Highlights in the December Issue:

Upcoming Events  


NASPO How to Market to State Governments Meeting
March 20-22, 2016 (Atlanta, GA)

Visit our YouTube channel to view NASPO webinars

As I mentioned in my email yesterday, serving as NASPO's President has been an unforgettable experience that I will cherish always. It has been as a professional development and learning opportunity second to none.
NASPO is an association without equal, and I have been blessed to be part of it as a member, committee chair, and elected leader. While NASPO had many accomplishments and successes this year, so beautifully outlined in our annual report to the membership, we also faced some challenges. I am proud to say our association deals with such challenges in a fair, ethical and transparent manner. We move forward stronger each time.
In January, I will be excited to welcome Paul Mash as 2016 NASPO President. Paul's long-time commitment to NASPO, leadership style, and compelling vision of NASPO's future will make him an excellent President. Paul, like the rest of the NASPO Board of Directors, is committed to doing what it best for the association and its members. It will be my pleasure to serve as the immediate Past President in 2016.
To the membership, leadership and staff of NASPO I want to say THANK YOU for your support, guidance and trust in me. It has been a privilege and honor to serve as your President.

New Leadership for 2016
2016 NASPO Board of Directors
2016 NASPO Committee Leaders

Annual Conference Committee
Committee Chair: Michael Jones

Liaisons Task Force
Task Force Chair: Bill Burns
Cronin Awards Committee
Committee Chair: Sam Byassee

Marketing Meeting Committee
Committee Chair: Michael Jones
Best Practices Committee
Committee Chair: Mark Lutte

Mazzone Awards Committee
Committee Chair: TBD
Emerging Issues Committee
Committee Chair: Jason Soza

Nominations Committee
Committee Chair: Ron Bell
Investment Committee
Committee Chair: Carol Wilson
Professional Development Committee 
Chair: Dianne Lancaster
Vice Chair: Dean Stotler
Joint Audit Committee
Committee Chair: Carol Wilson

2016 NASPO Regional Council Leaders
Eastern Region
Chair: Peter Korolyk, Delaware
Vice Chair: Gregg Olivera, New Jersey

Southern Region
Chair: Monica Ritchie, Mississippi
Vice-Chair: Chris Christine, Texas
Midwestern Region
Chair: Steve Berg, South Dakota
Vice-Chair: Karen Boeger, Missouri
Western Region
Chair: Jason Soza, Alaska
Vice-Chair: Eric Mandell, California

Leadership Academy Helps New and Emerging Leaders Shape a Dynamic Procurement Enterprise
NASPO partnered with Harvard's center for Leadership in a Networked World (LNW) to offer the 2015 Leadership Academy, November 12-13, in Palm Springs, California. The program, Shaping Dynamic Enterprises, invited new CPOs and emerging leaders to come together and explore the background, tools and resources available to support their procurement leadership now and in the future.

From the opening ice breaker activity, members were challenged to innovate carefully and strategically. In fact, participants even participated in a diagnostic exercise and case study in advance of the program to reflect on what is working and what is not in their own states. Discussion on this pre-work, along with presentations by experts, illustrated the successes and challenges of implementing new programs in public agencies and how procurement programs can contribute to positive outcomes. 

In addition to the excellent information presented by LNW, NASPO members and staff contributed to sessions which demonstrated the important support system NASPO provides to procurement professionals. This network was demonstrated even before the end of the program, as participants worked together to strategize solutions to a particular challenge offered up by the state of Ohio. 

Want to learn more about the Leadership Academy, a program one participant called "the most educational/informative conference I've attended"? Contact NASPO's Programs Coordinator at  mmarsh@naspo.org

Thanks again to all of you who attended NASPO's webinar "Public-Private Partnership: A Tale of Two States" which discussed unique P3 projects for IT infrastructure and construction from Kentucky and South Carolina!

The webinar recording is now available at: https://youtu.be/S311bKTib0Y

Feel free to share the link with colleagues in your office who were not able to attend the webinar on Dec 2nd. Click here for the direct link to the webinar recording: youtu.be

Contact Elena Moreland at emoreland@naspo.org if you have any questions about this webinar.
Cronin Web Series presents Tennessee's Tourist Development - Marketing & Advertising
Wednesday, December 16th (2:00pm - 3:00pm EST)
Presenter: Chris Yarbrough, Sourcing Account Management Team Lead from the Central Procurement Office in the Department of General Services in Tennessee

Please join us for the second webinar of this year's Cronin Finalist Webinar Series. Our presenter will be Chris Yarbrough from the State of Tennessee presenting on their Gold Award winning submission, Tourist Development - Marketing and Advertising.

