RGCI - Unanet Champions Highlights 2023

The Unanet Champions conference was held this year in Denver, CO. Prior to the conference kick-off, Unanet now host a day of training for those want training in specific areas. Katie participated in Analytics and I was in the CRM: Administering the System. I will become a Certified Implementer for CRM this summer and I’m excited about the opportunity.

The general session kicked off highlighting two amazing companies using Unanet. One of the companies was Summit Point Racing Association and they are a client that Katie Donnell and I implemented Unanet with starting last summer. Their company is so different and unique, and we’ve really enjoyed working with them. I won’t lie when I say I was a little emotional seeing all the hard work both of our teams have done in the last ten months come to life on the big screen and being highlighted at Champions. It was a BIG ‘proud mom’ moment. If you haven’t ever heard of Summit Point Racing Association, you’ll want to check out their site. It’s a cool company.

The company highlights were followed by motivational speaker, Bonnie St. John. She talked about being resilient, how being normal is overrated, and to Aim Higher! Bonnie lost her leg at a young age and became the first African-American to ever win medals in the Winter Paralympics in 1984. There were so many takeaways, but my biggest was to have a First Aid Kit for your attitude. Prepare yourself so when you have a tough day you can pull out your Frist Aid Kit to help turn your day around. Everyone’s will look different, but what should be in yours: pictures, notes from loved ones, a verse, song, or fun memory.

There were so many great sessions to learn more about Unanet, it was hard to choose which classes to take. My favorite was Using CRM Opportunities to Model Pricing and Forecasting Revenue. This was a great class showing attendees how to use CRM and Unanet to setup a projects, people, and labor categories for pricing purposes and using that for forecasting. It was a great session and I’m excited about learning more about CRM so we can help our clients streamline their processes.

It's always so nice catching up with old clients/friends and meeting new ones. Unanet hosted a fabulous 80s themed party the last night and it was a blast. Great job Unanet! The hair stylist crimping and teasing hair, makeup artist, life sized Pac Man, giant Rubik’s Cubes, band, and all of the décor was spot on. You really know how to throw a party and it was so fun seeing everyone dressed in their 80s attire. I cannot wait for next year!

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Written by LaDonna Wotell

LaDonna Wotell LaDonna is an Managing Consultant with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. based in our firms Huntsville office. Her area of expertise includes supporting clients with implementation and daily operations using Unanet, as well as supporting Contracts, Proposal Pricing and Accounting Compliance. Professional Experience LaDonna has over 15-years’ experience in progressive accounting, finance, contracts and human resources related roles at both large and small business government contractors. Her diverse background on most facets of the government contractor back office brings a unique perspective to her support of Redstone GCI client software implementations. LaDonna began her career in Government Contracting as an accountant with a large government contractor. After several years of progressive experience, she was able to migrate to additional roles within the Company’s contracts organization, including as a Contracts Administrator where she supported both FAR Part 15 and FAR Part 12 Contracts. This experience led to LaDonna accepting a role with a small, but growing government contracts firm where she support accounting, contracts and HR functions during the Company’s growth and eventual acquisition. In this role, LaDonna was first exposed to Unanet and participated in the Company’s successful implementation and adoption process. LaDonna has utilized Unanet in the performance of her day-to-day role including, pricing, proposals, contracts administration, project control, DCAA audits and more. Her user experience coupled with her pursuit of the Unanet Certified Implementer designation will allow her to bring a truly unique perspective to our Unanet implementation and post implementation support engagements. LaDonna’s wide range of experience at small and large contractors and across the back office allows her to see the “bigger picture” and provide best practice advice to our clients across many subject matter areas. Education LaDonna has her B.S Degree from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and M.S in Contract Acquisition from Florida Institute of Technology where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

About Redstone GCI

Redstone GCI is a consulting firm focused on fulfilling the needs of government contractors in all areas of compliance. With a singular mission to help contractors through the multiple layers of “red tape,” we allow contractors to focus on what they do best – support their mission with the U.S. Government. We are home to a group of consultants made up of GovCon industry professionals, CPAs, attorneys, and retired government audit and acquisition professionals.

Our focus and knowledge of audit and compliance functions administered by DCAA and DCMA will always be at the heart of what we do. However, for the past decade, we’ve strategically grown to support other areas of the government contractor back-office with that same level of focus and expertise. We’ve added expertise in contracts management, subcontract administration, proposal pricing, various software systems, HR and employment law, property administration, manufacturing, data analytics/reporting, Grant specialists, M&A, and many other areas. When we see a trend in the needs of contractors, we act to ensure we can provide the best expertise in the market to fulfill those needs.

One thing our clients can be certain of is that with the Redstone GCI Team in your corner, there is no problem too big and no issue too technical for our team to tackle.

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