Wichita State University's director for the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Terri Bennett, has recently been inaugurated as president of the national Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).
Bennett has lead the Kansas PTAC in helping Kansas businesses secure over 800 government contracts which amount to upwards of $73 million in the last year. The Kansas PTAC services are provided with the aid of Pittsburg State University, the city of Wichita and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
Bennett has been active in government contract assistance since 1994, and she formerly held a leadership role at the Heartland PTAC in Missouri prior to joining the Kansas PTAC in 2013. Bennett has previously represented APTAC at the national level, serving as president in 2007. She was also a member of the education committee, as well as a secretary on the executive committee.
"It's challenging, rewarding and humbling to be part of such a tremendous program that makes such a difference by helping businesses provide products and services for our country, particularly for our warfighters," said Bennett.
Bennett cites Wichita State as a strong supporter of Kansas PTAC's helping to make the organization's success possible.
"We are able to provide more in-depth training, counseling and services for our clients because of WSU's commitment to innovation," Bennett said, "and because WSU understands the importance of economic development, particularly for Kansas."
The APTAC is a professional organization for PTACs nationwide. PTACs operate under the Department of Defense's Procurement Technical Assistance Program. The organization's membership includes 97 PTACs across the nation and its territories. The primary functions of these PTACs include assisting businesses in acquiring government contracts by providing training, procurement counseling and education on government procedures and requirements.