NIGP Forum - Leadership Summit

Speakers and Facilitators

Manley Feinberg, CSP

Chaos and Momentum: 5 Vertical Lessons to Lead in the Unknown

Manley is recognized as an award-winning international keynote speaker, business leader, and author whose work has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox, and in The New York Daily News, Entrepreneur, American Express Open Forum and World News.  He served two terms as the President of the National Speakers Association, St. Louis chapter and is a Certified Speaking Professional CSP.  

His inspirational presentations are brought to life through his national geographic photography and riveting stories culminating from a lifetime of adventure through 25 countries, to over 500 outdoor destinations.   Manley vividly shares compelling lessons from his adventure and leadership experiences in a way that allows you to relate to your mountains.  He will have you hanging beside him surviving in the Himalayas, struggling to communicate in Uzbekistan, and immediately transfer the experience to moving you forward.

Sarita Maybin

Total Teamwork: Working Together for Better Results

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

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

Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles County, Department of the Navy and University of California, among others. Sarita was voted a Top 5 Communication Speaker and had the privilege of presenting on the prestigious TEDx stage.  

Sarita is a former university Dean of Students with a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest Winner and a past president of the National Speakers Association, San Diego Chapter.  She has been interviewed by the media about her book entitled “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?”

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™

Now What? Turn Your Insights into Action

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™ is the performance development partner for leaders who want highly-effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. Simply put, Dea helps leaders coach their people.  A 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Dean combines an early career in hospitality sales and operations with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change, and has spent the last 14 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development.  He helps participants identify the core issues they face daily that impact performance development, people management and team alignment – and rallies them to action, often right there in the roomThe result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork.  Dean is a board-certified coach and has conducted 10,000 executive coaching sessions. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, conferred by the National Speakers Association, and actively involved in several industry associations.

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


Chief Procurement Officer, City of Norfolk, VA

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

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

Michael’s professionalism has been recognized by NIGP (Distinguished Service Award, Pareto Award of Excellence, Manager of the Year, Outstanding Agency Accreditation and Innovation awards), IFPSM (the Lewis Spangler Award), and the National Purchasing Institute.

Michael has presented academic papers and taught professional development classes throughout North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  He served as an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, the University of Maryland and has taught at DePaul University.

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


Jennifer L Olzinger, CPPB


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

Ms. Olzinger joined the Office of Management and Budget as the Assistant Director-Procurement Manager in September 2015.   She is responsible for managing and coordinating the City’s procurement process, as well as overseeing the preparation and evaluation of bid proposals, selection of contractors and negotiation of contracts.  Ms. Olzinger determines the procurement strategy for obtaining goods and services in the most effective and efficient manner; develops and enforces “best practice” policies and procedures to certify compliance with City Code; and ensures procurement practices are consistent, open and designed to encourage maximum competition and best value procurements. Ms. Olzinger and her team analyze the city-wide and departmental spending to identify opportunities to reduce costs and/or procure goods and services more efficiently and effectively to provide the best overall value to the City. 

Ms. Olzinger is currently serving as the Second Vice President for the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association (PAPPA) for the 2020-2021 calendar year.  She previously served as the PAPPA Board Secretary for the 2018-2019 term.  She is also serving for a second term on National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) Impact Circle, a task force created by NIGP to help them further develop their educational programs, promote workforce development and help reduce the barriers to obtain professional procurement certifications.  In addition, the task force seeks to assist NIGP in tailoring their offerings to better prepare procurement staff across the Country to handle the varied “smart” technologies and more technically complex IOT procurements that Cities are looking to implement.

Ms. Olzinger served as Acting Director of the Office of Management & Budget from September 2018 – September 2019.  In addition to her primary duties as Assistant Director, Ms. Olzinger also oversaw all areas of the Department including Operating Budget, Capital Budget & Asset Management, Fleet, Grants and the administration of the Community Development Block Grant program.

Prior to joining the City, she served as the Manager of Procurement Operations at Education Management, LLC, where she managed a team of buyers supporting the purchasing process for 100+ EDMC locations. 

Lourdes Coss, NIGP-CPP, 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.

