SBA Names Minnesota Veteran Small Business Champion 2015

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Release Number: 
NR-2015-05
Contact: 
Patrick Saxton (612) 370-2325

MINNEAPOLIS – Alexander Tittle, Equity Director, of Minnesota Sports Facilities Authorities of Minneapolis, has been named the Minnesota Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minnesota District Office.

The Veteran Small Business Champion Award is presented annually in each state to individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Sherri Komrosky, Program Director, Minneapolis Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and Gary Cunningham, President and CEO, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), nominated Tittle for this award.

Tittle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources. Tittle served ten years in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Transportation Officer before being honorable discharged in 2007 as a Captain.

As Equity Director at the Sports Facilities Authority, Tittle is directly responsible for the implementation of the equity program. This program’s purpose is to ensure that the Authority’s equity plan is carried out and facilitated appropriately. The program outlines compliance measures regarding workforce and small and disadvantaged businesses on the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium Project (“The People’s Stadium”). Prior to taking his current role, Tittle served as Director for the Office of Civil Rights at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDoT) and as the Education Director and Support Services Manager for Summit Academy.

Tittle has worked tirelessly for Veterans his entire career and has worked with state and local leaders to help pass legislation that is favorable to Veterans and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). He was responsible for re-engaging the Veterans Preference Program for the State of Minnesota. This program requires that five percent of all state fully funded MNDoT projects be awarded to VOSBs. Tittle worked collaboratively with state senators, state representatives and Veterans organizations to ensure that the bill was drafted and passed into law.

Once the law was passed, Tittle began reaching out to the Veteran business community in order to educate them on the new opportunities. He also partnered with SBA, and local Veteran organizations to conduct a state outreach and marketing campaign in order to spread this information far and wide.

Tittle’s efforts at MNDoT and with the Sports Facilities Authority have greatly increased Minnesota’s investment in the area of VOSB. Since his involvement in the Veterans Preference Program, MNDoT has awarded approximately $10 million—around 4% of the total contracts—to VOSBs within the first two years of the reemergence of the program. The People’s Stadium Project has awarded almost $8 million—just over 1% of the total contracts—to Veterans to date.

Tittle has been instrumental in making sure that VOSBs have a voice at the table in many procurement projects around the state and has worked tirelessly to make sure VOSBs have a level playing field. He has shown a deep passion for supporting VOSBs and sets the bar high for others in similar positions of public service. Tittle takes his time to speak in front of Veterans groups, provides educational presentations and one-no-one assistance to clients at the PTAC, and volunteers for various Veterans organization throughout the state.

Tittle will be honored at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards program on May 7, 2015, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.
 

For more information:

Alex Tittle
Equity Director
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
511 Eleventh Avenue South
Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-335-3312
alex.tittle@msfa.com