The Second Annual Patriots Ball Recap

The Second Annual Patriots Ball

The SWVCC and SWVF hosted their Second Annual Patriots Ball on Saturday December 3rd at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale. This year’s theme was Celebrating our Veterans and was attended by nearly 300 people. The Ball was opened with a video welcome from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies was Nick Lowery, National Football League Star who spent most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs and has been inducted into their Hall of Fame. He also played for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, and still holds several NFL records. Nick stepped in to facilitate the event when Rick D’Amico had a last minute medical emergency and he delivered a flawless execution.

To many, the highlight of the evening was the annual presentation of awards. The Patriots Shield Award for the outstanding corporate member was presented to Southwest Gas Corporation. Chief Executive Officer, John Nestor, was on hand from Las Vegas, NV to accept the award and further highlight the high values they place on Veterans and Veteran engagement.

The Lincoln Award for outstanding service to Veterans was presented to Project Veterans Pride, that provides emergency housing, support, and training for homeless Veterans at the partner facility, the James Walton Home. Chief Executive Officer, Christeen Verchot, a 22 year Air Force Veteran, was on hand to accept the award, which was accompanied by a $1,000 check! Christeen recognized many partners and contributors who helped makeProject Veterans Pride-James Walton Home the success that it is. Several residents of the Home also attended the Ball.

Also on had as guests of the Chamber were our three previous Veteran Scholarship Winners, Erik Torres, Byron Munda, and Enrique Priego.

Music for the event was again provided by the Groove Merchants of Scottsdale.

This year’s silent auction produced nearly $5,000 for the SWVF Programs.

We want to thank all Members and guests who attended, as well as our corporate sponsors, the DoubleTree Resort, those who donated to the silent auction, and especially SRP, the Presenting Sponsor. We also want to thank our Ball Committee, who worked many hours over many months to ensure the Ball was well-planned and executed. This year’s Chair was David Linhart and other Committee Members included Randy Asburry, Jason Bressler, Shelly Gerard, Lee Lange, Laure Molek, Patti Pyle, Tom Sheets, and Ken Speer.

First meeting at the Wrigley Mansion

Paradise Valley Chapter’s very successful first meeting at the Wrigley Mansion

11th Annual Veterans Business Conference at Fort Bliss on Aug 23, 2016

Have you registered for the 11th Annual Veterans & Business Conference? Are you wondering why you should attend? This is an opportunity to market your company to an average of over 200 attendees, 29 contractors, suppliers and providers and 25 government agencies for only $35!
This conference is for ALL businesses, large or small, Veteran-Owned and Non-Veteran Owned, Woman-Owned, 8(a) or HUBZone certified! If you own a business you should be attending this conference. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from and network with many agencies or attendees that need what your business offers!

Matt Schoonover will be our Keynote Speaker. His presentation “Legal Updates Relevant to Small Business Government Contractors” will discuss teaming agreements and joint venture considerations, subcontracting issues for small businesses, and the recent Kingdomware Supreme Court decision. On June 16, 2016, there was a huge victory for SDVOSBs and VOSBs, as the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the VA’s “rule of two” is mandatory, and applies to all VA procurements – including GSA Schedule orders.
Matt is a Senior Associate with Koprince Law LLC. Matt’s legal practice focuses on federal government contract law. Matt also writes about government contracting on SmallGovCon.
Prior to joining Koprince Law, Matt practiced as a commercial litigator in Phoenix and Kansas City, where he gained experience in a variety of actions, including breach of contract claims, general business and insurance-related torts, and intellectual property litigation. He also worked with clients in matters relating to healthcare services, government contracting, election law disputes, and data security/privacy issues. In these roles, Matt gained extensive pre-trial litigation experience. Now, Matt uses the skills he learned as a litigator to help government contractors solve legal disputes.

Have you been trying to figure out how to do business with Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)? Have you wanted to get a kiosk at the Fort Bliss AAFES? This is your opportunity to hear from Melissa Allen, the Assistant Services Business Manager for Ft Bliss Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She will be presenting on “Doing Business with the Exchange.” Don’t miss this opportunity to get all of your questions answered!

The cost to attend is only $35, but all planning to attend must pre‐register. Booths are available for an additional cost of $100. We also have Sponsor packages that start at $250, which include a Booth, 2 attendee tickets, and your logo in the program. Registration forms are attached. You may also contact Keith Gutierrez at 915‐831‐7749 or go to and register online