What is the most rewarding part of your job in public procurement?
I read or see new stories often, especially now, regarding how something positive has come of research at a Georgia university, or our Georgia State Patrol was able to rescue a motorist, or any number of amazing things, and I know that in some way the work we do in public procurement helped make these things happen. Something was purchased with the purchasing card program we manage, or on a statewide contract, or a policy we have in place allowed a purchase to occur. That is when I know what what we do in public procurement matters.
What is your advice for working with other agencies in the state?
The majority of my job involves daily interaction with Georgia’s state entities. I have worked in a state entity myself. I understand the pressure, the grind, and the perspective of those in an agency. I always strive to assist the agencies and provide the best possible customer service to them. Our mission is to serve, and we need the agencies as much as they need us in order to serve the citizens of our state.
If you hadn’t ended up in procurement, what would you be doing now?
I would be a baseball beat reporter, preferably for the Atlanta Braves. Originally, I began college as a journalism major. I am a huge baseball fan and even interned at the sports department of CNN in my twenties.