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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CST each day Online

2021 Connections to Contracts Virtual

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A Signature Procurement Event

Connecting WBEs and Corporations
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Event Overview

Connections to Contracts is a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. This virtual offering features a welcome reception, corporate “roundtable” procurement discussions, a c-suite executive keynote address, corporate industry-focused sessions, WBE success stories, mindfulness moments, exhibitor booths featuring select sponsors, small group networking, and one-on-one networking.
All are welcome to attend.

The goal of this virtual event is to provide access to business opportunities between our members that eventually lead to contracts, therefore helping women-owned businesses achieve parity.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WBCS Programs Manager, Elizabeth Garner.


Monday, April 19
3:00 – 4:00 … Pre-Event Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 20
8:30 – 9:15 … Welcome and Small Group Networking

9:15 – 9:45 … Corporate Industry Insights (attendees choose 1)
9:45 – 10:00 … Break

10:00 – 11:10 … Corporate Roundtable Discussions (attendees choose 3)
11:10 – 11:20 … Break

11:20 – 12:30 … Keynote Address and Small Group Networking

Wednesday, April 21
8:30 – 9:10 … Mindfulness Moment and Small Group Networking

9:10 – 9:45 … WBE Success Stories Round 1 (attendees choose 1)
9:45 – 10:00 … Mindfulness Moment

10:00 – 11:10 … Corporate Roundtable Discussions (attendees choose 3)
11:10 – 11:25 … Mindfulness Moment

11:25 – 12:00 … WBE Success Stories Round 2 (attendees choose 1)
12:00 – 12:30 … Closing and Small Group Networking


Your registration includes access to the pre-event welcome reception on Monday, which will be held in Zoom, and all components on Tuesday and Wednesday, which will be held in the Boomset virtual platform.

Boomset Access

Starting Wednesday, April 14, you’ll be able to access Boomset to register for specific sessions and start networking with others. We’ll have a live dummy session available for testing video and sound on Wednesday, April 14 from 2:00 – 4:00pm CST and on Thursday, April 15 from 11:00am – 1:00pm CST. You can join anytime within either window, and testing will only take a few minutes. That way, we can troubleshoot any accessibility issues ahead of the actual event. Check out this video tutorial  explaining how to navigate Boomset.

One-on-One Networking

While the above agenda reflects specific periods dedicated to small group networking, you can one-on-one network at any time with others via direct message and video chat. You can even network outside of event hours.

Exhibitor Connection
At any time, you can visit the Exhibitors tab to view an exhibitor’s profile and request a connection with them. If you click to connect with an exhibitor, they immediately receive that request and will receive your contact info for follow up after the event as well.

Pre-Event Welcome Reception

This is a come-and-go opportunity to network on Monday, before the event officially begins. It features multiple rounds of small group networking via Zoom. There's no formal programming. This is simply time to make connections. Join and exit at your own pace.

Session Details

The week before the event, all Connections to Contracts registrants will have access to the virtual meeting platform, Boomset.

In order to access session content/activities, you will need to register for the desired session(s) in Boomset.

The only sessions that have a capacity are the Corporate “Roundtable” Discussions. Spots for the discussion sessions are open on a first-come, first-served basis. For all other sessions, you can register at your leisure.

Small Group Networking
There is no capacity limit.

At the beginning and end of each day, you’ll have the opportunity to video network in small groups of 8 or less. There's no formal programming. This is simply time to make connections. To participate in small group networking sessions, simply register for sessions that include "small group networking" in the title once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event). Once in the session, we’ll be able to mix and divide attendees up into small groups (like a Zoom session).

Corporate Industry Insights (attendees choose 1 out of 2)
There is no capacity limit per session.

During these sessions, panelists from corporations will provide insights into industry trends and what consumers and vendors can anticipate. The featured industries are Energy and Transportation. Since Corporate Industry Insights sessions occur concurrently on day one, attendees are only able to engage in one session. To participate in the session of your choice, simply register for it once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event).

Energy Industry Panelists:

  • Centerpoint Energy
  • Oncor
  • Vistra

Transportation Industry Panelists:

  • Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • DFW International Airport

Corporate "Roundtable" Discussions (attendees choose 3 per day)
There is a capacity limit per discussion session.

A corporate representative leads WBEs in a discussion on his or her company’s procurement process and shares insights on how potential suppliers can differentiate themselves.

How It Works
Sized to facilitate discussion, each "roundtable" is a small group video chat limited to 8 WBEs plus the host. WBE spots are open on a first-come, first-served basis. To participate in the discussion session(s) of your choice, simply register for them
once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event).

Each discussion is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute transition. Discussions take place from 10:00 - 11:10am CST each day.

  • 10:00 - 10:20 ... Discussion round 1
  • 10:20 - 10:25 ... Transition 
  • 10:25 - 10:45 ... Discussion round 2
  • 10:45 - 10:50 ... Transition 
  • 10:50 - 11:10 ... Discussion round 3

List of Roundtable Hosts*
(as of 4-7-21)


Bank of America

BNSF Railway

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Capital One


City of Dallas
City of Fort Worth
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI)

Dallas College
Dallas County

Dallas Independent School District

Dell Technologies

DFW International Airport



JPS Health Network
Lockheed Martin
North Texas Tollway Authority


Parkland Health and Hospital System


Southwest Airlines Co.

Texas Instruments
Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Motor North America



*Some corporations may host roundtable discussions only on one of the two days. Prior to the event, the full roundtable host schedule will be shared.

Keynote Address

There is no capacity limit.

Lori Ryerkerk, CEO of Celanese, will provide insights on leading a diverse team while driving inclusion and innovation.
To participate in the keynote address, simply register for the session that includes "keynote address" in the title once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event).

WBE Success Stories (attendees choose 2 out of 3)
There is no capacity limit per session.

During these sessions, WBEs will provide insights on what has worked well for them in doing business with a particular sector. The featured sectors are corporate America, the federal government, and public entities. Since WBE Success Stories are featured twice on day two, attendees can engage in two out of three offerings.
To participate in the session(s) of your choice, simply register for them once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event).

WBE Success Stories with Corporate America Panelists:

  • Molly Sandlin, CAET Project Management Consultants
  • Kelly Roberts, Ricochet Fuel Distributors

WBE Success Stories with the Federal Government Panelists:

  • Victoria Stevenson, Allied Supply Chain Support & Services
  • Andrea Tsakanikas, CrewFacilities.com

WBE Success Stories with Public Entities Panelists:

  • Royalyn Reid, Consumer & Market Insights (CMI)
  • Sharmila Polavarapu, Numbers Only

Mindfulness Moments
There is no capacity limit.

These sessions are intentional, brief breaks scattered throughout day two. They will be guided by a WBE and allow the mind and body to reset and re-energize.
To participate in the session(s) of your choice, simply register for them once you have access to Boomset (the week before the event).

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Lori Ryerkerk
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President

Lori J. Ryerkerk is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global chemical and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer applications. Ryerkerk was named CEO in May 2019.

Ryerkerk’s expertise in the energy industry spans three-plus decades. She combines deep technical and commercial skills with a passion for the manufacturing business. Her unwavering focus on safety, environmental and social performance is the foundation on which she has overseen some of the most technically complex operations in the industry.

Previously, Ryerkerk was the Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, the largest business in Shell Downstream Inc. She led a team of 30,000 employees and contractors at refineries and chemical sites worldwide.

Before joining Shell in 2010, she was Senior Vice President, Refining, Supply and Terminals at Hess Corporation, where she was responsible for two refineries, 21 terminals (and distribution network) and supply and trading. Prior to that, Ryerkerk spent 24 years with ExxonMobil where she started her career as a process technologist at a refinery and took on a variety of operational and senior leadership roles around the globe.

Ryerkerk is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she completed her Chemical Engineering degree. She actively supports a variety of organizations in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

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This event is open to everyone. All are welcome.

To help facilitate participation during this economically challenging period,
WBCS has covered half the cost of each person's admission.
The prices below reflect the 50% discount.

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Last day to register is Tuesday, April 13

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Branded Sponsor


Last day to sponsor is Friday, April 9

Each sponsorship level includes event admissions and branding. Contact Lindsay Pittard at lpittard@wbcsouthwest.org to secure a sponsorship. Review options in our 2021 sponsorship catalog



Last day to register is Tuesday, April 13

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A La Carte Catering & CakesMichelleMcDonald
Abba Staffing and ConsultingSouLam
Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCMichelleRay
Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCScottShader
Acclaim HomecareFunmiAkintade
Allied Supply Chain Support & Services, Inc. (Allied-SCSS)VictoriaStevenson
Alpha Alliance Investment GroupMelindaAuguste
AMP CreativeJayBowman
AMP CreativeLisaWarner
Anderson Asphalt and Concrete PavingPamThompson
Anderson PavingMattSingel
Antega LLCJamilahJames
Any Day CPR Training, LLCDeniseCastille
Argent AssociatesJoni LynnNelson
Argent Associates, Inc.BettyManetta
Atkins Powerhouse Consulting LLCRenikaAtkins
Austin Transit PartnershipCaseyJohnson Burack
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B&H Office SolutionsJeannieNorris
Bank of AmericaSriVidyaDuvva
Bank of AmericaRandyJohnson
Bank of AmericaTylerPope
Big Johnsons Hauling LLCShakirahBradford
Big Johnsons Hauling LLCUnecaJohnson
BNSF RailwayMarjorieHensleigh
BNSF RailwayMadelineHunt
BNSF RailwayMarkRiney
BNSF RailwayLeigh AnnVernon
Bottom Line Refined, LLCBrendaBasinger
Brettco Roofing II LLCHollyGreen
Brettco Roofing II LLC/CIM RoofingGilbertMorales
Bullseye and WBCS Board MemberDeborah KobeNorris
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Cactex MediaClaireChiappetta
Cactex MediaKristinWehe
CAET Project Management ConsultantsMollySandlin
Capital OneLizDukette
Capital OneAnnemarieGestner
Capital OneTracieGusola
Capital OneAllisonKube
Capital OneClaireLarkin
Capital OneTamaMcLean
Capital OneJulieRakes
CBZ LLCDebraRodger
Celanese CorporationChuckKyrish
CenterPoint EnergyVicCleveland
CESCOBillieBryant Schultz
CFJ ManufacturingFayeAustin
CFJ ManufacturingYolandaCunningham
CFJ ManufacturingSharonEvans
CFJ ManufacturingJordanJackson
CFJ ManufacturingJavierJohnston
CFJ ManufacturingChandaJones
CFJ ManufacturingManoloMesa
CFJ ManufacturingVictoriaReneau
CFJ ManufacturingKimSissen
CFJ ManufacturingDonnaWeiss
CFJ ManufacturingStuartWeiss
Check My Universe, LLCMonaChowhan
Chem Chek, Inc.LoriBauske
Choate USANicoleBolton
City of DallasDeNitaLacking-Quinn
City of DallasDanielleThompson
Clearly BrandedAidaSimmons
Clearly BrandedJulieZavala
CM Productions, Inc.CarrieMartinez
Coca-Cola Southwest BeveragesAmandaTrippler
Communciations Test Design, IncKayleeEagleman
Communciations Test Design, IncDebbieKummers
Communications Test Design, IncLisaKaelin
Communications Test Design, IncAmyMetarelis
Consumer & Market Insights (CMI)RoyalynReid
Consumer and Market Insights, LLCGwenMohler
CoreClarity, Inc.CandaceFitzpatrick
CoreClarity, Inc.RyanSelking
Cotter ConsultingAnneCotter
Cotter ConsultingClaireTulloch
CRC GroupPatriciaRodriguez Christian
CrewFacilities.com LLCSarahBruno
CRG Telecom IncDeniseMunro
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Dallas CollegeMalcolmMayo
Dallas CollegeMarisolRomany
Dallas CollegeDarcelWebb
Dallas CountyLaSonyaAllen
Dallas CountyKimberlyGould
Dallas Independent School DistrictStephanieBroughton
Dallas Independent School DistrictLaMeeshaChappel-Cotton
Dallas Independent School DistrictVelinaWillis-Smith
Darlene Templeton & Associates LLCDarleneTempleton
Darling PromoEllisaBradley
Darling PromoJancyDarling
Darling PromoSharonHaney
Darling PromoSarahNuhn
Darling PromoBrittneyRoss
Davis & Davis Professional Services Firm LLCChanelDavis
Davis & Davis Professional Services Firm LLCLaShantewilliams
DEI Consultants, LLCCathyHolt
DEI Consultants, LLCShivaunPalmer
Dell TechnologiesCarlyKrainen
Dell TechnologiesDarleneOwens
Dell TechnologiesAndressStanley
Delta Air LinesAxelAdams
Delta Air LinesKeithBrowning
DFW International AirportDonnettaCole
DFW International AirportSuzanneCruz-Sewell
DFW International AirportAmberDavis
DFW International AirportRonDuncan
DFW International AirportSandraGarcia
DFW International AirportTamelaLee
DFW International AirportAngelaSchwartz
DFW International AirportGregSpoon
Directed Action, Inc.KevinKeane
dMASS, Inc.KathrynLewis
DMX Consulting, LLCDeAdrianMaddox
Dodge Legal Group SPCTishaDodge
Donna Nuernberg PLLCDonnaNuernberg
Dove Logistics & Transportation, LLCDianeThomas
Dr. Cheryl Carr LLCCherylCarr
Dudley Dunham EngineeringAnnaDudley
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EETZ appMariaStenson
Elite Adjusting Group LLCTiffanyPerryman
Empower Business GroupCeceliaNowlin
Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 LLCErinVanderveldt
Energy Utility GroupTimO'Brien
Energy Utility GroupMelindaZito O'Brien
Entertainment 3Sixty IncDallasSmith
Ericsson Inc.DavidGifford-Robinson
Ericsson Inc.ShantelLogan
Ericsson Inc.LinLu
Ericsson Inc.JamesMcCombs
etc groupLesaTruitt
EXHIB-IT! Tradeshow Marketing Experts LLCStephaniePeterson
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Federal Reserve Bank of DallasKaitlinMcCrum
Firemans Paving & Supplies, LLCReneeGilmore
First Business BankLanaFidelscaia
FluorTraci Cheeks
FluorMia Lloyd Sullivan
Fluor CorporationMikeWheeler
Forward Vision MarketingKellyStark
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Generations HVACNickyPessin
Gifting with SolAnneMitchell
Giving BlueprintKimberlyO'Neil
GOJO Industries, Inc.KaraKramer
GOJO Industries, Inc.StevePace
GOJO Industries, Inc.BrandaceWilson
Green Tax and Business Advisors, LLCJessicaGreen
Greenhill InsuranceAnnaByun
Guaranteed Express, Inc.JenniferBlakeney
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Habitat for LeadershipCharleneBirk
Handcrafted LearningDorothyCafino Finnigan
Havens & Company, Inc.DianeGreen
I [ Back to top ]
IBM RetiredTomTrotter
Improve GrowthBrisaRenteria
In And Out Tax Refund ServicesAndreaRedic
Integrated FocusValeriePelan
Integrated Human CapitalCristiDey
Intuitive EdgeLisaScott
ISP StudiosCamilleAguilar
ISP StudiosMargieaguilar
ISP StudiosCarolineCook
ISP StudiosDanCraig
ISP StudiosKimFlores
ISP StudiosVeronicaTorres
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Jayne Agency, LLCBrookeFoley
Jones PRBrendaBarwick
JPMorgan ChaseBillKapfer
JPMorgan ChaseNancyMinchillo
JPS Health NetworkLouisBedford
JPS Health NetworkMarjetaDaja
JPS Health NetworkWilliamJohnson
Junk KingReneeFerguson
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Kettle Creek CorporationBonnieHaas
KMS and AssociatesKarenSmith Jackson
Konnect Up SolutionsGeraldineCordero
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L&H ScientificTegjulaHilburn
Leading EDJE LLCJoelleBrock
Lockheed MartinVinceFeck
Lockheed Martin-AeronauticsRitaRamsey
LodeStar UniversalAlexRamsey
Loe Ortega ArchitectureVanessaOrtega
Lynne Malkoff PromotionsLynneMalkoff
Lynne Malkoff PromotionsPriscilaPearson
M [ Back to top ]
Madam C.H.I.C Designs & AccessoriesHeatherNorwood
Marfield, Inc.AndreaRowe
Marfield, Inc.TiffanyWaggoner
McGray EnterprisesSuzanneMarsaglia
McGray EnterprisesStephanieWhitmore
McKinley Marketing PartnersMichelleBoggs
McKinley Marketing PartnersAnnHuron
McKinney Chamber of CommerceKathyBlank
McKinney Chamber of CommerceLisaHermes
Meta Team, LLCAliciaMichael
Miller Consulting ServicesAleseCenter
Miller Consulting ServicesAmyMiller
Miller Consulting ServicesAngelaWillhoite
Monocoque Diversified InterestsJTStenglein
MonoCoque Diversified Interests, LLCEdMinney
Morgan, JeanineJeanineMorgan
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National Center’s PTACAdolfoVasquez
Navajo NationJoAnBegay Notah
Nicole Hooper PhD PLLCNicoleHooper
North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA)MosesAito
North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA)PriyaChandran
Numbers OnlySharmilaPolavarapu
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OG BenefitsLeeAmmer
OncorKayLynne Phillips
Oncor Electric DeliveryCharmaineCassler
OnPointe Alliance LLCArlethaKent
Opulent Global ProductsBernitaMason
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Painters USA IncMegCook
Painters USA IncMattNichols
Painters USA IncMarkRepkin
Painters USA IncLauraSchulz
Pangea BiologicalCamilleSparks
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemTwondaBenjamin
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemPamelaBryant
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemAllieHibbert
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemAdrianaHinojosa
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemBennieMiller, Jr.
Parkland Health & Hospital SystemGuyToliver
Pegasus Link ConstructorsAdrienneWilliams
Perimeter Global Logistics (PGL)YvonneTucker
Pickering LogisticsKellyPickering
Pink Hammers LLCFatestaBateman
Power Forward Woman LLCStarWilliams
Prep To Your DoorHeatherEmerson
Prestige Maintenance USARachelSanchez
Priscilla Kucer Consulting Solutions LLCPriscillaKucer
Prolora Diana Parton
Pure Design SolutionSuchiGupta
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Q2 Marketing Group LLCTerriQuinton
R [ Back to top ]
Reaction Management, Inc.KathiHealy
Regus International LtdSuneelaVeeramachaneni
Rethink Results LLCLaurieGraceBouldin
Ricochet Fuel DistributorsMeganHarris
Ricochet Fuel DistributorsKellyRoberts
Road Warrior WellnessMaryWarren
Ross Marketing SolutionsSonaRoss
S [ Back to top ]
Sagewood GroupAmyCline
Shell Oil CompanyBrianHall
SignSmiths of Texas LLCMallorySmith
Smallcakes DallasAnnemarieDeubner
Software Professionals Inc.CherieGordon
Software Professionals, Inc.ReenaBatra
Software Professionals, Inc.BrandonChavez
Software Professionals, Inc.AlexDalton
Southwest Airlines Co.PamGlover
Southwest Airlines Co.JonJones
Southwest Airlines Co.MyraLaudt
Southwest Airlines Co.SabrinaRangel
Spark Bell Enterprises Limited Liability CompanyAshwinaKirpalani
Spot On TalentKarenFox
Spot On TalentCindyYared
Springbach Consulting LLCShelleyStaten
Steel Inspectors of Texas, Inc.TiphonyHulsey
Sunland GroupBrandyWaters
Sunrise Group Inc.NeetuSadhwani
Supply Chain Strategic PartnersElizabethRitchie
Sweet Bee GardensDesireeKennon
Swinglift Transport Services, LLCJeannieMcGregor
SWP Associates, Inc.StaciWitten
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TaylorMade Careers Professional Learning CenterDr. LynnGreen
Techway Services, Inc.CathiCoan
Teltech Communications LLCLoriWade
Texas InstrumentsMary KateBrennan
Texas InstrumentsSaifLydick
Texas InstrumentsXavierMadison
Texas InstrumentsJeffMcLaughlin
Texas InstrumentsBradWoodson
Texas InstrumentsTerriWright
The Heico Companies (National-Standad)MadilynnDixon
The Leadership BridgeDeborahDegner
The Literacy Architects, LLCSeemaTejura
The Midtown GroupKendellBrumley
The Rios GroupRoseNavejar
The Sales CompanyDebbieMrazek
The Software Vault, LLCJamitaMachen
The Translation Company GroupCamilaSaunier
Thompson HospitalityBethCasey
TNT Communications LLCDonHamilton
TNT Communications LLCKhristySantee
Tomahawk Information SolutionsQuentinThomas
TransSynergy GroupDonnaHegdahl
Treco ServicesDebbieTrevino
Tri-Chem IndustriesLeslieHollis
Tulsa Pier DrillingCaraCowan Watts
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Valerie and CompanyValerieSokolosky
Veteran Women's Enterprise CenterVRSmall
Vilbig & AssociatesJennifer VilbigLawson
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Walker Transfer-PowellKathleenBaker
WBCS Encore Committee memberRobinPulford
WE TexasKristinGabaldon
WE TexasDonMcKneely
WE TexasLarethaNorwood
WE TexasKristinSchneider
Westwind Computer ProductsBrigettaKoepke
Winstanley Consultants, LLCPattiWinstanley
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Y-Not Design and Mfg. inc.SheryelAschfort
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