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ISSUE IV, YEAR 2013 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH NOTES 1 OCT-DEC, 2013 Rocky Mountain High Notes The Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association Letter from the President 1 WDOT Wins Prestigious Award 2 Distinguished Service Award Winner 3 Volunteer of the Year Award Winner 4 Membership Committee Report 5-6 2013 Board Accomplishments 7 Spotlight on Member Vivian Harvell 8 Scenes from 2013 Winter Conference 9 Inside this issue: Questions about the newsletter? Comments? Contact the editor at Hello Everyone, I’d like to thank the RMGPA membership and the Board of Directors for the opportunity and honor to serve as your 2013 President. It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated RMGPA professionals and experience their innovative ideas and enthusiasm. I wish to commend and thank the Board, along with all the committee members, for the time and talent you put into volunteering and supporting this professional organization. Please see page 6 of the newsletter for a list of just a few of the RMGPA Board of Directors’ accomplishments in 2013. As we move from December into January, I wish to welcome Kristen Spicola as RMGPA President for 2014! Her valuable contributions will help enrich, educate, and enlighten the RMGPA membership. It has truly been my pleasure to be of service to you. ~ Kathryn Rowe LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Submitted by Kathryn Rowe, CPPB Newsletter Article Deadlines for 2014: March 31 June 23 September 29 December 22

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    OCT-DEC, 2013 Rocky Mountain High Notes

    T h e R o c k y M o u n t a i n G o v e r n m e n t a l P u r c h a s i n g A s s o c i a t i o n

    Letter from the President

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    WDOT Wins Prestigious Award

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    Distinguished Service Award Winner

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    Volunteer of the Year Award Winner

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    Membership Committee Report

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    2013 Board Accomplishments

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    Spotlight on Member Vivian Harvell

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    Scenes from 2013 Winter Conference

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    Inside this issue:

    Questions about the newsletter? Comments? Contact the editor at

    Hello Everyone,

    I’d like to thank the RMGPA membership and the Board of Directors for the opportunity and honor to serve as your 2013 President. It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated RMGPA professionals and experience their innovative ideas and enthusiasm. I wish to commend and thank the Board, along with all the committee members, for the time and talent you put into volunteering and supporting this professional organization. Please see page 6 of the newsletter for a list of just a few of the RMGPA Board of Directors’ accomplishments in 2013. As we move from December into January, I wish to welcome Kristen Spicola as RMGPA President for 2014! Her valuable contributions will help enrich, educate, and enlighten the RMGPA membership. It has truly been my pleasure to be of service to you. ~ Kathryn Rowe

    LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Submitted by Kathryn Rowe, CPPB

    Newsletter Article Deadlines for 2014:

    March 31

    June 23

    September 29

    December 22

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    WYDOT’s Procurement Services wins the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

    WYDOT’sProcurementServicesProgramwasrecentlyrecognizedbytheNationalProcurementInstitute(NPI)foritsachievementofexcellenceinprocurement.NPIeducatesandnetworksforits

    membersandotherprofessionalsassociatedwithpublicsectorprocurementandsupplymanagement.NPIistheofficialpublicsectorpurchasingaffiliateoftheInstituteforSupplyManagement,anditsmissionistofacilitatetheeducationalandprofessionaldevelopmentofitsmembers.TheAchievementofExcellenceinProcurementAwardisinits18thyear,anditrecognizes

    organizationalexcellenceinprocurement.Publicandnon‐profitorganizationsearntheawardbyobtainingahighapplicationscorebasedonstandardizedcriteria.Thejudgingcriteriaaredesignedtomeasureinnovation,professionalism,e‐procurement,productivity,andleadershipattributesoftheprocurementfunction.“Wesubmittedourapplicationwhichqualifiedfor10ofthedifferentstandardizedcategories.We

    metthecriteriaandgainedahighscore,”saidHansHehr,ProcurementServicesmanager.“Itisjustanhonortowinsuchaprestigiousaward.”TheawardissponsoredbyNPI,theCaliforniaAssociationofPublicProcurementOfficials,the

    FloridaAssociationofPublicProcurementOfficials,theInstituteforSupplyManagement,theNationalInstituteforGovernmentProcurement(includingTheInstituteforPublicProcurement,theNationalAssociationofStateProcurementOfficials,theNationalAssociationofEducationProcurement,andtheTexasPublicPurchasingAssociation).ThisisthefirsttimeWYDOT’sProcurementServicesProgramhasreceivedthisaward.Itisoneofonly15stateagenciesnationwidetobechosen,anditistheonlyorganizationinWyomingtoreceivethishonorin2013.

