Public Announcements


Election Results!

Congratulations to all those newly elected to the MN NIGP board!
New officers will be sworn in at the January 29th meeting.
President: Glen Carpenter
Vice President: Nicki Castro
Secretary: Jill Zenzola
Membership Chair: Kristi Anton
Professional Development Chair: Lisa Truax
Program Committee Chair: Kim Austin
Communications Committee Chair: Marie Ozanne
The following board members will continue into their 2nd year of their two year term:
Treasurer: Emily Connolly
Nominations Chair: Laura Kearns
Governance Chair: Pam Marszalek
Past President: Tiffany Audette
A huge thank you to the outgoing board members for your outstanding service to MN NIGP:
Secretary: Abby Malkerson


Nominations for Chapter Awards

Time to recognize your peers for their great work and contributions to public procurement!

MN NIGP is accepting nominations in the following award categories:

  • Purchasing Manager of the Year Award
  • Procurement Professional of the Year Award
  • Distinguished Member of the Year Award
  • Best Practices Award
  • The Richard M. Slivak, Jr. Award

These awards are a way to recognize the exceptional work done by MN NIGP members.  These awards highlight exemplary service, innovative purchasing processes and practices, significant contributions to the individual’s agency and the MN NIGP Chapter, work toward professional certifications, and leadership, innovation, and high ethical standards within their agency and within the purchasing profession.

Recognition for this work and the people that do it can be difficult to find.  The MN NIGP annual awards program is a way to recognize procurement staff for the work they do and the results they achieve in front of their supervisors and peers within their agency and within the chapter.

Attached are the nomination forms, requirements, and explanations. They are also available on line at NIGP AWARD INFORMATION.   Nomination are due no later than  Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Nominations can be submitted to email [email protected].

Awards are presented at the January chapter meeting. 


Registration Open: MN NIGP 2020 Annual Conference - December 8, 9, and 10


Click on the following link to register:

The MN NIGP Chapter's annual conference will be held virtually this year on December 8, 9, and 10.  This year's conference will feature nine 45 minute sessions over three days and opportunities to network with peers. Information about registartion and presenters is provided below.

Conference Information

The MN NIGP Chapter has partnered with national NIGP to host this year's conference virtually, utilizing the VConferenceOnline event platform.  VConferenceOnline will provide conference attendees a unique interactive environment to enjoy each session with a seamless viewing experience from the comfortable confines of your office or home.  Each afternoon (beginning at either 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.) attendees will log-in to the conference to take part in three or four sessions.  If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, they will be available on-demand to access and view through March 15, 2021.  Therefore, even if the conference dates don't work for you, it is still worth registering because you can have the conference experience at a time that is more convenient for your schedule.


MN NIGP Chapter members and Alaska/Hawaii Sister Chapter members:

Early Bird Registration: October 13 through November 17 at $75 per member.

Regular Registration: November 18 through December 4 at $100 per member.

Members of all other NIGP Chapters:

Early Bird Registration: October 13 through November 17 at $150 per member.

Regular Registration: November 18 through December 4 at $175 per member.

Locate the registration page on the website at the following url:

After completing a ticket, download, complete, and submit the registration form as instructed to complete registration.  Attendees paying via purchasing card can select the appropriate ticket below to faciliate payment.  Attendees paying via an alternative method should indicate perferred method on the registration form.  A representative from the MN NIGP Board will contact you to faciliate payment.

Tentative Conference Schedule and Presenters

The following is the tentative conference schedule.  Background information about presenters is provided below.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Welcome Networking Session (More information to come)

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: "Administering A Best Value Procurement Process: As Applied to Design-Bid-Build Projects" presented by Gilbert Odonkor and Michael Rosenfled from Hennepin County in MN

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: "Effective Negotiation Strategies" presented by Darin Matthews

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: "How Unlikely Partners can Make you Successful: The Realized Value in a Collaborative Buyer & Supplier Relationship and Why it Matters" presented by Carrie Mathes, Jeff Peskuski, and Dave Wetzel

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM: Networking Session (More information to come)

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: "Stop Acting Your Age" - presented by Matt Havens

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: "Leadership - Hot Off the Press, When you can't Control the Narrative" presented by Valerie Scott

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: "Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Illuminated, DLI's role in Construction Procurement" presented by Karen Bugar and Colleen Anderson from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Thursday, December 10, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM: "Keep it Simple: Discover How MMCAP Infuse Can Help Achieve Your Health Care Procurement Goals" presented by Wendy Savakes

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: "Still Standing. Still Smiling." presented by John Kriesel

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM: "Technology Impacts in Procurement" presented by Darin Matthews

Presenter Backgrounds

* Motivational speaker John Kriesel,  author of "Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel" winner of eight national book awards.

* Matt Havens nationally renowned speaker presenting "Stop Acting your Age!" a keynote on how to balance generational differences within your office environment.

* Darin Matthews, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M. Darin is a director at Negometrix, an international leader in digital procurement.  He has over 25 years of procurement and supply chain management experience in both the private and public sectors, including experience as chief procurement officer for University of California - Santa Cruz, Portland State University, and Portland Public Schools.

* Valerie Scott, CPPB, Purchasing and Contracts Manager for the City of Longmont, Colorado presenting "Hot Off the Press: When you can't Control the Narrative" a retrospective on defending the integrity of the procurement process when placed under scrutiny.  Through the lense of a recent RFP process, Valerie will share how ethical standards, professional conduct, establishing ourselves as experts, and defending our process resulted in heightened respect for the procurement office.

*More presenter background information to come.


Notification of proposed Bylaw changes

Your current MN NIGP board is proposing a change to our bylaws that would allow us to add two additional board chair positions: Program Committee Chair, and Communications Committee Chair. As a board we have developed descriptions for each of these roles to better support our membership. The position descriptions and proposed revisions to the bylaws are being sent to all members via email.

In order to add these roles we will need to amend our current bylaws which outline the compositon of our board of directors from four (4) additional directors to six (6) to accomodate these roles.

The Constitution and Bylaws of MN NIGP may be amended at any Chapter meeting or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of the active membership present. Notice of the proposed amendment must be sent to all members at least 15 calendar days before the meeting. Our next meeting is schedule for October 15th.