This Month's Guest

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Jennifer Alford, CPPO

 

Jennifer Alford is the Procurement Manager for the City of Stockton, CA. Prior to joining the purchasing team in Stockton, Jennifer served in procurement roles with Sierra College, Los Rios Community College, and the Paulding County Board of Commissioners.

She holds a B.A. in psychology from The University of California, Santa Barbara, and has an M.A. in professional counceling.

 

Previous Guests

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David Yarkin

 

David is the the founder and CEO of Procurated - a supplier review site working on creating a deeper level of shared knowledge and understanding of the supplier landscape for procurement officials. David also led on procurement transformation while serving as CPO with the State of Pennsylvania.

In their conversation, David and Darin will discuss his vision for Procurated, the experiences with suppliers and supplier performance that led him to it's creation, and the role he hopes it will serve in helping procurement professionals across the country. They also discuss David's background and what led him to procurement, and the future he sees for the industry.

 

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Lourdes Coss, CPPO, MPA 

Lourdes Coss is the author of “Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques;” a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer. She's also certified to train and consult on D.I.S.C. Personality Assessment Tool and serves as a faculty member for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

 

Lourdes is an accomplished procurement professional with 30 years of experience, 17 of which were leading procurement transformations in large organizations. Lourdes held executive level procurement positions at City of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Building Commission of Chicago, Cook County, and City of Houston; and is now working with Canon Solutions America as a subject matter expert for the government sector. 

 

Her achievements include: national awards for operational excellence, procurement cost savings, 2016 Spirit of NIGP Award, and 2018 NIGP Integrity Award. Lourdes also held positions on various Boards, including NIGP. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and received her MPA from Florida State University.

 

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Keith Ashby, CPPO 

Since 2003, Keith has served as purchasing manager for Arapahoe County, Colorado. He has also held high-level purchasing positions for the City of Fort Collins and Denver Public Schools. 

 

He is active in the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA) and has served on the Board of Directors for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. Keith is also an instructor for NIGP, sharing his knowledge and experience in public procurement throughout the country.  

 

Keith earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also holds the designation of Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council.  

 

Our first podcast of 2021 will include a discussion with Keith on the following topics: 

  • His past music career as drummer for Earth, Wind and Fire 

  • How and why he ended up in public procurement 

  • Current procurement trends he is seeing in the Rocky Mountains and beyond 

  • Skills and attributes he looks for in new buyers 

  • What future challenges may be awaiting the profession