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Supplier Council | Prime ConnectWorks Series: Doing Business With Reckitt Benckiser (RB)

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Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM EST
End Time: 12:00 PM EST

Location: Web Conference

Fees: Register Now
Business Member - $15
NASBC Supplier Council Member - $0
Registrant - $35
Member Plus - $0
Board of Experts - $0
Government Member - $0

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Region: National
Network: Industries, NASBC Gov't Contracting Supplier Council
Category: Industries, Government Contracting
Tags: supplier council, prime, connections

vikki-hawthornAre you interested in diversifying your company’s footprint in the health and hygiene industry?  Join us to learn about subcontracting opportunities with Reckitt Benckiser (RB), the #1 company worldwide in the consumer health and hygiene industry.   Sore head? Stubborn stain?  Did you know RB Powerbrands like Nurofen and Vanish  - and that's just scratching the surface of their expansive product list - has the answer to some of life's most common problems. In fact, RB is #1 in the consumer health and hygiene industry, developing and selling 20 million products a day in nearly 200 countries.

Listed are NAICS codes and descriptions of specific products that Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is interested in identifying WOSB, SDB, SDVOSB suppliers.  Also listed are FOB locations where products must be shipped.

NAICS Code                   Description                                             Delivery Location

  1. 311941                        Pepper Mesh                                           Springfield, MO
  2. 325120                        Propellant                                              Hillsborough, NJ
  3. 326199                        Shrink and Stretch Film or Sleeves             St. Peters, MO
  4. 322211                        Corrugated                                             Hillsborough, NJ
  5. 311930                        General flavors / Thickeners                      Springfield, MO
  6. 322221                        Injection                                                Tjiuana, Mexico
  7. 311942                        Processed Spices                                     Springfield, MO
  8. 324199                        Wax Vegetable or Paraffin Wax                  St. Peters, MO

Join RB representatives Brooke Tomlinson - RB Key Account Manager, Manager Markets and Shantel Grigsby, RB Subcontractor for an informative session to potentially tap into subcontracting opportunities in the consumer health and hygiene industry.  Topics to be discussed include: History Overview of Reckitt Benckiser (RB), Product Brands, Markets, Overview Small Business Subcontracting Program, Current Small Business Subcontracting Goals, Special Products needed from WOSB, SDB, SDVOSB, How to share your Business Capabilities to RB,  and Questions and Answers.


Brooke Tomlinson is a Key Account Manager, Managed Markets at RB.  Ms. Tomlinson oversees all of RB’s Institutional business for Veteran's Administration/Department of Defense, Long Term Care, Hospitals, Clinics and Physician offices and also responsible for RB’s Federal Supply Schedule compliance.

Shantel E. Grigsby currently provides Outsourced Supplier Diversity support services to the world’s Health and Hygiene Company Reckitt Benckiser(RB).  In this capacity she manages RB’s Small Business Subcontracting Plan consisting of over $296M and in subcontract opportunities for small businesses throughout the U.S.  Ms. Grigsby is also the Owner and President of Government Marketing Solutions, a government marketing consultant firm.  As a result of her experience and during the course of her career, she has helped small businesses win more than $6 billion in government contracts.

Vikki Hawthorne: National Director

Vikki Hawthorne is the National Director – Supplier Development for the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce. Widely regarded as a passionate small business resource partner who thoroughly understands the many challenges of small business ownership, Ms. Hawthorne has extensive ‘insider’ experience in federal government contracting and training.  In 2014,  Ms. Hawthorne retired with 30 years of federal government service with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

From January 2011 through August 2014, Ms. Hawthorne served as Associate Director in the Office of Small Business Programs at DLA’s Land and Maritime and was responsible to ensure that small businesses got their fair share of $3 Billion eligible contracting dollars.  Under her leadership, Ms. Hawthorne made significant small business performance improvements, noted as:

  • Led her team resulting in efforts of increase in dollars awarded to small businesses from Fiscal Year (FY) 11/FY12.
  • Land and Maritime increased percentage of awards to small businesses from FY12/FY13.
  • Noted a marked increase in FY14 performance percentages in the socioeconomic categories which include disadvantaged, woman owned, service disabled veteran owned and historically underutilized business zone small businesses.

Ms. Hawthorne spent over 15 years as the Supplier Outreach Program Manager in the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office before her promotion to the senior leadership position of Associate Director.  In that role, Ms. Hawthorne collaborated with small business advocate organizations and prime contractors to promote small business participation in federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities.  Ms. Hawthorne further expanded and facilitated supplier education with Training, Knowledge, Opportunities Seminars hosted by DLA Land and Maritime. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne coordinated with acquisition personnel to identify small and socioeconomically designated businesses as potential sources of supply. Ms. Hawthorne frequently regarded as subject matter expert for supplier and acquisition personnel training development was known nationally as an enthusiastic and thoughtful speaker, facilitator and trainer.

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