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PROCUREMENT PROFESSIONALS - 2023 RMGPA Winter Conference Registration


2023 RMGPA Winter Conference
RMGPA Procurement Professionals Registration

2023 Winter Conference 

This registration is for Procurement Professionals only.  Suppliers can register for the Advance Colorado Procurement Expo and the Supplier Participation track here.

2023 RMGPA Winter Conference

RMGPA Procurement Professionals Agenda


TUESDAY DECEMBER  5th (5 credit hours)

7:00 am Registration & Breakfast


7:45 am – 8:00 am   Welcome, Opening Remarks

David Musgrave, President RMGPA, CDOT


8:00 am – 9:00 am Adaptation: Procurement Today and in the Future
(Credit Hours = 1) 

Darin Matthews, Chief Procurement Officer, Cal Poly

This session will share insights on how procurement professionals can adapt to their ever-changing environments, including the lasting impacts of a global pandemic. Trends in procurement will be discussed, such as the rapid advancement of technology, which can enhance productivity and effectiveness.

What should procurement professionals be aware of to help ensure their success, both now and in the future? Public agency case studies will be shared that can assist with client engagement, whether in person or virtual. Adapting to new environments can help procurement remain indispensable.

9:00 am - 9:15 am    Break

9:15 am - 10:15 am    Breakout Sessions:


Data Privacy (School Districts)
(Credit Hours = 1)

Josh Allen, Director, Apps Development & Architect, Denver Public Schools

Jennifer Collins, Deputy General Counsel, Denver Public Schools

Data privacy refers to the protection and responsible handling of personal and sensitive information collected by individuals, organizations, or governments. It involves safeguarding data from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. 


Public Private Partnership (P3)
Credit Hours = 1)

 Heather MacMillan, Larimer County Purchasing Manager

P3 (Public-Private Partnership) is a collaborative approach that brings together public and private sectors to jointly undertake projects, programs, or services that traditionally fall within the realm of the public sector. P3s involve a long-term contractual relationship between the public sector (government entities) and private sector entities (companies, organizations, or consortiums) to share risks, responsibilities, and resources in delivering public infrastructure or services. 

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am   Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Advance Colorado Procurement Expo Opens - Visit Suppliers! 


11:45 am - 12:45 pm      RMGPA Member Appreciation & Awards Luncheon

Connect with colleagues at the networking lunch! 

New member recognition and first-time attendees


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions:

RFPs as Part of Procurement Excellence
(Credit Hours = 1)

Writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) can be a daunting task; however, selecting the best supplier team is one of THE most important steps in delivering successful project outcomes. This session will explain the elements that make up a “High-Performing RFP” and the importance of positioning your organization as a “Client of Choice” to attract the most qualified suppliers. We share specific tips for different project types to help you approach your next RFP with confidence and ease.


Practical Leadership Skills for Procurement Professionals
(Credit Hours = 1)

Research studies across hundreds of procurement organizations and thousands of projects has shown that the effective procurement leader is the consummate “people-centric” professional. Whether we are developing strategic objectives with our organization’s leadership, preparing the next major acquisition, forming evaluation committees, or engaging with the vendor community, leadership skills are crucial (and are often underdeveloped). Learn how to navigate the complexities of inter-personal dynamics that people bring to the table when participating in your next acquisition.

2:00 pm - 2:15 
pm Break


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions:

Developing a High-Performing Statement of Work
(Credit Hours = 1)

Developing a clear Statement of Work (SOW) can be challenging. Some SOWs are vague and lack critical details; others have requirements that are overly prescriptive or limit the ability for suppliers to bring innovative ideas. The core elements of a High-Performing SOW will also be shared along with tangible examples from a variety of projects (e.g., IT/Software, Design/Construction, Facilities & Operations, Business and Professional Services, and more.)


Creating Win-Win partnerships Between Procurement & Your Internal Customers (Credit Hours = 1)

This engaging presentation will explain how procurement professionals can use best practices to enable a successful acquisition experience for all. We will provide practical steps, checklists / considerations, and soft skills needed to help clients prepare their SOWs and RFPs. We’ll address common concerns like: What does your client need (& want) to know? How can procurement add the most value when working with internal user groups? How do you navigate disagreements, either between the internal customer and/or procurement regulations? Learn how procurement can be a value creator for the great public good.

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm    Breakout Sessions:

Move your Procurement Team from Tactical to Strategic Sourcing 
(Credit Hours=1)   

Do you feel like you’re always busy putting out fires, reacting to the one thing in front of you, and have little time for planning? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a long-term, systematic, and holistic approach to your sourcing? This session will help you move away from short-term, transactional buying and learn to leverage data, cooperative purchasing, and successful supplier partnerships to maximize the value of your spend.

State Price Agreements
(Credit Hours = 1)

John Chapman – State Procurement Manager

Learn about the advantages of using State Price Agreements, recent (and upcoming) exciting changes, and some of other little-known benefits! State Price Agreements are cooperative contracts for commonly used goods and services that can be used by all state agencies, state institutions of higher education, local governments and political subdivisions (including school districts) and certified nonprofit entities. The categories of State Price Agreements include body armor, computers, cloud-based solutions, copiers, facilities MRO, office supplies, healthcare products, software, vehicles and more. 


