NIGP Contract Trainer Directory

Jul 8, 2015, 17:28 PM

Contract Trainer Directory

NIGP hires independent contractors to fill the role of classroom trainer. NIGP is looking for potential trainers who should be:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Helpful
  • Creative
  • Enthusiastic
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • Confident
  • Willing to be a Mentor


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Taylor V. Adams, CPPO

A Mississippi native, Taylor V. Adams is a graduate Mississippi State University and in 2001 was awarded a Master of Business Administration from the Hult International Business School in London, England. Taylor began his career in the corporate headquarters of Harrods of Knightsbridge. He returned to Mississippi after being abroad for four years and joined the Starkville based National Bank of Commerce (now Cadence Bank) working first in business development at the regional level and then at the corporate level as a commercial analyst.

Taylor next accepted a partnership at Benefit Concepts PA where he first worked in a contracting capacity with governmental entities. This experience proved invaluable when in 2006 he was offered employment by Mississippi State University where he ultimately served as Purchasing Manager. In August of 2012 he joined the City of Starkville, MS where he currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer.

In May of 2010 Taylor attained the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) designation, is the 2012 Mississippi Purchasing Manager of the Year, and the recipient of the 2011 MAGPPA President’s Award.

An active member of NIGP, Taylor is involved at both the Institute level (where he serves on the Finance Committee) and the State level (where he served on the Executive Board for three years).

Taylor was elected to the Vestry at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville in 2009. He was appointed to the Starkville CVB Board in 2011. Taylor serves on the Steering Committee and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty. He is a member of the Starkville Main Street Association, the International City County Management Association, the National League of Cities, and the Mississippi Municipal League. Taylor spends his spare time with his wife Phoenix and their four children Taylor Jr., Kensington, Hudson, and Carys.


On the Faculty of:
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing

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Lynda Allair, CPPO


Lynda Allair, CPPO has thirty years experience in public sector procurement, involving complex acquisitions and construction, policy development, and project implementation and change management within the provincial, health care and municipal sectors.

Lynda has been involved in post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, implementation of new initiatives, and functional programming and change management relative to organizational re-organization and redevelopment. She has implemented “best value” and “life cycle cost” processes for acquisitions as well as process efficiencies, Performance Standards and Key Performance Indicators.

Lynda is retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, a division of Treasury Board of the Ontario Ministry of Finance, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. During her career, she has held procurement management positions in the municipal and health care sectors as well.

Lynda is a LEAP founding instructor with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing whose courses are sponsored by the Florida Atlantic University. She is also a long-term member and Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP.  Lynda served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member.


On the Faculty of:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contracting for Public Sector Services
Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement
Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement
Introduction to Public Procurement
Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing
Risk Management in Public Contracting
Sourcing in the Public Sector
Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector


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Professional Procurement and Management Consulting, Inc. (PPMC)



Ken Babich, BComm, CPPO

President, CEO
Professional Procurement and Management Consulting, Inc. (PPMC)

After a stellar career in the public sector, in August 2012, Ken commenced extending his professional procurement and contract management expertise to public sector agencies and organizations through his firm, Professional Procurement and Management Consulting Inc.

Prior to August, Ken was the Director, Purchasing Services at the University of Victoria. He holds a Commerce and Business Degree, and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of Alberta, and holds a lifetime Certified Public Purchasing Officer designation through the Universal Public Procurement Coordinating Council (UPPCC), an internationally recognized public procurement certification organization.

His extensive public sector executive experience in finance and administration, supply management and logistics, facilities management, and corporate services enable him to focus on service delivery, business process excellence, and e-Procurement-ERP systems integration. He is a seasoned win-win negotiator, and is an expert in “best-value” and “best-of-breed” methodology.

Ken has designed and implemented an end-to-end e-Procurement portal and virtual electronic shopping mall that is integrated with UVic’s Purchasing Card Program and FAST Financial reporting system using the BANNER ERP system. The National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council in 2003 recognized this as a best practice through an award in the “education” category in their “Cost Effectiveness through Government” competition. Ken established a “Strategic Alliance” sourcing model that won the 2003 Presidential Best Practices Citation for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Inc. (NIGP). In August, 2012, Ken was awarded NIGP’s “Spirit of Intellect Award that recognizes cutting-edge innovations and best value methodologies in public procurement.

In 2002 Ken introduced and implemented NIGP’s ProD program in Western Canada and is a Certified Master Instructor for UPPCC’s professional certification program for the “Professional Buyer (CPPB)” and “Purchasing Manager (CPPO) designations. Ken co-authored the core textbook “Sourcing in the Public Sector” (second edition in 2008) for NIGP’s LEAP certification program, and bachelor’s degree program in Public Procurement through Florida Atlantic University.

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