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UTSA ranked 10th among nearly 200 agencies in HUB expenditures

HUB winners
HUB winners

Top photo (from left): Pamela Bacon (associate vice president for administration), Daniela Burton (administrative associate, Office of the Registrar) and Paul Duke (senior buy in PDS)
Bottom photo: (from left, front row) Liliana Gutierrez, Joanne Jones, Alicia Steeves, Deborah Silliman Wolfe and (back row) Pamela Bacon, Karen Hoskins, Denise Garcia, Linyi Zhou, Christopher Kibble and Paul Duke

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(Dec. 16, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio's Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program ranked 10th among nearly 200 state agencies in the percent of total expenditures it spent with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs). From September 2012 to August 2013, UTSA spent more than $21.2 million with HUBs, or minority- and women-owned businesses certified by the state.

The total amount spent with HUBs accounted for more than 33 percent of UTSA's eligible purchases.

The Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) HUB program is tasked with reporting the HUB expenditures of Texas state agencies and public institutions of higher education. The information in the report is used to measure the agencies’ good-faith efforts to purchase from HUBs. TPASS ranks only the top 25 state agencies each year.

UTSA Purchasing and Distribution Services (PDS) and the HUB Staff Coordinating Group (SCG) work with UTSA departments to help sustain the university's high HUB ranking among state agencies and other UT System institutions. The SCG meets quarterly to discuss HUB activities and provides direction to support the university’s efforts to meet its HUB strategic goals and objectives.

Additionally, the HUB program partners with the UTSA Small Business Development Center and minority-serving organizations throughout Texas to host outreach events such as conferences, workshops and vendor fairs to assist new businesses with the procurement process.

"This ranking demonstrates the continuing efforts across the university to do business with HUBs," said Lane Brinson, assistant director of purchasing and distribution services. "UTSA will continue its commitment to utilize these vendors in our purchasing process."

In November, PDS and SCG recognized the following 10 individuals and four departments as UTSA's Top HUB Advocates for their utilization of HUB vendors throughout the year.

HUB Employee Advocates

  • Karen Thornton, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
  • Christina Maldonado, Orientation and Transition Programs
  • Monica Lucero, University College
  • Amalia Martinez, Office of the Vice President For External Relations
  • Roseanne Hurst, Office of Research Support
  • Jessica Perez, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Daniela Borton, Office of the Registrar
  • Humberto Garcia,  Department of Health and Kinesiology
  • Jose (Ben) Campos, Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real Time Prediction
  • Kevin Bryan, Department of Sociology

HUB Department Advocates

  • Women's Studies Institute
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Office of Information Technology, Development and Application Support
  • Campus Recreation

Awardees were chosen based on the number of HUB vendors utilized and the percentage of dollars spent with HUBs. Awardees were presented with a plaque at the annual HUB Recognition Ceremony held on campus followed by a reception.

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For more information on the UTSA HUB program e-mail Cynthia Davis, HUB program manager, or visit the UTSA HUB website.

 

 

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