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NIGP Forum Virtual On-Demand

NIGP Forum Virtual

August 23 – 26, 2021

Now available ON-DEMAND…it’s almost like being there!


Hear amazing keynote speakers like:


Clint Swindall

Find out if you suffer from negativity bias and why telling somebody something good, is really good for you.


Courtney Clark

What does it mean to “go with your gut”? What’s the absolute fastest way to bounce back from Change & Stress.


Risha Grant

How do you get rid of your BS? By the way, BS is not what you think. Try bias synapse.


Manley Feinberg

 Reaching your next summit: 5 Vertical Lessons to Lead with More Impact, Regardless of your Title. 

Attend informative and engaging sessions presented by industry experts and so much more. 

Available ON-DEMAND

Until September 30, 2021

20 Contact Hours

Sessions Tracks:

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

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Monday, August 23, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Up: First Timers with the Member Council
 
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Accreditation Committee Coffee Meet-Up - Is Your Procurement Department Ready?

 Contact Hours: .75   View Presentation


Meet with recipients of NIGP’s academic accreditation to learn about their public procurement graduate programs and how accreditation has benefited their universities and their students. Members of NIGP’s Accreditation Committee will also be present to answer your questions.

NIGP Accreditation Committee
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Up - NIGP-CPPs
Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS,, Diane Daly
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Up - “RADIO NIGP: Unplugged and On Air! Meet the Team”
 
 
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
 
12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
Mindful Movement

Join Jody for 10 minutes of mindful movement to stimulate the body and mind. This stretch can be done right from your desk and will give you the tools to connect back to yourself during your busy work day.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Entity Networking Sessions

 Contact Hours: 1.0


  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Large Cities
  • Large Counties
  • Small and Medium Cities
  • Small and Medium Counties
  • States
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Housing Authorities
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
The True Cost of Procuring Capital Equipment and Services

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


 

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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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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   View Presentation  Handout  Handout


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

 Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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
 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Procurement priorities in a post-COVID world

 Case Study  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


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As the US continues to re-open, public procurement teams are returning to the office, resuming on-hold projects, and setting their sights on more long-term goals than just the here-and-now of emergency procurements. Although different states are in different stages of re-opening, across the board, it feels like things are going “back to normal”—the reality is, however, that there has been a drastic shift not only in the priorities of procurement teams across the country, but in how your agency views procurement’s role in building for the future.

Join us as we walk you through the 2021 Bonfire State of Public Sourcing report, which explores what’s on every procurement team’s minds these days—what are procurement priorities in a post-COVID world, and how can I learn from the experience of my peers while navigating these new priorities? Themes include:

  • Business continuity: How procurement teams were critical in executing business continuity plans in the midst of the pandemic, and how that will continue as your agency builds for the future
  • Vendor diversity: Why new legislation from the Biden administration is making this an accelerating priority for public procurement teams, and what your peers are doing to address it
  • Software adoption and cybersecurity: How procurement teams are prioritizing data security as public agencies reevaluate the digital solutions put in place during COVID-19 and remote work
Omar Salaymeh, Michael Brinton, Jennifer Frates
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Products Expo
 
 
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Trivia Party - Social Event

Join us for an evening of enjoyably challenging questions about all kinds of topic during trivia night, hosted by Trivia Mafia, who traditionally provides the best bar trivia!  Teams will be randomly assigned so get ready to meet some new people and have fun! 

 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RADIO NIGP: Unplugged and On Air! Forum Daily Recap
 
 
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Young Professionals Open House

Please join Member Council as we welcome Young Professionals to the 2021 Virtual Forum at our “Open House” event to be held on Monday, August 23 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm EST.  This event will include activities, speakers and information about how YOU can get involve with NIGP and the many benefits of being a member.  The event is “open” so come as you are, come when you want, and stay as long as you’d like.  We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Workforce Development: A Look Behind the Curtain -Coffee Meet-Up

 Contact Hours: 0.75   View Presentation


Join Ronni Levine, NIGP’s Web Content Manager and Todd Slater, NIGP’s Chief Content Officer as they pull back the curtain and provide a look into NIGPs expansion into workforce development. You will be the first to see a prototype of over 20 new Pathways that align Pathways competencies and credentials to procurement roles, allowing for easier career planning for the individual, Chapter, and Entity. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this new area while helping to shape its direction by providing your thoughts and feedback in an interactive discussion.

Todd Slater, PhD, Ronni Levine
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Academic Accreditation Coffee Meet-Up - What Does It Take To Earn NIGP's Academic Accreditation?
Dr. Adam M. Williams, Ph.D, Dr. Mohamad G. Alkadry, PH.D., Lisa Frank
 
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM
Mindful Movement

Join Jody for 10 minutes of mindful movement to stimulate the body and mind. This stretch can be done right from your desk and will give you the tools to connect back to yourself during your busy work day.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
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   View Presentation


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
Sustainable Procurement

Social Responsibility  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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
Internal Customers and External Suppliers: Increase Trust and Improve Accountability with Modern Collaboration Tools

 Case Study  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


"RFPs take too long."  "Procurement gets in the way of innovation."  "I can do it better myself."   "We should avoid going out to bid."   We hear these excuses every day.  Even today, these myths still fill the hallways of government administration buildings everywhere.  But that's sooo 2020!  Today's modern procurement professionals have the skills AND the tools to deliver compliance, quality, best value, and innovation in a fraction of the time from even 2 years ago.... and it all starts with building smart sourcing projects using modern collaborative techniques that turbocharge the entire procurement lifecycle.  Join Chris Coghill, Procurement Director for the City of Groveland Florida, and Thao Hill, SVP of OpenGov Procurement, as they tackle every myth and every excuse with real life scenarios that will get the naysayers lining up for your strategic assistance!

