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NIGP Forum Virtual Sessions

NIGP Forum offers you many avenues to get connected, to learn, share grow and accelerate how you accomplish your goals. In 2021, NIGP Forum is offered as a wholly unique experience. We kick things off in August in an all-virtual setting, helping more procurement professionals learn and engage from wherever they are.

The Forum virtual experience is a four-day conference offering a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, expo hours, networking and social events.

Sessions Tracks:

  • Case Studies
  • Construction
  • Cooperatives
  • Cornerstones of Procurement
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts
  • Social Responsibility
  • Technology Procurement

20 Contact Hours

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Keynote Speakers

Clint Swindell, CSP

Courtney Clark

Risha Grant

Manley Feinberg, CSP

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Monday, August 23, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Ups

 Contact Hours: .75

 
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Opening Ceremonies & Plenary: Tell Me Somethin’ Good – A Simple Guide to Overcoming Negativity

 Contact Hours: 1.5


We live in a negative world. We get it regularly from media outlets because it sells. There is no shortage of it from the people around us every day either. Coworkers, bosses, subordinates, friends, family, and strangers on the street will seek us out to share the crud in their lives.

Negativity isn't going away. We’ll always have those who constantly complain about their situation. We’ll always have those who are excessively pessimistic about their future. We’ll always have those who simply cannot see past the challenges in their life.

While we can’t eliminate negativity in our life, we can learn to overcome it. Since much of our negativity comes from old habits of dealing with the bad stuff in our lives, an effort must be made to establish new habits of dealing with the crud. When we do, we create a more positive life for ourselves and those around us.

In this exciting kickoff presentation, Clint Swindall shares a simple approach to creating a more positive world.  He'll reveal a SIMPLE model that can become a happiness formula for to help you understand the simple steps to overcome negativity.

Clint Swindall, CSP
 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Agency Networking Sessions

 Contact Hours: 1.0

 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
The True Cost of Procuring Capital Equipment and Services

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


 

When procuring capital equipment in a public works setting, significant deliberation goes into technical specifications, cost, and overall value of the good or service being offered. However, the total cost to the entity extends far beyond the initial sale and standard or extended warranty period. Unfortunately, construction specifications and architectural drawings rarely capture these important considerations. This lack of a "game plan" can lead to wasted time, money, and stress that today's public works departments simply cannot afford. This educational session, built exclusively for the NIGP Virtual Forum, shares a case method approach using real world examples highlighting common mistakes.

Paul Stern
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
An Introduction to Cooperative Procurement

 Cooperatives  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


This session answers the following questions:

  • What is cooperative procurement?
  • Which cooperatives can we use?
  • What are the differences between interlocals and cooperatives?
  • What happens when a cooperative merges with another cooperative?
  • What's the difference between cooperatives and open market analysis?
  • What are the responsibilities of a procurement professional?
  • How is a gap analysis performed?
  • What is the appropriate contract document?
  • What is the order of precedence?
  • When is insurance required?
  • What is survivability and what does it mean?
Erin D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, Sai Xoomsai Purcell, CPPB
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Procurement is Just the Beginning

Cornerstones of Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Procuring goods and services correctly is critical to the entity and the end user who must ensure that the goods and services are delivered to contract standards and ultimately meet the entity's needs. Join us and explore how to write a better scope of work, ensuring that you can monitor it alongside deliverables, desk-audits, formal onsite audits, reviewing invoices, change orders, and closeouts.

Ricardo Zavala, MPA, CTCM
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Continuous Improvement Methodologies

 Leadership and Strategy  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0  


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Everyone knows client feedback is critical to any program’s success. Gathering actionable and measurable client feedback in our data driven world is a challenge we all face. The session dives into how City of Olympia developed a client-driven approach for establishing priorities, measuring success, and building trust with stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Client interview approach
  • Focus area identification and confirmation
  • Deliverables and process improvement tracking
  • Client satisfaction metrics
  • Building trust with stakeholders
Josh Klika, CPPB, LSSGB, Sean Krier, LSSGB
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Numerical Evaluations in Best Value Procurement

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Do you use numerical evaluations when evaluating proposals? Do you know that the U.S. Department of Defense does not permit numerical weighting of evaluation factors? Laws and practices in this regard vary across Canada and the United States. This presentation discusses why numerical evaluations are useful but the reasons they sometimes are viewed with skepticism. The few court cases that analyze numerical evaluations help explain some fundamental issues with their accuracy and precision, particularly in supporting best value decisions where cost differentials may be offset by proposal superiority. The session concludes with some tips about how to minimize decision errors in your evaluation processes and make numerical evaluations less susceptible to legal claims that they are arbitrary and capricious. The session uses Zoom polls to identify current practices and chat for attendees to share insights and practices.

Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M.
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Why Supplier Diversity is so Hard

 Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


We often hear why supplier diversity results in good value and general ideas of how to implement inclusion. This session delves more into the technical barriers to inclusion to help you identify key indicators that may help or hinder your inclusion program. Examples of topics we cover include industry barriers, client culture, meaningful data, and tips for considerations for procurement professionals. You can find value in this session whether you are new to supplier diversity or seasoned.

Erin Lopez Nielsen
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Leaving The Stone Age Behind

 Technology Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


In the ever changing and ever-growing field of public procurement, we are often faced with many challenges that we must find innovative and intuitive solutions to solve. A change to eProcurement was already happening and that change was accelerated and, in some ways, enhanced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Blake Skiles, Purchasing Agent, City of Rosenberg Texas, as he discusses going through not one, but two, eProcurement implementations. We discuss how to assess your current state, how to quickly and effectively implement eProcurement, what eProcurement can do for you, the future of eProcurement, and finding your eProcurement Czar. By the end of the presentation, it will be time to decide, "Are you ready to leave the stone age behind?"

Blake Skiles, CPPB, CPPM, CPP, CPC
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Products Expo
 
 
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Speed Networking Session
 
 
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Young Professionals Social Event
 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Ups

 Contact Hours: 0.75

 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary - The Art of Accelerated Resilience ™ Adapt Faster and Achieve More

 Contact Hours: 1.0


In today’s competitive world, there’s no time to recover from our setbacks slowly. The research-based strategies from Courtney’s new book, The Successful Struggle, will have your team managing change, chaos, conflict, and life’s other challenges in the fastest, most productive way possible.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to…

  • Recognize the benefits of connecting with the purpose of change
  • Develop new strategies to maintain personal power and a sense of control during times of change and chaos
  • Apply the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique for chaos management
Courtney Clark
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Contract Administration: The next level

Cornerstones of Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


As procurement professionals, we often focus a lot of energy on solicitations and getting contracts in place, but what happens next? This is the start of contract administration, which include activities after the contract is executed. To create high-performing contracts, you need to simultaneously engage your client relationships and business-partner relationships to help all parties achieve their goals. Join our presentation to learn best practices that will ensure more effective results throughout your contract’s lifespan.

Ginger Line, MPA NIGP-CPP CPPB, Adam Manne, MBA CPPO
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Build Trust in the Procurement Process

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Do your internal clients trust the procurement process and your team to deliver? If your answer to this question is "No," then this session is for you! Learn some practiacal and effecive methods to gain and build confidence of your client, management, and elected officials in your procurement processes.

Dean Mealy, II, CPPO
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Best Legal and Ethical Practices

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


This session answers the question: Where can we find ethical issues in public procurement? Procurement professionals constantly deal in a world of competing values (dilemmas), such as: fraud/red tape; efficiency/effectiveness; transparency/efficiency; accountability/responsibility; equity/equality; lowest cost/best value; and integrity of the process/integrity of people. The session discusses ethical zones in public procurement, ethical concepts and principles, and loyalty and respect for rules and regulations--as well as integrity, impartiality, fairness, transparency, confidentiality, stewardship, avoidance, due diligence, and much more. The audience is presented with problem scenarios and suggested best practices in pre-bid manipulation by end users, influence and interference by third party stakeholders, third party stakeholder lobbying, bid protests, and other bad faith red herring interference, and increased transparency and conflict of interest disclosures.

Namita Uppal. C.P.M, Jose J. Arrojo
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Sustainable Procurement

Social Responsibility  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


This session covers the experience of passing and launching a sustainable procurement policy.  The City of Dallas passed its policy in May 2021, and the new sustainable procurement policy weaves together various existing policies covering living wage, racial equity, supplier diversity, climate action, and local preference, among others.  

Chhunny Chhean
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
A Contract Management Training Program Success Story

Cornerstones of Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


This session describes the development, benefits, results, and lessons learned of the City of Dallas's contract management program development, how it drastically reduced contract errors and improved contract compliance, and the development of D-COR (Dallas Contracting Officer Representative Training). We discuss how D-COR and the contract management program manage contracts and the entire contract life cycle. Discussion also covers everything from p-card to sustainable procurement, and how proper contract management saves money and benefits the city and the supplier community.

Kelcey Young
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Proposal Cost Models for Construction Solicitations

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


In this session we explore the cost models for construction solicitations and the methodologies for best value construction proposal evaluation using computational models. Through an exploration of the sources, real world case studies, and examples, this session informs the beginner and empowers the experienced procurement professional to maximize the value from their construction cost evaluation models. Cost models for construction solicitations are complex and require special computational models. Attendees explore the remarkable potential of construction cost models and the practical application of data tabulation, as well as built-in computational models to compare proposals for best value in competitive bidding. Specifically, attendees learn how to employ construction cost models such as Greatest Benefit for Dollar Cost, Competitive Range Analysis, Least Cost Evaluation, Greatest Benefit for Dollar Cost, Cost as an Evaluation Category, Self-Adjusting Cost Evaluation, Cost as a Subjective Criteria, and Revenue as an Evaluation Category.

Sheema Mirchandani, CDPSE
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
How to Craft a Successful, Results-driven RFP

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


We know that for many procurement professionals, writing an RFP can feel daunting. As you face an upcoming need for contracted services, you may be tempted to fall back on a previously issued version of an RFP, simply mimic what a peer city or state has done, or renew an existing contract – even though you know you could probably find a better performing supplier!

In this session, the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) guides you through the process of creating an inviting, results-driven RFP, from early planning through administering a contract. We also share helpful tools and planning resources to manage the process to reduce delays, while gaining input from stakeholders.

From this workshop, you’ll emerge with a new step-by-step framework to make your next RFP writing experience more productive, resulting in an RFP that will be welcoming to the supplier community, generate proposals offering new solutions and outcomes you hope to see from the resulting contract.

Elena Hoffnagle, MPP, Sarah Mostafa, MPP
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Creating Cooperative Contracts: Lessons from Local Agencies

Cooperatives   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


You may have utilized cooperative contracts to help your agency save time and achieve better pricing on goods and services. But have you ever considered creating a cooperative contract? In this session, we’ll bring together procurement leaders from local public agencies who will share the value of creating cooperative contracts for their agencies and beyond. Hear from agencies about how creating cooperative contracts can spur economic development, generate revenue, and benefit other public agencies in a region. We’ll discuss the tactics different agencies have taken and the benefits and challenges of each approach. Especially as COVID-19 continues to impact budgets and increase the pressure on governments to do more with less - this session is one you won’t want to miss!

Mariel Reed
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Public Procurement Professional Perspectives-Current Challenges & Opportunities

  Case Study   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


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Challenges & Opportunities

  • PPE Crisis-Broken Supply Chain-Lessons & Remedies
  • Innovation-Adapting to Change in Work & Service Delivery
  • Marketplaces- Barriers, Solutions & Diversity Opportunity
Stephen A. Hamill , Dave Trudnowski, James E. Foley, MBA, CPPO, CPPB, Ms. Cathy A. Muse, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP, Gerald R. Plummer, Gregory K. Spearman, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Joseph Thomas, CPSM, C.P.M.
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
When Procurement Meets Data

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


While entities use data increasingly across departments and programs to improve performance, data-driven management approaches may not have reached your Procurement Department. Tracking performance can be the first step to improving performance. We discuss real-world examples from projects the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) has done in Memphis, TN, and Long Beach, CA. From Memphis, we show you procurement data dashboards used regularly in leadership meetings to elevate the status of Procurement for city leadership. From Long Beach, we share how the City developed a Procurement Strategic Plan with KPIs to measure success across eight core values. You take away a starting list of metrics, tips on how to measure them, and strategies to run processes to bring about improvements in the metrics, and ideas for drawing attention to those improvements from senior government officials, thereby elevating the status of Procurement.

Danielle Kavanagh-Smith, PhD, Rebecca Graffy
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
How Addressing Individuals' Mental Health Concerns Can Benefit the Entire Entity

Cornerstones of Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Management Therorist, Peter Drucker is quoted as saying “One cannot hire a hand – the whole man always comes with it.” Such is the reality of public entities with regards to the mental health of its employees. Management hires for skills, but the entire person shows up. Therefore, it is ideal when everyone can collaborate in an environment that is harmonious and productive. Realistically, the whole person comes to work with stress, trauma, experiences, and perceptions that have absolutely nothing to do with the office, the work, or the rest of the team--but can adversely impact the entire organization. In this session, participants may expect to take away meaningful nuggets through a participative dialogue with Stacy Gregg and Licensed Professional Counselor, Sandy Boone, which focuses on: (1) Me – how do I address my needs (2) Them – how do I identify and approach the needs of others, and (3) Us – How do we work together to create a healthy work environment that encourages positivity, collaboration, harmony, and productivity. The duo is planning a partnership, which optimizes their collaborative insights to inspire others to greatness.

Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Sandy Frye Boone
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Tips and Ticks to Understand the Supplier Perspective

Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


We all hope a range of diverse suppliers will respond to our contracting opportunities, especially because supplier diversity can equal higher quality services, better pricing, and growth for local firms. Yet, we often see the same suppliers responding and winning contracts time and time again! In this session, the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) shares strategies to understand what barriers suppliers face, based on experiences in Los Angeles, Saint Paul, and Tulsa. You also see how process mapping and client journey mapping can be valuable tools to identify complex process steps and administrative hurdles. From this workshop, you emerge with new tools to understand the contracting experience through your suppliers' eyes. You will be prepared to take a more informed approach to your supplier diversity efforts - rooting new strategies in the real challenges they face.

Kate Mertz, MPP, Anh Ton, MPA, Lars Benson, MPA
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Demystifying Alternative Delivery Methods in Construction

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Capital improvement projects are more in demand than ever as a project delivery method. One of the prime reasons is the notion that it takes less time and financial resources. The team is key along with the commitment for strong communication and follow up. Procurement professionals learn how to manage the construction procurement process and how to find resources to assist with comprehending and mitigating risk. Information on the construction industry, funding mechanisms, and processes available to assist using departments are shared. This session provides some means and strategies to apply the right delivery method for the right project. Procurement can migrate from a "one shoe fits all" approach to construction.

Althea Pemsel, MS, CPSM, C.P.M.
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
How COVID Challenged an Entire Profession to Innovate Overnight

 Technology Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


On March 16th 2020 the entire world began to change because of COVID. At the State of Colorado's Office of Information Technology (OIT); employees were instructed to "work from home." A year later, the entire landscape of procurement, contracting, and financing has forever been changed. This presentation details how our office innovated during the pandemic, including:

  • How our team has evolved and improved collaboration across functions.
  • How procurement and solicitations have changed (virtual demos, Zoom evaluations, etc.).
  • Tools and tricks we've honed and utilized to streamline processes.
  • Lessons Learned from our entity's successes and failures.
Mike Whalen
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Topic Based Networking

 Contact Hours: 1.0

 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Products Expo
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Ups

 Contact Hours: 0.75

 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary - Permission Granted: To Get Rid of Your BS

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Whether implicit or conscious, bias is the number one threat to humanity and any company’s success. If your company’s goal is to create cohesiveness within your organization, increase revenue, be innovative and/or elevate your reputation-the bias in your workforce and community is a roadblock. You know the problem. Permission: Granted is your answer.

Risha Grant
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Exploring and Demystifying Job Order Contracting

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Through the use of Top 10 Lists this session explores Job Order Contracting, one of the newest and least understood construction delivery processes available to the public sector. Our first list explores the Top 10 misconceptions about Job Order Contracting (JOC) and debunks such myths as JOC is a construction prequalification program to JOC is an IDIQ contracting method. Our second list explores the Top 10 Job Order Contracting best practices. Using lessons learned from hundreds of contracts and thousands of projects completed across the country, we explore the characteristics that contribute to the success of the best JOC programs in delivering great programs on time and within budget.

Michael Bevis, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Bypassing Burnout and Successfully Navigating Change

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


One of the most popular ways to describe 2020 was "dumpster fire," and 2021 so far isn't shaping up to look a whole lot easier. Pandemic fatigue, virtual meeting burnout, stress at home and in the workplace... it's been a lot, and the the impacts of this for you, your clients, and your coworkers are real. Now, we’re figuring out how to reintegrate, establish new normals, and reconnect as humans. Navigating this changed environment requires new skills for finding our way and operating at full capacity. This session targets specific tactics and concepts to help you navigate current and ongoing changes while also leveraging these changes to build relationships for optimal outcomes. We cover three of the most important F words of the current time (Fear, Fluidity, Flexibility) and hone in on strategies to help you respond optimally to difficult situations, stay nimble, and proactively respond to opportunities without sacrificing your own wellbeing.

Nicole Lance
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Let's Just Cooperate!

Cooperatives   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


If you’ve ever heard of cooperative procurement, but are not really sure how to build a strategy – this session is for you! Learn the history of cooperative and government procurement; discover how cooperative contracts can assist you in your procurement role; determine when using a cooperative may or may not be the best idea; and utilize the National Cooperative Procurement Partners' (NCPP) “Roadmap to a Cooperative Procurement Strategy” to your advantage. Real case studies and success stories are shared, along with a fun game called “Let’s Just Cooperate” with T-shirts given out!

Tammy Rimes, MPA
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Choice is Yours! On-Premises, Cloud-Hosted, or Software-as-a-Service?

 Technology Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Technology is making up a larger and larger portion of our total spend as procurement professionals. Everyone wants you to get them that shiny new plaything that will make their work easier and make them look faster, more efficient, and more effective in the process. The problem is, how do you know which option is right for you and your entity’s needs? Whether you choose to implement a solution that is on-premises, cloud- or supplier-hosted, or Software as a Service (SaaS) will have a significant impact on how you develop your procurement. In this session, you are invited to join a discussion with two experienced technology procurement professionals as they examine the differences between the various software implementation options, and guide you through the factors you need to consider when planning your entity’s next big IT purchase.

Nathan Dawson, Kristen Hutto, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Surely We Can Trust the Boss: Can't We?

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


He was the Town Administrator for a small community in south Florida - smart, charismatic and admired by the both the public and his employees. However, over a period of months, he came up with a scheme to defraud his entity of thousands of dollars in public funds through the creation of dummy companies and fraudulent approvals of work that was never performed. His machinations were eventually revealed and reported to the police by an intrepid procurement manager who bore the brunt of the resulting criticism from not only the town’s elected officials, but his own supervisor. In this workshop, participants learn how the whole plan unfolded, how it was uncovered, and the impact it had on how procurements were handled in the entity for several years afterwards.

David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Halifax's Journey to Social Procurement

Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Halifax Regional Municipality’s journey to social procurement began in 2017 with a request from our Council to consider applying a social lens to future solicitations and culminated in the approval of a Supplier Code of Conduct and Social Value Procurement framework in 2020. The session provides an overview of the Municipality’s journey, including how “local preference” evolved into “social procurement” and the considerations, direction, and decisions made through our evolution to a social procurement entity with a focus on improving accessibility to SWaM suppliers, diversity, quality of life, and workforce development. The session focuses on social responsibility objectives, how they have been considered, and how they were incorporated into our policy and framework. We discuss political direction and how Procurement addressed it, the jurisdictional research performed, outcomes of market consultation, how regional and industry concerns have been addressed, and the first stages of the implementation of social procurement in Halifax, including lessons learned.

Stephen Terry, NIGP-CPP, SPSM2, Erin MacDonald
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
OUR JOURNEY TO PROVIDING CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION TRAINING IN A VIRTUAL WORKSPACE

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


We will discuss our Goods and Services Team’s journey to convert contract administration training from an in-person workshop to an e-Learning experience during the pandemic. This session will highlight the benefits of offering training in a virtual, self-paced environment as well as provide a demonstration of our final product.  

Briana Kass, Melody Buchanan
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Implement a Procurement Measurement System

Cornerstones of Procurement  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Procurement Measurement Systems measure the effectiveness of the procurement function. While widely used in the private sector, many public sector procurement entities struggle with implementing a measurement system for the first time. Without a basic procurement measurement system, public procurement entities will find it difficult to market Procurement's value to their stakeholders.

Objectives of this sesson are to (1) Understand the why, what, and how of performance measurement, (2) Identify aspects of the procurement function that should be measured, (3) Recognize why stakeholder satisfaction is critical and needs to be measured and (4) Learn the "5 Essential Procurement Metrics."

Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Paradigm Shifts: Who Moved My Office?

Cooperatives   Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Working off the philosophy of the book/concept, “Who Moved My Cheese?”, Tammy Rimes takes this concept and relates it to cooperative procurement. Whether reworking existing policies, allowing new processes to accommodate social distancing, and shifts in daily operations, it is time to reflect on how we conducted procurement processes in the past and what is possible for the future. The use of cooperative contracting is on the rise, especially because of COVID 19, pushing teams to becoming more creative and develop new ways to be strategic while taking care of daily business. After 2020, procurement life will never be the same again.

Tammy Rimes, MPA, Duff Erholtz, Doug Looney, Ronnie Barnes, Bill DeMars
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
10-Step Checklist for Your Procurement Department & Entity to Survive a Post COVID World

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


In this session, we share a ten-step checklist to help your procurement department and entity survive and thrive in a changed, post COVID world. The steps are practical, as well as easy to follow and understand. So, join us, and come away with a plan to move forward successfully--with one less thing to worry about or stress over!

James Tanzosch, CPPB, CPPO, MBA
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
The Benefits and Hidden Pitfalls of Technology in Procurement

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Do unscrupulous suppliers groan or cheer when a procurement professional rolls out a new e-procurement program? The answer: It depends on the features of the program selected and how it is used. This session explores the potential pitfalls of e-procurement from an antitrust and competition perspective and provides tips on how to avoid them.

We discuss the ways in which e-procurement systems can provide the procurement professional superior protection from supplier collusion over traditional procurement processes, ways in which certain e-procurement systems might actually increase the entity's exposure to supplier collusion, and tips for selecting and implementing an e-procurement system to minimize those risks.

Jennifer Pratt, Robert Morgan
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Integrated Environment for Best Value Sourcing, Efficient Spend Management, and Augmented Diversity Participation

 Technology Procurement  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


In this session, we explore an integrated environment for database driven eProcurement, contract management, supplier performance KPIs, and spend analytics for best value sourcing, efficient spend management, and augmented access, inclusion, diversity participation, and utilization. Through an exploration of the sources, real world case studies, and examples, this session informs the beginner and empowers the experienced procurement professional to maximize the value from their procurement and supplier management efforts. Procurement, contract management, and spend management KPIs drive the efficiency of the whole process. Attendees explore remarkable potential of integrated database driven systems and the potential for massive cost savings as well as procurement efficiency augmentation using artificial intelligence. In addition, they learn to track and augment diversity participation and utilization using external and internal certification data, performance data, and subcontract management data.

Sheema Mirchandani, CDPSE
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Procurement in the Courtroom

Cornerstones of Procurement  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Live Courtroom Drama!! Join us to enjoy and learn about a case or two in public procurement history. Your colleagues present a case of interest, including witness examination and advocating the positions of the plaintiff and the defendant. You witness the proceedings, listen to the arguments, and then have the opportunity to ask questions before you decide which side wins the case. Subsequently, the “Colleague” Judge renders the opinion and discusses the application of the information to your daily operations.

Barb Johnson NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB, Lynda Allair NIGP-CPP CPPO, Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M., Carl Bonitto, CSCMP, Valerie Scott CPPB, Kristy Varda NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Topic Based Networking

 Contact Hours: 1.0

 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Products Expo
 
Thursday, August 26, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Ups

 Contact Hours: 0.75

 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Agency Networking Sessions

 Contact Hours: 1.0

 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Protecting Your Time

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Procurement professionals must continually manage multiple priorities. Is your work managing you or are you managing your work? Managing time may sound easy, but the fact is, it can be quite challenging. The main challenge we all face managing our time is simply taking control of it. Nowadays we are swamped with distractions in our workplace, at home, and even from old habits that leave events, people, and circumstances controlling our time. This session introduces several concepts and techniques to help you regain control of your time and plan for your success. You learn how to protect your time, manage your work environment, deal with the numerous distractions and time wasters in your work, and reduce the stress in your daily life.

Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Is a Cyber attack in YOUR future?

 Technology Procurement  Foundation   Contact Hours: 1.0


In light of the recent cyber attacks and the Federal Government’s mandate for changes, we will discuss various types of attacks, vulnerabilities and recommended cyber security measures that can be taken to help your agency not become the next news headline.

Kristy Varda NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB, Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, CTPE
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
O Canada! Creating a Group Buying Strategy

Cooperatives   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


While cooperative procurement has been used across the United States by public entities for decades, it’s a newer contracting tool for Canadian public entities. With recent changes in trade agreements and greater adoption by provinces, it is making a positive impact. Learn from in-the-know experts about “group buying” in Canada. Whether you are a supplier who sells to the Canadian marketplace, or a procurement professional from a Canadian entity, this session shares new insights and perspectives.

Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, Chris Penny, Dave Dextraze, CET
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Finding the Proper Mix of Technology and Person-to-Person Contact

Cornerstones of Procurement  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


This presentation addresses the plethora of actions supply chain, procurement professionals, and leaders must take in an environment of COVID-19, shrinking budgets, reorganizations, and limited resources. Real world successes and not so successful attempts are shared on how to maintain, and if necessary, sustain a digital department while upgrading processes and digital means of operating. Offered solutions are measurable and scalable while following CDC and other mandates. The session covers doing more with less, communicating during changes, managing staff through COVID-19, and sustaining morale and focus.

Althea Pemsel, MS, CPSM, C.P.M.
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Strategic Category Management: A Case Study

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


The City of Austin recently transformed our Procurement Team from client-based assignments to strategic category management. We share our experience from planning the categories and developing category plans to implementing the program and seeing results, including the challenges we faced along the way as well as the successes we are now seeing.

Shawn M. Willett, CPPO, James Scarboro, CPPO, CPSM, CPCM
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
NIGP Town Hall Discussion
 
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Shining the Light on the Dark Side of the Pandemic

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


The pandemic affected everyone, but the impact was felt in different ways. While the procurement profession focused on the disruption to the supply chain and transitioning to a remote work environment, individuals in our community have struggled in relative silence. Whether trying to adjust to the imbalance in the home/work life, feelings of isolation, fears of the unknown, or stress over the health of loved ones, we have all had to deal with our personal challenges while still striving to provide support in our professional life. This incredible panel of experts in mental health, leadership, and procurement speak about the darker side of the pandemic's impact to our emotional, physical, and mental well being. The panel shines a light on topics affecting our colleagues, our staff, our friends, and family in an effort to create awareness, remove the fear and stigma, and provides insight in how to care for ourselves and others who may be struggling in silence.

Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM, Dr. Maria Church, Shara Turner, LPC, MSC, NCC, Eagala, Cathy Simonds
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Steps Toward Effective Personal Advocacy

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Over the course of the past year, procurement professionals have had to learn to adapt to new, challenging, and often stressful situations; from transitioning to an online/virtual work environment to navigating the successful procurement and delivery of supplies in a time of global shortage. This session focuses on keeping true to oneself through the identification and application of strategies for establishing personal or professional boundaries, diffusing tensions, and opening and maintaining collaborative lines of communication. Participants are introduced to techniques for linguistic alignment and are given an opportunity to utilize these strategies to achieve effective personal advocacy in this new and rapidly changing work environment.

Arden Clark, NIGP-CPP, MS, MBA, CPPB, VCCO, VCO
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Corporate Social Responsibility Programs for Public Sector Supply Chains

Social Responsibility  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessments of one’s supply chain have become prevalent in the private sector in recent years, yet have rarely been seen in the public sector. As one of the first local governments in the U.S. to implement such a program, Fairfax County, Virginia, is leading the charge in addressing supply chain sustainability in the public sector. This session discusses Fairfax County's launch of a Supply Chain initiative to better understand the social and environmental impacts of the $1 billion supply chain serving its 1.1 million residents. Fairfax County looks forward to sharing their journey with NIGP peers!

Chris McGough
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
What's in the Fine Print and Why

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


This session explores the meaning and purpose of each term and condition of the standard purchase order. Using models collected from across the English speaking world, this session explores the business purpose and application of each paragraph of a standard purchase order. On a macro level, we also look at ways to take this information and develop similar training programs for your client departments and contract administrators.

Michael Bevis, JD, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
The Wonders and Headaches of Warehousing

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Having a warehouse in your entity can be an asset to the operations people, but a real headache to everyone else. Inventory must be ordered and stocked, the building must be maintained, and staff must be trained. Additionally, the warehouse often becomes a “temporary” storage facility for all manner of entity property and is subject to the vagaries of budgets and staffing. This workshop discusses the basic methods of operating a warehouse and considerations when opening or closing one.

David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Use of Professional Judgment in Procurement

Cornerstones of Procurement  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0


The RFPDreamTeam discusses applications of professional judgment in procurement as many entities shift their practices from tactical to strategic. Procurement professionals' roles and responsibilities are also evolving and require agility.

Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, Mr. Victor A. Leamer, CPPB , Mike Thornton, CPPO, Lisa Frank
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Establishing a Contracting Plan that Supports Supplier Diversity and Positively Impacts the Community

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Supplier Diversity is not a new contracting concept; however, in today's public contracting environment, it has become an essential cornerstone of how procurement is accomplished. Do you have a Contracting Supplier Diversity Plan? What is included and how do you ensure results? This session outlines the County of San Diego's Contracting Diversity Plan, its major components, implementing approach, and metrics for success as well as specific examples of application on County of San Diego procurements. The County's new approach to diversity goes beyond just establishing goals for minority contractors, but implements multi-faceted actions to ensure minority participation and engagement in County procurements, while focusing on local community impacts.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Custom Conversations

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Topics recommended by attendees for attendees. Join a conversation on a topic of interest to you!

 
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Closing & Plenary: Reaching Your Next Summit: 5 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact, Regardless of Your Title

 Contact Hours: 1.0


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.

After facing the same frustrations from the front lines to the executive level for more than 20 years, Manley believes the answer is to equip individuals at all levels to think, act and influence as leaders in their environment. This keynote will help equip you to lead on the edge and realize more in your life and work every day.

 

Manley Feinberg

Clint Swindall, CSP

Clint Swindall is a seasoned speaking professional --- engaging, entertaining, and absolutely unforgettable. He understands the power of engagement. He understands the critical roles both leaders and employees play in building a culture of engagement and how a focused effort is required in this new world where leaders now have accountability for remote workers.
 
Organizations across the nation have been using his ideas to enhance the way people lead themselves and those around them. As the president and CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., a personal development company focusing on leadership enhancement, Clint has delivered his programs throughout the United States, Canada, South America, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. For the past two decades, he has delivered high-content presentations as a leadership keynote speaker in an entertaining and inspirational style to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, school districts, and trade associations.

Paul Stern

Liftnow

Paul leads the Government Sales team at Liftnow. Liftnow is the nation's fastest growing supplier of automotive and fleet equipment that is found in DPW and Fleet Maintenance Facilities across the country. Paul is currently responsible for partnering with several best-in-class cooperative purchasing solutions including Sourcewell, HGAC, BuyBoard, Costars, and more.

Before taking on the Government Sales Manager position at Liftnow, Paul successfully built and ran Liftnow's private sector equipment business for years, providing best-in-class sales and service to Automotive Dealerships, Repair Shops and Fleets in the New York area. 

Before joining Liftnow, Paul received his degree at the New York University Stern School of Business, where in his spare time he provided many businesses with marketing consulting for global fashion brands, food brands, and public-private partnerships.

Erin D'Vincent, NIGP-CPP, CPPB

Procurement Supervisor, City of Austin

Erin D’Vincent is a Procurement Supervisor for the City of Austin, where she has worked in the City’s Purchasing Office since January 2011 specializing in end to end procurement and contracting. Erin holds a Bachelors Degree from Texas State University, is a member of the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP) and graduate of the NIGP Leaders Edge Class of 2020, member of the Texas Association of Public Purchasers, and is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB). 
Erin leads all procurement activities for the City’s Public Safety, Public Health, and Mobility categories. She supervisors a staff of six that manage a portfolio of over 280 contracts valued at more than $450 million. Some of her most complex procurements and contracts are:

•    Austin Fire Cadet Hiring while under a consent decree from the Department of Justice
•    Automation of Dispatch, Towing, and Impound Services for the Austin Police Department 
•    Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Program
•    Body Worn Cameras for Austin Police Department
•    Homeless Shelter Operations
•    Citywide Security Guards
•    Reported Sexual Assault Comprehensive Evaluation

Sai Xoomsai Purcell, CPPB

Interim Procurement Manager, City of Austin

Sai Xoomsai Purcell is an interim Procurement Manager for the City of Austin. She has worked in the City’s Purchasing Office since June 2010 specializing in end-to-end procurement and contracting. Sai attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She is a member of the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP) as well as the Texas Association of Public Purchasers and has earned her Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation. Sai leads all procurement activities for the City’s Information Technology categories. She manages a staff of eleven procurement professionals with a portfolio of over 430 contracts valued at more than $1.3 billion.

Ricardo Zavala, MPA, CTCM

Contract Management Supervisor, City of Austin

Ricardo Zavala, MPA, CTCM, is the Contract Management Supervisor at the City of Austin. Focusing predominantly in professional, social services, and construction, Ricardo has twelve years of public procurement and contract management experience. He earned a Master's in Public Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Government from Texas State University‐San
Marcos.

Josh Klika, CPPB, LSSGB

Contracts and Procurement Program Manager, City of Olympia

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.

Sean Krier, LSSGB

City Clerk, City of Olympia

Sean Krier is Olympia’s City Clerk overseeing multiple programs within the City and is a LEAN Green Belt.  Sean has over ten years of experience in program management, strategic planning, metrics and policy development. Sean also has a wealth of experience in IT contracts and procurement.

Sean is humbled to lead a team of people much smarter than himself – including Josh Klika.

Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M.

Retired, Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement

From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, a firm specializing in government contracts. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. He previously served as State Purchasing Director, after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. While State Purchasing Director, Richard developed and used a decision model for evaluations. He has filed protests, written protest and appeals decisions, and litigated cases involving evaluations. Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who specialized in federal procurement. He received his undergraduate B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Air Force Academy. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Denver and Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. Richard is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams (Hugo House Publishing, 2013) and co-author of Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, 3rd Ed. (Routledge, 2020). He is the 2020 recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award.

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.

Blake Skiles, CPPB, CPPM, CPP, CPC

Purchasing Agent, City of Rosenberg Texas

Blake Skiles serves as Purchasing Agent for the City of Rosenberg, Texas. He has 15 years of purchasing & contracting experience in the Public Sector, having previously worked for Henderson County and Williamson County, Texas. Blake is a graduate of Strayer University, a Charter Member of the Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA), a member of NIGP and an active member of the National Procurement Institute (NPI) currently serving as the associations Secretary. He holds a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certifications with the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) as well as both the Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) and Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certifications with the American Purchasing Society (APS) and a Construction Purchasing Certificate (CPC) with the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Courtney Clark

After four fights with cancer, three brain surgeries, adopting a teenager, and years of research into how we “bounce back” when things collapse, Courtney has reached reached ninja-level skills of adapting.

The discomfort of change can shake an organization’s culture. But she can help you face change with a new set of skills and ReVisionary Thinking™. Learn systems for adapting that are practical, inspiring, and grounded in research. 

Using her special style of content-based motivation, Courtney’s presentations blend stories, research, humor, and interaction to achieve measurable audience engagement and learning.  

Ginger Line, MPA NIGP-CPP CPPB

Client Relations Administrator, Sourcewell

Ginger Line, MPA, NIGP-CPP, CPPB is a Client Development Administrator at Sourcewell. She works with government and education agencies primarily in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri helping them through the cooperative purchase process through Sourcewell contracts. In her 12 plus year tenure at Sourcewell she worked for 8.5 years in Sourcewell’s Procurement Department and helped lead Sourcewell’s first application for the AEP award.  Ginger is a graduate of Saint Cloud State University with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2019 she received her Master’s in Public Administration from Villanova University. She also holds certificates as a Certified Professional Public Buyer from the UPPCC, a Public Law and Procurement certificate from Osgoode Hall University/York Law school in Toronto, Canada. Ginger is also a graduate of the inaugural Leader’s Edge program with NIGP, and in 2020 she received her NIGP-CPP certification.  Ginger was the President of the Minnesota chapter of NIGP in 2019, is currently an area 6 Chapter Ambassador, volunteers to edit the Dictionary of Terms for NIGP, and serves on the Board of Examiners for the CPPB exam through the UPPCC.

Adam Manne, MBA CPPO

Assistant Director of Finance for Procurement Services, Prince William County, VA

Adam is the Assistant Director of Finance for Procurement Services of Prince William County; Virginia. Where he leads a team of 14 Procurement Professionals who live and breathe the county’s vision of making Prince William County a community of choice. Their mission is that we do the right thing for the customer and community every time. Prior to Prince William County he was with the Procurement Director for Alexandria City Public Schools (Remember the Titans) and a private concierge firm where he started up the purchasing program.

 
Adam is a graduate of Strayer University, with both an MBA and BBS. He also holds several certifications including a Certified Public Purchasing Officers certification from the UPPCC, a Virginia Contracting Officers’ certification from the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Public Manger Certification from the George Washington University and The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Institute of Regional Excellence. 


Outside of Prince William County, Adam has worked with the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) holding live training sessions during their 2015 regional conferences. He has also done curriculum development for NASPO on the subjects of: Introduction to Market Research, Market Research Strategies, and Introduction to Request for Proposals and has been the live facilitator for the NASPO UPPC Online Preparation Course for CPPO and CPPB since its introduction in the fall of 2016. 

Sessions: 
• Leadership in Purchasing 
• Scope Writing

Dean Mealy, II, CPPO

Town Purchasing Manager, Town of Palm Beach, Florida

Dean is a driven professional having served Miami-Dade County for thirty years, the City of New York and currently, Town of Palm Beach.  While serving for the 4th largest public utility organization, administrators placed him in operations and maintenance for several years so that he could garner a better understanding from the operations/maintenance world why goods, services and constructions services can’t always be planned. Because of this personal growth, he has always prompted the highest of standards for customer service to his internal procurement customers. 

His model has been the achievement of operational efficiencies. He holds Six Sigma Black Belt and from the first conversation with him, you will note why process improvement, regardless of implementation size is so driven by him. Dean will always state that his tenure in NYC was perhaps one of his greatest growth periods. The City was structured in so many ways, yet so raw for opportunities of process improvement. 

During 2020, the Town of Palm Beach was the recipient of the NPI Award. In the four short years with the Town, the goal has to bring into fold the best purchasing practices. 

When not busy with work, you will find Dean on a plane traveling somewhere. He has logged over two million flight miles, six continents and eighty-seven countries.

Namita Uppal. C.P.M

Chief Procurement Officer, Miami-Dade County

Namita currently holds dual roles as Assistant Director, and Chief Procurement Officer.  She serves as the County’s preeminent centralized purchasing authority, managing two Division Directors; one Assistant Division Director; a Chief Negotiator; nine Managers, and approximately 90 other employees.  She has built a high performing procurement team of 100.  Her direct initiatives were particularly instrumental in developing strategies to enhance process efficiencies and reduce solicitation cycle time.  Under her leadership, Strategic Procurement has been recognized by FAPPO’s Best Practice Award for Innovation in the Procurement Process; Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award; the NIGP Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award, and the 25th Annual NPI Achievement of Excellence in Procurement.  Her experience and expansive knowledge of public procurement, and her ability to analyze data and develop business cases is relied upon for presenting agenda items to the Board.  Her contributions encompass the overhaul of the County’s Procurement Guidance Document and Best Practices Manual, incorporating 2 CFR – Part 200, Federal Procurement Standards, as well as FTA Circular 4220.1F, Third Party Contracting guidance, revisions to master procurement legislation and in addition, to the review of the FEMA Procurement Guidelines and the Federal Terms and Certifications to ensure maximum FEMA reimbursement to the County.

Jose J. Arrojo

Executive Director, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust

Jose Arrojo assumed the position of Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust in 2018. His selection came after over two decades at the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office including fourteen years as Chief Assistant State’s Attorney tasked with leading the office’s Special Prosecutions Units. The Ethics Commission was created in 1996 as a result of a citizens' vote to amend the Home Rule charter. Government employees and officials have a special duty to serve the public in a fair and just manner. Under Mr. Arrojo’s leadership, his team is dedicated to bolstering public trust in the administration of government by informing the public and private sectors about the laws and seeking strict compliance with them.  He is empowered to subpoena, audit, and investigate all facts and persons materially related to a complaint at issue.  Mr. Arrojo is committed to public education, training and community outreach; this responsibility is discharged in a variety of settings including training sessions and workshops for government personnel, to conferences and seminars of topics of interest in the community.  Each year several hundred local government officials and employees seek legal opinions. Mr. Arrojo’s role is enforcement of rules and ordinances under the Ethics Commission jurisdiction.

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.

Kelcey Young

Assistant Director of Procurement and Contracting Agent, City of Dallas, TX

Kelcy has been leading public procurement divisions for the last 8 years. She has been an NIGP member for two years. She is currently the Contracting Agent for the City of Dallas and before this position she led all procurement and contracts regarding construction and construction related items for the City of San Antonio from cradle to grave.

Sheema Mirchandani, CDPSE

Faculty, Business School, Rutgers University

Professor Mirchandani teaches and performs research on Supply Chain Management, eProcurement, MIS, Contract Management, Data Analytics, and Spend Management at the Business School, Rutgers University.  She has 15+ years of research and development experience in Supply Chain Analytics and Management, eProcurement, MIS, Contract Management, Data Analytics, and Spend Management.  She is a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) from Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).  Professor Mirchandani  has several peer reviewed publications in her field and is a recognized expert in Supply Chain Management and eProcurement.  She is a regular speaker at NIGP forums, NCMA, and ISM conferences.

Elena Hoffnagle, MPP

Project Leader, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Elena Hoffnagle is a Project Leader at the Government Performance Lab, where she leads projects to improve municipal procurement and contracting systems. In engagements with a variety of city governments, Elena has helped local leaders use procurement as a tool to improve the performance of government services. Prior to joining the GPL, Elena worked at the National League of Cities providing technical assistance to city governments across the U.S. In that role, she managed Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties, a key part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to reduce childhood obesity. Elena received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BA in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University.

Sarah Mostafa, MPP

Government Innovation Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Sarah Mostafa is an advisor to cities across the U.S. on innovation and policy design. She has spent the last several years working in government innovation, including leading large-scale strategic transformation projects for cities related to transportation, emerging mobility, sustainability, and technology. She is currently a Government Innovation Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, where she works with cities across the country to implement procurement strategies to improve equity outcomes for residents, as part of the What Works Cities initiative. Sarah holds an MPP from the University of Michigan.

Mariel Reed

CEO and Cofounder, CoProcure

Mariel Reed is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoProcure, a free cooperative contract search tool for public procurement professionals. Before starting CoProcure, Mariel served as a public servant with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, where she helped scale Startup in Residence to a national program connecting technology startups and dozens of local U.S. governments. She was an early employee at Coursera, a venture-backed education technology startup. She is excited to be combining her experience in public service and her experience in technology to build collaboration tools for the public procurement community.

Stephen A. Hamill

Moderator
Exchange Administrator, Public Purchasing Exchange, LLC

Dave Trudnowski

Moderator
Public Purchasing Exchange, LLC

James E. Foley, MBA, CPPO, CPPB

Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Maricopa County


 

Ms. Cathy A. Muse, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Director, Department of Procurement & Material ManagementFairfax County Government, VA

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.

Gerald R. Plummer

Division Manager, County of Los Angeles

Gregory K. Spearman, CPPO, NIGP-CPP

Director of Purchasing, City of Tampa, FL

Joseph Thomas, CPSM, C.P.M.

Purchasing Director, Sedgwick County, KS

Danielle Kavanagh-Smith, PhD

Project Leader, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Danielle Kavanagh-Smith is a Project Leader at the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL), where she leads impact evaluation and reporting for projects focused on reforming procurement and promoting economic mobility. She also manages a project to improve student wraparound service outcomes in Memphis, TN. Prior to joining the GPL, Danielle worked for the City of New York on various commercial revitalization initiatives.

Rebecca Graffy

Government Innovation Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Rebecca Graffy is a Fellow with the Government Performance Lab where she is currently working with the Long Beach, CA to transform procurement to be an efficient, inviting, impactful, and equitable strategic function. Rebecca joined the GPL from the non-profit Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she managed initiatives to make high quality medicines, diagnostics, and prophylactics available in the developing world at affordable prices. This included negotiation of three agreements that are collectively projected to save $250 million for public sector buyers. While at CHAI, Rebecca also led a team embedded within the South African government to help the country achieve its goal of eliminating malaria. Rebecca holds a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University.

Stacy Gregg, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB

Procurement Manager - University of South Carolina

Stacy Gregg began her career in Public Procurement in 1996. Currently, she serves as Procurement Manager for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Stacy is an active member both with the Institute and at the Chapter level, currently serving as an inaugural member of the NIGP-CPP Commission. Stacy has volunteered in other aspects as well, including former Awards Committee Chair, Ambassador with NIGP’s Region 4, and in multiple positions for the SC Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. Stacy has been presenting at NIGP Forums since 2012 and has been a member of the instructor community since 2015. Stacy also has the distinction of being the recipient of NIGP’s 2019 DSA Award, 2014 Buyer of the Year award and multiple awards for SCAGPO, including the 2013 James H. Barnes Award which is the Chapter’s highest honor.

Sandy Frye Boone

Counselor (and owner) Foothold Counseling

Sandy Boone is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of South Carolina. Her experience includes 18 years in the medical field; and she received a Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 2015. Prior to beginning private practice, she  completed her practicum and both internships at Lexington County Community Mental Health Center in Lexington, South Carolina.  She worked with clients with issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizotypal disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and numerous personality disorders. 

In her practice, Foothold Counseling, Sandy  works with individuals on a wide range of personal, developmental, and mental health concerns.  She enjoys working with individuals with adoption-related issues, issues related to divorce, trauma, and issues related to spirituality.  Her goal is for clients to feel heard, and she seeks to create a therapeutic environment where trust, autonomy, and personal strengths are core to the therapeutic relationship.  Sandy is a practitioner instructor at Wake Forest University. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and holds two certifications through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NCC & CCMHC).

Kate Mertz, MPP

Assistant Director, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Kate Mertz is an Assistant Director with the Government Performance Lab, where she helps lead the lab’s portfolio of procurement-focused work, assisting cities and states in using the contracting process to improve the performance of government programs and services. Prior to joining the GPL, Kate worked in academic policy research, corporate performance management, and equity trading. Kate received an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as BAs in both Economics and Political Science from Macalester College. Kate and her family live in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where they enjoy spending time outdoors together -- in all kinds of weather!

Anh Ton, MPA

Government Innovation Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Anh Ton is a Government Innovation Fellow with Connecticut State’s Office of Early Childhood. In her role, she supports the agency’s development of results-driven contracting and active contract management practices to improve outcomes for children and families. Anh received her Master in Public Affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and her BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley. Prior to graduate school, Anh worked in philanthropy, supporting grantmaking to national youth development organizations.

Lars Benson, MPA

Government Innovation Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

Lars Benson is a Government Innovation Fellow currently working across Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management and Department of Administrative Services. In his role bridging these two procurement agencies, he applies results-driven contracting strategies to improve statewide procurement effectiveness, strengthen evaluation processes, and secure equitable results for agencies, vendors, and communities. Prior to joining the GPL, Lars worked on electoral reform campaigns in Chicago and earned his Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics, where his academic work focused on resident engagement and participatory democracy programs at the local level.

Althea Pemsel, MS, CPSM, C.P.M.

Director of the Procurement, City of Riviera Beach

Althea Pemsel, is the Director of the Procurement at the City of Riviera Beach, and previously ran the construction division for the City of Fort Lauderdale  as the Assistant Chief Procurement Officer with over 500 million dollars in Capital Improvement Projects.  As the Procurement Officer in West Palm Beach, Althea was instrumental procuring major engineering services for capital projects. In 2000 Althea worked for the City of Orlando for almost a decade.  Althea has been instrumental in advancing the public procurement profession and design build principles. 

Althea has written white papers and given many presentations on topics like, Stakeholder Management and Strategic Procurement.  As an international speaker, her presentation on Intergenerational Workforce was given in Hangzhou, China.  Althea’s career began in Germany in the late 1980s, and she has worked in organizations instituting lean initiatives and process improvements.  Project accomplishments range from developments projects, enterprise IT acquisitions, and public works projects.

Mike Whalen

Senior Procurement Agent, State of Colorado, "Office of Information Technology"

Mike Whalen has 10 years of technical procurement experience in the public sector. Serving both state and local government, Mike has also spent a significant amount of his career eliciting technical requirements from various disciplines across the business. He has played a key leadership role on large and complex projects including:

  • Various ERP Implementations (Procurement and Requisition management workflow design)
  • Agile Procurement Initiatives (State of Colorado, 2019)

As a certified SCRUM master, Mike has used various agile methods to elicit and manage requirements during the life cycle of projects. He enjoys the complex project that require "creative" solutions and out of the box thinking

Risha Grant

Risha is an award-winning D&I Consultant, Author and International Speaker. 

Motivated by her passion to correct societalisms like racism, sexism, classism and plain old stupidism, it is Risha’s personal mission to expose the value of Diversity & Inclusion while shining a light on the economic impact it creates. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to growing a small business and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity. 

She is a top diversity and inclusion keynote speaker, founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm and author of That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures. 

Risha has been featured in Forbes, The Financial Times, Off Script, Bloomberg Media, Black Enterprise, Radioactive Radio, Take the Lead Radio and WURD Radio among other podcasts, local and national media. Risha has also been awarded numerous honors such as being named a 2019 Top 100 HR Influencer by Engagedly, a 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award Winner and Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

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.

Nicole Lance

CEO, Lance Strategies

Nicole Lance is the CEO of Lance Strategies and a self-proclaimed "Possibility Expert". Having spent almost 13 years in the trenches of local government including stints in Finance and Budget and serving as Parks & Recreation Director and Public Works Director before wrapping up her career as an Assistant City Manager, Nicole now spends her time speaking, training, and doing executive coaching. She is a co-founder of Arizona Women Leading Government and a mentor with the International City/County Management Association. When she's not relentlessly promoting self-care as a way to accelerate outcomes, she spends her free time trying not to step on the Legos her 3-year-old leaves dangerously hidden in the carpet.

Tammy Rimes, MPA

Executive Director, National Cooperative Procurement Partners

As the Principal of Tammy Rimes Consulting, Tammy presents at national and regional procurement conferences, and works with procurement officials across the nation on cooperative procurement opportunities, and identifying areas that may result in cost savings, efficiencies, and value added services and products. Now, she works as Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners, elevating education on cooperative procurement. Formerly serving as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation, she purchased over $1 Billion (YES – B!) worth of commodities and services. During the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that destroyed over 2000 homes and the Mt. Soledad landslide in one of San Diego’s most exclusive neighborhoods, she served as the Emergency Logistics Chief. Tammy was in charge of centralizing the city's purchasing and warehouse operations and implemented the City's first environmentally preferred purchasing program and moved the surplus property operations to online auctions to increase revenue. Her consolidation efforts of the warehouses resulted in a $1.4M savings during the first year. Her team won the Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute each year she was in management.

In case you think she only knows one topic – government! – she also owns a successful family winery that has been featured front page of USA Today, voted top 5 wineries for 2014 in San Diego County, and winner of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in Marketing. As the author of “Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses – Leading the Life of Your Dreams,” she provides a fun and informative guideline on how others can begin their own dream life. With a Master’s degree in Public Administration, she has worked in corporate sales, so has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial!

Nathan Dawson

Procurement Manager, South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority

The State Fiscal Accountability Authority is the centralized procurement agency for the State of South Carolina. Nathan has worked there for the past three years as a Procurement Manager on the Agency Sourcing Team. His job is to assist State Agencies purchase goods, services, and IT products whose value exceeds those Agencies' certification level. In other words, he buys stuff. Big stuff. Nathan has worked for both Federal and State Governments in Australia, England, and the United States. He moved to South Carolina 13 years ago, and most recently worked as a Hearing Officer with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce before discovering his true calling as a procurement professional. And no, he does not know Chris Hemsworth.

Kristen Hutto, NIGP-CPP, CPPB

Procurement Manager, State of South Carolina, Division of Procurement Services

Kristen graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Political Science. Straight out of college, Kristen accepted an administrative position in South Carolina’s central purchasing office and quickly discovered her passion for procurement. She now serves the citizens of South Carolina as a Procurement Manager II for the State Fiscal Accountability Authority. She specializes in IT contracting and is part of the team that initiates and administers all statewide term contracts utilized by government bodies in South Carolina. Through theNational Association of State Procurement Officials, she served on the now discontinued Best Practices Committee and has served on the Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence Committee since 2017. Through the South Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials, her local NIGP affiliate chapter, Kristen currently volunteers as the chair of the Finance Committee.

David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP

Retired; Formerly City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management.  In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement.

David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001.  He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007

David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his overall contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership.

David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB, CPPO and NIGP-CPP exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013.

For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David currently serves on the Mentorship Committee for NIGP, as well as Radio NIGP. He previously served from June 2015 to December 2019 as one of that organization’s first Chapter Ambassadors in Area 5. In August 2020 he was part of the inaugural group to receive the new NIGP-CPP certification.

Stephen Terry, NIGP-CPP, SPSM2

Senior Procurement Consultant Halifax Regional Municipality (Nova Scotia Canada)

Stephen Terry began his procurement career in the mid 1980’s at Canada Revenue Agency and the City and Regional Municipality of Sudbury. After moving to the private sector as the Northern Ontario Purchasing Agent for Spicer’s Canada, he joined the Board of the Rainbow District of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (now Supply Chain Canada), and fulfilled the positions of Event Chair and of District President. Stephen has been a Senior Procurement Consultant at Halifax Regional Municipality since 2006. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC).  A lifelong learner, Stephen has continued his professional development in Halifax with a focus on Procurement Law and Policy, and in 2021 proudly achieved the NIGP-CPP certification.

Erin MacDonald

Senior Procurement Consultant, Halifax Regional Municipality (Nova Scotia Canada)

Erin has been a leader in public procurement since 2012, beginning as a Procurement Lead with Nova Scotia's public energy utility and now as a Senior Procurement Consultant with Halifax Regional Municipality.  A graduate of Dalhousie University, Erin has been a member of the Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Purchasing working group since 2019.

Briana Kass

Sr. Contracts Specialist, Sound Transit

Briana Kass is a Senior Contracts Specialist in the Materials, Technology and Services section of the Procurement and Contracts Division at Sound Transit in Seattle, WA. Prior to serving in the public sector, Briana served in a Contracting Officer role for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a private research university in Pasadena, CA. Briana has managed a variety of procurements of goods, equipment and services ranging from professional consulting services and non-revenue vehicles. She has also been involved in projects to support Sound Transit’s agency-wide strategic plan, including procurements for anti-racism training and asset management certification support, as well as co-leading the development of SMART Goals for Sound Transit’s Procurement and Contracts Division.

Melody Buchanan

Sr. Business Analyst, Sound Transit

Melody Buchanan has been working for Sound Transit in Seattle, WA for 3 years as a Sr. Business Analyst in the Materials, Technology and Services section of the Procurement and Contracts Division. She has been involved in automating many of their manual/paper-based processes into online workflows and creates electronic solutions for the agency to help increase efficiency. Melody’s previous experience includes developing online tools for the Port of Seattle. She enjoys contributing her skillset to projects with the intention of making life easier for all.

Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Director of Purchasing, County of Rockland, NY

Paul Brennan has served as Director of Purchasing for the County of Rockland for 27 years.  Paul has served as NIGP President, as a NIGP Governing Board Member, NIGP Treasurer, UPPCC Board Member, UPPCC Treasurer, President of the New York State Association of Municipal Procurement Officials (SAMPO) and as an Exective Board Member for SAMPO for 25 years. In 2016 Paul was recognized as a Fellow of NIGP.

Paul provides training seminars and webinars to NIGP Chapters and enjoys giving back to the public procurement profession by sharing his knowlege and experience with public procurement practioners across the country.

Paul has earned a Exectuive Certificate in Public Procurement from Flordia Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management.

Tammy Rimes, MPA

Executive Director, National Cooperative Procurement Partners

As the Principal of Tammy Rimes Consulting, Tammy presents at national and regional procurement conferences, and works with procurement officials across the nation on cooperative procurement opportunities, and identifying areas that may result in cost savings, efficiencies, and value added services and products. Now, she works as Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners, elevating education on cooperative procurement. Formerly serving as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation, she purchased over $1 Billion (YES – B!) worth of commodities and services. During the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that destroyed over 2000 homes and the Mt. Soledad landslide in one of San Diego’s most exclusive neighborhoods, she served as the Emergency Logistics Chief. Tammy was in charge of centralizing the city's purchasing and warehouse operations and implemented the City's first environmentally preferred purchasing program and moved the surplus property operations to online auctions to increase revenue. Her consolidation efforts of the warehouses resulted in a $1.4M savings during the first year. Her team won the Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute each year she was in management.

In case you think she only knows one topic – government! – she also owns a successful family winery that has been featured front page of USA Today, voted top 5 wineries for 2014 in San Diego County, and winner of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in Marketing. As the author of “Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses – Leading the Life of Your Dreams,” she provides a fun and informative guideline on how others can begin their own dream life. With a Master’s degree in Public Administration, she has worked in corporate sales, so has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial!

Duff Erholtz

Client Services Adminstration, Sourcewell

Duff Erholtz is completing his 14th year in Membership Services for Sourcewell – formerly the National Joint Powers Alliance / NJPA. His primary responsibility is communicating with and supporting the procurement needs of the over 100,000 Sourcewell Members throughout the country. His contacts and work with procurement teams across the country helps him keep his finger on the pulse of many of their ongoing challenges. Duff plays a prominent role in supporting both customers and vendors, as well as guiding the customer service initiatives of the Sourcewell Contract Managers. In addition, Duff serves as the Chair for the NCPP Educational Outreach Working Group, which produces free and informative educational materials for procurement leaders on the topic of cooperative procurement.

Doug Looney

Group Vice President, West, OMNIA Partners

Doug Looney is the Group Vice President, West for OMNIA Partners, Public Sector. OMNIA Partners is the largest and most experienced cooperative purchasing organization serving government entities and educational institutions.
As a Public Sector Group Vice President, Mr. Looney is responsible for the sales and operations within the West group that is comprised of 25 states.  The West group is broken up into six regions and Mr. Looney has the pleasure of supporting a world-class Regional Management team made up of six professionals who support the needs of participating public agencies within the municipal, K-12 and nonprofit markets.  In addition, his team works with supplier partners daily via joint calls and trainings to ensure participating agencies maximize their contract’s value.  

Mr. Looney joined OMNIA Partners following a 12-year career at U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance where he most recently served as the Director of Sales for the Northern Division.  

During his term at U.S. Communities, Mr. Looney was responsible for supporting and expanding the Northern sales team, which was comprised of seven managers, along with helping shape the future for the organization’s sales team strategy and personnel placement.  Under the direction of Mr. Looney, the team was instrumental in growing sales for the U.S. Communities program from $1 billion annually to $3.2 billion annually.

Ronnie Barnes

Director of Public Services, HGACBuy

Ronnie Barnes is the Director of Public Services with the Houston-Galveston Area Council.  Ronnie has more than 30 years’ experience in public administration, including purchasing. He has worked in various roles at H-GAC for 23 years.  As Director, he leads teams that operate the Cooperative Purchasing Program, HGACBuy as well as HGACEnergy (an energy purchasing program).  Ronnie also leads SBA and EDA Loan Programs (H-GALDC).  Ronnie currently serves as the board chair for National Cooperative Purchasing Partners (NCPP).  Ronnie also serves in leadership roles with community service and faith-based organizations. He is a native Houstonian and studied at the University of Houston.

Bill DeMars

Executive Director | NPPGov – Public Safety GPO

Senior Executive and Growth Driver with proven success in building value through transformation, P&L management, sustainable revenue generation, and operational excellence within the cooperative purchasing, healthcare and medical device/technology sectors.

Go-to-Market Strategist who partners an extensive clinical background with in-depth market insights and an extensive network of industry contacts worldwide to identify and advance opportunities that generate top- and bottom-line impact.

Skillfully blends a first-hand understanding of the requirements of municipal & clinical buyers (efficacy, quality) with those of economic (margins, billing/reimbursement) and organizational (strategy) buyers to effectively enter new markets and commercialize innovative products.

 

James Tanzosch, CPPB, CPPO, MBA

Purchasing Director, North Carolina Central University

James as the Director of Purchasing at North Carolina Central University in April 2020, previously he was in charge of Purchasing at the University of Northern Iowa and also served as President of the local Iowa area NIGP organization (IPPA). 

At NC Central his team has been primarily working remotely. Previous experiences, Purchasing Certification and an MBA at Iowa State University allowed a management process that encourage his department to work in a mission oriented environment versus the transactional philosophy that was previously used. 

Jennifer Pratt

Section Chief, Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Antitrust Section

Jennifer L. Pratt has been with the Ohio Attorney General's Office since 1995 and has been the Chief of the Antitrust Section since 2003.  She has participated in a wide array of major investigations and litigated matters in such diverse industries as professional sports, water treatment chemicals, food additives, and insurance. She led the litigation teams for the Ohio Attorney General's Office in the Columbia HCA/Blue Cross merger litigation and the Sorbates price-fixing litigation. She is a frequent speaker and author of publications on bid-rigging detection and other aspects of antitrust law. She currently serves on the Amicus Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Antitrust Task Force, and the organization’s Petroleum Industry Working Group.  Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hanover College in 1983, her JD from Indiana University School of Law in 1987, and her MBA from Indiana University Graduate School of Business in 1987.

Robert Morgan

Principal Investigator, Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Antitrust Section

Robert E. Morgan has been an investigator with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office since 1991 and has been the Principal Investigator of the Antitrust Section for the past fifteen years. Presently, he is the supervisor of the Investigative Unit in the Antitrust Section. Previously, he worked in both the Crime Victims Services and Consumer Protection Sections of the office. He has conducted numerous civil and criminal investigations, specializing in consumer fraud, bid-rigging, price-fixing, contract fraud, public corruption and other financial crimes. Bob received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Ohio University in 1990.

Sheema Mirchandani, CDPSE

Faculty, Business School, Rutgers University

Professor Mirchandani teaches and performs research on Supply Chain Management, eProcurement, MIS, Contract Management, Data Analytics, and Spend Management at the Business School, Rutgers University.  She has 15+ years of research and development experience in Supply Chain Analytics and Management, eProcurement, MIS, Contract Management, Data Analytics, and Spend Management.  She is a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) from Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).  Professor Mirchandani  has several peer reviewed publications in her field and is a recognized expert in Supply Chain Management and eProcurement.  She is a regular speaker at NIGP forums, NCMA, and ISM conferences.

Barb Johnson NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB

Agency Procurement Officer (Retired) State of Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Barbara R. Johnson served for 38 years as a State, City and Airport Authority Procurement Leader. She serves the Institute members on many committees, task forces, and as a frequent Forum speaker and moderator. Barb instructs public procurement courses for the Institute (NIGP), the Ohio State University, and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program.

Lynda Allair NIGP-CPP CPPO

Project Lead (Retired), Ministry of Finance

Lynda currently serves the NIGP membership as an instructor and on many task forces, committees, and course development groups. She often provides input on International Procurement content. She is a former Director for the Canadian Public Procurement Council and a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers. Lynda’s provided procurement leadership for almost thirty years within a variety of public entities; federal, provincial, hospital, and library.

Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., LL.M.

Retired, Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement

From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, a firm specializing in government contracts. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. He previously served as State Purchasing Director, after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. While State Purchasing Director, Richard developed and used a decision model for evaluations. He has filed protests, written protest and appeals decisions, and litigated cases involving evaluations. Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who specialized in federal procurement. He received his undergraduate B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the Air Force Academy. He has a J.D. degree from the University of Denver and Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. Richard is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams (Hugo House Publishing, 2013) and co-author of Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, 3rd Ed. (Routledge, 2020). He is the 2020 recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award.

Carl Bonitto, CSCMP

Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Services,  Northumberland County, Ontario Province, Canada

Carl is the current Manager of Purchasing and Risk Management Services, Northumberland County, Ontario Province, Canada. Carl has served the NIGP membership as a Chapter Ambassador.  As of July 1, 2021 Carl is the Chair of the NIGP Certification Commission.

Valerie Scott CPPB

Purchasing & Contracts Manager, City of Longmont, Colorado

Ms. Scott is currently the Purchasing & Contracts Manager for the City of Longmont.  She has over 8 years in public procurement.  She has She has been on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association ("RMGPA") for 5 years. She is a past programs committee chair (2015), past president (2017), and current treasurer.

Kristy Varda NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB

Capital Contracting Officer, Loudoun County, Virginia

A proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Now she is a Capital Contracting Officer for Loudoun County Government. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course “Foundations of Technology Procurement”. She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Foundations of Technology courses.

Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Director of Purchasing, County of Rockland, NY

Paul Brennan has served as Director of Purchasing for the County of Rockland for 27 years.  Paul has served as NIGP President, as a NIGP Governing Board Member, NIGP Treasurer, UPPCC Board Member, UPPCC Treasurer, President of the New York State Association of Municipal Procurement Officials (SAMPO) and as an Exective Board Member for SAMPO for 25 years. In 2016 Paul was recognized as a Fellow of NIGP.

Paul provides training seminars and webinars to NIGP Chapters and enjoys giving back to the public procurement profession by sharing his knowlege and experience with public procurement practioners across the country.

Paul has earned a Exectuive Certificate in Public Procurement from Flordia Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management.

Kristy Varda NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB

Capital Contracting Officer, Loudoun County, Virginia

A proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Now she is a Capital Contracting Officer for Loudoun County Government. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course “Foundations of Technology Procurement”. She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Foundations of Technology courses.

Stephanie Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPB, CTPE

Stephanie Akerley began her career in procurement over two decades ago at The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  During that time, she has procured everything from clowns to construction.  In 2007, Stephanie was challenged by her employer to specialize in IT procurements.  As a result, Stephanie has spent the last 14 years negotiating and procuring complex technology solutions for her agency.  Stephanie has a passion for teaching and in 2017, she became an instructor for NIGP.  As an instructor, Stephanie recognized the opportunities to assist NIGP in creating new classes for Pathways.  To date, Stephanie has been a subject matter expert on the Foundations of Technology Procurement, Technology Management, and Cloud Procurement.  She holds CPPB, NIGP-CPP, and CTPE (Certified Technology Procurement Executive) certifications.  Stephanie is passionate about her career and about sharing any knowledge she has that will help others to grow.

Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB

Strategic Sourcing Specialist with Manitoba Hydro

Stéphanie Dion is a Strategic Sourcing Specialist with Manitoba Hydro. She was previously employed by The City of Red Deer and the Government of Yukon. Stephanie practiced extensively in both the contract A and non-contract A paradigms. She is also the co-founder of the #RFPDreamTeam. Stephanie graduated university with a teaching degree and is involved with professional development at various local, national, and international events. She has been an active volunteer and advisor with professional associations since 2012 starting with the Cooperative Accreditation taskforce and now serves as the Chair of the Content Management Committee. Stephanie has recently contributed a few articles to procurement magazines. The most recent article was a collaborative piece regarding professional judgment.

 

Chris Penny

CEO of Kinetic GPO

Chris Penny is the CEO of Kinetic GPO, which is based in Ontario, Canada. Kinetic GPO is a cooperative purchasing organization established for Broader Public Sector entities across Canada, with the specific purpose of reducing procurement cost by leveraging the purchasing power of group buying and saving entities time by simplifying steps to procure.

Chris has over 15 years of group purchasing experience managing a national cooperative program, and was part of NIGP’s Supplier Business Council. Additionally, Chris led the national sales and marketing efforts for The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN). Most recently served as the Senior Vice President overseeing Business Development for National IPA (now OMNIA Partners) for almost 300 supplier partners. Furthermore, Chris is the founder and president of a non-profit Broken Crayons, which focuses on helping women and children in Ghana, Africa break through the cycle of poverty.

Dave Dextraze, CET

Manager of Vendor Relations, Rural Municipalities of Alberta

Dave Dextraze, CET has been the Manager of Vendor Relations for RMA Trade for the past three and one half years, working closely with our Municipal Association partners across Canada, Sourcewell and Vendor/Supplier relationships. Our association partners include Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities ("SARM"), Central Source (formally Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association or "SUMA"), Association of Manitoba Municipalities ("AMM"), Local Authorities Services/Association of Municipalities Ontario (LAS/AM), Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (“NSFM”), Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities (“FPEIM”), Municipalities Newfoundland Labrador (“MNL”), Union of New Brunswick Municipalities (“UNBM”) and North West Territories Association of Municipalities.  Prior to working with the RMA, Dave spent 26 years as the Director of Public Works for various municipalities in western Canada overseeing utilities, park, waste management, bridges, fleet management, and road infrastructure procurement functions. Dave represented one of the first municipalities to utilize a cooperative procurement contract for large equipment in Canada. Dave is one of the past presidents of the Alberta Municipal Supervisors Association (AMSA), and past Director for the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association as well as a past chair for the RMA Trade Advisory Committee.

Althea Pemsel, MS, CPSM, C.P.M.

Director of the Procurement, City of Riviera Beach

Althea Pemsel, is the Director of the Procurement at the City of Riviera Beach, and previously ran the construction division for the City of Fort Lauderdale  as the Assistant Chief Procurement Officer with over 500 million dollars in Capital Improvement Projects.  As the Procurement Officer in West Palm Beach, Althea was instrumental procuring major engineering services for capital projects. In 2000 Althea worked for the City of Orlando for almost a decade.  Althea has been instrumental in advancing the public procurement profession and design build principles. 

Althea has written white papers and given many presentations on topics like, Stakeholder Management and Strategic Procurement.  As an international speaker, her presentation on Intergenerational Workforce was given in Hangzhou, China.  Althea’s career began in Germany in the late 1980s, and she has worked in organizations instituting lean initiatives and process improvements.  Project accomplishments range from developments projects, enterprise IT acquisitions, and public works projects.

Shawn M. Willett, CPPO

Deputy Procurement Officer, City of Austin

Shawn Willett has over 24 years of procurement experience in both the public and private sectors.  She is currently a Deputy Procurement Officer for the City of Austin, Texas.  In this position she oversees a team of Procurement Specialists and is responsible for the policies for most procurement programs for the City.  She has been with the City of Austin since 2008.  Her previous positions at the City include Procurement Manager, Procurement Supervisor, Senior Business Process Consultant for Purchasing, and Buyer.  Prior to joining the City, Shawn served 11 years as a Purchasing Manager for a large automotive aftermarket company.  She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has her CPPO certification.

James Scarboro, CPPO, CPSM, CPCM

Purchasing Officer, City of Austin

James is the Purchasing Officer for the City of Austin.  He has served in this capacity since 2015.  James directs the City’s Purchasing Office and provides general leadership to the City’s procurement organization, which last year transacted over $1.4 billion in contract spend.

Prior to joining Austin, James served as Deputy Finance Director for Procurement with the City of Phoenix.  Prior to Phoenix, James served in multiple roles with the Arizona State Procurement Office, ending his tenure there as Deputy State Procurement Administrator and responsible for an annual contract spend of approximately $2.5 billion.

James holds a Master of Public Administration and has completed the graduate program in Procurement and Contracts Management at the University of Virginia.  James holds several professional credentials including top certifications in all three major professional associations including NIGP: Institute for Public Procurement, the Institute for Supply Management and the National Contract Management Association.  James currently serves as Vice President of the Texas Association of Public Purchasers.

James and his family live in South Austin.

Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM

President of NIGP Code and Consulting

Marcheta Gillespie, President of NIGP Code and Consulting, is a dynamic international speaker, professional consultant and trainer, and experienced thought-leader with 30 years in the procurement profession.  In 2021, Marcheta become the President of NIGP Code and Consulting Services.  She is the former Director of Procurement at the City of Tucson, leading one of country’s most highly acclaimed procurement organizations.  Retired from government service,  Marcheta now works with public and private industry helping them transform procurement operations.  Previously, Marcheta served as the Consulting Program Manager and has spent over 17 years as a Senior Consultant.

As a passionate advocate for the procurement profession, Marcheta possesses a broad and deep range of expertise in numerous areas of public procurement best practices, professional development and leadership.  She is the 2019 Albert H Hall recipient and the 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest and second highest honors bestowed upon individuals by NIGP in the public procurement profession.  Marcheta is a former Chair of the UPPCC Governing Board, was the 2013-2014 President of NIGP and served on the NIGP Board of Directors for 10 years.  She now serves as Vice Chair for the NIGP Mentorship committee and has authored several NIGP courses.

Dr. Maria Church

CEO, Government Leadership Solutions

Dr. Maria Church, CEO of Government Leadership Solutions specializes in organizational culture design, change agility, strategic off-site facilitation, and leadership development based on her 25-year career with local government, Fortune 500, non-profits, and academia. Maria holds a doctorate of management degree in organizational leadership and currently teaches for several universities.

Dr. Church is the author of Love-Based Leadership: Transform Your Life with Meaning and Abundance, the upcoming book A Course in Excellence: 21 Spiritual Lessons on Leadership, Love, and Miracles, and co-author of best-selling book, Answering the Call, has started a movement to revolutionize the workplace with a shift from fear to love.

She has been featured on radio shows, television interviews, and in magazines. Maria writes a weekly newspaper column on leadership and hosts an online leadership series, Dr. Maria TV. Splitting her time between Scottsdale and the canyons of Southern Arizona, Maria continues to work with high-performing organizations and is working on her next book.

Shara Turner, LPC, MSC, NCC, Eagala

Clinical Director, Sabino Recovery

As Clinical Director at Sabino Recovery, Shara brings a unique perspective and skill set as she has spent the last nine years in public health working with individuals dually diagnosed with a variety of substance use and mental health disorders, complex trauma, and extreme environmental and social inadequacies. The challenges faced in this arena have provided her with a strong base of practice in diagnosis, treatment, and case management.

The breadth and depth of her experience extends to crisis counseling, utilization management and coordinator of a level I psychiatric facility. Most recently Shara served as lead therapist and clinical supervisor of an 18-bed residential facility. At the helm, she developed and led an intensive outpatient equine program which proved to markedly decrease recidivism to level I hospitalizations over a six month period.
 
In addition to attaining licensed professional counselor certification, she is certified by Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) and versed in a variety of therapeutic modalities including DBT, CPT, and CBT. Shara’s passion lies in stepping away from the stigma of diagnosis and treating the individual, utilizing an integrative and holistic approach

Cathy Simonds

Staff member, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Retired public procurement professional with over 40 years of experience, Cathy has found a new passion working in the mental health industry.  After volunteering for 6 years in the field, Cathy now works for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in South Dakota-Rapid City. Pursuing her passion to create awareness, and helping others navigate the mental health path, Cathy brings her own personal experience in the field based upon a son and brother who live with mental health conditions.  Cathy’s experience drives her to advocate, educate and support families and others living with mental illness, supporting family members with mental illness, and working to remove the stigma and misunderstanding in the community surrounding mental health.

Arden Clark, NIGP-CPP, MS, MBA, CPPB, VCCO, VCO

High Risk Strategic Procurement Consultant

Arden began her career as a linguist working for the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.  From there she continued in Japan as a translator, interpreter, educator and procurement professional for various Japanese corporations including Murakami Ongaku Jimusho and Canon Corporation.   She currently handles complex procurements relating to IT as well as general goods and services for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (VA ABC). 

Arden bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Japanese Language from Boston University, a Master of Science in Environmental Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and have earned National and State procurement certifications including VCA, VCO, VCCO and CPPB.  She has been an active member of VAGP and NIGP since 2017 and spoke at NIGP Forum 2020 and the 2020 NIGP VCON event.  She is a graduate of the inaugural NIGP Leaders Edge program and served as a mentor in the inaugural mentorship program cohort.  Outside of work, she participates as a subject matter expert on the NIGP team developing global best practices for negotiation and a member of UPPCC team developing test questions for future iterations of the CPPB exam.

Chris McGough

Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, Fairfax County Dept. of Procurement and Material Management

Chris McGough serves as Fairfax County’s Sustainable Procurement Coordinator, working to improve the sustainability and diversity of Fairfax’s supply chain.  Chris has worked on environmental issues in the public sector for over 13 years and has supported procurement and supply chain functions for much of this time.  Prior to his current position, Chris leveraged the procurement process to create the first curbside food waste recycling program in Virginia for the City of Falls Church.  Chris has a Masters in environmental management, is a Certified Public Manager and is passionate about improving government operations and services delivered to the community.  Fairfax County spends over $1 billion annually with thousands of suppliers - Chris is excited to help Fairfax implement one of the first local government supplier CSR programs!

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.

David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP

Retired; Formerly City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

David Nash retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Three from the United States Army in 1988 after 20 years of service in inventory management.  In 2007, he retired from the City of Fort Lauderdale after 18 years of service in warehousing and procurement.

David holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration. He was the last President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of Southeast Florida, having successfully led a merger with the SE Florida Chapter of NIGP in 2001.  He was also the President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials in 2006-2007

David was presented with FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2014, he was presented with FAPPO’s Educator of the Year Award. In 2019, he was presented with his second George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award for his overall contributions to FAPPO during 25 years of membership.

David is a certified instructor for NIGP and from 2010 to 2013 he served on the Evaluation Committee for the National Procurement Institute’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. Since creating the online “Question of the Day” in 2007, he has helped thousands of procurement professionals prepare for their CPPB, CPPO and NIGP-CPP exams. For this contribution, he was presented with the "Spirit of NIGP Award" at the NIGP Forum in 2013.

For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, he was presented with NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award at the 2018 Forum in Nashville, TN. David currently serves on the Mentorship Committee for NIGP, as well as Radio NIGP. He previously served from June 2015 to December 2019 as one of that organization’s first Chapter Ambassadors in Area 5. In August 2020 he was part of the inaugural group to receive the new NIGP-CPP certification.

Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB

Strategic Sourcing Specialist with Manitoba Hydro

Stéphanie Dion is a Strategic Sourcing Specialist with Manitoba Hydro. She was previously employed by The City of Red Deer and the Government of Yukon. Stephanie practiced extensively in both the contract A and non-contract A paradigms. She is also the co-founder of the #RFPDreamTeam. Stephanie graduated university with a teaching degree and is involved with professional development at various local, national, and international events. She has been an active volunteer and advisor with professional associations since 2012 starting with the Cooperative Accreditation taskforce and now serves as the Chair of the Content Management Committee. Stephanie has recently contributed a few articles to procurement magazines. The most recent article was a collaborative piece regarding professional judgment.

 

Mr. Victor A. Leamer, CPPB

Senior Buyer, Spokane County

With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington.  Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009.  Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and Sourcing in the Public Sector and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments.  Victor also serves on NIGP's Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.

Mike Thornton, CPPO

Manager, City of Leesburg, Florida

Mike is the Purchasing Manager at the City of Leesburg, a smaller municipal government that operates six utilities. Having a smaller office, Mike has the opportunity to be involved in all types of procurement activities, providing a good mix and breadth of topics. In addition to procurement, Mike is knowledgeable in warehousing and materials management. Prior to the City of Leesburg, Mike worked in the software industry for seven years serving as the product manager for a number of ERP software modules. His work there included software implementation projects, client training, and business process analysis. Mike also actively participates in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP and is involved in national NIGP at the committee level.

Lisa Frank

Content Program Manager, NIGP

Lisa Frank joined NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement in December 2013. One year later, she was promoted to the position of Global Practices Manager and, most recently, became Program Content Manager. In addition to managing task forces to develop global best practices, Lisa works with Routledge, NIGP’s publisher, and serves as staff liaison to NIGP’s Diversity and Equity Committee and Accreditation Committee. Lisa collaborates with subject matter experts, including procurement professionals, academics, and suppliers to develop useful guidance on public procurement topics and to create a pipeline of textbooks. From 2018 – 2020, Lisa contributed articles to Government Procurement Magazine on topics ranging from Language Matters to Conferences: Rethinking the Status Quo. Prior to joining NIGP, Lisa managed the University Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her Master of Public Management. Lisa has also earned certifications as a John Maxwell Coach, Public Speaker, and DISC Consultant, and recently launched her own business Camino Life Coaching & Consulting. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in cello performance, and now lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she plays cello with the Rogue Valley Symphony.

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.

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