Joe Rozier, Deputy for Small Business
Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIEAST)
Mr. Rozier heads the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCIEAST) located in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
In this position he is responsible for the performance of a Small Business Program which supports six Marine Corps installations and two major commands located in a region which spans from Virginia to Florida. He is tasked with maximizing opportunities for Small Business throughout this region.
A retired United States Marine, Mr. Rozier previously served as the Deputy Director of the Regional Contracting Office on Camp Lejeune. While in that position he also served as a program coordinator for the Camp Lejeune Government Purchase Card Program, served as the command’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Advocate and deployed overseas as a Contingency Contracting Officer supporting military operations on the continent of Africa. The majority of Mr. Rozier’s active duty career was in the Information Technology field. His final position prior to retirement from active duty was as a principle staff officer supervising information technology and tactical Communications within a logistics command headquarters. Mr. Rozier is Level III certified by the Defense Acquisition University in the contracting specialty and is a member of the Department of DefenseAcquisition Professional Community. In addition to attending numerous military and professional schools throughout his career, Mr. Rozier has a Master’s degree in Management, Acquisitions and Contracting emphasis, from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Steve Yost, President
North Carolina’s Southeast
Topic: Overview of the scope of work that the NCSE provides and a snapshot of the current economics in the SE region with a focus on the defense industry
Since 2009, Steve has been president of North Carolina’s Southeast, an 18-county regional economic development partnership based in Elizabethtown. NC’s Southeast collaborates closely with businesses and county and state-level governmental partners in bringing job growth and economic investment to the southeast region. A native of Stanly County, Steve has worked in the economic development profession since 1994, and his background includes serving as executive director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission and as senior developer for the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s southeastern regional office. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. Steve currently serves as President of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. He has also served on the boards of the NC Museum of Forestry and the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Whiteville.
Kim Hufham, President/CEO
Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau
Topic: Capabilities and Services
Siobhan Norris, U.S. Army Veteran, Military Liaison & Program Manager
Office of Military Affairs, University of NC Wilmington
Topic: Brief on the first university based IN GEAR chapter for military spouses as part of the strategic partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program