Schedule - Wednesday, August 5

8:00AM – 9:15PM

Plenary Session - Bryan Dodge

The Key to Successful Negotiations

It is extremely important to develop a climate and attitude of “win-win” negotiating.  In a good negotiation, both sides feel they have won. Negotiation is primarily an exchange of satisfactions.  One party can win more than the other, but neither would see themselves as having lost.  Negotiating is a skill.  Like all skills, good negotiating can be developed.  No one can help you understand the insights to negotiating like Bryan Dodge. At the same time, be surprised and pleased at the takeaways from this session.  Learn the key characteristics of a great negotiator, the basic laws of negotiation and the steps to evaluate your own communication skills to communicate effectively.

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9:00AM - 11:00AM    

Introduction to Public Procurement 

Instructor: Ron L. King, CPPO, VCO, CPPB
Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)

9:15AM – 1:00PM

Products Expo Open

9:30AM – 1:00PM

Expo Education Sessions

9:30AM - 9:50AM

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Are your facilities in compliance with new legislation? In 2015, new federal, state and local government regulations go into effect that require a change in maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products. From HVAC, water heaters and lighting to GFCI’s and smoke alarms, your facilities may be required to comply. Join us to learn about the new legislation and regulations, when facilities must comply, how to prepare, as well as new products and technologies that will replace current manufactured product.

Office Depot

Topic:   Emergency Preparedness
Office Depot ensures that your agency, office or school is prepared for any situation and makes Emergency Preparedness practical, accessible, and simple - with a selection of packs designed to get you through the first 24-72 hours of an emergency.  The supplies contained in the packs are carefully chosen and tested to get you exactly what you need- nothing unnecessary, only the best quality items are used.  The confidence of knowing you are prepared is a welcome benefit for your faculty, staff, students, associates and employees.  Office Depot Inc. is here to work with your organization to ensure your emergency preparedness supplies and equipment are in place.


10:00AM - 10:20AM

HD Supply Waterworks



10:30AM - 10:50AM


Today it’s all about being smart. Smart phones, smart appliances, smart cars … and now the smart building or smart campus. At the heart of the “smart” or “intelligent” building / campus is an infrastructure of electrical, lighting, communications, HVAC and security systems monitored and controlled from a single IP-enabled network. Streamlining these traditionally disparate areas into a single, integrated system can translate into huge benefits for public agencies in terms of profitability, productivity and environmental impact.

Colonial Life

What’s the best way to procure voluntary benefits? Learn what to look for in a voluntary benefits and services provider and how to ensure that you are getting the best value for you and your employees.


11:00AM - 11:20AM

Spikes Cavell

Xchanging Procurement
The potential to use spend data to be more strategic, bring spend under management, change buying behavior and deliver savings are readily apparent to procurement professionals.  This presentation will provide a live demonstration of the types of spend analysis work that many other NIGP members are carrying out and a template business case that you can use to get a spend analytics project approved at your organization.

Periscope Holdings

Strategic Procurement Improvement Strategies
Implementing improvements and “purpose-based” procurement in any organization requires understanding of the current procurement environment and the value of transformation.  This discussion will explore “tips of the trade” for various improvement strategies including; communications with IT and Finance, development of a return on investment and business case – exploration of the practical tools and metrics that can be used to communicate procurement’s value.

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:15PM – 2:15PM

Panel Discussion - Procurement’s Role in the Success of Government

Public entities benefit when procurement professionals provide strategic value to the organization. Key leaders discuss ways that procurement can make a greater contribution to the success of the organization and the community. 

