FRANCES PERKINS VANGUARD AWARD
INDUSTRY OFFICIAL WINNER
William Thornton III, Director, Procurement Operations
P.O. Box 2009 • Oak Ridge, TN 37831
William Thornton is the director of Procurement Operations for B&W Y-12, the managing and operating prime contractor for the National Security Complex with the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Security Administration. B&W’s objective is to ensure that small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and HUBZone-owned businesses receive their fair share of subcontracting opportunities. The company has averaged 53.7 percent in subcontract awards to small businesses over the last five years. In FY08, B&W awarded 13.4 percent in subcontracts to women-owned businesses totaling $40 million dollars and in FY07, B&W awarded 13.8 percent in subcontracts to women-owned businesses totaling $39 million.
Gloria D. Mencer is the Program Manager for the B&W Technical Services’ Y-12, Socioeconomic Programs Office, which supports the Department of Energy in promoting subcontracting activities for small businesses. Gloria works closely with contracting officers and program managers to develop strategies to ensure that socioeconomic firms receive procurement opportunities over $100k. In FY08, B&W Technical Services Y-12 made subcontract awards to small businesses totaling $150 million or 50.2% of its subcontract obligations. For FY05-FY08, B&W Technical Services Y-12 averaged more than 50 percent of small business participation and it has awarded more than $669 million in subcontract awards to small businesses.