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    The RMGPA Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to one current and active RMGPA member who exemplifies extraordinary leadership, outstanding integrity, and consistent, excellent service within their entity, their community, RMGPA, NIGP, and the procurement profession. The selection criteria include maintaining high ethical and moral standards, demonstrating exceptional leadership, volunteering on committees and programs organized by RMGPA and NIGP, actively participating in and promoting professional development opportunities, displaying outstanding efforts and creativity in saving time and money for RMGPA and/or their entity, and contributing above and beyond normal expectations. This year’s honoree exemplifies all of that!

    This year’s awardee served as RMGPA’s Membership Chair from 2005 through 2007 at which time she was elected as Vice President. She served as our association’s Vice President in 2008, President in 2009, and Past President in 2010. She was integral to the western slope membership drive which culminated in a collaborative effort with the Colorado Public PCard Group for a 1-day professional development opportunity in Grand Junction. She was also one of two members who came up with the idea of a vendor community that could serve as a resource for RMGPA members, and that has now evolved in the Business Advisory Council. She has been actively involved in the BAC effort since its inception in 2009 and chaired the Council in 2012 and is currently co-chairing.

    She started with her current agency in 2000 as a Contract Administrator. In 2008, she was promoted to Purchasing and Mailroom Supervisor, leading a group of six professionals, in two unrelated disciplines. This position was not only a recognition of her Purchasing expertise, but also presented an opportunity for her to broaden her skills into the realm of mailroom operations. Both the Mailroom and Purchasing play crucial and highly visible roles within the City organization and have benefitted greatly from her guidance. She is also a highly sought-after resource on JDE and its role in government purchasing.

    Our awardee’s purchasing involvement goes well beyond her agency’s borders. She has been deeply involved with a variety of purchasing organizations and served numerous roles within RMGPA, MAPO, NIGP, APICS, FROWUG, CPPG, & NAPM. She holds certifications as CPPO, CPPB, and CPIM.

    On a more personal note, she is currently working on an inspirational project, photographing every sunrise for a year.

    Congratulations to a very deserving

    Terri Kindsfather!

    Distinguished Service Award—Terri Kindsfather Submitted by Danielle Hinz, CPPO, C.P.M. Awards Committee Chair

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    Volunteer of the Year Award—Adela Gain Submitted by Danielle Hinz, CPPO, C.P.M. Awards Committee Chair

    The RMGPA Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions that volunteers make to enhance, promote and support the activities and programs of RMGPA.

    This year’s winner has contributed to RMGPA over the past few decades by serving on committees, actively participating in conferences and other professional development opportunities throughout the years. Most recently, she has served on the Programs Committee and has been integral in finding and hiring the speakers for our conferences. Her nominator, Skeet McCracken, states the following:

    “She has been very dedicated to making sure people walk away from the event with a lot of knowledge from the topics that were presented at the conference… I have had the honor of working with her over the past year. Listening to others who have worked with her, I have heard of the dedication to RMGPA. I can’t say enough about my experiences with her.”

    Please join us in congratulating RMGPA’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Adela Gain!

    NIGP Webinars Webinars are a great training opportunity and are now offered at NO COST to members. Effective July 1, 2013, all registrants receive a certificate of completion and one contact hour for attending.

    January 16 - Contract Price Adjustments January 22 - Qualifications-Based Selection for Architectural and Engineering Services February 19 – RFP Debriefing Sessions with Vendors March 5—Negotiation is Not Confrontation Register for the above webinars by going to www.NIGP.org.

    2014 Professional Development Courses There are two ProD courses already scheduled for 2014.

    Developing Public Construction Bid Documents - February 28, 2014 in Longmont

    Note, early registration ($25 discount) for this course is available through December 30, 2013 only! Register directly on the NIGP website .

    Contracting with Federal Funds/Grants "Intermediate" - March 27-28 at RTD Facility in Denver

    Register early to hold your place in this new NIGP offering, as it will be popular. Visit the NIGP website for information and registration options for the grants class.

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    2014 Election Results

    ON THE MOVE Corrections from September Newsletter:

    Member From To

    Brooke Howard Left – CO Dept of Human Services CO State Purchasing Office

    Kathy O’Conner Left – CO Dept of Human Services Retired

    Valerie Scott CSU City of Longmont

    Christian Scott Changed Positions at University of Colorado- Not in Procurement

    Jonni McCoy Has not left the City of Colorado Springs

    ON THE MOVE NEW LISTINGS:

    Member From To

    Sheri Gibson Left – CO Dept of Human Services CO Dept of Revenue

    Membership Committee Report Submitted by Molly McLaughlin, CPPB, Membership Committee Chair

    Your new Executive Board (l to r): Secretary, Linda Kammerer, CPPB; Vice President, Molly McLoughlin, CPPB; President, Kristin Spicola, CPPB; Past President, Kathryn Rowe, CPPB, and Treasurer, Vivan Harvell (not shown)

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    Membership Committee Report, continued Submitted by Molly McLaughlin, CPPB, Membership Committee Chair

    Breaking News:

    The Membership Committee has experienced some recent changes.

