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Mr. Richard Pennington, CPPO, J.D., NIGP-CPP

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From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint, a nonprofit that assists state governments with cooperative procurements. Richard started his Air Force career as a B-52 pilot and later served as a judge advocate specializing in federal government contracting. At the time of his Air Force retirement, he was Chief of the Air Force Commercial Litigation Division. He then served as assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado and later practiced government contract law with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. He is a former director of the Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement and State Purchasing Director. Richard’s columns and articles appear in NIGP’s Government Procurement magazine and the National Contract Management Association’s publication, Contract Management magazine. He is the author of Seeing Excellence: Learning from Great Procurement Teams.

Education

The George Washington University Law School
LL.M. (Gov Procurement Law)

University of Denver
J.D.

United States Air Force Academy
B.S.

Professional Associations

National Contract Management Association
2006 - Present

National Association of State Procurement Officials
1999 - Present

NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement
1999 - Present

Job History

NASPO ValuePoint
General Counsel
Denver, CO, United States
April 2013 - November 2018

SCOPEVision LLC
Managing Member
December 2005 - April 2013

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Of Counsel
April 2006 - October 2010

Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement
Division Director
July 2002 - September 2005

Colorado Division of Finance and Procurement
State Purchasing Director
July 1999 - June 2002

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Service Award
NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP)
2020

Guilio Mazzone Distinguished Service Award
National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)
2009

Manager of the Year
Colorado State Managers Association (CSMA)
2005