2021 Conference Agenda

The NPI Conference Committee is pleased to offer our Delegates these outstanding educational and networking opportunities at the 53rd Annual Conference and 26th 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.

Monday, October 18    
Time Event Host
5:00 - 6:00 PM VIP Reception VIP Committee
6:00 - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception NPI Board of Directors
Tuesday, October 19    
Time Event Presenter
8:00 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Opening Ceremony NPI Board of Directors
8:45 - 10:15 AM

Keynote Presentation The Next Normal:

Emerging from COVID with New Workplace Dynamics

Ron Holifield
10:30 - 11:30 AM

Developing a Strategic Plan to Build a Center of Procurement

Excellence

Dianne Palmer-Boeck
11:30 - 1:15 PM

Lunch and Learn:

Paradigm Shifts: Who Moved My Office

Tammy Rimes
1:30 - 2:30 PM

COVID-19: Response, Research and Long-Term Impact on State

Procurement

Rebecca Montano Smith
2:45 - 3:45 PM

How Full and Open Competition Leads to Best Value Goods and

Services for Your Organization

Jack Pellegrino
4:00 - 5:00 PM Strategies for Diversifying Your Construction Spend Darin Matthews
Wednesday, October 20    
Time Event Presenter
8:00 - 9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Trends & Developments in Procurement Technology and

Cooperative Purchasing (Part 1) 

Panel Presentation
9:45 - 10-45 AM Problem Solving Using Critical Thinking Skills Julie Kowalski
11:00 - 11:30 AM

Addressing the Procurement Challenges Presented During

Domestic Operations

James Voelker
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch and Learn TBD
1:30 - 2:30 PM Identifying and Overcoming the Blind Spots Holding You Back Julie Kowalski
2:45 - 3:45 PM Facilitating the RFP Process: Procurement's Role

Diane Palmer-Boeck and

Kellie Pendleton 

4:00 - 5:00 PM Supplier Debriefings: An Opportunity for Procurement Excellence Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA
6:30 - 9:30 PM

Gala Event: 

26th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

and Carlton N. Parker Award Ceremony

 
Thursday, October 21    
Time Event Presenter
8:00 - 9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

Trends and Developments in Procurement Technology and

Cooperative Purchasing (Part 2) 

Panel Presentation
9:45 - 10:45 AM Managing the Post-COVID Retirement Tsunami Sergio Paneque
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Excellence in Proposal Evaluations: 5 Tips to Send Your Next

Procurement to the Moon

Jake Smithwick, PhD, MPA
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch and NPI Business Meeting and Officer Installation

 
1:30 - 2:30 PM

I Realize This is the Third Change Order However…: How to Mitigate

Department Inadequate Need Analysis

Shannon Pleasant
2:45 - 3:45 PM

Achieving Excellence in Procurement

Brian Garrity and

The AEP Team