Program Outreach

How do we engage the business community?

To ensure small minority, and women-owned businesses are aware of current contracting opportunities, the District conducts the following:

  • Maintain a distribution list of small minority-, and women-owned businesses expressing interest in contracting with the Austin ISD.
  • Promote contracting opportunities at many public outreach and procurement events.
  • Provide subcontractors with tools to network with general contractors.
  • Inform contractors about the 2017 AISD Bond that is modernizing all 130 District facilities. Learn about upcoming projects at AISDFuture.com
 

Outreach Events

None at this time.

 
 

Past Events

Austin ISD HUB Program & the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce Presents

Equity in Contracting: Doing Business With Austin ISD

LaVonia Horne-Williams

Construction Procurement Manager, Austin ISD

 

Biography 

Dinita Caldwell

HUB Program Director
Austin ISD

 

Biography 

David Knapp

Senior Project Manager
Square One/Austin ISD

 

Biography 

Mason Crenshaw 

Procurement Assistant Director, Austin ISD

 

Biography 

Travis Maese

Regional Sales Director, Texas BuyBoard

 

Biography 

LaVonia Horne-Williams

An effective, well-versed leader in the field of procurement, LaVonia Horne-Williams has more than 20 years of experience in managing teams, operations, and personnel at the local, state government and non-profit and school district levels. An expert at deciphering and sustaining value through competitive sourcing and change management, LaVonia is committed to the development of lean, strategic processes to help facilitate professional procurement. Her leadership strategy is to plan for change, drive performance, and cultivate a people-first culture of engagement and accountability.

Joining Austin ISD a year ago as the Construction Procurement Manager, she leads a team of professionals. LaVonia has worked to implement procurement best practices and processes to bring structure, compliance and agility to procurement at Austin ISD. 

She received a B.A. from California State University East Bay, an M.A. from Texas State University, and is a Certified Texas Contract Manager. At the event, LaVonia will deliver a discussion on procurement challenges, solutions, and strategies.

Dinita Caldwell

Ms. Caldwell is a supplier diversity professional with a career that spans more than fourteen years and includes diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 

Currently, Ms. Caldwell serves as the director of the Historically Underutilized Business Program with the Austin Independent School District where she focuses on equity in contracting for all current and future bonds in the construction and professional services industries. In this role, she supports project managers and partners by developing and executing strategies to increase opportunities for minority, and woman-owned small businesses as participants in Austin ISD’s competitive contracting and procurement process. She collaborates with Construction Management and Contracts and Procurement professionals to create strategic plans to increase diverse spend and count, negotiates the diversity contract goals for General Contractors, and supports executive management and program staff.  

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in international business from Huston-Tillotson University. 

David Knapp

David is a licensed Architect and graduate of Texas A&M University with a master’s degree in Architecture. Over twenty years of Architecture and project management experience, he has acquired a strong background in the conception, design, and construction of projects of many different scales and types. David currently serves as a Sr. project manager in the Construction Management Department at Austin ISD. 

Mason Crenshaw

Mason Crenshaw is a results-oriented professional with extensive experience across multiple industries including procurement, logistics, manufacturing, event planning, financial services, IT security, IT development, & technical services.  He is a highly creative solutions provider with a consistent track-record of providing multimillion dollar efficiency gains.  He currently serves as the assistant director of procurement for the Austin Independent School District.
Crenshaw obtained his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Travis Maese

Travis Maese is the Regional Sales Director for TASB Business Services, which includes BuyBoard, TASB Energy Cooperative, and Facilities Services in Central Texas. 

With nearly a decade at TASB, at both the BuyBoard (TX) and the National BuyBoard programs, Travis has a wealth of cooperative purchasing experience in the public procurement sector. 
Prior to joining TASB, Travis led procurement efforts at New Mexico State University and Austin ISD. 
He holds a BA in marketing from NMSU, and most recently served as the Assistant National Sales Director for the BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative. 

Travis is passionate about leading teams and engaging with customers to solve their most challenging business problems. 
When he isn’t working, Travis enjoys traveling abroad, paddleboarding on Town Lake and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Wed, September 14, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Event Details Learn More

Join us!

The Austin ISD HUB Program is committed to identifying areas of need in the Greater Austin Asian American business community and to contributing resources to promote equity and inclusion of these businesses in all bidding opportunities with Austin ISD. We invite you to join this dynamic, informative workshop.

Topics Include:

  • HUB Program Overview
  • Navigating Bonfire e-procurement portal
  • Procurement goods and services purchases
  • Upcoming bid opportunities in Construction, Architecture, and Engineering
  • Ins and outs of Competitive Sealed Proposals, Construction Manager-At-Risk and Design-Build
  • Registering with Texas BuyBoard

How to Get Certified as a Minority-Owned Business

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce Presents

Dinita Caldwell

Dinita Caldwell

HUB Program Directory, AISD HUB Program Department

Annie Collier

Annie Collier

The Interim Executive Director, AISD Contracts & Procurement Department

Betsy Cheung

Betsy Cheung

Business Development Counselor, SMBR

Our guest speakers are from the City of Austin's Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) and Austin ISD HUB Program Department, they will share the different types of minority and women-owned certifications accepted at the city level and what are the upcoming contracting opportunities for 2021.

