By SBA News
ALBUQUERQUE – Retired Lieutenant Colonel Adolfo Vasquez (U.S. Air Force) is the new Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) New Mexico District Office. He is responsible for directing the statewide delivery of SBA’s programs to support small business owners in starting, managing and growing their businesses.
“We welcome Mr. Vasquez in this important position in SBA’s South Central Region, as we continue in our mission to help strengthen the more than 152,000 New Mexico small businesses,” said Acting Regional Administrator Dottie Overal, who oversees Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. “With his expertise and experience, Mr. Vasquez will be highly instrumental in broadening the Agency’s awareness and impact in New Mexico.”
Adolfo comes to the SBA with extensive government procurement experience, which includes counseling small businesses to successfully compete for government contracts. Most recently, Adolfo was a Procurement Technical Advisor with the National Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in New Mexico, following his tenure as an advisor with the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program, hosted by the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network, an SBA Resource Partner. In his role as Procurement Advisor, Adolfo supported the growth of countless small businesses, with an emphasis on assisting Native American owned businesses and Veteran owned businesses. The SBA recognized Adolfo’s outstanding service to small business owners by awarding him New Mexico Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year in 2014 and New Mexico Minority Small Business Champion of the Year in 2017.
“SBA is committed to serving our local entrepreneurs who play a vital role in strengthening our economy and creating jobs in our communities,” said New Mexico District Director, John Garcia. “As our Deputy District Director, Adolfo will strengthen and expand the delivery of SBA’s capital, contracting, counseling and exporting programs to New Mexico business owners. His experience and commitment are wonderful assets to our state. I am honored to welcome Adolfo to the SBA family.”
As a Procurement Technical Advisor, Adolfo drew from over 35 years of direct experience in federal contracting. He is a former commander of a Defense Contracts Management Area Office, a warranted federal contracting officer and a certified Verification Counselor for the Veteran Administration’s Verification and Evaluation Program. Adolfo holds an MBA with a minor in Contract and Logistics Management and is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Certification Program.
About the Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov