COVID Health and Safety at BOTC

ETEBA continues to monitor conditions regarding COVID-19 in order to provide a safe environment for the upcoming BOTC.   As conditions and guidelines change, we will adapt to ensure the wellbeing of BOTC participants.

Taking a proactive position, The ETEBA Executive Committee, ETEBA Board of Directors and the BOTC Planning Committee, have determined the BOTC will be an in-person event, October 5th through 7th, with virtual options for speaking and viewing for those who cannot or choose not to be present at the Knoxville Convention Center (KCC).

As of September 2, the following guidelines are in place. Guidelines may change over time. Participants agree to abide by the safety guidelines for the BOTC. By signing up to attend the BOTC, you agree you understand and agree to abide by these guidelines.

  • For in-person attendance we require each person to be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID test result dated within 72-hours of the start of the conference, i.e., October 5th at 5:00 pm ET. During the registration process at the KCC, attendees will be asked to show proof of either full vaccination or the negative COVID test results.
    • Full vaccination means two weeks after your final dose of the vaccine (second dose for Pfizer and Moderna, and the first dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). See reference Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People, retrieved from
  • Participants must follow all local and state government guidelines and Knoxville Convention Center requirements in place during the BOTC.
  • Presently, the City of Knoxville requires that all persons in the Knoxville Convention Center wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors.
  • All participants must follow all guidelines while traveling. That means those set by transportation carriers, airports, and other transportation facilities.
  • All participants should follow everyday preventative actions such as washing hands or using sanitizer, which will be available throughout the Knoxville Convention Center.

ETEBA will update this policy at any time in our commitment to follow all applicable federal, state, local, and Center for Disease Control guidelines and requirements.

For over 20 years, ETEBA’s Business Opportunities & Technical Conference (BOTC) has been the nation’s leading forum for opportunity-based dialogue related to the U.S. Department of Energy for energy, environment and technology combined. The BOTC has a legacy of creating an information exchange and networking atmosphere that produces results as well as connecting our more than 185 member companies that include small and large businesses. The conference delivers industry-leading keynote speakers and engaging panels, workshops, and technical sessions with access to some of the industry’s top leadership.

The 2021 BOTC will continue to deliver outstanding keynote speakers, relevant panels, and informal networking opportunities.

Our program is visionary in nature. It has been designed to emphasize near-term opportunities yet allow attendees to gain information so they can be prepared and position themselves for a positive future. Our client organizations seek improved contractor performance, innovation, and leadership to deliver a higher level of creativity to solve their greatest challenges. Our industry continues to advance in a changing environment, and our success will be measured to the degree we can adapt. The BOTC seeks to address these changes and encourages all stakeholders to maximize their level of performance as we tackle industry’s toughest challenges.

The 2021 BOTC will be in-person at the Knoxville Convention Center (October 5-7, 2021) where we will implement a Safety Enforced Event Plan and adjust as needed to ensure a compliant environment.

Confirmed conference speakers, with indication of in-person or virtual participation as of 9/13, include (alphabetical order):

  • Jason Armstrong, DOE NNSA, Manager, Savannah River Field Office (virtual)
  • Brooks Baldwin, DOE ORNL, Director, Contracts Division (in person)
  • Carol Barajas, Tennessee Valley Authority, Vice President (virtual)
  • Carmen Bigles, Coqui Pharmaceutical, President & CEO (virtual)
  • Joel Bradburne, DOE EM, Deputy Manager, Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (virtual)
  • Mike Budney, DOE EM, Savannah River Site Manager (virtual)
  • Dale Christenson, DOE NNSA, Y-12 APM Office Director (virtual)
  • Aaron Deckard, DOE EM, EMCBC, Procurement Director (virtual)
  • Rexann Dunn, DOE EERE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, SB Program Manager (virtual)
  • Jeffrey Ernest, USACE, District Contracting Chief, Buffalo District (in person)
  • Nicki Fatherly, USACE, National FUSRAP Program Manager (virtual)
  • Nathan Felosi, DOE EM, OREM ORNL Portfolio Federal Project Director (virtual)
  • Catherine Hampton, DOE EM, Nevada Program, Deputy Program Manager (virtual)
  • Brian Henry, DOE EM, OREM Y-12 Portfolio Federal Project Director (virtual)
  • Eileen S. Hodges, USACE, Deputy for Small Business (virtual)
  • Greg Jones, DOE EM, Acting Deputy Manager Richland Operations Office (virtual)
  • Rob Leuszler, DOE NNSA, Kansas City National Security Campus/Supply Chain Management Center (virtual)
  • Gary Lyttek, DOE NNSA, Senior Business Source Manager, Office of APM (virtual)
  • Lani MacRae, DOE EERE, SB Program Manager (virtual)
  • Sharon Marra, Battelle Savannah River Alliance, Deputy Director Operations (virtual)
  • Jay Mullis, DOE EM, Oak Ridge Site Manager (virtual)
  • Nicole Nelson-Jean, DOE EM, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations (recorded)
  • Jim McConnell, DOE NNSA, Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure and Operations (virtual)
  • David Pesiri, DOE NNSA, LANL Program Manager – Capital Projects (virtual)
  • Tony Polk, DOE EM, Director Savannah River Lab Office (virtual)
  • Teresa Robbins, DOE NNSA, Field Office Manager/NNSA Production Office (virtual)
  • Scott Sax, Central Plateau Cleanup Company, President and Project Manager (virtual)
  • Dave Taylor, Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc., Program Manager (virtual)
  • Angela Watmore, DOE EM, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management (virtual)
  • Laura Wilkerson, DOE EM, OREM Deputy Manager (virtual)

Conference Panels and Workshops Themes Include:

  • Nationwide EM Opportunity Overview
  • Major EM Site Overview and Challenges
  • Opportunities with the NNSA
  • Executing Cleanup over the Next Decade at Oak Ridge
  • End State Contracting – A Focus on the Post-Award
  • Modernization & Redevelopment
  • Capital Project Optimization – Project Excellence & Hard Truths
  • Office of EERE and National Laboratory Review
  • Cybersecurity & Resiliency
  • Non-DOE Federal Opportunities

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!