Meet Kwesi Rogers, the new Chairman of the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), a premier organization for providing education, resources and advocacy for new and old contractors navigating the federal landscape.
WashingtonExec interviewed Rogers about his plans for SECAF in 2012 as well as what he believes is unique about this not-for-profit organization. Rogers said that much of his focus will be to retain and grow SECAF’s membership.
Rogers’ day job is as President and Shareholder of Federal National Payables, Inc. Rogers joined Federal National Payables as Sales Director in 1992 and was promoted to the position of President in January of 2006.
WashingtonExec: What made you want to become President of SECAF?
Kwesi Rogers: I have been actively involved with SECAF for the past 11 years. During that time I have had the distinct pleasure of serving under 3 tremendous Chairs as well as SECAF’s incredible group of past and current board members. It is this experience and the opportunity to serve such a dynamic, talented, hard working and underserved membership as the SECAF membership, that inspires me to serve as the SECAF chair.
“SECAF’s most valuable asset is the membership base”
WashingtonExec: What are some plans that SECAF has for 2012?
Kwesi Rogers: First and foremost I want to follow in the previous Chairs’ footsteps by continuing to provide exceptional programming, information, education and networking opportunities for the Small Emerging Government Contractor Community. Building upon the aforementioned goals it is my desire along with that of the SECAF board to provide the value proposition we provide to our members in Northern Virginia to additional markets both in and around the beltway and beyond. Additionally the board has a goal to continue to grow the membership so we can continue to be the growing voice of the Small and emerging Government Contractor.
WashingtonExec: How can other industry leaders become involved?
Kwesi Rogers: Other industry leaders can get involved by:
1. providing us with their expertise,
2. Providing us with feedback as to how we could better serve the government contracting community,
3. Find a way to contribute their many talents to assist others in the community succeed whether it be serving on a committee, participating in a program or serving on the board.
This organization and this community is only as strong as its members. The organization can only remain strong and vibrant through the active participation and contributions of those who are small emerging contractors and or those who have successfully grown beyond the small and emerging stage.
WashingtonExec: What do you think is SECAF’s most valuable asset?
Kwesi Rogers: SECAF’s most valuable asset is the membership base. The Small and Emerging Government Contractor community is a dynamic group of entrepreneurs who tirelessly render their services to the federal government , bringing the private sector’s competetive advantage to the government. All the while these entrepreneurs much like their other small business colleagues continue to serve as the backbone of America’s economy.