Nominations for Chapter Awards

MN NIGP awards members for outstanding work each year. Awards must be electronically submitted by December 15 to the Nominations Committee Chairperson; who, with two Chapter members, will review and recommend award recipients to the Board during the December Board Meeting. Chapter members nominated for an award will not participate on the evaluation panel for that award. All awards will be presented at the January meeting and recognized on the MN NIGP website. In addition, the employer of the award recipient will be notified of the award. Nominations may be submitted a supervisor, colleague, person familiar with the Chapter member, or the individual her/himself. All nominees must be actively employed in public procurement and be a member in good standing of the MN NIGP chapter. Awards information and nomination forms are linked below.

Each of the five award recipients will receive a $100 certificate that can be applied to an MN NIGP hosted course, CPPB/CPPO/CPP certification, or attendance at the annual Fall Conference within the calendar year for which it is presented.

Procurement Professional of the Year Award

This award is based on contributions and accomplishments in the areas of: purchasing, professional development, service to employer, MN NIGP and National NIGP involvement, and professional purchasing related certifications.

Purchasing Manager of the Year Award

This award is based on contributions and accomplishments in the areas of: purchasing, professional development, service to employer, MN NIGP and National NIGP involvement, and professional purchasing related certfications.

Distinguished Member of the Year Award

This award will be presented to a member of the MN NIGP Chapter who has distinguished him/herself by exemplary service to the MN NIGP Chapter and the general field of purchasing over the past year.

Best Practices/Agency Award

This award will be presented to a MN NIGP agency demonstrating and documenting an innovation or Best Practice that was implemented within the past two years. Documentation must include: scope of project, challenges, and rationale for change; strategies or approaches used to implement the practice or innovation; cost of implementation; impact and benefits of implementation; cost savings realized.

Richard M. Slivik, Jr. Award

This lifetime achievement award may be presented to either a current member or a past member of the MN NIGP Chapter who has been an active Chapter member and has demonstrated outstanding contributions over an extended period of time. The award nominee must be: a career public purchasing professional; involved in promoting professional purchasing; been an active participant and promoter in education and professional development; been an active leader in public purchasing organizations; been innovative in changing purchasing concepts and procedures; have high ethical and moral standards; exhibit high regard for family and community involvement.

A bit about Richard: 

Richard was one of our original founding members dating back into the 1970s. He worked for Washington County and the State of Minnesota. 

"He was always willing to share his experience and time with any one that needed his help. Not sure if I have the right words to describe his personality other than mentor extraordinary.  Gentle, kind, easy to talk to, quiet, and a good listener.  If you had a problem he was ready to help.  He believed that education was critical in helping the government procurement professionals do the best job possible to help each agency spend tax payer dollar ethically and wisely.

From the chapter side of things, he was a past officer, an instructor, a member of the 1991 National NIGP Forum held in St. Paul, and always willing to help make sure our chapter meetings were informative and met the current needs of the members.

Richard loved the outdoors. Hiking, camping, canoeing with his family.  They owned a place up the north shore secluded in the woods.  He talked of it often.  Especially the peace and quiet that was hard to find in the city.

Cancer took him too young. We lost a very good man.  Shortly after his death, the Chapter Members voted to honor him by naming the highest award that is given annually the Richard M. Slivik Award." - Jay McCleary