May 2021

Upcoming Programs for You
State Member Benefits Webinar
May 20 | 3:00 pm ET

The Membership team will be hosting our State Member Benefits webinar on Thursday, May 20. This webinar is for state members only to review where to find your NASPO benefits and how best to use them.
Engaging Small Business in State Procurement Webinar
May 26 | 3:00 pm ET

Join us for a discussion about building beneficial relationships with small businesses. This webinar will examine small business outreach and engagement programs from our presenters’ states, identify ways to engage small businesses as members of central purchasing, and touch on ways small businesses can compete for state purchasing opportunities.
The REACH conference will be held in a virtual format, July 14-15, and we’re excited to offer up to 10 seats per state! Attendees can attend sessions in three tracks: Managing Technical Solutions, Professional and Organizational Development, and Procurement Strategies. In addition to the educational sessions, we will also hold Regional Meetings at the beginning of Day 2.
 
Registration for the conference will open in late May.
Regional Council Leadership Spotlight

In the second part of a series, we will introduce you to your Regional
Council Chairs and Vice Chairs. This month, get to know the
Southern Regional Leadership.
Rebecca Krystopa (GA), Southern Regional Council Chair
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.
Lisa McKim (OK), Southern Regional Vice Chair
What is the most rewarding part of your job in public procurement?
The more rewarding part of my job in public procurement is being able to partner with interesting people in all levels of government, learning about and understand their missions, what their needs are and assist with finding solutions to meeting their needs.

What is the most interesting part of public procurement for you?
Every day brings a new need, challenge, program, project, and people to interact and connect with on so many different levels. Every day is a new adventure.

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken.
The best vacation I’ve ever taken was with my son to Eastern Tennessee. We love to explore areas we have never been to that are off the beaten path. On vacation, we find a centrally located place to stay and then each day we venture out in a different direction to explore. Vacations for us always include taking the scenery by horseback!
NASPO ValuePoint Offers New
Equipment Rental Portfolio
NASPO ValuePoint is happy to announce that they now offer an Equipment Rental portfolio that provides monthly and/or weekly equipment rental services through local branches.

Projects include many of the commonly used rental equipment:
  • Forklifts and earthmoving equipment
  • Concrete tools
  • Lawn and landscaping equipment
  • Air compressor tools
  • Mobile offices
  • Tanker trucks and dump trucks

Both large and small equipment needs are met in this portfolio. Visit www.naspovaluepoint.org to discover the full line of equipment offered by our newly signed portfolio contractors: Sunbelt Rentals Inc. and United Rentals (North America), Inc.
Download the NASPO ValuePoint App
Put us in your pocket, and then pull us out to connect to the world of government procurement. Access trends, resources, procurement tools, and more!

Download the app on your favorite app store or go to naspovaluepoint.org/app
Procurement U Gives Back –
Extended to December 31!
Don’t miss out on 40 hours of FREE credit hours of foundational courses and programming available through Procurement U Gives Back.

Over 2,000 people have signed up already through the Procurement U Gives Back program, and now we’re extending the program through December 31. But don’t wait until the end to take advantage of this great offer! Sign up today!

For more information, visit: www.naspo.org/procurementugivesback
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