Professional Development Webinar Training

Texas Public Purchasing Association is committed to providing professional development opportunities to its members. Join us for TxPPA-hosted webinars and programming. Our next program is as follows:

March 2, 2023 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm CT
Program Topic: Cooperative Procurement: Start to Finish
Zoom Webinar

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Summary of Presentation:
Join us for an informative 75-minute session on using Cooperative Contracts, presented by procurement professionals with extensive experience in this area.  The presentation includes topics such as commonly used cooperatives, recommended analysis for using cooperatives, and contract formation with cooperatives. This is a great session for new Procurement Specialists or Contract Administrators wanting to learn how cooperative contracts work as well as for seasoned procurement professionals interested in gaining more insight about using cooperatives. 

Speaker Biographies:
Erin D’Vincent is a Procurement Manager for the City of Austin, where she has worked in the City’s Purchasing division since January 2011 specializing in end to end procurement and contracting. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University, is a member of the National Institute for Government Procurement (NIGP) including the local Austin Chapter (TAPP), graduate of the NIGP Leaders Edge Class of 2020, is a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP).

Erin leads all procurement and contracting activities for the City’s Water, Waste, Facilities, Grounds, Industrial and MRO Team and Mobility, Health, and Safety Team. She manages 11 procurement professionals that manage a portfolio of over 585 contracts valued at more than $1.3 billion. She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. On the weekends you will find them outdoors, typically at Lake Buchanan, enjoying all things water related. 

Sai Xoomsai Purcell graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has 20+ years in public/private procurement. Sai has been with the City of Austin for over 12 years, and prior to that was a Senior Buyer for a retail clothing company. Sai received her Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) in 2013 and manages 12 Information Technology procurement professionals with contracts valued at $1.5 billion. Sai was born and raised in Thailand and is fluent in Thai and conversational in American Sign Language. She is passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures. Sai’s favorite place to travel is Southeast Asia and recently visited Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. You can always find her on a food tour around the world.  As Andrew Zimmern says, “Food is the simplest way for me to learn about another culture." 

Registration Information
TxPPA Members: Free
Non-TxPPA Members: $50