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2018 Conference Agenda-Revised

Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Procurement

Monday October 22
6:00 - 6:30pm 1st Timers Introduction to NPI
6:30 - 8:00pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday October 23

8:30 - 9:00am

Opening Ceremony and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30am

Keynote Presentation

Curtis Needs a Ride

Ricky Anderson & Group
10:45 - 11:45am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

To Train or Not to Train - That IS the Question (AEP Award Criteria #4)
Diane Palmer-Boeck


Creating a World Class Procurement Organization (Award Criteria #18)
Marcheta Gillespie

12:00 - 1:15pm

Presidential Awards Lunch
1:30 - 3:00pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

The Secrets of Writing Effective Statements of Work (AEP Award Criteria #14)
Michael Kolodisner


The Women of Procurement: Tales of Strife, Success and Survival (Leadership)
Marcheta Gillespie
3:15 - 4:45pm

Platinum Partner General Session

Cooperating to Achieve your Agency's Social Goals

Duff Erholtz, Sourcewell and Tammy Rimes, NCPP

Wednesday October 24
7:45 - 10:00am
General Session-Partner Focus Session (and Continental Breakfast)
This session replaces the traditional exhibit floor interactions with focused mini-presentations in a small group environment. Designed to deliver the maximum message with immediate feedback, this rotating table format is sure to provide valuable information!


Sourcewell (formerly NJPA)

Sourcewell (formerly NJPA) invites you to join us for an interactive session with an opportunity to share your cooperative purchasing experiences and questions. National Cooperative Purchasing Partners (NCPP) Executive Director Tammy Rimes will join our conversation to offer more on the topics of cooperative purchasing education and legislation. Bring your stories, perspectives, and questions as we delve into all things cooperative purchasing and find out how your school or community benefits from tapping into a cooperative purchasing program.

Ion Wave

Learn and Discuss 4 P’s of Procurement Automation  – Join your peers and the team from Ion Wave as we discuss and share – Priorities, Problems, Progress, and Peers. This session will focus on eSourcing/Electronic Bidding, Supplier Participation, Bid Evaluation Scoring, and Contract Management automation experiences.

NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative

NASPO ValuePoint is the country’s leading public purchasing cooperative. Learn about the benefits of cooperative purchasing and the distinguishing characteristics of the NASPO ValuePoint cooperative, including the contracts available to state and local governments, how NASPO ValuePoint contracts are established, how to access them, and additional competition and strategic sourcing opportunities.

National IPA

“Cooperative Contracting: How Do I select the Right Cooperative Contract?”

Discussion will include the three elements, in addition to price, to consider when making the determination of which cooperative to use. These elements are Process, Competitiveness and Transparency. We will also discuss the recent acquisition of US Communities by OMNIA, who is National IPA’s parent company and what this means to public procurement officials.


“Improving the RFP process: how software can help to determine Best Value for Money."

As public buyers, we select vendors for services, works and supplies across sectors such as schools, energy, transport, public space, social protection and health. We determine which vendors are successful, which are not, and we influence their behavior. As such, we are deeply involved in setting and meeting community goals. Buyers should support sustainable economic growth and seek the best life-cycle value for money. We need to understand that choosing offers based on lowest price may conflict with a sustainable, quality community and society as a whole.

This is why ‘Best Value’ procurement gets increasing attention in public purchasing. Measuring best value can be quite difficult; we at Negometrix have been working for almost two decades on software that helps you! Join us for a great discussion on the dos and don’ts in online best value procurement.


Join NPPGov’s discussion about FirstNet, the first nationwide public safety broadband network, purpose-built to provide first responders the advanced communication and collaboration technologies they need to help them do their jobs safely and effectively. FirstNet services are available through NPPGov.

Planet Bids, Inc.

So you want to be the shining star right?” - Well, come join us to learn about how partnering with PlanetBids and leveraging on the right technology and solutions can help your procurement team deliver best value to your organization while reducing risks and thus make you that shining star!

Rene’ Bates Auctioneers, Inc.

Learn what a full service auction company can do for your organization.

We will discuss the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and what it could mean for your auction company and your organization.  These recent developments in sales tax collection could potentially affect every state in the country.

The Public Group

We will be discussing a new state-of-the-art APP device that will make the surplus disposal process easier than ever before. We will show you how to use the device to create auctions 3 - 5 times faster than any other auction company in the industry.
10:15 - 11:15am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Contract Management (AEP Award Criteria #18)
Diane Palmer-Boeck


Cop Talk: How to Speak the Language of Public Safety (Leadership)

Christina Pryor, CPPO, CPPB

11:30am - 12:30pm

General Session
Lunch and Learn with NCPP: IN THE KNOW with NCPP- Unveiled for the first time during NCPP’s Lunch & Learn will be the newly released white paper commissioned through Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Tammy Rimes, NCPP

12:45 - 2:15pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Dealing with Cases of Procurement Fraud (AEP Award Criteria #18)
Narita Holmes


Prepare for the Worst Part 1 (Leadership)
Mike Pryor
2:30 - 3:30pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Critical Thinking for Purchasing Professionals (AEP Award Criteria #18)
Michael Kolodisner


Prepare for the Worst Part 2 (Leadership)
Mike Pryor
3:45 - 5:15pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Informal Compliance Review: Strengthen Weak Processes Through a Self-Review (AEP Award Criteria #4)
Carol Cooper


Leadership & the Procurement of Success (Leadership)
LaShon Ross and January Cook
6:00 - 9:00pm
23rd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Awards Gala and Carlton N. Parker Award Presentation
Thursday October 25
7:45 - 10:00am Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30am

The Tough Stuff: Negotiations, Protests and Conflict Management

Tammy Rimes, NCPP

9:45 - 11:15am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

How Does Your Procurement Organization Measure Up? Scorecard (AEP Award Criteria #4)
Tim Slifka


Building Strengths-Based Teams (Leadership)
Michele Cox
11:30 - 12:30pm
Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers Lunch
12:45 - 2:15pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

The Auditors are Coming! Now What Do I Do? (AEP Award Criteria #18)
Narita Holmes


Choosing empowerment (Leadership)
Michele Cox
2:30 - 3:30pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

Achieving Excellence in Procurement (AEP Award Criteria #18)
January Cook, Phillip Ellison, Penny Marchell and Dawn Berry


Public-Private Partnerships (P3) (AEP Award Criteria #14)
Carol Cooper
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