  • Moderator: Julia Burroughs, Director, Governing Institute,, A division of e.Republic, Folsom, CA
  • Ben Hart,Vice President of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., Wichita KS;
  • Scott Wagner, 1st District-At-Large Councilman for the City of Kansas City MO;

  • Becky Salter, SPHR, IPMA-CP, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources, City of Olathe, Kansas;
  • Todd Sander, VP of Research & Executive Director, Center for Digital Government, Folsom, CA;
  • Jamie Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1:30PM - 3:30PM    

Introduction to Public Procurement 

Instructor: Ron L. King, CPPO, VCO, CPPB
Pre-registration required (additional fees apply)

2:30PM - 3:30PM

Conversations that Connect

  • Aviation Authorities - William Kirwin, CPPO, CPPB, Columbus Regional Airport, Columbus, OH; Tracy Osborne, CPPB, Office of the COO Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Columbus, OH; Karen Hatten, CPPO, CPPA, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Jackson, MS
  • Canadian Entities - Stephanie Dion, CPPB, The City of Red Deer, Red Deer, AB; Shelly  Flahr, CPPO, CPPB, SCMP, The City of Red Deer, Red Deer, AB

  • Cities - Large - Renee Medlin, CPPO, MBA, City of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Yadissa Calderon, CPPB, City of Miami, Miami, FL

  • Cities - Small/Medium - Pete Toth, City of Arvada, Arvada, CO; Stephanie Suter, CPPO, CPPB, City of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, VA

  • Corrections - Charles Smith, Jr., MBA, CPPO, CPPB, Georgia Department of Corrections, Forsyth, GA; Janie Terry, CPPB, Arizona Department of Corrections, Phoenix, AZ

  • Counties - Large - Michalyn Rains, CPPO, CPPB, Collin County, McKinney, TX; Matthew Dobecka, CPPO, CPPB, Collin County, Mc Kinney, TX; Karen Luther, CPPO, CPPB, Washington County, Hagerstown, MD
  • Counties - Small/Medium - Brett Wood, CPPO, CPPB, Placer County, Auburn, CA
  • Higher Education - Andrea Thompson, CPPB, CLGPO, Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC; Denise Finn, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., 
    University of Kentucky Purchasing Division, Lexington, KY


  • K-12 - Jerel Nielsen, CPPO, CPPB, Poudre School Dist. R-1, Fort Collins, CO; Molly McLoughlin, CPPB, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
  • Public Housing - Shari Hamilton, CPPO, C.P.M., Newark Housing Authority, Newark, NJ
  • Special Authorities - Rebecca L. Kee, CPPB, Little Rock Wastewater, Little Rock, AR
  • States - Jean Stephenson, CPPO, C.P.M., A.P.P., State of Ohio, Columbus, OH; Sharon Eddings, CPPO, CPPB, State of Illinois Procurement, 
    University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
  • Transportation - Rebecca Jackson, CPPO, CPPB, Missouri Department of Transportation. Jefferson City, MO; Norma Hall, FNIGP, CPPO,  CPPB, CPM, South Carolina Department of Transportation, Columbia, SC
  • Utilities - Nelson Park, CPPO, CPPB, Seattle City Light, Snoqualmie, WA

3:45PM - 5:00PM

Closing Plenary Session - Walter Bond

No One Can Stop You But YOU!

Epic Execution to Boost Performance

Are you ready? Are you really ready to go to the next level? Are you ready to improve your life, your business and your relationships? Most people are looking for ways to make a difference. Most people are looking for ways to make an impact. Most people are ready to look themselves in the mirror and say I'm ready right here and right now. I want to be more successful, more profitable, and more purposeful. And that all starts within. Learning the tools to look within and begin the execution process today. This requires thinking differently, executing daily and dominating right where you are.  That is what Walter Bond offers as your Chief Execution Officer.  As an athlete, Walter Bond spent his college days as the Sixth Man on the University of Minnesota Basketball team. Not starting but coming off of the bench. Walter quickly learned two things. First, the importance of being a catalyst; and secondly, what were some disciplines he must execute in order to fulfill his dream of being in the NBA.
Walter teaches you self-discovery and execution, and shares 31 Truths to Boost Peak Performance.


        Schedule is subject to change and may be adjusted at any time.