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Meet our team

Holt-H&S-no-border-captionColette Holt & Associates (D/M/WBE) is a national law and consulting firm specializing in issues related to Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs, supplier diversity initiatives, and affirmative action issues. The firm has conducted court-approved disparity studies and designed court-approved D/S/M/WBE programs for over 20 years, including for numerous Illinois governments. Ms. Holt co-authored the National Academy of Sciences Transportation’s “Guidelines for Conducting a Disparity and Availability Study for the Federal DBE Program.” She served as an expert witness in the successful defense of the programs for the Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago, and is now the expert witness for the Illinois Tollway in the challenge to that program.

Sandi Llano & Associates, Inc, (D/WBE) is a professional services firm that assists both the public and private sector in all matters related to D/M/WBE Programs. Ms. Llano is one of the nation’s most knowledgeable experts on DBE Programs, with over 30 years of experience in the field, including designing and implementing DBE Programs for Metra and the State of Illinois.

Abaci Research & Consulting, LLC (D/WBE) specializes in identifying, collecting and preparing data for statistical analysis specifically for Availability and Disparity Studies.  Kim Stewart is a highly qualified research and data collection expert, with over ten years’ experience on more than twenty studies.