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Washington APEX Accelerator


Region 6 is Pierce County

About Trena Payton – Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

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Direct Line: 253.964.1745  | tpayton@thurstonedc.com

Trena is an experienced small business owner and consultant with a strong background evaluating business goals and objectives, she worked closely over the span of her career with procurement professionals on contracts for the public and private sectors entities. She has substantial experience in managing government interests and operations with stakeholders at all levels of an organization. She obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and consider delivering projects and organizational efforts a key skill along with a proven ability to administer exceptional customer service through strong interpersonal skills, team leadership, and problem-solving.

Prior to becoming a Washington PTAC counselor, her career highlights consist of: Service in the US Army, 17 Years as a US Army civilian employee, 3 assignments as a Contracting Officer’s Representative, Congressional testimony for the US Senate Small Business Committee, 8(a) Program Graduate, CVE and WOSB certified business owner, US Army Management Staff College graduate, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute, BS Information Systems Management, Member, Women President’s Organization (2010 -2015). Awards: Victory in Procurement (VIP), American Express OPEN, US Army Signal Corps Regimental Association-Bronze Order of Mercury and Women of Color Achievement Award-100 Black Men of America.

About Maryam Lynch-Tate – Business Outreach & Training Specialist

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Direct line: 253-257-5528 | MLynchTate@WashingtonPTAC.org

Maryam Lynch-Tate brings over 25 years of marketing communications, public speaking, facilitation and training, strategic planning, and public and community relations experience to Washington PTAC.

As a double major in Communication and Africana Studies from Rutgers University, Maryam received formal training in marketing, writing, public speaking and presentation development which has proved to be invaluable in every position she’s held over her career. Past work as a small business owner and corporate services specialist has allowed opportunities to facilitate work/life seminar trainings on behalf of an international human resource management company for various large US firms as well as provide strategic planning and fundraising workshops and webinars for nonprofit organizations. Coupled with specialized experience as a lead proposal manager for multiple engineering firms, Maryam will leverage her professional knowledge, skills and expertise to provide government contract advising services to underserved, small businesses in Pierce County.

This position is uniquely funded through a partnership with Pierce County as part of their Pierce County Community Navigator Program.

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