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.
Bill Lindsey, CPPO, C.P.M.
As I take this opportunity to write my concluding message as the President of your association, I'm looking back at the address that I offered our membership at the installation of officers in the fall of 2012. At that program, I championed the five purposes of our association that I continued to revisit throughout the year.
- To promote professionalism in public purchasing through continued education and networking.
- To study, discuss, and recommend legislative improvements in governmental purchasing.
- To exchange ideas, experiences, and share expert advice on purchasing problems and procedures.
- To promote uniform purchasing laws.
- To develop and promote simplified standards and specifications for governmental buying.
With this lofty purpose, the benefits were identified as networking, education, certification, conferences, scholarships and awards.
I believe we more than accomplished these purposes and have moved our association to yet another level of professionalism and effectiveness that is internationally recognized.
Just to start, we began the year working on various legislative activities in the General Assembly, and through our lobbyist we were highly successful in shepherding a number of initiatives toward improved outcomes. From that point we experienced one of the best Spring Conference and Vendor Expos in the association's history. This program was admirably sponsored by Henrico County and resulted in excellent networking opportunities and the ability for our membership to continue their public procurement knowledge. This was followed by a successful Reverse Trade Show in Richmond in partnership with CAPA.
Although these were some initial highlights of our year, our Education and Professional Development Committees continued their pace in offering a variety of educational opportunities for our membership. As an example, VAGP has yet again been recognized for offering more training opportunities than any other chapter in the United States and Canada.
As a new innovation, VAGP partnered with VASCUPP in offering their first Supplier Diversity Advocate Institute program at William and Mary. And speaking of new directions, VAGP also partnered with NAPM in offering classes in Tidewater.
Then came the Fall Symposium in Williamsburg which received overwhelming accolades for the excellence of the program. With record registration from our membership, the program participants were 'empowered' by a bevy of national and international speakers to enhance their leadership role in public procurement.
Finally, VAGP was selected by NIGP as the preeminent Large Chapter of the Year for the third time in a row at the NIGP's national procurement forum in Orlando. This is certainly a monumental recognition for our association, where VAGP was recognized as the best in the US and Canada. Better yet, Kelly Okken, our First Past President, was a national finalist for NIGP's Purchasing Manager of the Year.
Of course there is much more, but with just these highlights, I am proud to say: mission accomplished! We have more than met our purpose this year and the benefits are many. As for my role as your President, I can only say THANK YOU!
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