The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of procurement practitioners, established in 1958 to improve and assist public purchasers through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes employees in Virginia state, city, local governments, educational institutions, and special authorities.
Stephanie Suter, CPPO CPPB
The daffodils have bloomed and spring is here.
For those of you who were able to join us in Virginia Beach for our Spring Conference, I hope you enjoyed yourself and came away with valuable knowledge or a new connection. With record-breaking attendance, an innovative program full of excellent speakers, and an amazing charity auction which helped raise over $4,000 for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, there were many opportunities to celebrate, learn, meet, and have a little fun.
We celebrated the successes of several members by honoring them during the Presidential Banquet:
- Melinda Williams, CPPM, CPPB, CPP, VCO, Senior Purchasing Officer for Richmond Public Schools received VAGP's Buyer of the Year Award;
- Nancy Davis, CPPB, CPPO, VCO, Contracts and Procurement Director for DMV, was awarded Life Membership; and
- Bill Lindsey, CPPO, C.P.M, Purchasing Agent for the County of Gloucester, was presented VAGP's Distinguished Service Award.
Congratulations are also in order for Charity Hooper, CPPB, VCO, CSM, Senior IT Contract Officer for ABC, for receiving the Certification Scholarship this spring.
If you missed the Spring Conference, there are many other exciting professional development opportunities scheduled, so be sure to engage and attend those you are able. VAGP's first Legislative Update Webinar will be conducted in May, VAGP's new Low-Fee Seminars Construction & Reducing Risks for your Municipality, Quantitative Measures, and Ethics in Procurement (new material, new instructor) will be held for the first time, and many other Low-Fee Seminars and NIGP courses are on the education schedule. The NIGP Forum will be held August 1-5 in Kansas City, so don't miss out on the early bird registration which ends April 30, and VAGP has once again partnered with VASCUPP to present the Supplier Diversity Advocate Institute on August 7 at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. This year the Fall Symposium will be held at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville on September 28-29, with the Reverse Trade Show and Charity Golf Tournament immediately following on September 30. There is something for everyone.
Thanks to each one of you for all you do to make VAGP such a vibrant association.
Principles and Practices
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