Our Team

Meet Our Team!

William Kerr, Executive Director

William is the Executive Director and Program Manager of the Hawai’i Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Hi-PTAC).

William retired as Major, United States Air Force as the Director of Contract Operations, Installation Contracting Division, Contracting Directorate, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.  He was a Contracting Officer with responsibilities that encompassed the Operational Contracting Branch and the Enterprise Acquisition Branch and for the overall acquisition planning, and contract management supporting various large multiple award IDIQ contracts valued at over $7 Billion.

He’s held a wide range of Government Contracting Officer positions.  He served as Deputy Commander of the 15th Contracting Squadron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, deployed as Contingency Contracting Officer in support of Joint Combined Operation Talisman Saber 2007, Rockhampton, Australia and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan.  He served a consecutive deployment as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Joint Contracting Command, Iraq-Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Baghdad, Iraq.  He was a Strategic Sourcing Contracting Officer under HQ Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency in support of Air Force wide Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization and at HQ/AFMC as an Action Officer supporting Installation Acquisition Transformation and the stand-up of the Enterprise Sourcing Group.  In 2010, William was assigned to Robins AFB, Georgia where he was Contracting Officer for the F-15 Division, then Chief of the Enterprise Acquisition Branch and in 2011, he entered his fifth deployment, as Chief of Contracting, Joint Task Force-Bravo, Honduras.  Upon his return, he assumed the role as Chief, Command & Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) Contracting Branch, responsible for a wide variety of classified intelligence systems including the U-2, JSTARS, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.  In 2012, he was appointed as Director of Contracting Operations.  William retired in 2013 after honorably serving 22 years.

In 2013 William started a successful contracting small business on Hawaii Island, performing service, supply and construction contracts for many Federal, State and County agencies.  He assumed his current position at PTAC in 2020.

William holds a Bachelor’s Science, Business Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona and a Masters Business Administration, Touro/Trident University International, Cypress, California.

He is Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) level III Contracting certified, level I Program Management certified and level II Purchasing certified.


Erin Kanehira, Lead Counselor

Erin is a procurement counselor with the Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  In October 2014, she received her Certified Procurement Professional certification from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.

Prior to joining PTAC, Erin worked in a variety of disciplines, including higher education, real estate, state government, and human services.  Most recently, Erin worked as a business advisor for Hawaii Small Business Development Center as the government contracting specialist.

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Honolulu, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Mills College in Oakland.  She is the Secretary for the Aloha Chapter of the National Contract Management Association and has been a member since 2011.


Mic Ogawa, Counselor

Micolas has started and operated his own business along with consulting for the Small Business Development Center, before joining HIPTAC. He has worked on consulting projects in many industries such as hotel management, retail, and the food industry and has a background in Construction Management, Engineering, and Small Business.  Born and raised in Honolulu, Micolas received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Nancy Ginter-Miller, Counselor

Nancy Ginter-Miller is a Hawaii PTAC Counselor based on Hawaii Island in Kailua Kona.

Nancy recently joined the Hawaii PTAC team to help value and guide small businesses through the process of procurement with Federal, State and County governments. Learning about opportunities that government contracting provides can be a winning profitable business process for everyone involved.

A successful business advisor she enjoys helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. Her hands-on experience of owning a small business in Hawaii for over 20 years has helped her coach other small business owners on how to have long-term success. Working in the hotel and events industry she knows the importance of writing and executing a good business.

Nancy enjoys promoting local value-added agricultural products, is a member of the ACF Kona Kohala Chef’s Association, the International Festivals and Events Association and a supporter of the Culinary Arts Program at UH Palamanui Community College.


 

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