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Of Tony’s expertise, which includes the ability to identify business opportunities and develop relationships with key decision makers, he thrives as a procurement and policy specialist. Understanding the tedious maze of government procurement can be a major asset for lobbying the state legislature, and Tony knows the process inside and out. From monitoring procurement venues for potential bid responses, bid preparation assistance, negotiation of contracts, to bid follow-up and procurement success evaluation, Tony provides unparalleled counsel and strategy.

Throughout his time at MLC, Tony has helped accomplish significant goals on behalf of clients from many diverse industries. For instance, he assisted in overturning a State of Michigan decision of non-award, which resulted in the client obtaining a multi-million-dollar contract with the Department of Corrections.

Experience

Prior to joining MLC, Tony served several roles within the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, including Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Director of Strategic Business Development, Director Commodities Division, and Acting Director of Procurement Operations. Additionally, Tony previously served as advisor to the State Transportation Commission by assisting in the development of transportation policy at the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Associations

National Association of State Procurement Officials, honorary member
Association of Proposal Management Professionals, member

Education

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University.

Outside the Office

When Tony isn’t hard at work for his clients at the Capitol, he enjoys staying active with sports and family. He enjoys playing tennis, golf, skiing, kayaking and fly fishing. He values the time he has with wife Jami, son Eric and daughter Lauren in DeWitt, Michigan.

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