Mersida Ibric


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

Mersida Ibric is the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Citywide Procurement (OCP), the chief procurement agent for the City of New York, and is responsible for purchasing goods and services on behalf of all City agencies. OCP solicits and awards a wide variety of contracts and manages a portfolio of approximately 1,000 multi‐year citywide requirements contracts, representing $1.5 billion in annual encumbrances across 100 agencies. This is Ibric’s 11th year in NYC government, working previously at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Deputy Director for Research and IT. In that role, Ibric was responsible for maintaining and developing procurement data analytics and reporting; managing the City’s Doing Business and Accountability Project; and the planning and developing of mayoral procurement initiatives such as the Minority and Women‐Owned Business Enterprises program and hireNYC. Ibric received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Mike Mucha


Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association

Mike Mucha is GFOA's Deputy Executive Director and the Director of the Research and Consulting Center. In this role, Mike oversees GFOA consulting projects, research activities, the Government Finance Review, planning for GFOA training and conference, the GFOA website, and other strategic initiatives for GFOA. Mike also leads GFOA’s consulting practice and focuses on providing guidance to local governments on how to use technology more effectively, improve business processes and administrative practices, and implement best practices in financial management. In this role, he has led over 100 projects for local governments procuring enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Mike has managed projects for both
large and small governments, regularly speaks at GFOA training events, and has written numerous articles on public sector enterprise technology applications, budgeting, performance management, and strategic planning. Mike also currently serves on the NIGP Governing Board as a Thought Leader. Mike holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jack Pellegrino, CPPO, CPCM, NIGP-CPP


Director of Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

Jack is the Director of Purchasing and Contacting for the County of San Diego serving over 3.3 million residents which is the 2nd most populous county in California, and the 5th in the United States. The Department of Purchasing & Contracting’s centralized procurement team awards over 1,400 new contracts a year supporting the County’s 42 departments. The County’s annual procurement spend exceeds $1.5 Billion of the County’s $6.4 Billion budget. Jack has 40 years of Government contracting and procurement experience leading diverse teams of contracting, procurement, and pricing staff in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the County, Jack held executive contracting and procurement positions in the private sector supporting government customers. He currently serves as the President of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO); and is a member of the Certification Commission for The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP). Jack is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), NIGP – Certified Procurement Professional (CPP), and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Fellow designated by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He is also an instructor for the San Diego State University (SDSU) Extension Contracts Program.

Jon Stodola


Sales Manager State & Local Gov't, Toro Company

Jon Stodola, CSE, The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN and Chair of the NIGP Business Council
Jon joined The Toro Company in 2015 and serves as the Government Contracts Manager for North America. In his role, he helps educate and support Toro’s internal and distribution teams on the use of Government Contracts and how to work with government agencies. Jon is also responsible for supporting a number of Toro’s key industry relationships – in addition to helping develop and implement strategies targeted at growing and supporting the Sports Fields & Grounds market segments, which represents professional and collegiate sports, educational institutions, and government - including federal, state and local entities. 

Jon has also earned a core certificate for Foundations of Strategy & Policy through the NIGP Pathways training program – working alongside public procurement practitioners. He is the Chair of the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program. Enterprise Sponsors are leaders in their respective industries and have demonstrated a shared commitment to NIGP’s values of Accountability, Ethics, Impartiality, Professionalism, Service, and Transparency.

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.


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.

Eric Gould


North American Director of Sales - EqualLevel

Eric joined the EqualLevel team with over 30 years sales experience in both the public and private sector.   Eric leads the EqualLevel market growth and expansion strategy, partnering with public agencies to use e-Commerce to streamline the Procure-to-Pay process.  Eric is the EqualLevel representative on the NIGP Business Council, which is comprised of representatives from 12 companies participating in the Institute’s Enterprise Sponsor Program.

Before joining EqualLevel, Eric held several roles where he developed programs and initiatives to partner with public agencies.   Eric also work as a Program Manager for US Communities across 5 states in the southwest building awareness of supplier development and cooperative purchasing.  Eric has presented at several NIGP regional conferences and is an active supporter across several NIGP initiatives.

Sean Carroll


Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services

In August 2016, Sean Carroll was appointed as the Chief Procurement Officer for New York's Office of General Services.  Mr. Carroll manages more than 1500 contracts with annual spend exceeding $22Billion and oversees New York Procurement Services Unit.  Mr. Carroll is responsible for statewide contracts for commodities, services and Information Technology for state agencies, state campuses and other authorized users.    

