Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Announcement

The National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) is pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® award was earned by 188 agencies across the United States and Canada. A list of the recipients for 2020 can be found here.

The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. This annual program recognizes procurement organizations that embrace Innovation, Professionalism, Productivity, Leadership, and e-Procurement.

The AEP program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.

In addition to the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI), the AEP is sponsored by the California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO), Canadian Public Procurement Council / Conseil canadien des marchés publics (CPPC), Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement and Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA). The AEP is supported by the Airport Purchasing Group (APG), OMINA Partners, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) and the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).


The Carlton N. Parker Award is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

Established in 1975, this award was developed as a symbol of recognition from the Officers, Directors, and members of a grateful organization for dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the development and progress of the National Procurement Institute and the public procurement profession. In 2002, the SAFOS Award was renamed as the Carlton N. Parker Award for Outstanding Service, in honor of his many contributions to the advancement of the National Procurement Institute and the procurement profession. It has been awarded to 46 distinguished members to date.

The criteria for receiving the award, as established by the NPI Board of Directors, requires that the nominee has made outstanding contributions to the development and progress of NPI and the public procurement profession.

All NPI members are encouraged to nominate a public procurement professional who is deserving of this award. Nominations must be submitted to Brian Garrity at no later than Friday, October 16, 2020. The nomination form is available at

2020 Honorary Members – Call for Nominations

Each year, extraordinary contributors to the public procurement profession retire from service. Honorary Membership in NPI is just one way we can pay tribute to our retiring peers. This is your chance to have exceptional contributions recognized through a nomination for Honorary Membership in NPI!
Members of NPI:
– Pursue the next level of excellence
– Promote organizational achievement and leadership
– Effect change in the public procurement profession
– Network on a personal level with successful leaders from across North America
– Enhance their knowledge and skills at the Annual Conference
– Prove to their leadership, governing body and the public that they exceed the highest        standards by pursuing the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award
Honorary Members of NPI:
– Support NPI by holding office or contributing to teams
– Contribute to the ongoing advancement of their peers through education or mentoring
– Make other significant contributions to NPI and the public procurement profession
Please submit a nomination for any individual (including yourself!) who has retired or will be retired before December 31, 2020 and has made extraordinary contributions to the public procurement profession via email to:
Christina Pryor, CPPO, CPPB
Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Nominators will be emailed a questionnaire to complete to allow the Nominations Committee to consider the candidate for Honorary Membership. A proposed slate of Honorary Members will be presented for a formal vote conducted in an online format. The Nominating Committee anticipates announcing the results on or before October 12, 2020.

2020 – 2021 Call for Nominations

This is your chance to be part of the leadership of the National Procurement Institute!

The NPI Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for 2020 – 2021 NPI Officers and Directors. In accordance with the NPI Constitution and Bylaws, the governing body of NPI consists of six Officers and six Directors. The six Officers are the Immediate Past President, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and AEP Officer. Each Officer serves for a one-year term. Each Director serves a two-year term. The AEP Officer is an appointed position. The governing body also includes one representative from each Association Chapter. The list of current Board members can be found at:

The Nominating Team is hereby accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • Directors (3)

The Board of Directors oversees the management of the property, affairs, activities and business of NPI. It establishes policies within the limits specified in the NPI Constitution and Bylaws. Serving on the Board is a worthwhile and rewarding experience for members professionally, and is vital to the governance of NPI.

Eligibility requirements per Article I of the NPI Bylaws: Candidates for any Officer or Director Position must have been a member in good standing for at least one year immediately preceding the election. Candidates for the office of Secretary must have served at least one year on the Board of NPI. Members whose employers are not public agencies may serve on the Board provided that such person does not solicit business on behalf of such person or his or her employer during any NPI activity.

The nominee for Secretary must have served at least one year on the NPI Board of Directors.

Please submit a nomination for any individual who meets these requirements (including yourself!) who is energetic, enthusiastic and willing to serve in a Board of Director capacity by e-mail to:

Christina Pryor

Phone (480) 782-2403

Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Nominees who meet the eligibility requirements will be emailed a questionnaire to ensure that they are willing to accept the nomination. The Nominating Committee will consider all nominees that accept the nomination and return the questionnaire. A proposed slate of Officers and Board Members will be presented for a formal vote conducted in an online format. The Nominating Committee anticipates announcing the election results on or before October 12, 2020. Newly elected Officers and Directors will be installed virtually in October, 2020.

2020 AEP Evaluations Update

As you know, the application due date was extended until June 30 to account for difficulties and delays brought about by the Corona virus pandemic. In addition, the evaluation timeline has also been extended.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
July – August – Evaluation Team independent scoring
Mid-September – Evaluation team meets for discussions and final scoring
Late September – All applicants notified of their status
Early October – Letters and score cards sent to all applicants
Mid to Late October – Trophies mailed to successful applicants
Any questions can be directed to

COVID-19 Update

The health, safety and well-being of our membership is at the forefront of our mind as we plan for the 2020 NPI annual conference. Like you, we are concerned about the well-being of our membership in the face of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  We hope this email will help address those concerns.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently rates the health risk of COVID-19 as a serious public health risk, and as a result NPI will continue to closely monitor the situation. For the latest information, visit

With the development of potential travel restriction we are working on alternative and flexible delivery methods of our 2020 NPI Annual Conference being held at The Westin Peachtree, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The NPI Board of Directors are meeting regularly to monitor the progression of the virus based on credible sources, as updates become available we will take the appropriate actions to provide the most up-to-date information relevant to our membership. Conference plans will be posted on our web-site:, social media, and through email to our membership community.

The following are steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us here at NPI, all contact information can be found at

Rene Bates Memorial

On behalf of NPI’s Board of Directors and Membership, we are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rene Bates, NPI’s partner, sponsor, a passionate supporter of the purchasing profession, and most importantly our friend.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.

Rene was a man of great integrity with a spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose and capacity for growth. He was a great source for encouragement, support, and was committed to the continued success of NPI.

Our deepest sympathy to Sheryl and the entire family, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.


Kim Gould

NPI President 2020

2020 AEP Webinar – Limited to First 100 Registrants!

Register now for the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Webinar-limited to the first 100 registrants!

This webinar is presented by NPI’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Committee and will cover the electronic submission process, provide samples of model submittals from previous years and review the changes for the 2020 application. Participants will be provided an opportunity at the end of the session to ask the committee questions about the program.

The webinar is February 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM EST, use the link below to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This will be a streaming-only presentation. You will listen to the presentation through your computer, using either the speakers or a headset. You will be able to ask questions by typing them in the appropriate field during the presentation.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS! NPI’s 2020 Annual Conference

Greetings Friends of the National Procurement Institute –

Planning is underway for the 2020 NPI Annual Conference, October 12-14, in Atlanta, GA. On behalf of the Conference Committee and the NPI Board of Directors, I invite you to submit a proposal (or proposals) for an educational session presentation via the formal 2020 NPI Call for Speakers and Qualifications Form.

Thank you for considering the opportunity to educate and energize our membership with an informative and engaging presentation. We look forward to hearing back from you. Please contact Chris Rob if you have any questions.

Submissions or questions should be directed to Chris Robinson, CPSM, Program Chair at