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Newly Offered Supply Chain Management Curriculum for Suppliers Who Market and Sell to Governments: "The Landscape of Public Procurement"

Whether you have been selling to government for years or are new to this marketplace, this supply chain series offered through a partnership with Oregon State University and the National Cooperative Procurement Partners is taught by current and former procurement professionals who will offer real insights and takeaways to increase your knowledge of state, local, and higher education procurement processes, legislation, and sales strategies for a greater level of understanding. Through this affiliation with Oregon State, participants can also gain Continuing Education (CE) credits.

Class #1 | March 31, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
SLED - State, Local, Educational: An Industry Understanding
Challenges Faced by Public Procurement Teams
Learn Current Trends and Latest Stats for Government Spending
Different Sourcing Types and Cooperatives
Make or Buy Decisions: Considerations for Open Market
A Primer on Procurement Laws and Ethics
Class #3 | May 26, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Meetings and Appropriate Interactions with a Decision Maker
Follow-Up and Relationship Building in the Government Sector
Protest Options: When and How to Protest
The Concepts of Responsiveness and Responsibility
Class #2 | April 28, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Discover the Differences Among Public Agency Types
Analyze the Fiscal Year and Government Budgeting
Top 10 Proposal Submittal Mistakes
Market Research, Trade Secrets, and Open Records Statutes
Essential Legal Differences Between IFBs and RFPs
Class #4 | June 30, 2021, 1-4 PM CST
Contract Management from a Supplier Perspective
Contract Administration from the Government Perspective
The Evolution of Supply Chain Management in Government
The Remaining Legal Context of Relationships and Culture

About the Speakers

Tammy Rimes, MPA

Tammy served as the former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation, and as Emergency Operations Chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires and Mt. Soledad landslide which both destroyed homes, neighborhoods, and city facilities. During all five years of her Purchasing management, her team was awarded the Achievement in Excellence in Procurement and Tammy won the Carlton N. Parker Award for Outstanding Service, the most prestigious award presented by the National Procurement Institute (NPI). 

Now, as Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners, North America’s premier association for cooperative procurement, she gives keynote presentations at national and regional conferences and assists government agencies, as well as those suppliers who sell to government, with strategies to help them succeed. Prior to government, Tammy worked for several Fortune 1000 companies, including airlines, retail, and water and utility industries, owned a family winery, Hacienda de las Rosas, and authored “Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses—Leading the Life of Your Dreams.” She has a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters in Public Administration from National University in California.

Richard Pennington, J.D., LL.M.

From 2013 to 2018, Richard Pennington was general counsel to NASPO ValuePoint. Previously, he served of counsel to the Denver office of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP, where he advised clients on federal, state, and local government procurement. Richard is the former director of the Division of Finance and Procurement, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration. He previously served as State Purchasing Director after working for the Colorado Attorney General as procurement and construction litigation counsel. 

Richard is a retired Air Force Colonel and judge advocate who started his career as a B-52 pilot and later became a judge advocate specializing in federal procurement. He has a Master of Laws degree in government procurement law from The George Washington University. Richard is co-author of Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, 3rd Ed. (Routledge, 2020). He is the 2020 recipient of NIGP’s Distinguished Service Award. Richard continues to volunteer and teach for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

Tim Hay

Tim Hay is a proven public procurement professional with over 20 years of public procurement experience and another 6 years of private procurement experience in a manufacturing environment and is currently a Senior Contracts Specialist for Marion County Oregon focusing on Information Technology Procurement.

Previously, Tim was the Cooperative Development Director for a large government purchasing cooperative. He oversaw all the cooperative activities of over $12 Billion in annual spend helping states successfully manage all segments of the procurement process. In his role, he provided guidance and coaching to team members from across the nation and managed projects to ensure timely and accurate completion and learned many of the individual state processes. He also established many of the internal processes that supported the growth and success of the cooperative. During his role at the State of Oregon, Tim led many high-profile procurements including information technology, travel services and Services. Tim even held a short term at FEMA assisting them with supply chain management in the COVID-19 crisis.

Victor Leamer

With over 30 years of public procurement experience at the county, state department, and state-wide levels, Leamer is currently the Senior Buyer with Spokane County in Washington. Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) in 1985 and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation in 2009.

Victor teaches Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals (in-person/online) and the Core Certificate: Foundations in Strategy and Policy for NIGP (virtual) and has presented NIGP webinars on protests, evaluating responsiveness in bids, and contract price adjustments. Victor also serves on NIGP's Content Management Committee (formerly Knowledge Management Committee) since 2015 and is a founding member/former Vice President of the Alaska/Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association NIGP Chapter.