 

Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB , Thao Hill, SVP
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Procurement in the Next Age: Leveraging the Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

Cornerstones of Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


The past 18 months have presented countless, unprecedented challenges for all of us.  We have pivoted to (and for some now from) a remote workforce, we maneuvered supply chain disruptions, we attempted to balance a home and work life in the same space, and we strived to continuously support our organizations' needs.  Throughout all of it, we figured out new ways to work, with new technologies, new tools and a new perspective on our work as public servants. There have been so many lessons learned by public procurement practitioners throughout the pandemic.  Join our panel of NIGP Consulting experts as they discuss the impacts of the pandemic on the public procurement (operations/environment/staff/practices), highlight discoveries and innovations, and share how to leverage the opportunities of the past and present, as we work toward the next era of public procurement.

Paul J. Brennan, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Terry L. McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, C.P.M. CPCP, Denise K. Finn, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.,, Marcheta Gillespie, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, CPM
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Asking the Tough Questions with Cooperative Purchasing

 Cooperatives  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


Every day more and more cooperative purchasing organizations "pop-up." Leaving buyers confused about what their best options are and how to easily find answers. Don't get discouraged!

RuthAnne and Jennifer share first-hand experience on how to use available tools and resources to make using cooperative purchasing easier all the while saving time, money and staying in compliance.

In this session, we will answer the tough questions like,

  • "How do I know I'm getting the best deal?,"
  • "How do coops help me stay in compliance,?"
  • "What about my Ts &Cs,"
  • "Can I or should I negotiate pricing,?"

and include varied real-life examples from RuthAnne's decades of procurement experience and Jennifer's previous time working directly for a coop and vendor.

This interactive session will encourage the audience to provide examples of their experiences during each topic.

RuthAnne Hall, CPPO, Jennifer Sulentic, VP, CompareCoops
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Proposal Cost Models for Construction Solicitations

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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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, Keith Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, Krystle Sigman, NIGP-CPP, Rita J. Parker, CPPB
 
1:35 PM - 2:45 PM
Moving beyond the “new normal”: Future-proofing your eProcurement infrastructure

 Technology Procurement   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0 


Major disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 crisis forced many public procurement departments into highly reactive measures. These reactive measures severely stretched and tested procurement infrastructures designed to maintain public safety and access to critical services. Further, some agencies without an existing eProcurement infrastructure were thrust into technology transformation mode just to simply function in the “new normal” environment of remote work and social-distancing. As repercussions of the pandemic continue to present serious economic and supply chain challenges, public procurement departments should assess the consequences of recent disruptions and plan accordingly for the future. As the focus of government purchasing begins to turn toward recovery initiatives, we are moving beyond our reactive “new normal” and entering a proactive “new now” phase. This “new now” presents governments with a prime opportunity to reprioritize procurement and public investment plans to meet new thresholds of sustainability and resilience.  A solid eProcurement infrastructure allows for organizations to mitigate the risk of disruptions --- whether such disruptions are in the form of serious risk to public safety or in the form of new competitive realities and a potential influx of federal funds from the US government’s landmark infrastructure legislation.

In this session, we will discuss why procurement teams should prioritize eProcurement infrastructure as a critical cornerstone of their mission. Participants will also be presented with a framework to capitalize on eProcurement transformation through best practice change management and adoption strategies.

Adam Magalei
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Public Procurement Professional Perspectives-Current Challenges & Opportunities

  Case Study   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0  View Presentation


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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
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., Stephen A. Hamill , Dave Trudnowski
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
When Procurement Meets Data

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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, Michelle Wilson
 
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   View Presentation


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 Tricks to Understand the Supplier Perspective

Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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.
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A Layered Approach to Securing Your Organization's Environment

 Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


Please join our discussion to learn how to help protect your organization from security risks, data breaches and malware attacks. Learn how Canon Solutions America's 5 pillars of security can help you mitigate those risks.

Aaron Hale
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Reframing Possible: The Critical Role Procurement Plays in Re-Building Resilient Communities with the Use of Federal Funding

 Contact Hours: 1.0    View Presentation


Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT, Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Connecting, Powering & Securing the New Era

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Jeff Peskuski, Rob Rhoads
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Re-Open Confidently

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Alyn Bailey
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
N95 Respirators - What Happened, Why It Happened, Why It Will Happen Again

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Rick Bond, David Kidd
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Evolution of Procurement Technology – A Q&A with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Periscope Holdings

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Join Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB, Director of Purchasing at Virginia Beach City Public Schools as he discusses how procurement technology has benefitted the organization over the last 20 years.  From digitizing paper based systems to helping manage through the pandemic, Kevin will walk through the evolution of eProcurement at his organization and answer live Q&A.

Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB
 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Products Expo
 
 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Speed Networking

Participate in this fun and educational speed networking event, featuring four opportunities to connect and interact. 

 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RADIO NIGP: Unplugged and On Air! Forum Daily Recap
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Meet-Up - Instructors

 Contact Hours: 0.75

Todd Slater, PhD, Ron King, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, VCM, VCO
 
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
 
12:10 PM - 12:20 PM
Mindful Movement

Join Jody for 10 minutes of mindful movement to stimulate the body and mind. This stretch can be done right from your desk and will give you the tools to connect back to yourself during your busy work day.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Exploring and Demystifying Job Order Contracting

 Construction  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0    View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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
Contemporary Business Practices, Finding Common Ground


 Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


Finding mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure fair competition and inclusion to achieve your entity’s new regulation goals.

