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From the President

Posted By NAEP, Monday, December 12, 2016

Kelly Kozisek - NAEP President
Chief Procurement Officer
Oregon State University

It seems like every December I’m in awe of how quickly the year has passed and this month is no exception.   It’s been a very productive year for our department and it’s important to extend gratitude to our deserving staff, co-workers and clients, letting them know that their contributions are appreciated.  Whether it’s a token of appreciation or genuine words of thoughtfulness, we need to take the time to recognize these wonderful individuals and all that they have accomplished.

It’s also a time to look forward to the year ahead.  Consider how your department is going to achieve the goals in your departmental strategic plan.  Think about changes ahead and how you can use them as opportunities to make improvements.  As you look forward there are also many NAEP activities to consider:

Membership renewals are due.  Members of record should be sure to renew their organization’s NAEP membership before the end of the year.  We’re pleased to share the news that membership rates have not increased!

Nominations for the 2017 NAEP National Awards are officially open.  Consider nominating outstanding members for the variety of awards offered by NAEP.  Nominations are due by February 3.

Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada is open.  We have a schedule of sessions that focus on:

  • Analytics
  • Best Practices
  • Contract Management
  • Leadership & Strategic Planning
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Talent Management
  • Technology

Early bird rates are in effect until February 3. 

I hope that you are able to take some time to spend with your loved ones this holiday season.   I wish you all a very happy New Year!

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