Event

2021 NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit

  • Date: 09/11/2021 - 09/14/2021
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM Pacific Time
  • End Time: 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Instructor: Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
    , Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Contract and Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Josh Klika, CPPB, LSSGB, is the Contracts and Procurement Program Manager for the City of Olympia. Josh has over 20 years of public procurement experience at the state and local level. Over his career, he has led teams focused on customer satisfaction programs, sustainable purchasing, and supplier diversity initiatives. Josh continually looks for ways to contribute to the profession at both the local and national level for NIGP. Josh has served as President of the Washington Chapter. He has written articles for his Chapter newsletter and presented at NIGP Forum and NIGP Region 8 Chapter events, sharing perspectives on leadership, team building, and change management.
    , Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Contract and Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Josh Klika, CPPB, LSSGB, is the Contracts and Procurement Program Manager for the City of Olympia. Josh has over 20 years of public procurement experience at the state and local level. Over his career, he has led teams focused on customer satisfaction programs, sustainable purchasing, and supplier diversity initiatives. Josh continually looks for ways to contribute to the profession at both the local and national level for NIGP. Josh has served as President of the Washington Chapter. He has written articles for his Chapter newsletter and presented at NIGP Forum and NIGP Region 8 Chapter events, sharing perspectives on leadership, team building, and change management.
    , Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Contract and Purchasing Manager
    Mr. Josh J. Klika
    Josh Klika, CPPB, LSSGB, is the Contracts and Procurement Program Manager for the City of Olympia. Josh has over 20 years of public procurement experience at the state and local level. Over his career, he has led teams focused on customer satisfaction programs, sustainable purchasing, and supplier diversity initiatives. Josh continually looks for ways to contribute to the profession at both the local and national level for NIGP. Josh has served as President of the Washington Chapter. He has written articles for his Chapter newsletter and presented at NIGP Forum and NIGP Region 8 Chapter events, sharing perspectives on leadership, team building, and change management.
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden.
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Director of Purchasing and Contracting
    Mr. John (Jack) M. Pellegrino, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPCM
    Phone: 858-505-6565Fax: 858-576-8113
    Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.
    , Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Director of Procurement & Support Services
    Mr. Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, CGFM, C.P.M., MBA, A.P.P.
    Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government). After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University. His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland. After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President. Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Mr. Jon Stodola
    Sales Manager State & Local Gov't
    Mr. Jon Stodola
    Phone: 952-887-8808Fax: 952-887-8693
    Jon Stodola, CSE, The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN and Chair of the NIGP Business Council Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.
    , Bill Craib
    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning
    Bill Craib
    Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations. Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organizations groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News. When he isnt traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Erin Lopez
    Business Diversity Outreach Specialist
    Erin Lopez
    Erin Lopez Nielsen has over 20 years of experience in supplier diversity. She has led work for the Governor’s Business Diversity Subcabinet, founded a Business Diversity Advisory Group at the state, and supported the state’s response to COVID-19 through the Joint Information Center. Prior to the state, she led supplier diversity within corporate working on a $1.3 billion project. She led change in the industry towards thinking more broadly about inclusion, resulting in over 100 certified firms on one project. She led a statewide procurement technical assistance center with seven locations across Washington State. Prior to that, she provided direct technical assistance for small and diverse businesses. She has received several awards including: Advocate of the Year award, by Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council; Champion of Inclusion award, by Washington State Department of Transportation; Outstanding Center of the Year, by Association for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Honored as a Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference, by Women of Color Empowered; Support of the Seattle District Office 8(a) Business Development Program, by U.S. Small Business Administration; Race and Social Justice Award in recognition of valuable contributions to the City, by City of Seattle.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Mr. Mike Mucha
    Deputy Executive Director
    Mr. Mike Mucha
    Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
    , Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M, NIGP-CPP
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Michael E. Bevis, Esq., JD, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M, NIGP-CPP
    Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession. He is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, where he is charged with integrating business, technology, operations and budgeting goals to further the City’s commitment to grow Norfolk’s economy and adopt programs that build a solid foundation for partnering with the business community. His prior purchasing experiences have included Purchasing Agent for Arlington County, Virginia; Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Naperville, Illinois; Deputy Director of the Federal Acquisition Institute in Washington DC; Deputy Purchasing Agent for the City of Chicago and Purchasing Manager for the Chicago Park District. He also practiced law in Ohio, Illinois and before several US Federal courts before focusing on Procurement Management. Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals. He currently serves the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence and in the immediate past Chair of the Governing Board of NIGP the Institute for Public Procurement; he also represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standards Board. Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), National Purchasing Institute (Achievement of Excellence in Procurement – awarded to his jurisdictions 16 times). Michael’s teaching experiences include 23 years as an Instructor for NIGP, independent curriculum and training development for various agencies. He has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and he has taught at DePaul University in Chicago, IL (both Procurement and Project Management Curriculums). Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (JD), Lincoln Memorial University (BA magna cum laude) and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration). He holds the NIGP-CPP, a CPPO from the UPPCC and the CPSM and lifetime CPM from the Institute for Supply Management.