 
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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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
Best Practices for Contract Administration in a Virtual Workspace

Cornerstones of Procurement  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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
Paradigm Shifts: Who Moved My Office?

Cooperatives   Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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
Myths & Facts of eProcurement

  Case Study   Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0


Implementing a new procurement system or process will have its difficulties, but there’s no reason these can’t be overcome with proper planning, the right team, and the right technology powering your transformation. When determining if eProcurement is the right fit for your organization, it’s important to recognize the difference between legitimate obstacles to overcome, and myths that could deter you unnecessarily. We’ll present on some of the main myths that could be deterring you – cost, complexity, vendor preferences, data security, and more – and demonstrate real-world examples of the actual facts.

 

Kurt Rohmann
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Safeguarding Competition in the New Frontier of e-Procurement

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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
 
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   View Presentation


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
Everything You Need to Know about Supplier Diversity Programs

Social Responsibility  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


Many agencies are focusing more than ever on issues  related to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Initiatives to increase the diversity of government vendors require a thorough understanding of the legal standards, program elements and best practices to develop legally defensible and administratively successful programs. This session will focus on these issues and provide tips for setting up a new program and taking existing programs to the next level.

Colette Holt, JD
 
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, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Lynda Allair NIGP-CPP CPPO, Richard Pennington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, J.D., LL.M., Carl Bonitto, CSCMP, Valerie Scott CPPB, Kristy Varda NIGP-CPP CPPO CPPB
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Market Research: Project Delivery Methods Challenges and Opportunities

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Gordian and NIGP are partnering to conduct market research on project delivery method challenges and opportunities. This research aims to better understand construction procurement trends, solicitation activities and the differences between project delivery methods. Join this session to hear more about the project and contribute your insight and expertise with the research team. Don’t miss this chance to participate in this important initiative.

Ana Maria Dimand, Andrea S. Patrucco , Randy Horn
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Building a Case for Full Procure-To-Pay Automation - Lessons Learned from Cook County and the City of El Paso

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Eric Gould, Ira Golden, Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The New Health and Safety: Return-to-work considerations for your organization

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Craig Jackson
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Health Building: Improving IAQ and Using Federal Funds

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Brian Meneghan, Kristie Brooks
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Benefits of Utilizing Your Local Business Partnership

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Rich Nyberg, Cameron Mickey
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Indirect Procurement - Partnering With Your Vendors to Drive Better Procurement Decisions

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Billy Grimmet, Drew Tuller
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Impact of COVID-19 on Manufacturing

 Contact Hours: 1.0


Jon Stodola, Boyd Montgomery, Carrie Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA
 
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Products Expo
 
 
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Social Activity - Magic Show & Networking

A magical evening of surprises!  Don’t miss this special event featuring magician Jason Silberman.  Jason is one of the top performers in New Jersey and the surrounding area.  Jason began performing magic as a young boy and turned his passion into a profession.  This interactive virtual magic show is sure to blow your mind!

 
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
RADIO NIGP: Unplugged and On Air! Forum Daily Recap
 
 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Chapter President's Appreciation Event - Invitation Only
 
Thursday, August 26, 2021
 
Time
Session
Speakers
Details
 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
NIGP Talent Council Coffee Meet-Up

 Contact Hours: 0.75


Come and learn more about the volunteer opportunities at the Institute level. A discussion surrounding the process along with testimonies about the benefits of volunteering will take place.

 
10:45 AM - 10:55 AM
Mindful Movement
Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Entity Networking Sessions

 Contact Hours: 1.0


  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • Large Cities
  • Large Counties
  • Small and Medium Cities
  • Small and Medium Counties
  • States
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Housing Authorities
 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Is a Cyber attack in YOUR future?

 Technology Procurement  Foundation   Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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
Build Trust in the Procurement Process

 Leadership and Strategy  Advanced  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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
What does my government need to consider for fleet electrification?

 Case Study  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


Electrification presents government fleets with unique challenges both to vehicle selection and total cost of ownership analyses. But government procurement officers and fleet managers are also confronted with a new set of challenges including selecting the right EV charging equipment and optimizing charging strategies, the impact of this EV charging equipment to end user facilities and operations, funding availability for agencies to convert their fleets and supporting infrastructure, and coordination with the local utilities to add significant load to the grid.  Yet agencies who can look at their project holistically, develop an implementation and funding strategy and leverage the new common “fuel” of electricity are rewarded with lower upfront project construction costs, ongoing operational cost reductions and a meaningful reduction in localized greenhouse gas emissions.

Austin Morton, Diana Kotler, Avninder Buttar, Steven Clarke, David Lazerwitz
 
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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation  Handouts


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   View Presentation


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, John Bys
 
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
What's in the Fine Print and Why

 Legal Aspects & Legislation Impacts  Foundation  Contact Hours: 1.0   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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   View Presentation


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 - Open Discussion with the RFP DreamTeam

 Contact Hours: 1.0

Stéphanie Dion, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Custom Conversation - NIGP Forum Leadership Summit-What to Expect

 Contact Hours: 1.0    View Presentation

Todd Slater, PhD, Shannon Lockwood, CMP, DES
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
RADIO NIGP: Unplugged and On Air! Forum Daily Recap

 Contact Hours: 1.0

 

Barb Johnson, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Custom Conversation: The Critical Role of Mentorship in the Procurement Community

 Contact Hours: 1.0

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

NIGP Accreditation Committee

Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS,

Chief Executive Officer, NIGP

Rick Grimm has served as NIGP’s Chief Executive Officer for 23 years.

