Connecting Procurement Communities

NIGP Forum Leadership Summit

September 11 - 14, 2021
Anaheim, CA

All activities will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center unless noted otherwise.

Schedule of Sessions

Leadership Summit is a live experience bringing together innovative voices to co-create public procurement’s future.  Together, we’ll engage in an open and collaborative setting with unscripted dialogue, incubate bold new ideas and propose actionable strategies for executing them.  Leadership Summit is the environment for ideating incremental and epic new visions for procurement's transformative role in our communities.  If you are looking to collaborate with other leaders on lessons learned from a year of disruption, forecast in an uncertain economy, or approach workforce development differently, Leadership Summit is for you.

Leadership Summit is a three-day live in-person conference with a mix of plenary sessions, workshops, expo hours, awards and social events.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Awards Celebration
 
Sunday, September 12, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Opening Plenary: Chaos and Momentum: 5 Vertical Lessons to Lead in the Unknown

 Contact Hours: 1.5


Do you know what you need to achieve, but get sidetracked by the inevitable storms of life? This session outlines a powerful framework you can execute every day to get immediate results. Learn how to gain laser focus, no matter what task you’re facing, and utilize your momentum in an effective way. Shut out the white noise of the world and keep moving forward!

Manley Feinberg
 
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Plenary Discussions

 Contact Hours: 1.25


Questions for discussion:

  • What is the current climate at your entity?
  • What storms are you facing?
  • What do you feel you need to gain clarity as a leader and push forward?
 
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Lunch on Own
 
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Reboot: Establishing a baseline for a strategy

 Diversity and Inclusion   Contact Hours: 1.5


Engage in a discussion led by industry experts around the differences between diversity & inclusion, and how these programs are defined for public procurement entities. What makes procurement a critical part of an organization's diversity & inclusion efforts? What is a leader's role in supporting DEI efforts?

Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Pulse Check: What is our current financial climate?

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.5


Industry experts explore the current climate of public procurement as it pertains to finance and strategic planning. Now 14 months into a global Pandemic, we begin to look at trends and forecasts that have caused economic volatility. 

Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
The Future of Skills and Development: Predictions for the Public Procurement Workforce

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.5


Workforce development planning is commonly cited as the most challenging area of human resources, especially in recent years with the baby boomers retiring and taking knowledge with them. Participants begin to explore the importance of workforce development in public procurement while looking at the driving forces behind the trends (multi-generational workforce, competencies, certification, etc.)

Bill Craib
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Supplier Collaboration & Innovation: The New Way to Drive Value

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.5


We’ve seen from recent years the importance of organizational resilience, both operational and strategic. The core to that resilience lies with our supplier/buyer relationships: operationally by making sure our suppliers can supply, and supporting them in doing that, and strategically by helping the business match future demand, maneuvering toward customer and consumer changes in need. What has also been highlighted is the need for nimbleness, speed and flexibility in doing that. Which is why supplier collaboration initiatives have become so important to the business, supply chain and procurement leaders. This session introduces the supplier collaboration approach and how it differs from the coventional supplier management approach.

Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Defining Sustainable Public Procurement

Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.5


Strategic sustainability objectives in public procurement, such as environmental or social considerations, are increasingly referred to under the umbrella term of 'sustainable public procurement'. The concept of sustainability is intrinsically multidimensional, encompassing environmental, social, and economic aspects. However, existing research highlights the generalization that the regulation and practices of public procurement are biased toward the environmental dimension. This session reviews the latest research and trends on sustainability in public procurement, and provides the opportunity for leaders to collaborate on defining what sustainable public procurement looks like in today's industry.

Sean Carroll
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Diversity & Inclusion: Meeting of the Minds - conversations that connect

 Diversity and Inclusion   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are the challenges in public procurement around DEI programs/initiatives?
  • Where have you had success or failure?
  • How is the global climate on DEI impacting public procurement?
  • How do leaders serve as catalysts to propel these intiatives forward?
  • How do you have difficult conversations on sensitive topics? 
Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Budget Planning for FY22 & Beyond: Conversations from the frontline

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • How is economic votality impacting your department/organization?
  • How have you faired through the Pandemic?
  • What are biggest budget concerns looking ahead?
  • What are technology needs that impact budget?
  • What do you feel your role is or should be?
  • What type of budgeting to you do? (performance-based as an ex)
Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Remote Workforce Management: Genuine and impactful discussions