His prior public sector experience includes the Director of Onondaga County Division of Purchase since December 2010, after serving as the Assistant Director and architect of their S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic, Modernized, Accessible, Responsive and Technology Driven) purchasing methodology; as Director of Investigations for the New York State Consumer Protection Board. 

In the private sector, Sean owned and managed a logistics and consulting firm for ten years, in between his government service. 

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.

Bill Craib


Senior Faculty - Human Capital Institute

Bill Craib is a Senior Faculty Member at the Human Capital Institute and after serving in multiple executive roles over a 12-year tenure at HCI has been the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Learning since 2013. In this capacity, Bill has had the great pleasure to work with dozens of HCI clients to bring Human Capital Institute certifications and learning programs on site. Bill is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Talent Agility Partners, a small consulting firm focused on helping organizations keep up with the pace of change through talent strategies. Bill is a frequent emcee, moderator, and keynote speaker at a variety of industry conferences hosted by HCI as well as other organizations.

Prior to joining the Human Capital Institute in 2005, Bill was a founding member of AIRS, a recruitment training and services company, and was the initial primary author of that organization’s groundbreaking Internet search curriculum. Before finding his way into the world of strategic talent management, Bill Craib was a journalist. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Bill has worked for a variety of outlets in radio, newspaper, and television including ESPN and the Rocky Mountain News.

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

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


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

Jon was born and grew up in New York City - Manhattan Upon graduation from High School, Jon enrolled at Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Upon graduation from ASU, Jon enrolled at Tulane University in its MBA program. After receiving his MBA from Tulane, Jon went back to New York where he worked for two years in procurement for the General Services Administration (Federal Government).  After two years with GSA Jon moved back to Arizona and continued his work in the procurement arena, working initially for Maricopa County, as a Contract Specialist in a newly formed Service Contracts unit. His next opportunity was as Purchasing Manager at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Jon served nearly 10 years in this role while concurrently serving as the on-campus Lab Stores Manager, catering to the needs of the physical and life sciences, College of Engineering, and the needs of researchers at ASU, which is designated as Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University.

His next position was Chief Procurement Officer for the Arizona Department of Health Services, serving the needs of the department’s multiple offices and laboratories in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff and overseeing a staff of 22 individuals. Jon was then named Chief procurement Officer at Valley Metro, the public transit agency serving Maricopa County and located in Phoenix. After about 8 years at Valley Metro, Jon was offered the opportunity to become Director of Procurement and Material Management at Alameda - Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA where he was responsible for all procurement and public works projects for the District that included four bus yards (garages), a Central Maintenance Facility, and an 8 story office building in downtown Oakland.

After retiring from AC Transit after five years, Jon became the Director of Procurement & Support Services at California State University (CSU) East Bay in Hayward, CA, one of the 23 CSU campuses, and the largest public university system in the United States. Jon oversees a staff of 12 individuals. In addition to his campus responsibilities, Jon has system responsibilities for system wide professional development, recruitment, retention, and recognition of staff accomplishments and achievements

Jon has spent his entire professional career in public procurement He achieved his CPPB designation in 1988, and earned his CPPO certification in 1996. Jon earned his C.P.M. designation in 1989. Jon served as President of the Arizona State Capitol Chapter of NIGP in 1996, and also served as Vice President and Treasurer of that chapter prior to his term as President.

Jon is married to Marla Medwin. They have four children, Melissa, Daniel (and his wife Rachel), Logan, and Jayden

John A. Flynn, Jr., NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB


Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY)

John Flynn is Purchasing Officer for the Liverpool Central School District (NY).
Prior to joining Liverpool, he was the Director of Purchasing for Broome County (NY).

John holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate coursework at Lehigh University.
John is currently First Vice President for the New York Society of Municipal
Purchasing Officials (SAMPO). He is also a Member of The Institute for Public
Procurement (NIGP) serving on the Forum & Products Committee, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the NIGP-CPP exam preparation guides. He has earned the designations of Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP).

He lives in Vestal, New York with his wife Lori and sons, Connor, Donovan and Evan.