Law 101–510) enacted in November 1990 established DoD’s pilot Mentor-Protégé program. Reauthorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, the Mentor-Protege program continues to encourage and incentivize large defense contractors to develop small businesses’ technical capabilities.


MPTW16 featured more than 30 speakers.

Mr. Earl Wyatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities & Prototyping
Brig. Gen. Michael Hoskin, Commander, Army Expeditionary Contracting Command
From left to right: DoD OSBP Mentor-Protege Program Manager Rob Stewart, Raytheon Mentor-Protege Program Manager Jeff Krongaard and Missile Defense Agency Small Business Director Lee Rosenberg.
Raytheon Mentor-Protege Manager Jeff Krongaard
From left to right: Jacobs Engineering Program Manager Bill Sawrey, Defense Intelligence Agency Small Business Director Maria Kersey, TASC Small Business Liaison Officer Craig Ridley and Air Force Mentor-Protege Program Manager Dave Sikora
From left to right: Defense Contract Management Agency Mentor-Protege Division Chief Shelly Thomas and Air Force Mentor-Protege Program Manager Dave Sikora


Twenty-eight government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations hosted matchmaking tables.

Tec-Masters’ matchmaking table
MPTW16 attendees meet with matchmaking hosts.


MPTW16 included attendees from government agencies, large businesses, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Attendees asked insightful questions and shared information, making MPTW16 a valuable forum for learning and networking.

MPTW16 attendees had many opportunities to ask speakers questions.
MPTW16 attendees in the Sheraton Atlanta Grand Ballroom.

Thank You

If you attended MPTW16, we thank you.


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