Rick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University.  He served county governments and public school districts for 23 years, including over 12 years in the management of the public procurement function, before joining the NIGP team in 1998. 

As NIGP continues to develop, support and promote public procurement, Rick’s recent priorities have been the development of partnerships with universities and associations that represent the direct reports of the procurement function. To leverage these relationships and enhance NIGP’s role as a trusted advisor, Rick reorganized the NIGP team with a focus on content management and sustained membership growth.  The Institute now offers certificate programs for professionals entering the workplace and for seasoned professionals who seek high-level skills on procurement specialties such as technology and construction.

Diane Daly

NIGP's Director of Certification Programs

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.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Procurement Director, Metropolitan Council, MN

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, NIGP-CPP, 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.

 

Omar Salaymeh

CEO Bonfire

Omar is responsible for everything customer experience at Bonfire, from implementation to full adoption to renewal. He has had the opportunity to build the Client Experience department from a team of one to a dynamic group of 20+ team members comprised of client success managers, implementation specialists, support agents, and trainers. The team has consistently delivered industry-leading customer experience; achieving NPS scores of 70+, retention rates of 98%, and consistent net-negative churn rates. As a partner of the Bonfire executive team, Omar works collaboratively with the team to set and execute strategies for corporate culture and client engagement. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a P. Eng. designation, Omar previously held roles outside of Bonfire as an Energy Analyst and Project Manager. He is passionate about technology and helping others understand how they can leverage it to make life easier, and make their customers happy.

Michael Brinton

Assistant Director, Contract Compliance Manager, Bay Area Metro

Jennifer Frates

Chief Procurement Officer, Barnstable County, MA

Jennifer Frates is the Chief Procurement Officer for Barnstable County and the President of Cape Cod Association of Public Procurement Officials (CCAPPO).

Todd Slater, PhD

Chief Content Officer, NIGP

Todd Slater, PhD. is the Chief Content Officer for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He has over twenty years of experience transforming global learning programs using technology and innovative instructional methods. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in adult education from Capella University. He also sits on several industry boards and speaks in both domestic and international settings.

Ronni Levine

Web Content Manager - NIGP

Ronni Levine is the Web Content Manager for NIGP and has been with the Institute in that capacity since 2014.  She holds an Associate's Degree in Digital Marketing from the University of San Francisco, a Master's Degree in Music from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University.

Dr. Adam M. Williams, Ph.D

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Springfield

Dr. Mohamad G. Alkadry, PH.D.

Professor and Public Policy Department Head, University of Connecticut

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.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Procurement Director, Metropolitan Council, MN

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.

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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

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.

Christine A. Coghill, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB

Procurement Director, City of Groveland, FL

 

Chris is an accomplished public procurement professional with over eighteen years of experience using a results driven approach to purchasing commodities, service contracting, professional services under FS 287.055, and construction projects.  She is passionate about the public procurement arena, having played roles as a public agency employee as well as varied charitable endeavors.

Chris is a proven leader who mentors and inspires collaboration and professional growth, always delivering results against strategic objectives, while adhering to the organization's core values and beliefs.  She has lead a CPPB Study Group over the last year and has helped several participants achieve their certification.  She is a part of NIGP’s Leadership Development Committee which oversees the Leader’s Edge program as well as other educational opportunities.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.  She holds NIGP-CPP, CPPO, and CPPB certifications.

Thao Hill, SVP

General manager and SVP for OpenGov Procurement (formerly ProcureNow)

Thao is the general manager and SVP for OpenGov Procurement.  He is a Government Technology executive with 23 years of experience leading cloud-based software companies and projects at the Federal, State, Regional, and Local levels.  Thao was a member of the founding executive team for Granicus, one of the world’s leading local government cloud-based software companies, for 10 years.  During his tenure there, he led their highest profile project implementations, including The US House of Representatives, The US Senate, and the City of Los Angeles. He has led engineering teams, customer support teams, hosting infrastructure teams and sales and marketing teams, for several govtech companies including Granicus, Govdelivery, and Public Systems Associates. He has also worked as a reliability engineering consultant for Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Amazon, Pinterest, and CBS Interactive.   He received his electrical engineering degree from Tennessee Technological University.  

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

Director of Purchasing, County of Rockland, NY

Paul Brennan currently serves as Director of Purchasing and First Acting County Executive for the County of Rockland, NY. Over his 27-year public procurement career Paul has earned a reputation as an innovative, results-producing procurement professional with experience in Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations, Financial Analysis, Project Management, Process Improvement and Measurement and ERP Implementations. Paul has established a record of continuous improvement through the implementation of cost saving technologies.

Paul is also President of ProcurePath, a training and consulting firm that specializes in providing public procurement training seminars. Paul has presented seminars for NIGP, SAMPO, GFOA, NYSOGS and the Institute for Supply Management.

Paul served as President of the Institute for Public Procurement – NIGP from 2009-2010, and NIGP’s Treasurer from 2013-2015. Paul has also served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and as President and Executive Board member of the New York State Association of Municipal Procurement Officials.

Paul earned an Executive Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Nyack College.

Paul resides in Suffern, NY with his wife Kristin, and children Emily & Jack.

Terry L. McKee, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MPA, C.P.M. CPCP

Procurement Director, Knoxville's Community Development Corp - The Public Housing & Redevelopment Authority

 

Terry McKee, MPA, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP, C.P.M., CPCP, is a consultant and experienced leader with 33 years in the procurement profession. Terry joined NIGP Consulting Services at its inception in 1995. He has been the Procurement Director at Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation-the public housing and redevelopment authority for the City of Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee since 2005. Prior to that he served as head of procurement for Knox County government and Knox County Schools.

Terry shares his extensive experience and expertise with public and private industry through numerous roles in the industry.    

As a passionate advocate for the procurement profession, Terry possesses a broad and deep range of expertise in numerous areas of public procurement best practices, professional development and leadership, and overall procurement transformation. Terry was named NIGP’s Purchasing Manager of the Year in 2017, the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s Procurement Manager of the Year in 2017, and in 1993 received the organization’s Purchasing Professional of the Year award. In 2013, Terry received NIGP’s “Spirit of NIGP” award. He co-shared NIGP’s Innovation of the Award in 2007 for business diversity activities.

Terry has served in dozens of task forces and committees in his 33 years of volunteer leadership to the profession, including local, state and national roles.  Terry has provided professional services to cities, counties, special districts and entities throughout North America. 

Denise K. Finn, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.,

Procurement Manager, City of Ft. Myers, FL

Denise K. Finn, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB is a Senior Consultant with NIGP Consulting, an NIGP instructor, and leader in public procurement.

Denise has over twenty-five years of professional procurement experience in both the public and private sector. Denise spent most of her public procurement career serving higher education at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to the gulf shores of Florida in 2016 where she leads the Procurement team at the City of Fort Myers. She has vast experience in many areas of public procurement with a specialty in Policy and Procedures, procurement cards and Denise has been actively involved in both local and national public procurement associations having served on regional and national boards. Denise currently represents NIGP on the National Council for Public Procurement and Contracting (NCPPC); a Council that joins the voices of eight charter associations representing more than 37,000 members and is the Secretary for the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO).

Denise has earned many awards over the years including the Bob Ashby Mentor of the Year Award, the Higher Education Sector Leadership in Greener Purchasing, Volunteer of the Year Award, the Nancy Tregoe Scholarship, the Distinguished Service Award, the Achievement in Excellence in Procurement Award, and the Sterling Agency Award.

Denise is a strong proponent of the profession, continuing education and certification and is always happy to play it forward by sharing her knowledge and experience with others.
You can follow Denise LinkedIn (denisekfinn) on Twitter (@DkFinn)

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.

RuthAnne Hall, CPPO

Purchasing Manager at Lake County, IL

RuthAnne K. Hall, CPPO has worked in municipal and county government for over 19 years and is currently serving as the Purchasing Manager for Lake County since 2011. In her role as the Purchasing Manager, RuthAnne oversees a staff of purchasing officers that procures over $250 million annually on various goods, contracted services, construction and professional services for 26 county departments. She currently serves as the President of the Midwest Association of Public Procurement (MAPP), has served as a Board Member for the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO) and is an active member the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and has participated as a member of the Standard Setting Panel for the NIGP-CPP. RuthAnne also serves as a member of the Illinois Government Finance Officer Association Professional Education Committee to provide purchasing training to finance professionals. RuthAnne is a graduate of Augustana College in Illinois and holds a MS degree from Columbia University in New York.

Jennifer Sulentic, VP, CompareCoops

Chief Procurement Ally, CompareCoOps

Jennifer leads CompareCoOps at its Chief Procurement Ally, making cooperative purchasing easier to use and more transparent for public agencies across the country. With over 10 years of experience working as an advocate and resource for public agencies and suppliers alike, she is well known and widely respected in the world of public procurement cooperative contracting. During her time at ProcureSource, Jennifer brought the first-of-its-kind cooperative purchasing directory to our industry. Before that, Jennifer's consultative efforts with U.S. Communities brought efficiencies to public sector purchasing and better communication between suppliers and buyers. Her expertise in public procurement cooperative contracting led to millions of dollars of savings for public agencies nationwide. She has spoken about the benefits and best practices of cooperative purchasing at multiple state NIGP chapter conferences, National Governor's Association, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National Association of County Engineers, National Park and Recreation Association, Association of School Business Officials International and was elected to the IL-ASBO Service Associates Board. Jennifer graduated from Iowa State University, is a dairy farmer's daughter, former state fair "Personality Princess" and is passionate about supporting social impact documentary films.

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 search engine for cooperative contracts. Previously, she served as a public servant with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, where she got her start in procurement. She was also an early employee at Coursera, a venture-backed education technology startup. She is excited to be combining her experience in public service and the technology startup world through CoProcure.

Keith Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Purchasing and Contracts Manager, City of Tamarac, Florida

Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO has served in the field of public procurement for over 40 years; and has been the Purchasing and Contracts Manager for the City of Tamarac, Florida since 2003. Prior to that date, he held various public procurement positions in municipal and state government in Illinois. Keith has served in various volunteer capacities with NIGP and its various affiliated chapters including Chair of the NIGP Governing Board in 2015-2016 as part of his 10 years of service on the NIGP Board. Keith was also past President of both the Southeast Florida Chapter and the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO) chapters of NIGP. Keith was the recipient of both the NIGP Anne Deatherage Award for Meritorious Service and the NIGP Professional Manager of the Year Award, as well as the FAPPO George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award and the FAPPO Above and Beyond Award.

Krystle Sigman, NIGP-CPP

Procurement Officer, Pinal County, Arizona

Krystle Sigman is currently a Procurement Officer for Pinal County, Arizona. After graduating from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Krystle began her career as a procurement professional in the private sector before transitioning into government procurement at Pinal County in 2015. As a Pinal County resident, Krystle is proud to support the community she lives in. 

Rita J. Parker, CPPB

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative Program Coordinator, Mid-America Regional Council

Rita Parker serves as the Program Coordinator for the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative program of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC/KCRPC). She has 29 years of government procurement background; 11 years with a local government as a buyer and 18 years as the Program Coordinator for KCRPC. Since the KCRPC program began in April 2003, Rita has collaborated with multiple agencies in the Kansas City bi-state region of Kansas and Missouri, including city, county, EMS, Fire, Police, nonprofits, and Fire Protection Districts to develop, maintain, and market the cooperative agenda. Emphasis is on regional joint bids requiring participation upfront by local agencies for procurement process, consolidation of specifications, evaluation, and eventual contract awards. Rita administers all contracts issued by MARC/KCRPC and administers the interlocal partnership between MARC and Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGACBuy) for equipment and services purchased by MARC members.

Adam Magalei

Adam Magalei has been a procurement practitioner and technology specialist for over 15 years. He helps organizations understand how to assess, purchase, and deploy procurement software and supply chain technology. Working with supply chain, finance, and IT teams, Adam develops and drives business cases for digital transformation. By aligning objectives, roadmaps, and software solutions, he is able to craft solutions that deliver procurement and supply chain value.

Optis Consulting is a Source-to-Pay consultancy providing independent advice, precision implementations, and sustainable results to clients. Since 2011, Optis Consulting has served Fortune-level and high-growth clients across North America since 2011 in pursuit of Source-to-Pay excellence. To learn more, please visit www.optisconsulting.com.

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

Stephen A. Hamill

Moderator
Exchange Administrator, Public Purchasing Exchange, LLC

Dave Trudnowski

Moderator
Public Purchasing Exchange, LLC

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.

Michelle Wilson

Purchasing Agent, City of Long Beach, CA

Michelle Wilson is the Purchasing Agent at the City of Long Beach. She began her career with the City over 20 years ago at the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department. Michelle rose through the ranks to become Superintendent of the City’s recreation programs. In this role, she used data-driven approaches to expand the City’s portfolio of recreation programs, increasing revenue by 50% while expanding free programs in low-income neighborhoods. Michelle brings this expertise in public administration to her role as Purchasing Agent, which she assumed in 2020. She is currently spearheading an effort to transform the City’s procurement practices to be more efficient, inviting, impactful, and equitable. She holds a BA from California State University, Long Beach.

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.

Aaron Hale

Senior Advisor, Canon Solutions America

Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT

COO and President, Disaster Recovery Services

 

As President and COO of Disaster Recovery Services, Kim and her team help public entities recover hundreds of millions of dollars from insurance and FEMA following adverse events.

Since 2001, Kim has focused on successfully positioning clients to be resilient following a disaster, enabling them to recover better and faster. This includes helping agencies learn how to PREPARE, RESPOND, and RECOVER.  Over the last five years, Kim and her team have started a dedicated push to empower purchasing departments with the knowledge needed to be confident and successful in their FEMA recovery journey

Shelley Vineyard, MBA, RTSBA

Procurement Practice Leader, Disaster Recovery Services

 

As Business Development and Marketing Coordinator of Disaster Recovery Services, Shelley focuses on public entity risk management and procurement strategies in the facilitation of complex disaster recovery projects.

Shelley spent thirteen years as the procurement and contracting officer for a large public entity and continues her work in this space as a federal procurement subject matter expert for DRS.  Shelley works closely with vendors, cooperative purchasing groups, and client purchasing departments to provide procurement guidance, training, and assistance, helping develop comprehensive procurement strategies to help clients PREPARE, RESPOND, and RECOVER.

Jeff Peskuski

Strategic Contract Manager - Omnia Partners Public - Central Region

Responsible for Graybar’s Omnia Partners Public Sector program and internal resource for the state, local government and education business segment. Jeff is a 30-year veteran with Graybar and based in the Chicago metro area. Starting his career in Graybar’s Chicago warehouse and working his way up through the company's customer service, inside and outside sales teams, Jeff was promoted to Regional Government Manager in 2002 responsible for federal, state, local government and education sales in the Chicago and Pittsburgh districts. In October 2005, Jeff was promoted to Strategic Account Manager, overseeing Graybar’s involvement in the U.S. Communities, now Omnia Partners Public Sector program. Jeff is uniquely qualified to handle the role based on his experience with Graybar, the public agency customers, knowledge of contracts and associations supporting the agency customer. Jeff has used his experience and relationships over the past twenty years to continue Graybar’s local government initiatives and cooperative program growth. Jeff has also been a member of the NIGP business council for the past 9 years. NIGP’s Business Council is comprised of two representatives from each of the 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. (Graybar’s two representatives for the Business Council are Rob Rhoads and Jeff Peskuski). Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values: Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency. The mission of the Business Council is to Serve the NIGP membership and procurement profession through the sharing of resources and business expertise in support of NIGP’s educational, research and advocacy mission. In essence, the Business Council connects the supplier’s perspective with the public procurement community and is dedicated to improving the buyer/supplier relationship.

Rob Rhoads

Strategic Contract Manager - Omnia Partners, Public Sector - Eastern United States

Alyn Bailey

Trainer, HD Supply

Rick Bond

VP of Sales, Safeware

David Kidd

NIGP Business Council Representative, Safeware

Kevin Beardsley, CPPO, CPPB

Director of Purchasing, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Todd Slater, PhD

Chief Content Officer, NIGP

Todd Slater, PhD. is the Chief Content Officer for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He has over twenty years of experience transforming global learning programs using technology and innovative instructional methods. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in adult education from Capella University. He also sits on several industry boards and speaks in both domestic and international settings.

Ron King, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, VCM, VCO

Content Developer, NIGP

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.

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Procurement Director, Metropolitan Council, MN

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.

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. 

Kurt Rohmann

Director of Sales & Marketing, eSolutionsGroup

Kurt Rohmann, an experienced facilitator and innovator, is on a mission to help organizations reinvent their business processes to build resilience, efficiency and fiscal responsibility through digital solutions.  Kurt has over 20 years of experience leading and facilitating continuous Process Improvement through digital-innovation and process re-engineering across roles in Management Consulting, Finance, Public Sector and Manufacturing. 

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.

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.

Colette Holt, JD

General Counsel, American Contract Compliance Association

Colette Holt represents public agencies and private firms on issues related to civil rights, public contracting and affirmative action. She has broad experience in conducting defensible disparity studies, expert witness consulting and testimony, drafting legislation and policies, designing programs, managing initiatives, defending affirmative action programs, and counseling private firms on compliance with diversity requirements. Ms. Holt serves as General Counsel to the American Contract Compliance Association and is an author and frequent media commentator on these issues.

Ms. Holt received her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She was a Law Clerk to the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to developing her own practice, she was associated with a large law firm, Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Park District. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Loyola University School of Law and the John Marshall law School.

Barb Johnson, FNIGP, 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, NIGP-CPP, 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.

Ana Maria Dimand

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University

Andrea S. Patrucco

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, Florida International University College of Business

Andrea S. Patrucco is Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the Florida International University College of Business. His research interests are in the field of management of buyer-supplier relationships in both private and public sector. He is one of the research leaders of the International Research Study of Public Procurement, and he actively collaborates with government organizations in the United States, such as the National Association of State Procurement Officers and the National Institute of Government Purchasing. His research appears in several academic journals such as Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and International Journal of Logistics Management. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and he sits in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Supply Chain Management and the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications.

Randy Horn

Business Development Director, Gordian

As Business Development Director, Mr. Horn is responsible for the strategic development and identification of agencies that can benefit from the Job Order Contracting.

Mr. Horn has also severed as Regional Director responsible for the implementation, and continued support of the Job Order Contracting programs for the following:

City of San Francisco (PUC), County of Sacramento, Stanford University, Santa Clara County, California State University, University of California.

Eric Gould

North American Director of Sales, EqualLevel

Ira Golden

VP Product Development, EqualLevel

Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO

Lourdes (María de Lourdes) Coss, MPA, CPPO - is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a Procurement Consultant, Professional Speaker, Executive Coach, and Trainer; she’s a D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Trainer & Consultant; and the founder of M. L. Coss and Associates, LLC. As an active member of NIGP, she is the vice chair of the NIGP Talent Council Leadership Committee.

As a former Chief Procurement Officer, with a 27-year career in public service, Lourdes invested most of her time successfully leading procurement transformations at some of the largest agencies in the U.S. including: City of Houston, Cook County, City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Public Building Commission. In addition to developing high performing teams, Lourdes has left a legacy of innovation, automation, legislative action, and administrative & financial policies in each of these agencies. Most of the policies that she developed have survived the test of time and remain in place today.

Lourdes is a transformational leader who authored the Procurement Code for the City of Houston and co-authored the new Procurement Code for Cook County. She led strategic initiatives that resulted in many operational efficiencies and cost savings in excess of $150M. Coming up the ranks, she developed and implemented initiatives adopted by other agencies such as the Construction Contractors Financial Rating System, negotiation parameters for A/E firms, task order contracts, and many others.

Lourdes graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University. She’s a former NIGP Board member, the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of NIGP Award and the 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. She’s a certified member of the John Maxwell Team and serves in its President’s Advisory Council. Lourdes was recognized by Thinkers360 as one of the top 100 Women Thought Leaders to Follow in 2020.

Craig Jackson

National Director, Strategic Markets Government Corporation, Cintas

Brian Meneghan

Senior Strategic Account Manager for State & Local Governments, Aviation and Transportation, and Utilities, Carrier

Kristie Brooks

Strategic Accounts Manager, Carrier

Rich Nyberg

Pro Business/Government Contracts Manager, The Home Depot

Cameron Mickey

National Account Manager - Home Depot

Billy Grimmet

Public Sector Program Manager, Office Depot

Drew Tuller

Public Sector Program Manager, Office Depot

Jon Stodola

Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Boyd Montgomery

Carrie Mathes, CPPO, APP, CPPB, C.P.M., CFCM, MPA

Procurement Manager, Orange County, FL

 

Carrie has over 20 years of procurement experience in both the private and public sectors.  She currently serves as the Manager for the Orange County Procurement Division and is responsible for over $600 million in contract awards annually. 

Carrie has obtained several professional certifications including Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.).

Carrie is a Past President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), and the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP.  She currently serves on NIGP's Governing Board, Talent Council, and is a member of the Board of Examiners for the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.  Carrie received the Anne Deatherage Meritorious Service Award from NIGP in 2014 and was named the Professional Manager of the Year by NIGP in 2012.

Carrie holds both Master and Bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management from the University of Central Florida.     