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • How are you managing remote work/staff?
  • Will you return to office, what does that look like?
  • What are biggest resourcing needs?
  • What are biggest resourcing challenges?
  • In 5 years, what skills do you think will be needed?
  • How are employees dealing with remote work?
  • Do you have a training plan for your team/dept?
Bill Craib
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
SC&I and Supplier Diversity: Idea-generating and engaging dialogue

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What do SC&I programs look like that are in place now?
  • What are supplier diversity goals?
  • Where do you struggle with SC&I programs?
  • What do you feel your role is in this effort?
  • What are challenges with creating a program from scratch?
  • Tips and best practices? 
Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sustainability in Today's Climate: Meaningful, thought-provoking conversations

Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are the sustainability demands of your organization?
  • How does your organization define sustainability?
  • Do you give preference to sustainble suppliers?
  • What resources are you using to help develop sustainabilty plans? 
Sean Carroll
Monday, September 13, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Plenary - Total Teamwork: Working Together for Better Results

 Contact Hours: 1.25


A leader is only as strong as the team supporting them. A critical part of effectively executing any strategy is having the buy-in and engagement of all team members. This workshop features a fun, interactive team simulation activity that reveals the roles that team members play and provides insights into handling team challenges. You’ll also complete a ten-item assessment to find out how well your real life team is doing and learn tools for improved employee engagement.

Sarita Maybin
 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Plenary Discussions
 
 
10:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Products Expo & Lunch

 Contact Hours: 3.5

 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Improving business with JEDI: justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion

 Diversity and Inclusion   Contact Hours: 1.5


Expanding on day one's workshop, participants begin to look at the critical drivers behind achieving meaningful change and impact with a JEDI mindset. Sounds intergalactic, but it’s really an acronym for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This workshop provides the opportunity to explore different frameworks that serve as the foundation for creating a culture that  embraces the JEDI mindset-either at the department, or organizational level. 

Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Elevating the Strategic Procurement Plan

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.5


Strategic Procurement Planning (SP2) is the transformation of an organization’s mission, goals, and objectives into measurable activities to be used to plan, budget, and manage the procurement function within the organization. The ultimate goal is to bring about positive change in organizational culture, systems, and operational processes. This workshop explores the critical elements of the procurement strategic plan, and provides the time to  update or create your department's strategic plan in real-time. 

Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Building a Workforce Development Planning Toolkit

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.5


This session examines the different frameworks for developing a workforce planning toolkit. Industry experts guide participants through a discussion around key considerations in workforce development planning, including: economics of workforce development, organizational barriers to workforce development planning, and creating effective professional development plans to drive retention. 

Bill Craib
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Supplier Innovation Success in Practice

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.5


This session highlights the top supplier collaboration & innovation success stories in the industry. Get an answer to the question "What are other public procurement organizations doing in supplier collaboration & innovation?". Reviewing case students allows participants to understand what works and what doesn't from the successes and lessons learned of other organizations. Industry experts also review the key dimensions that undermine successful collaboration programs.

Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Shifting the Leadership Mindset around Sustainabilty

Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.5


This session provides an overview of the key benefits of sustainable procurement, including: driving down costs, eliminate waste, and build a better community reputation, to name a few. Having an effective sustainable procurement strategy also makes organizations more resilient to supply scarcity and capable of supporting demand in emerging markets--essentially risk management process improvement. However, to recognize success--an organization's leadership has to be an essential driver of sustainability change. Industry experts detail how leaders can shift their mindset to drive this change. 

Sean Carroll
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Expanding the D&I Conversation: Productive and compelling dialogue

 Diversity and Inclusion  Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for Discussion:

  • Do you have a diversity framework in your organization or department?
  • What other departments are involved in D&I initiatives?
  • Are there external pressures from the community to have more D&I programs?
  • How does D&I fit into your hiring and recruiting process?
  • Do you have leadership development opportunities for historically underrepresented populations? 
Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Linking Procurement & Finance: Dynamic, real-world conversations

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for Discussion:

  • Do you have a good relationship with your finance department?
  • How does the budgeting process work in your organization?
  • What are the biggest concerns when collaborating with other internal stakeholders on budget and planning?  
  • Do you feel your department mission, values and goals align with where you want your organization to be?
  • Do you have a strategic plan in place? 
Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Workforce Development: Future-focused discussion

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for Discussion:

  • Do you have a workforce development framework in your organization or department?
  • What other departments are involved in workforce development initiatives?
  • What does your onboarding look like?  
  • Do you use technology for workforce development or training?
  • Is education linked to annual reviews for your employees?
  • Is certification important? 
Bill Craib
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Prioritizing Supplier Collaboration & Innovation: Practical, Actionable dialogue

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for Discussion:

  • What do you think is the biggest value of supplier collaboration program
  • How do you innovate with your suppliers currently?  
  • Do you have a current program in place?
  • What are the potential challenges with creating a program? 
Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Leadership Role in Sustainability Initiatives: Empowering discussions

Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for Discussion:

  • What are your organization's sustainbility goals now and for the future?
  • What challenges do you see in meeting these?
  • As a leader, what do you view your role to be?
  • Where do you need help planning? 
Sean Carroll
 
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Networking Happy Hour
 
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Plenary - Impact Circle Panel: Building Your Leadership Toolbox

 Contact Hours: 1.25


Content Focus:

  • Why are these 5 themes important to Public Procurement leaders now and in the future?
  • How do leaders best position themselves and their departments for success?
  • What should leaders have in their "tool box" to succeed?

Strategy is only half the battle, being able to execute is critical--this panel focuses on how to take strategy to action to success. 

Michael Bevis, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M, Jennifer L Olzinger, CPPB, Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., Mersida Ibric, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP, Chhunny Chhean
 
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Implementing a DEI strategy: The Leadership Commitment

 Diversity and Inclusion  Contact Hours: 1.5


For a DEI strategy to work, leadership has to model the behavior, values, and norms that foster an equitable and inclusive workplace. It is imperative for individual leaders to be on their own DEI journey (leading the self) while inspiring peers and their direct reports (leading others). This final workshop focuses on creating an action plan around creating a DEI strategy at the department or organizational level, putting in place goals and metrics to evaluate progress over the next 12 months. 

Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
The Leader's Guide to Successful Strategy Implementation

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.5


While developing a strategy is one of the first steps to implementing organizational change, the implementation itself is vital to an organizations success. Without an efficient implementation process, even the best-laid plans may not come to fruition. In this session leaders discuss their role in driving successful implemantation/change with strategy and finance planning. Leaders explore a 7-step implementation framework and tailor it to meet thier specific department or organization needs. 

Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Mastering the Discipline of Workforce Planning

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.5


After a workforce development toolkit is created, the real work comes when creating and implementing the plan and ensuring compliance with the plan moving forward. Participants will hear from industry experts on best practices for effective workforce planning execution, and get a deep dive on the distinct analytical steps that need to be taken to succeed. 

Bill Craib
 
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Taking Supplier Collaboration to the Next Level

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.5


In this workshop participants work together to create a Supplier Collabortion & Innovation strategy that works for their department or organization goals. Using data and information shared in the previous two sessions, participants will define what success looks like for supplier collaboration in their specific department or organiation. 

Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Creating a Public Procurement Sustainability Strategy

 Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.5


In this workshop participants work together to create a supplier sustainability strategy that works for their department or organization goals. Using data and information shared in the previous two sessions, participants will define: strategy goals, communication plans, key performance indicators, resources needed to support the strategy, and how to measure progress and success.

Sean Carroll
 
10:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Products Expo & Lunch

 Contact Hours: 3.0

 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Reflecting on the DEI Conversations

 Diversity and Inclusion  Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are your biggest takeaways?
  • Where do you think you can make the most impact in this space?
  • What are you most excited to try?
  • What is your timeline for the project you would like to tackle? 
Max V. Langenkamp, Mersida Ibric
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Reflecting on the Finance & Strategic Planning Conversations

 Finance and Strategic Planning   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are your biggest takeaways?
  • Where do you think you can make the most impact in this space?
  • What are you most excited to try?
  • What is your timeline for the project you would like to tackle? 
Mike Mucha, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Reflecting on the Workforce Development Conversations

 Workforce Development   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are your biggest takeaways?
  • Where do you think you can make the most impact in this space?
  • What are you most excited to try?
  • What is your timeline for the project you would like to tackle? 
Bill Craib
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Reflecting on the Supplier Collaboration & Innovation (SC&I) & Supplier Diversity Conversations

Supplier Collaboration and Innovation   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are your biggest takeaways?
  • Where do you think you can make the most impact in this space?
  • What are you most excited to try?
  • What is your timeline for the project you would like to tackle? 
Jon Stodola, Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Reflecting on the Sustainabiltiy Conversations

Sustainability   Contact Hours: 1.0


Questions for discussion:

  • What are your biggest takeaways?
  • Where do you think you can make the most impact in this space?
  • What are you most excited to try?
  • What is your timeline for the project you would like to tackle? 
Sean Carroll
 
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing Plenary: Now What? Turn Your Insights into Action

 Contact Hours: 1.25


Conference attendees who hit the ground running with a clear purpose when they get back to the office reap a higher level of value from the event they just attended, use more of the new skills and ideas they acquired, and can bask in the glow just a little longer. They hit the office with vigor, purpose and efficiency.

