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Presidential Award of Merit

The NPI Presidential Award of Merit honors member(s) of NPI whom the current President determines went above and beyond the call of duty in their work/dedication to NPI during their presidential year.

All of these individuals truly went above/beyond the call of duty for the National Procurement Institute and are to be commended by all members.

2016

At the Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Dawn Berrypresented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Brian Garrity, CPSM, C.P.M., CPPB – Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, San Francisco, California
  • Christina Pryor, CPPO, CPPB – City of Chandler, Arizona
  • Craig Rowley, C.P.M. – NPI Executive Director
  • January Cook, CPPO, CPPB – Town of Prosper, Texas
  • Michael Derr – County of Monterey, Salinas, California

2015

At the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, President January Cook presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Dawn Berry, CPPB - Town of Little Elm, Texas
  • Phillip Ellison, MBA, CPSM, C.P.M., RTSBA - Spring ISD, Houston, Texas
  • Brian Garrity, C.P.M., CPPB - Town of Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Edward McMullen - Birmingham City Schools, Alabama
  • Penny Marchell, C.P.M. - Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Craig Rowley, C.P.M. - NPI Executive Director

2014

At the Annual Conference in Frisco, Texas, President January Cook presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Dawn Berry, CPPB - Town of Little Elm, Texas
  • Carol Fletcher, CPPB, A.P.P. - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Brian Garrity, C.P.M., CPPB - Town of Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Christine Green, C.P.M. - City of University Park, Texas
  • Edward McMullen - Birmingham City Schools, Alabama
  • Zulay Millan, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM - Orange County, Florida
  • Craig Rowley, C.P.M. - NPI Executive Director
  • Jim Tillman, C.P.M., CPPO - City of Springfield, Missouri
  • Annet Warzwick, CPPB - Denton County, Texas
  • Debbie Wellnitz, MBA - City of Concord, California
  • Jay Yoho - Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Columbus, Ohio

2013

At the Annual Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, President Edward McMullen presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • January Cook, CPPO, CPPB - Town of Prosper, Texas
  • Phillip Ellison, MBA, CPSM, C.P.M., RTSB - Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Christine Green, C.P.M. - City of University Park, Texas
  • Penny Marchell, C.P.M. - Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Craig Rowley, C.P.M. - NPI Executive Director
  • Monica Schuerr, MBA, CPPB - Washoe County School District, Reno, Nevada
  • Jay Yoho - Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, Columbus, Ohio

2012

At the Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, President Hal Good presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Michelle Brand - City of Mesquite, Texas
  • January Cook, CPPO, CPPB - Town of Flower Mound, Texas
  • Brian Garrity, C.P.M., CPPB - Town of Oro Valley, Arizona
  • Christine Green, C.P.M. - City of University Park, Texas
  • Melissa Lee, C.P.M., A.P.P - Tarrant County, Texas
  • Edward McMullen - Birmingham City Schools, Alabama
  • Craig Rowley, C.P.M. - NPI Executive Director

2011

At the Annual Conference in (Denver) Broomfield, Colorado, President Melissa Lee presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • January Cook - Town of Flower Mound, Texas
  • Michele Brand - City of Mesquite, Texas
  • Edward McMullen - Birmingham City Schools, Alabama
  • Christine Green - City of University Park, Texas

January was recognized for the outstanding program she put together for the 2011 Conference and posting information on NPI's social networks. Michele was honored for her work on Conference attendance and creating and mailing save the date postcards. Edward was honored for his efforts as Exhibits/Sponsorship chair in 2011. Christine was recognized for the outstanding service with Policy and Bylaws, leading the AEP strategic task force and leading the identity brand task force that led to the creation of our new name and logo.

2010

At the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, President Christine Green presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Hal Good - Frederick County, Maryland
  • Carol Fletcher - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada
  • Melissa Lee - Tarrant County, Texas

Hal was recognized for his work on the Communicatons Committee and social networking. Carol was recognized for her work as Conference Program Chair. Melissa was recognized for her work as Chair of Exhibits and Sponsorship.

2009

At the Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, President Mark Neihart presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Kathleen Bender- City of Tucson, Arizona
  • Christina Schipanski - City of Tucson, Arizona
  • Brenda Stopani - City of Tucson, Arizona

2008

At the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, President David Seward presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Penny Marchell - Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Nevada
  • Beth Fleming - Denton County, Texas
  • Michele Brand - City of Mesquite, Texas
  • Christine Green - City of University Park, Texas

Penny was recognized for her hard work and planning as Conference Chair and putting together an outstanding Conference. Beth was recognized for her work as AEP Chair by promoting the program through webinars and workshops at various purchasing associations as well as her efforts to implement the AEP electronic application submittal process. Michele was honored for her outstanding job as Chair of Exhibits and Sponsorship Committee and bringing a significant amount of vendors to the Products Exhibition. Christine was recognized for her innovative approach to the new NPInsights electronic newsletter wich was published three times and received numerous compliments on its content & design.

2007

At the Annual Conference in Galveston, Texas, President Pamela Kirkland presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Penny Marchell - Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Nevada
  • Ron Williamson - H-GAC, Texas

2006

At the Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona, President Diane Palmer presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Christine Green - City of University Park, Texas
  • City of Tucson Procurement Department - Tucson, Arizona

Christine was recognized for her work on Conference attendance.  The City of Tucson Procurement Department was honored for their efforts on Conference planning.

2005

At the Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, President Beth Fleming presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Kay Foster- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas
  • Rob Cox- Tarrant County, Texas
  • Roger Dempsey- City of Bryan, Texas

Kay was recognized for her work on the implementation and content management of the new NPI website, as well as her performance as Exhibits Committee Chair for the 2005 Conference in Orlando.  Rob was honored for his efforts as Sponsorship Committee Chair in 2005.  Roger was recognized for the outstanding program he put together for the 2005 Conference.  

2004

At the Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California, President John Balentine presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Dave Seward- Placer County, California
  • Linda McKeand- Washoe County Nevada
  • Beth Fleming of Denton County, Texas
  • Wayne Casper of Tuscon, Arizona
  • Richard Schlegel of Spectrum Services

Dave was recognized for his outstanding work on the program for the 2004 Conference.  Linda was recognized for her work on the Conference Spouse/Guest program.  Beth Fleming has been responsible for gathering information and submission of the application which has led to NPI achieving the ISM Affiliate of Excellence Award for the past two years.  Wayne Casper was recognized for founding, growing and enhancing the AEP program.  Richard Schelegel was recognized for serving as NPI's Executive Director from 1997 to 2004.

2003

At the Annual Conference in Austin Texas, President Mike Ryan presented Presidential Merit awards to:

  • Cheryl Turney - City of College Station Texas
  • Charlene Collins - Washoe County Nevada
  • a special “Lifetime Dedication” award to Rene' Bates of Rene' Bates Auctioneers.

Cheryl was recognized for her outstanding work as Membership Chairman in addition to Program Chairman for the 2003 Conference.  Charlene was the driving force behind the design and implementation of the VIPs, internet based, training seminars.  Rene’ Bates was recognized for his 30+ years of support and friendship to NPI.