Tennessee's Central Procurement Office (CPO) developed a highly innovative "four-tier" procurement process to select a contractor for traditional, website, and online digital marketing and advertising for tourist development. Each tier was intended to narrow the selection to achieve best value:

* Tier-One - Pass or fail evaluation of mandatory requirements
* Tier-Two - Qualitative assessment of oral presentations
* Tier-Three - Interview of the highest ranking proposers
* Tier-Four - Negotiation and best value selection

As a result of increased marketing and advertising through this contract, coupled with Tennessee Tourism Committee activities, the Tennessee estimates $1 billion in increased tourism spending from 2013 to 2014. Tennessee became the first state to receive the advertising industry's prestigious Cannes Lion award as a result of one of the ad campaigns under this contract.

All Cronin Finalist Webinar Series attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of completion credit. To receive credit, one must be present for the entire duration of the webinar.
To participate in this webinar, REGISTER now.

A recording of our most recent Cronin Finalist Webinar Minnesota's MMCAP Focus Data Analytics System has been posted. If you missed out on this great and informative webinar, please feel free to watch it online.

Did you know that you can quickly and easily access the NASPO Network from the NASPO.org website? Next time you visit the NASPO.org website just click the NASPO spark icon at the top of the page to be directed straight to the community (found between the YouTube and Careers Page icons). Or, you can always access the community directly at community.naspo.org

Get to Know the NASPO Staff
Jordan Henson, Research Coordinator
Name:  Jordan Henson

Title:  NASPO Research Coordinator

Year started at NASPO:  2015

Brief description of current role:  Coordinate policy and research initiatives relevant to the NASPO strategic plan, assist in conducting research inquiries and developing work products, and supporting the association, committees, task forces, work groups, and staff in advancing the NASPO Mission. 

Education:  (Currently completing) Master of Science from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

Fun Facts: I am a musician and can play several instruments, including the guitar, piano, and saxophone. I am also a Kentucky Wildcats Basketball junkie. GO CATS!

Most memorable NASPO event so far: Definitely the 2015 NASPO Annual Conference, where an impromptu jam session ensued involving some energetic and talented NASPO members and staff.
Procurement University Updates
Attention CPPO and CPPB Spring Test Takers
Are you or one of your colleagues planning to take the CPPO or the CPPB exam in May 2016?

NASPO is launching a new study group opportunity designed to help you prepare for your exam.  Procurement U is currently offering access to online, facilitated study groups for UPPCC exam takers. There are groups set up for both the CPPO and CPPB exams. Study groups are available at no cost to help any state procurement official who is preparing for a UPPCC exam through the Procurement U Online Learning Management System (OLMS). The study group for fall test takers will be available until the test dates in May.

The study group provides participants with access to an online community to:
* share ideas on discussion boards
* attend webinars
* access to test prep documents,
The groups can be accessed here Procurement U Online Learning Management System (OLMS)

Additional study groups are anticipated for NASPO members who are planning to take either exam in Fall 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us at procurementu@naspo.org.

For more information on the examination process visit http://www.uppcc.org/. For helpful exam preparation tools check out the Certification Webpage on the NASPO website. 
Coming in January 2016: Procurement U State Certification Toolkit
The Procurement U State Certification Toolkit, which is designed to be a comprehensive resource for state procurement professionals who are developing a certification program or seeking to build upon their current program, will be available to NASPO members in mid-January. The Toolkit was created by the Professional Development Committee's Certification Workgroup to provide users with:

* General guidelines on state certification;
* Questions to consider when evaluating your state certification program;
* Examples from states with existing programs; and
* Ideas and options for state officials who are developing or enhancing certification programs

The design of the Toolkit allows for an interactive and engaging experience for users. It is intended to allow state officials to compare and analyze components from several different programs to determine what options work best in your own state. Please watch your inboxes in January for additional information or contact us at procurementu@naspo.org with any questions.

NASPO's mission is to help our members achieve success as public procurement leaders in their states through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.