Jody Jacoby, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Procurement Director, Metropolitan Council, MN

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 who provides advisory services and training on executing RFPs. 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 for the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP). Stéphanie recently contributed a few articles to procurement magazines. She is the recipient of NIGP’s 2021 Buyer of the Year award.

 

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 National Partnerships, Canoe Procurement Group of Canada

Dave Dextraze, CET is the Manager of National Partnerships for the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada. Dave’s role is to maintain strong working relationships our Municipal Association partners across Canada, Sourcewell and Vendor/Supplier relationships. Our association partners include Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities ("SARM"), Association of Manitoba Municipalities ("AMM"), Local Authorities Services/Association of Municipalities Ontario (LAS/AMO), 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.

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.

Austin Morton

EV and Sustainability, Program Manager, Element Fleet Management

Austin Morton has been in the sustainability industry for over 6 years with experience in electrification, GHG accounting, sustainable investing, and low carbon economic policy. Prior to this, he was a strategy and project implementation consultant for international development organizations. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and International Relations from the American University.

Diana Kotler

Executive Director, Anaheim Transportation Network

Ms. Kotler’s career includes over 20 years of experience in the transportation field. Since 2003, Ms. Kotler serves as the Executive Director for the Anaheim Transportation Network and is responsible for the overall administration of Anaheim Resort Transportation system, which was established to provide public transit services for the residents, visitors and employees of Anaheim community. Ms. Kotler is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Finance. Ms. Kotler earned her graduate degree also from California State University, Long Beach with concentration in Economics and Urban Planning.

Avninder Buttar

Vice President Strategy, Element Fleet Management

Avninder Buttar was appointed to Vice President, Strategy focused on Electric Vehicles and is a dynamic sustainability champion with a proven track record of leading successful, transformative change. His engineering background and deep experience in data analytics, marketing and business development will help drive Element’s Electric Vehicle & Sustainability Strategy. He has helped several leading organizations increase market share through strategic initiatives ranging from transformation to new product launches during his time with CSA Group, Accenture Strategy, and Hudson’s Bay Company.

Steven Clarke

Senior Director, Clean Mobility Anser Advisory

Steve Clarke has been an active member of the automotive and energy communities for over 15 years with direct experience at major automotive OEMs as well as energy consulting on a national scale.  As a Senior Director with Anser Advisory, he is responsible for leading and managing the firms clean mobility work assisting clients with their conversion to zero emissions transportation.  Leveraging his background in energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, Steve is a firm believer in planning true integration of all distributed energy resources, including zero emission vehicles, which can allow agencies to meet more effectively meet their various energy, transportation, resilience, and public health goals.  Steve holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, PA and he is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.

David Lazerwitz

Senior Project Manager, EV Infrastructure Anser Advisory

David Lazerwitz offers over 13 years of experience in the energy consulting, project management, and construction and serves as Anser’s Senior Project Manager, Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure. He works with public and private sector clients including transportation agencies, utilities, and school districts to electrify fleets, deploy EV charging infrastructure, and deliver solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. He developed 1,000+ EV infrastructure and solar PV projects while working for a successful EPC contractor and draws from a comprehensive understanding of technical requirements, construction oversight, and resource management to ensure project success. His background in construction management is complemented by broad experience in project planning and procurement including development of competitive RFPs and EV pilot projects. His competencies include solar and energy storage feasibility studies, PV/battery energy storage system design and sizing, electrical rate analysis, RFP development and management, contractor selection, contract negotiation, construction management, project management, constructability reviews, and program and policy development.  David holds a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College and a certificate in Construction Management from UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, CA.

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!

John Bys

EcoVadis

John Bys has been involved with evolving technology, big data and IT security working with the public sector for several decades. His passion for the outdoors, hiking and concern for the environment gave him the opportunity to combine his skills and passion into a career at Ecovadis where he helps organizations drive their vision of a more sustainable future. 

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 who provides advisory services and training on executing RFPs. 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 for the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP). Stéphanie recently contributed a few articles to procurement magazines. She is the recipient of NIGP’s 2021 Buyer of the Year award.

 

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.

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 who provides advisory services and training on executing RFPs. 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 for the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP). Stéphanie recently contributed a few articles to procurement magazines. She is the recipient of NIGP’s 2021 Buyer of the Year award.

 

Todd Slater, PhD

Chief Content Officer, NIGP

Todd Slater, PhD. is the Chief Content Officer for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He has over twenty years of experience transforming global learning programs using technology and innovative instructional methods. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in adult education from Capella University. He also sits on several industry boards and speaks in both domestic and international settings.

Shannon Lockwood, CMP, DES

Events & Programs Manager, NIGP

Barb Johnson, FNIGP, 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.

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.

Keith Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO

Purchasing and Contracts Manager, City of Tamarac, Florida

Keith K. Glatz, NIGP-CPP, CPPO has served in the field of public procurement for over 40 years; and has been the Purchasing and Contracts Manager for the City of Tamarac, Florida since 2003. Prior to that date, he held various public procurement positions in municipal and state government in Illinois. Keith has served in various volunteer capacities with NIGP and its various affiliated chapters including Chair of the NIGP Governing Board in 2015-2016 as part of his 10 years of service on the NIGP Board. Keith was also past President of both the Southeast Florida Chapter and the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO) chapters of NIGP. Keith was the recipient of both the NIGP Anne Deatherage Award for Meritorious Service and the NIGP Professional Manager of the Year Award, as well as the FAPPO George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award and the FAPPO Above and Beyond Award.

Manley Feinberg

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