In this highly-interactive facilitated session, reflect on your conference experience, identify the most relevant opportunities, and leave with an action plan to make it happen. You’ll connect with an accountability partner who’ll also be a resource to you in days to come.

  • Reflect on the most pertinent and crucial elements across the five themes of the conference
  • Transform your new knowledge and relevant insights into an action plan
  • Develop one more amazing contact by connecting with an accountability partner
Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™

Manley Feinberg

Professionals often struggle to deliver more value under tightening business constraints and rising expectations. Add the complications of regulations, engaging a multi-generational work force, constantly evolving technology, economic pressure, plus the chaos of day-to-day life; and you have a serious challenge.

Manley believes the answer is to equip individuals at all levels to think, act and influence as leaders in their environment. His inspirational session will have you believing you can accomplish anything including climbing a mountain! He utilizes his real-world adventures as metaphors to solve a broad array of challenges in the workplace.

Manley is recognized as an award-winning international keynote speaker, business leader, author, published outdoor adventure photographer and professional musician.  

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Sarita Maybin

Sarita Maybin is an international speaker and communication expert whose audiences have fun learning how to stay positive, constructively confront tough communication challenges and work together better.  Her interactive presentations provide real-life solutions and inspire positive action!

During her 20-year speaking career, Sarita has spoken at conferences, companies and campuses in ALL 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, England, Asia, and Iceland. 

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Michael Bevis, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M

Chief Procurement Officer, City of Norfolk, VA

Michael Bevis is an internationally recognized thought leader in the public procurement profession.   He has over 30 years of legal and procurement experience and is currently Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia.

Michael is passionate in his support of fellow professionals.  He the immediate past Chairman of the Governing Board of NIGP; represents the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management on the Global Standard Board and is the Chair of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence.   

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), and the National Purchasing Institute.

Michael 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 has taught at DePaul University.

Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Lincoln Memorial University and has completed post graduate studies at North Central College (Leadership Studies) and Northern Illinois University (Public Administration).  He holds several professional certifications including the NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM and lifetime CPM.

Jennifer L Olzinger, CPPB

Assistant Director-Procurement Manager, City of Pittsburgh, Office of Management and Budget

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. 

Jon Medwin, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.

Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay

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

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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.

Chhunny Chhean

Director of Procurement Services, City of Dallas, TX

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.

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Max V. Langenkamp

Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion-dollar business services company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Max also serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  

Max joined the Cintas Corporation in 2006 as in-house legal counsel.  In this position Max managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company. In January 2011, Cintas Max was promoted to Sr. Director of Human Resources and in 2014 to Vice President of Human Resources.

Max earned his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Law.  He is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  Max also has served on the board of directors for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Red Cross, the Community Action Agency Foundation of Hamilton County and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance to name a few.  In addition, Mr. Langenkamp was named by Law & Politics Magazine as one of Ohio’s “Rising Stars.”  In 2018, Max received the Leader of Distinction Award and in 2019 received Chief Human Resource Officer of the year – For Profit - Enterprise from HRO Today Magazine.

Max currently resides in West Chester with his wife, Tonya and their two children.

Mersida Ibric

Deputy Commissioner, Office of Citywide Procurement New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for 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 is Ibric’s 11th 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 bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha

Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

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.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

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 Faculty - Human Capital Institute

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 organization’s 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 isn’t traveling, Bill can be found in the hills of Central Vermont with his wife and nine-year-old son.

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Erin Lopez Nielsen

Business Diversity Outreach Specialist, Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services

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.

Sean Carroll

Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™

Dean Savoca is the performance development partner for leaders who want highly-effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. Simply put, Dean helps leaders coach their people.  A 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Dean combines an early career in hospitality sales and operations with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change, and has spent the last 14 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development.  He helps participants identify the core issues they face daily that impact performance development, people management and team alignment – and rallies them to action, often right there in the room.  The result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork. 

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