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm   Networking Reception 


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6TH (4 contact hours)

am Registration & Breakfast


8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Opening Remarks - David Musgrave, President RMGPA, CDOT

RMGPA Business Meeting

Election Results

Swearing In Ceremony – Whitney Mugford-Smith, NIGP Area 9 Representative


8:30 am – 9:00 am Cooperative Contracts
Ryan Elliott, Regional Manager,

OMNIA Partners, Public Sector

Our approach provides you with access to group purchasing contracts with leading national suppliers, giving you volume savings and a streamlined procurement process for thousands of products and services. We aim to help you achieve your procurement goals while saving you time and money along the way.


9:00 am - 9:15 am  Break

9:15 am - 10:15 am Breakout Sessions:


Cyber Security
(Credit Hours = 1)

Robert Losinski, Manager of Information Security, Denver Public Schools

Learn about MoveIT compromises and data breach notifications.  Discover tips on how to spot and avoid Business Email Compromise (BEC), such as invoice fraud.


Beat the Audit:  Using Contract data to ensure you exceed audit expectations
(Credit Hours = 1)

Just because data is available doesn’t mean it’s easy to gather, especially in a useful format. The best way to beat an audit is by maximizing your data collection and management systems to ensure your supplier data, including quotes, certifications, and amendments are organized and readily available. A comprehensive database allows you to easily find what your organization and departments purchase, including from which supplier, how much, and when. Furthermore, you can collect information about compliance and performance including how long it takes to generate purchase orders, whether your employees comply with purchasing regulations, and comparisons of planned and actual spend. The organization and structure of your supplier and contract data is the key to beating the audit (and keeping your procurement department running smoothly). 

10:15 am - 10:30 am     Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am      Breakout Sessions:

Amazon Business:  Buyer Training

This training is designed to help buyers (purchasers) maximize their shopping experience and fully leverage the benefits of Amazon Business.  At the end of the course, participants will be required to take an assessment of the topics covered.  With an assessment score of 70% or higher, participants will receive credit hours and training badge in recognition for successfully passing the course.


Amazon Business:  Administrator Training

This training is designed to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to administer an Amazon Business account. At the end of the course, participants will be required to take an assessment of the topics covered.  With an assessment score of 70% or higher, participants will receive credit hours and training badge in recognition for successfully passing the course.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm    Lunch

Connect with colleagues at the networking lunch! 


12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Breakout Sessions:

Procurement Professionals – We Kick Butt
Credit Hours = 1)

Curt DeCapite, Liftetime RMGPA Member

Let's delve into the world of procurement and realize the value we add.   Being leaders and providing a key component not only to our agencies but also to our citizens.

Resources & Strategies for Growing as a Procurement Professional 
(Credit Hours = 1)

Jessica Burton, Cooperative Portfolio Manager

Reed Stevens, Research Center

The public procurement profession is changing now more than ever. These new challenges and opportunities require you to evolve as well. This session will help you identify areas for professional growth and begin developing a plan to achieve them. Participants will also receive take-home resources, toolkits, and educational opportunities that are available for everyone. 

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Raising the Bar on Supplier Diversity
(Credit Hours = 2)

Darin Matthews, Chief Procurement Officer, Cal Poly

This session will address an important area of public procurement: supplier diversity. Through outreach and training programs, public agencies can help level the playing field for small and diverse businesses. The many benefits of promoting diversity in procurement will be discussed and leading public agency programs will be shared.

The many misconceptions (or myths) about supplier diversity will also be covered, such as the qualifications and expertise of small and diverse businesses. Like large corporations, diverse suppliers are looking for ways to earn your business, and not simply expecting an agency to hand them a contract.

By being aware of the best practices of their peers will help public procurement professionals truly “raise the bar” on supplier diversity.
Busting the Myths 2023

   Closing Remarks - Adjourn 

David Musgrave, President RMGPA

Additional Sponsors Include:



Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa
4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538
Procurement Professionals Room Rate (Limited Availability)
(Book before November 6th)

Where can I find information on the Loveland area?
Loveland Visitor's Guide 

RMGPA+ACPE Winter Conference Program 2023

Tuesday, December 05, 2023, 8:00 AM until Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 6:00 PM Mountain Time (US & Canada) (UTC-07:00)
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Trudi Peepgrass
Registration Questions
Annual Conference
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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Procurement Professional, RMGPA Member - ALL ACCESS REGISTRATION
Procurement Professional, Non-RMGPA member - ALL ACCESS REGISTRATION
Procurement Professional - TUESDAY ONLY
Procurement Professional - WEDNESDAY ONLY
Member Appreciation and Awards Lunch Guest - LUNCH ONLY


Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association

Established over 35 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association (RMGPA) is a diverse, non-profit organization whose membership includes purchasing officers, agents, buyers, managers and others associated with public purchasing throughout Colorado and Wyoming. RMGPA has been a member Chapter of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement since 1987.

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