For more information, contact Yishan at ypersyn@austinasianchamber.org

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

Details Download Flyer

2017 Bond Life Safety Projects Webinar

This event provides an opportunity for HUB firms to learn about the District’s upcoming 2017 Bond Life Safety Project including potential trades and phased approach for bidding. The estimated project value is $13.5 Million.

Wed, August 19, 2020 | 2:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

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Ellen Ward

Featured Presenter

Ellen Ward, Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Burton Hackney

Featured Presenter

Burton Hackney, Vice President, Central Texas

Virtual Workshop Series: Advancing Equity in Contracting Part 2

Wed, May 6, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Join the HUB Program Department for Part 2 of the Virtual Workshop Series: Advancing Equity in Contracting.

Featured Presenter: Joeris General Contractors

This second workshop includes the following featured topics:

  • Introductions and company overview;
  • Current projects with Austin Independent School District; and
  • How Joeris fosters subcontracting relationships with HUB/MBE/WBE
Danita Caldwell

Featured Presenter

Dinita Caldwell, HUB Program Director

Virtual Workshop Series: Advancing Equity in Contracting

Wed, April 29, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Part 1 Meeting Materials

Join the HUB Program Department for Part One of the Virtual Workshop Series: Advancing Equity in Contracting.

This first workshop includes the following featured topics:

  • How to stay connected virtually, social media platforms, insight into upcoming virtual workshops;
  • An overview of the District’s response to COVID-19 and its impact on construction projects; and
  • Where to find local economic recovery assistance and resources.
Melfi Pen at the Travis County Bond Forum

Travis County Bond Project Forum

Wed., December 4, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM CST

Location: Asian American Resource Center 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX 78754

Event Details

HUBExpo 2019: Better Together

Wed., November 20, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CST

Location: The Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Austin, Texas 78759

Event Details

Congratulations to our HUB Program Director's Retirement

September 2019

Our Austin ISD HUB Director, Mrs. Debra Dibble Boone has officially retired this past September 2019. Mrs. Boone's passion for creating equity and opportunities for minorities in Central Texas is an inspiration for us all. As the founding director of the AISD HUB Program Department in 2017, she succeeded in developing an outstanding HUB team, increasing minority participation, and strengthening community relationships with Austin ISD. Before leading AISD's HUB program and serving as assistant director for the City of Austin's program, Debra worked at Motorola and Texas Instruments in manufacturing, contracting and quality engineering. She also managed the HUB procurement programs at both companies.

2019 Luna Awards

Thurs., September 5, 2019 | 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM CST

Location: Trinity Hall 311 East 5th St. Austin, TX 78701

The Luna Awards celebrates the achievements of women, women-owned businesses and advocates who promote and develop women at all levels in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. Austin ISD is a proud supporter of the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association and looks forward to seeing you at the Regional Luna Awards Reception on Thursday, September 5, 2019, in Austin, Texas. For more information on the Luna Awards Reception, or to register for the event, please visit the registration page.

3rd Annual Central Texas Small Business Partnership Conference

Wed., May 17, 2019 | 2:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST

Location: Performing Arts Center1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Austin, TX 78723

Please join us at the 3rd Annual Central Texas Small Business Partnership Conference (CTSBP) hosted by Austin Community College (ACC), Austin ISD (AISD), City of Austin, Capital Metro, and Travis County MBE/WBE/DBE/HUB programs on May 17, 2019. The conference will provide business best practices from Prime Firms and sub-consultants/subcontractors success stories.

February Outreach Participants

2017 Bond CMR Outreach Event with the HUB Program Department

Wed., February 27, 2019 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST

Location: Carruth Administration Center - 1111 W. 6th Street, Board Auditorium, B-100, Austin, TX 78703

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about upcoming construction projects with Austin ISD. Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMR) Firms will share information about subcontracting opportunities with minority businesses.

Vendor Info Session with the HUB Program Department

Tue., January 22, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Location: Carruth Administration Center, 1111 W. 6th Street, Building B, Suite B-300, Austin, TX 78703

This one-hour monthly session provides information about the HUB Program Phase II Rollout. Sessions takes place at the Carruth Administration Center, Building B, Suite B-300 and includes a small group (maximum of 20 attendees) of local minority & woman-owned vendors who would like to pursue procurement opportunities with Austin ISD.

  • A sign-up sheet documents all attendees
  • Survey sheet are provided at the end of each session
  • Additional outreach information is provided at the end of each session (SBA info, event flyers, etc.)

Training Session Agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • HUB Program Rollout
  • HUB Coordinator Role
  • Overview of HUB Program website
  • Current Bid Opportunities
  • Do you know Austin ISD?
  • I'm HUB Certified: What's Next?
  • Q & A