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The NAEP Virtual Roundtable offers open discussion on a specific procurement-related topic. Subject Matter Experts present information on the topic and respond to questions from Members. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and make comments in advance and throughout the roundtable discussion.


Strategic Procurement Roundtable
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Strategic procurement has grown in its importance over the years and given the choice, all of us would prefer to be "strategic”, but what does it really mean? Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is one example of a key strategic activity that has become a priority for many procurement organizations, but is not practiced as much within Higher Education.

Jim Knight, co-founder of Pathstone Partners and Sandy Hicks, Chief Procurement Officer at the University of Colorado will share their thoughts and experience regarding the importance of these topics in driving significant value and a high return on investment (ROI).

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Subject Matter Experts/Presenters:

Sandy Hicks, University of Colorado
Sandy Hicks, CPPB, is Assistant Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at the Procurement Service Center for the University of Colorado. In her current position, Ms. Hicks is responsible for overseeing the procurements and payables of the four-campus University of Colorado (CU) System. She manages a staff of 44 whose functional areas include Purchasing Services, Strategic Sourcing, Payable Services, Commercial Card Program, Travel Program, Small Business Program, Contract Services, and Procurement Systems. The annual spend for the University is $500 million.

Ms. Hicks is a Past President of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). She currently serves as the chair of the NAEP Innovators Forum.

Jim Knight, Pathstone Partners
Jim is a co-founder of Pathstone Partners. He has more than 30 years of consulting and business experience and has placed particular emphasis on the higher education and healthcare industries in recent years. Jim has led several comprehensive strategic sourcing, non-salary cost reduction and strategic procurement planning engagements for university, healthcare and Fortune 500 clients. Throughout his career Jim has been a frequent pioneer of developing new service offerings and tackling his client’s most pressing issues, enabling them to go farther. Jim is a frequent speaker at higher education industry events.

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