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Please join us on Tuesday, May 8th at 2pm ET for a webinar sponsored by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) titled "Taking Your Procurement Strategy to the Next Level".

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2:00 PM
Where: GoToWebinar
8840 Stanford Blvd., Suite 200
Columbia, Maryland  21045
United States
Contact: Sarah Woods

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NAEP Webinar Sponsored by the 
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA)

"Taking Your Procurement Strategy to the Next Level"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 |  2:00 PM ET

Complimentary Registration


Most universities “piggyback” on cooperative or other university contracts for some of their contracting needs. But does your organization have a cooperative strategy? Have you calculated the percentage of spend going through cooperatives?  Have you reviewed the potential of bundling purchases to drive savings? Is there a component to incorporate small, MBE or WBE business participation? Do you already have emergency contracts in place? Using cooperatives is an option, but do you have a real plan? By means of the “Road Map to a Cooperative Procurement Strategy,” decipher the right questions to ask before using or choosing a cooperative. This course takes you past the basics. It’s a way for your team to leverage real savings (in time and money) that a cooperative procurement strategy can bring to your organization.

Learning Objectives 
  • Fully understand the concept of cooperative contracts, its benefits and terminology, current approved uses and examples of how they can be used most effectively.
  • Discover questions to ask and techniques to analyze and compare cooperatives, or use them as a tool to evaluate other parts of the procurement process.
  • Unleash creative ideas to solve old problems with new ways by hearing those achievements and success stories of other procurement professionals
  • Develop an updated conceptual plan on how cooperative purchasing might be used in the future to address new customer demands or expectations.

Our Presenters

Tammy Rimes, Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP)

Tammy served as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation and as Emergency Logistics Chief during the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that raged for 17 days and destroyed over 2000 homes.  Under her leadership, the City consolidated its warehouse operations, centralized all purchasing and contracting operations, and moved to a more customer focused approach.  Now, as the Executive Director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP), she is passionate about helping government and supplier clients take their cooperative procurement strategy to the next level.  As a keynote speaker, trainer and procurement consultant, Tammy strives to motivate and recognize great procurement teams across the nation and support their efforts in solving tough procurement problems.  With a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Tammy has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial.

Duff Erholtz, Membership Development Administrator with NJPA

Duff Erholtz is completing his 11th year in Membership Services for the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). His primary responsibility is communicating with and supporting the procurement needs of the over 100,000 NJPA Members throughout the country. Duff not only supports existing Members, but he is also responsible for identifying opportunities that contribute to Membership growth.  Duff plays a prominent role in supporting both customers and vendors, as well as guiding the customer service initiatives of the NJPA Contract Managers. 



Tonia Lawson, CPPB, CPP, CPPM, CGPP, CPDW, Executive Director of Procurement & Auxiliary Services, Gulf Coast State College Florida

Tonia Lawson is the Executive Director of Procurement & Auxiliary Services at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. She holds a master of science in Management from Troy University, Certified Professional Public Buyer, Certified Purchasing Professional, Certified Purchasing Professional Manager, Certified Green Purchasing Professional and a Certified Professional in Distribution & Warehouse certifications. Tonia has been employed in higher education procurement for 33 years. 

Her commitment to the procurement profession is endless. She is always saying “why reinvent the wheel, let’s use what is available to us today”. Tonia displays a true commitment to adopt consortium contracts by pushing for results and collaboration. She does her best to contribute toward more efficient and productive operations including money-saving ideas by leveraging improved pricing and service benefit of volume purchasing and the reduction in related administrative expenses. One of her personal goals is to ensure fairness and transparency in the procurement process with proper procurement procedures and safeguards.


Duane Tucker, CPPB, Director of Strategic Procurement, University of Colorado


Stephen Walczak, Strategic Sourcing Analyst, Louisiana State University


Register today for this exclusive NAEP member benefit!



National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA) is a self-supporting government organization partnering with local, regional, and national education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, NJPA offers a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. On behalf of our 50,000 members, NJPA conducts competitive solicitations, awarding to the most responsive and responsible vendors at the manufacturer level. Members can purchase off these contracts through their local dealers, streamlining the procurement process, which saves time, energy, and money all while shopping local.


Participants who attend this webcast will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit. This time may be applied toward ISM’s CPSM/CPSD certification or C.P.M. recertification and/or A.P.P. re-accreditation, or UPPCC’s CPPO/CPPB certification or recertification program requirements.

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