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Service Area: Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion, Winston and Walker counties in Alabama

APEX Accelerator
at the University of North Alabama
Box 5248
541 West College Street
Florence, AL 35632

Mr. Phillip Marks, Procurement Advisor

Phillip Marks

Phillip Marks is the Procurement Specialist for the APEX Accelerator that primarily serves the nine-county region in northwest Alabama; his office is located at the University of North Alabama. His responsibilities include working with small businesses to provide assistance with government contracting, assisting businesses in determining government contracting opportunities, and helping them to do business with the government and prime contractors. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration from UNA. Phillip is an ASBDC Certified Business Advisor and an APTAC Certified Procurement and Technical Assistance Counselor. He has years of experience in advertising and in the grocery industry; he is active in his church and in the Boy Scouts of America.

Ms. Susan Adams, Procurement Advisor
VA-Certified Verification Counselor

Susan has worked in a multitude of industries in HR, Marketing, Management, and Sales, including Pharmaceuticals, as well as having teaching and administrative experience in both High School and University arenas.

Susan has undergraduate degrees from the University of North Alabama in Biology, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, with teaching certifications in Elementary and Secondary. Her MBA is from the University of Memphis in the specializations of Marketing and Management. Susan did post-graduate work at Vanderbilt in the areas of Human Resources and Training.

Coming from a family of small business owners, and having been a former business owner herself, Susan knows the needs of the small business community and has been able to use her education and experience to help entrepreneurs and small business owners prepare for government contracting. As a life-long learner, consummate fundraiser, and volunteer, she is always taking opportunities to learn and connect with others.

Susan served as President of the University of North Alabama Alumni Association and holds leadership roles with Rotary and serves on the Professional Staff Assembly at the University of Alabama.

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