[vendtalk] Nebraska Business Enterprise (NBE) Manager Introduction

Charlie Richardson charlieofalbany at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 30 22:54:33 UTC 2017

Congratulations and glad to see your enthusiasm.

I'm a former vendor of the New York program with 20 years under my belt.  I 
had served 15 years on the elected committee with 10 of those being the 

I'm currently going through the training program in Florida and am in my OJT 
stage looking to be licensed in May, just in time for the next bid cycle.

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From: DeFreece, Carrie via vendtalk
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Subject: [vendtalk] Nebraska Business Enterprise (NBE) Manager Introduction

Hello everyone!  I am Carrie DeFreece, the new manager for the NBE program. 
I spent 6 great weeks in the Center participating in Blind Immersion 
training and hit the ground running a few weeks ago with the new position. 
I will spend half of my time supervising NBE and the other half working with 
the Business Office.  I am very excited to be here and love the mission of 
this Agency.  It fills my heart each day to come to work knowing that I am 
making a difference in someone's life.  I am looking forward to learning 
more about the Agency, our mission and our work as well as all that is going 
on around the country.

A little about me.  I am a Lincoln, Nebraska native, graduating from Lincoln 
High more years ago than I care to mention.  I have a Bachelor of Arts 
Degree in Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Sociology from UNL.  I 
have always wanted to save the world from humanity!  I spent two years as a 
Project Manager for the Nebraska State Recycling Association and 18 years as 
the Executive Director of WasteCap Nebraska, a non-profit organization 
dedicated to helping businesses and communities reduce waste and improve 
recycling programs.  I have two boys.  Joshua is 19 and just recently left 
for the Army.  Nicholas is 12 and is a 7th grader at Schoo Middle School. 
As a family, we love hiking in the mountains and anything having to do with 
the beach or water.  I think we were all born with gills!  I am also an avid 
gardener and love to cook and entertain friends.  I'm very social and highly 
extroverted which serves me well in public speaking and networking and also 
didn't hurt my high school cheerleading career!

I look forward to meeting you all and spend time discussing the blind vendor 
programs across the US.  Since this is not my area of specialty, I still 
have a lot to learn but am up for the challenge!  My strengths lie in 
planning, communication, project management organizational development.  I 
plan to be throwing many questions and topics out there since I am a sponge 
for information.

Carrie DeFreece
NE Business Enterprise (NBE) Manager
NE Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Carrie.DeFreece at nebraska.gov

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