2022 Conference Agenda

The NPI Conference Committee is pleased to offer our Delegates these outstanding educational and networking opportunities at the 54th Annual Conference and 27th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement and Carlton N. Parker Awards Ceremony. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change as the program is finalized.

Attending the Conference? Get your Continuing Education Hours documentation worksheet here.

Sunday, October 9    
Time Event Host
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM Registration  
5:00 - 6:00 PM VIP Reception VIP Committee
6:00 - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception NPI Board of Directors
Monday, October 10    
Time Event Presenter
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration  
7:30 - 8:30 AM Breakfast Opening Ceremony  
8:30 - 9:45 AM Keynote: Purple Cow Leadership: Stand out as an effective Leader Saby Waraich
10:00 - 11:00 AM Breakout Session – 5 Things I Wish I Knew: What Buyers and Vendors Should Know About Each Other  Dustin Lanier
Breakout Session – Trends in Procurement: Workforce development and consistent emerging technology changes and challenges, along with the impact of remote work. Lisa Mehalko, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, GCPM, GCPCA, CIA
11:00 -2:00 PM Partner and Exhibitor Connect Time (lunch provided)  
2:00 - 3:00 PM Bad Buying – Why it Happens and How to Avoid It! Peter Smith
3:15 - 4:45 PM Breakout Session – Filing a Federal Procurement Flight Plan. Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT & Shelley Vineyard, MBA, NIGP-CPP, RTSBA
Breakout Session – Gaining and Retaining a Generational Procurement Staff. Maria L. Roux
Tuesday, October 11    
Time Event Presenter
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Registration  
7:30 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast  
8:00 - 9:00 AM Performance Metrics: How Do You Measure (Up)? Carrie Mathes, MPA, CFCM, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., CPPB, A.P.P.
9:15 - 10:15 AM

Procurement with Purpose – Achieving Wider Value from Government Spending 

Peter Smith
10:30 - 12:00 AM

Breakout Sessions: – 

  1. Modern Market Research: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?
  2. How One Leading County Ensures a Ready Supplier Pool.


  1. Stephanie Gale
  2. Bob Brewer, CPPO, CPPB
Breakout Session – The Resiliency Roadmap: Optimizing Federal Disaster Funding to Fortify Your Community. Dr. Kim Abrego, PT, DPT & Shelley Vineyard, MBA, NIGP-CPP, RTSBA
12:00 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch and Learn - Becoming a Trail Blazer for Your Organization Tammy Rimes, MPA
1:30 - 2:30 PM Demystifying AI in Public Sector Procurement Orville A Bailey, CEO EqualLevel Inc.
Supplier Management; from a supplier and former buyer's perspective  Cindy Whitaker
2:45 - 3:45 PM DOJ Antitrust/Procurement Collusion Task Force Update 2022 Zac Trotter and Mary McCarthy
4:00 - 5:00 PM Breakout Session – Simplify to Get Strategic: How to Streamline Procurement to Foster Partnerships. Araceli Esparza
Breakout Session – Best Practices and Standardization of Cloud Cyber Security Verification - An Introduction to StateRAMP Rebecca Kee
6:30 - 9:30 PM 27th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award Gala Event and Carlton N. Parker Award Ceremony  
Wednesday, October 12    
Time Event Presenter
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration  
8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast  
9:00 - 10:00 AM Can Innovation go with Procurement? Sebastian Chua
10:15 - 11:15 Breakout Session – Purchasing Manual and Policies - Are They Still Relevant In Your Organization, It Is Time To Review And Update Dean Mealy, II
Breakout Session – Roundtable Discussion: Achieving Excellence in Procurement

Brian Garrity, AEP Officer & Director of Procurement, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Christine Grommons, Purchasing Analyst, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept.
Nathan Daou, Procurement Administrator, City of Tucson
Christina Pryor, Purchasing and Materials Manager, City of Tucson
Sergio Paneque, Chief Procurement Officer, New York City Housing Authority
Jeremy Schwartz, Chief Procurement Officer, Sourcewell

11:30 - 1:00 PM Lunch: NPI Business Meeting & Installation of Officers  
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Invest in Your Team: A Strategic Approach to Staff Development  Rebecca Montano Smith
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Best practices for more effective contract administration  Ginger Line

Our Partners

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