|1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
|The Strategic Value of Procurement: Wear the Crown, Be the Crown
Procurement professionals are the valuable gems that propel the entity's mission forward. So, why are we perceived as clay obstacles rather than diamond strategic partners? Join NIGP’s Global Practices Manager as she shares resources, tips, and strategies for elevating the public procurement function while increasing appreciation and respect for procurement’s role and the professionals who support it.
Lisa Premo is NIGP’s Global Practices Manager. For over 13 years, she has worked collaboratively with academics, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to plan and execute community events and initiatives for a non-profit organization, to manage a University Lecture Series, and, more recently, to develop public procurement guidance. Lisa earned her bachelors of Music in Cello Performance at Indiana University, her Masters of Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and her Professional Life Coaching Certificate at Duquesne University.
Global Practices Manager
NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
Bobbye Marsala, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., FCPM, FCPA
As the Chief Procurement Officer for the City of Palm Bay, Florida, Bobbye has managed the procurement process and contract issues for commodities, services and construction for the City for more than 25-years. She is the 2004-Past President of the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), and the 2006 recipient of FAPPO’s George H. Wolf Distinguished Service Award. She is also the 2016 recipient of the FAPPO Outstanding Educator award. She holds a Lifetime Certification as a C.P.M. by the Institute of Supply Management and a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and a Certified Professional Public Buyer through the UPPCC. Bobbye has served on the NIGP-National Professional Development & Finance Committees. Bobbye currently serves as the FAPPO Representative for National Council of Public Procurement and Contracting (NCPPC) and was the Chairperson for 2017. She has served on the FAPPO Legislative Committee since 2008 and has been its Chairperson since 2014. She also serves on the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP Legislative Task Force. Bobbye has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and is a certified NIGP instructor who has also conducted training sessions for many conference engagements at local, state, and national levels, to include FAPPO, NIGP, and FGFOA.
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Palm Beach, FL
|Don’t Mess with the FEDS: Assessing Fraud and Limiting Risk
Every day, procurement professionals are bombarded with new regulations, requirements, and statutes that bring awareness to how we must deal with potential fraud and waste. As public representatives, we must always take steps to assess our systems, evaluate our controls, and adjust these mechanisms when and where needed. Join us and explore how your entity can reduce fraud risk, implement an internal risk assessment process, and bring constant awareness to how potential fraudsters are planning to cheat your systems.
Jesus Amezcua, PhD, CPA
Jesus J. Amezcua is the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services for Harris County Department of Education. He has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of school business, finance, accounting procurement, investments, debt management, and compliance. He has a bachelor’s degree from Tarkio College Missouri, three master’s degrees from Texas A&M International University, and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in Educational Administration. He is a CPA and a Registered School Business Administrator.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Harris County Department of Education
|2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
|The Procurement Value Challenge: Building a Winning Game Plan
Whether discovered through NIGP Position Papers or a simple Google search, it is fairly easy to identify ways in which procurement adds value to public entities. How many procurement organizations, however, are capable of providing the quantifiable, results-driven data necessary for “winning” the respect of senior management? Discover proactive ways to add value to your organization and explore how procurement professionals can win the procurement-numbers game by collecting, analyzing, and presenting data to build a winning game plan.
Steven Demel, CPPO
Steve Demel is the Director of Purchasing for the Tacoma School District, where he also manages the District’s Warehouse and the Printing & Graphics Department. Prior to his 12 years with the district, he spent 6 years as a Purchasing Manager with the Washington Office of State Procurement. For twelve years, he held a variety of contracting positions in the U.S. Air Force. Steve was also an Air Force helicopter search and rescue pilot. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has a Master’s degree in Procurement Management and Finance from Webster University. Steve has served on several task forces and committees and is the recipient of several awards, including his selection in August 2018 for NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award for his career works in procurement.
Director of Purchasing
Tacoma School District, WA
Charge It Up: Mitigating Risks for Your P-Card Program
The P-Card Program may be one of the most loved—and—feared resources in public procurement. While people love it because it simplifies purchasing and payment processes, underlying worries of fraud and abuse make procurement professionals nervous to adopt the program on a wide scale. Fear, however, doesn’t have to hinder your program. Join us as we review case studies taken from national sources, identifying instances of impropriety, and explore tools that you can use to mitigate risks in your p-card program.
Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB
Currently serving the local Chapter SCAGPO as the Immediate Past President, Stacy Gregg holds the distinction as being the only President to serve two consecutive terms in 2015 & 2016. She is also one of NIGP's Region 4 Chapter Ambassador and has presented at several NIGP Forums previously. Stacy is a previous recipient of the Chapter's Bland and Barnes Award. Stacy currently works as the Procurement Manager for the South Carolina State Fiscal Accountability Authority and is an NIGP instructor.
South Carolina State Fiscal Accounting Authority