Webinar - Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program

  • Date: 05/02/2023
  • Start Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 3:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Contact Hours: 1
  • Format: Webinar
  • CEUs: 0.1
Webinar 050223: Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program (Member)$0.00 05/02/2023
Webinar 050223: Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program (Non-Member)$195.00 05/02/2023
Webinar 050223: Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program (Member) $0.00
Webinar 050223: Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program (Non-Member) $195.00


This webinar will take a closer look at the recently published Global Best Practice, “Achieving an Optimal Procurement (pCard) program.”
If your current pCard program has stalled and you are looking to achieve greater efficiencies via the program, and increase agency revenue, this session is for you. We will consider program structure and how shifting priorities may affect the program's efficiencies.  

What You'll Learn

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Identify ways and methods to expand the agency pCard program effectiveness
2. Learn steps to optimizing the card program
3. Learn steps to mitigate the attendant risk that comes with having a pCard program

Presenter Bio(s) 

Kirk Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA, retired in June 2019, from the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he spent the last five years as Director of Finance.  Kirk also served as Director of Procurement Services and Deputy Director of Administrative Services.  Prior to Fort Lauderdale, Kirk was the Purchasing Agent for Osceola County. In January 2022, Kirk was admitted to the University of Cincinnati Law School’s Masters in Legal Studies program.  He will graduate with an MLS degree in August 2023. Kirk has a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University, and an MBA, with a concentration in Procurement and Acquisitions Management, from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.   Mr. Buffington served as President of the Florida Association of Public Purchasing Officers and was elected to the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) Board of Directors in July 2003, and served as its’ President of NIGP from 2008-2009.   Mr. Buffington co-authored the NIGP LEAP text “The Legal Aspects of Purchasing” and published various articles concerning Procurement Case Law in nationally peer-reviewed academic journals.
Kathleen Fisher, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, Manager of Supplier Relationship and Procurement Operations, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. She has a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Kathleen discovered her love for Public Procurement when she joined the Authority’s Procurement team in 2013. She cannot imagine working in any other profession. Kathleen has successfully facilitated complex solicitations for parking control systems, online systems, and professional services. She is responsible for managing the Authority’s Purchasing Card Program and converting supplier payments to ePay methods. She has recently been appointed as the Manager of the Authority’s newly created Supplier Relationship Management Program. She is responsible for developing a collaborative partnership between the Authority and its key suppliers. Kathleen currently serves as the Chair of the NIGP Accreditation Committee, Secretary of the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP, and is a Special District Representative to the K-12/Local Government Advisory Team to the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals. Kathleen was part of NIGP’s Global Best Practice Task Force for Achieving an Optimal Procurement Card (pCard) Program, has been a presenter at national and regional conferences as well as for virtual symposiums and webinars on procurement related topics. In 2021, Kathleen was voted Buyer of the Year by the Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP.

Attendance for Individuals

In order to receive one contact hour, each member needs to register for the webinar individually in advance and then watch the live webinar. Your credit is tabulated by match between your login and your registration.

Attendance for Groups

There is a Group Sign-In Form provided with each webinar. The group sign-in form does not register anyone for the webinar, it just verifies live attendance. Each person will receive their login email on the day of the webinar – this verifies their registration. The group sign in form verifies that they watched the live webinar.

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Brought to You By:


  • Kirk Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., MBA, Retired, former Director of Finance, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Kathleen Fisher, Manager of Supplier Relationship and Procurement Operations, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP


Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing by emailing registrationinfo@nigp.org. Once the login email is sent, registrants that are non-members are not eligible for a refund. Registered participants who do not attend will not receive credit. Need to miss the webinar due to a last minute meeting? There is no need to cancel. You won't receive credit, but you will still receive all the handouts and the recording link.


The content of this webinar is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to solicit business or to provide legal advice. Laws differ by jurisdiction, and the information in this webinar may not apply to every attendee. You should not take, or refrain from taking, any particular action based upon the information contained in this webinar without first seeking jurisdictional guidance.