    , Ms. Jennifer L. Olzinger
    Assistant Director/Procurement Manager
    Ms. Jennifer L. Olzinger
    Phone: 412-255-2482Fax: 412-255-2367
    Ms. Olzinger joined the Office of Management and Budget as the Assistant Director-Procurement Manager in September 2015. She is responsible for managing and coordinating the City’s procurement process, as well as overseeing the preparation and evaluation of bid proposals, selection of contractors and negotiation of contracts. Ms. Olzinger determines the procurement strategy for obtaining goods and services in the most effective and efficient manner; develops and enforces “best practice” policies and procedures to certify compliance with City Code; and ensures procurement practices are consistent, open and designed to encourage maximum competition and best value procurements. Ms. Olzinger and her team analyze the city-wide and departmental spending to identify opportunities to reduce costs and/or procure goods and services more efficiently and effectively to provide the best overall value to the City. Ms. Olzinger is currently serving as the Second Vice President for the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association (PAPPA) for the 2020-2021 calendar year. She previously served as the PAPPA Board Secretary for the 2018-2019 term. She is also serving for a second term on National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) Impact Circle, a task force created by NIGP to help them further develop their educational programs, promote workforce development and help reduce the barriers to obtain professional procurement certifications. In addition, the task force seeks to assist NIGP in tailoring their offerings to better prepare procurement staff across the Country to handle the varied “smart” technologies and more technically complex IOT procurements that Cities are looking to implement. Ms. Olzinger served as Acting Director of the Office of Management & Budget from September 2018 – September 2019. In addition to her primary duties as Assistant Director, Ms. Olzinger also oversaw all areas of the Department including Operating Budget, Capital Budget & Asset Management, Fleet, Grants and the administration of the Community Development Block Grant program. Prior to joining the City, she served as the Manager of Procurement Operations at Education Management, LLC, where she managed a team of buyers supporting the purchasing process for 100+ EDMC locations.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool. Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with approximately 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held Chief Procurement Officer and executive level positions in major public organizations, such as: City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for government. She continues to add value to public entities through consulting, training, and as an NIGP instructor. Lourdes led transformative changes in various agencies leading to savings in excess of $150 Million, higher personnel credentials; and transition to strategic/value add operations. She authored and implemented the procurement code for the City of Houston and participated in the development of and implemented the procurement code for Cook County. Achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Director
    Mrs. Chhunny Chhean
    Phone: 972-955-3653Fax: 214-670-4793
    Chhunny Chhean is the City of Dallas’ Director of Procurement Services, which is recognized by NIGP as an outstanding agency. Procurement Services handles complex technology, human services, and professional services contracts and has launched an innovative contract management training program. Prior to this role, Chhunny served as an assistant city attorney advising the City on a variety of subjects, including environmental matters, pensions, ethics, and elections. She is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Chhunny also serves on NIGP's Impact Circle and recently participated on a panel discussion around workforce development.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement
    Mrs. Mersida Ibric
    Phone: 212-386-6311Fax: 212-313-3211
    Mersida Ibric is a Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) overseeing the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi-year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This unique role allows DCAS to leverage the City’s buying power by utilizing strategic sourcing best practices. OCP is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; and transfer, sale and other safe disposal of City agencies' surplus goods. OCP supports City operations by providing an efficient, cost effective and customer-focused central purchasing function while ensuring that products purchased and services obtained support the City's long term strategic and environmental goals at the lowest net cost and the highest professional standards. In addition to its vast Citywide procurement portfolio, DCAS procures goods, construction services and other services to support mission critical DCAS initiatives through OCP's internal Agency Procurement unit. This is Ibric’s 10th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a Bachelors in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. Sean Carroll
    Chief Procurement Officer
    Mr. Sean Carroll
    Phone: 518-473-5294Fax: 518-486-6099
    In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services. Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit. Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users. His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
    , Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Purchasing Officer
    Mr. John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 607-760-1396Fax: 607-778-2346
    John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY). Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY). John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University. John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP). He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.
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  • Contact Hours: 14
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PriceCostBeginsEnds
2021 Forum Leadership Summit - California Resident$850.00 09/14/2021
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Member: Early$800.00 07/31/2021
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Member: Standard$850.0006/02/202109/14/2021
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Non-Member: Early$1,000.00 07/31/2021
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Non-Member: Standard$1,050.0006/02/202109/14/2021
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Member: Early $800.00
2021 Forum Leadership Summit - California Resident $850.00
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Member: Standard $850.00
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Non-Member: Early $1,000.00
NIGP Forum: Leadership Summit 2021 - Non-Member: Standard $1,050.00
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