    Molly McLoughlin has been elected to serve as Vice President of RMGPA in 2014 and is thereby passing the committee over to the new Chair, Pat O’Neal.

    Pat currently works for CDOT and comes to the membership committee with prior membership experience. If you are interested in serving RMGPA as a co-chair for the Membership Committee, please email Pat. patricia.o'[email protected]

    Membership Reminders:

    If you change agencies, the membership stays with the agency. If you are adding new members to replace those that have left your agency, please contact membership so the active membership positions can be filled.

    If you are at a new agency, please contact membership to help with the change

    so you do not lose any recertification points.

    Lifetime Membership:

    Upon retirement, members can apply for lifetime membership in RMGPA. Lifetime members receive recognition of many years of service in public purchasing and participation in the Rocky Mountain Governmental Purchasing Association.

    Lifetime membership is for those members that intend to remain active in the Chapter after retirement, and plan to attend conferences and other functions as they are able to do so. Annual membership dues will be waived, and in return, lifetime members are asked to update their contact information on an annual basis.

    If you or someone you know is transitioning into retirement please let the membership committee know so we can contact them about lifetime membership.

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    2013 RMGPA Board of Directors List of Accomplishments

    Programs Committee Chair, Skeet McCracken, held four educational and enjoyable conferences in various areas of Colorado.

    Spring Conference, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Summer Conference, Breckenridge Fall Conference, Pueblo Winter Conference, Loveland

    Professional Development Committee Chair, Karen Herman, organized six successful NIGP Classes and awarded scholarships to attend these classes

    Introduction to Public Procurement (2 sessions) Contracting for Public Sector Services Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement Developing and Managing RFP’s Contracting for Construction CPPB/CPPO Study Group

    Awards Committee Co-Chair, Mary Jablonski, presented awards to: Distinguished Service Award, Terri Kindsfather, from the City of Lakewood

    Volunteer of the Year, Adela Gain, from the City of Greeley Business Advisory Community Committee Chair, Pete Toth, represented the

    committee at the Reverse Vendor Trade Show in Pueblo Chapter Enhancement Committee Chair, Mary Kirschmer, held two vendor/

    supplier event shows, generating approximately $28,000 revenue for RMGPA Communications Chair, Tim Wellmann, conducted a specification contest and

    received 56 solicitations to add to the RMGPA specification library Elections Committee Chair, Linda Meserve, serves as resident expert on

    Board policy and conducted a successful election of the 2014 RMGPA Executive Board

    Historian Committee Chair, Vera Kennedy, has worked to document the RMGPA yearly events by taking pictures and posting them to the website

    Legislative Committee Chair, Cindy Lombardi, continues to keep the membership informed of current and pending legislation which affect our profession

    Marketing Committee Chair, Farrah Bustamante, encourages vendor promotional opportunities through sponsorships on the RMGPA website

    Membership Committee Chair, Molly McLoughlin, ran new member campaigns and increased membership by 30 over the 2012 membership count

    Newsletter Committee Chair, Marcia Sieben, created and posted four creative and informative newsletters

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    SPOTLIGHT ON... Vivian Harvell RMGPA Treasurer

    Submitted by Kelly Wooden, Newsletter Committee Co-Chair

    Vivian enjoys her position with the Harrison School District, as it offers a great deal of variety. She oversees all of the purchasing for the District, as well as the p-card program. Their District just recently finished construction of a new administration building. This was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects that Vivian has been involved with during her purchasing career. Vivian works out of the District’s warehouse building, where she is often times the only one in the building. As a result, Vivian has learned various aspects of the Warehouse including how to operate and drive a forklift.

    In December of 2008, Vivian became a member of RMGPA. She loves helping people, so when she was invited to fill the position of Treasurer, she was honored and felt very privileged to take on more responsibility within the organization.

    In addition to working for the Harrison School District, being Treasurer of RMGPA, and being the owner of a Laundromat, Vivian enjoys watching the Broncos, and traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Currently, she has four loving grandchildren with one more who will arrive before the end of December. Vivian and her husband traveled to Europe last April, where they went through ten countries in ten days. After that whirlwind trip, Vivian is ready for calm (and perhaps a Super Bowl win for the Broncos).

    Vivian - thank you for your contributions to RMGPA and we wish you a wonderful 2014!

    Vivian Harvell

    Vivian was born in Missouri, but attended and graduated high school in Rawlins, Wyoming. After high school, Vivian moved to Trinidad, Colorado where she lived for seventeen years. A local lumber yard in Trinidad gave Vivian her first exposure to the purchasing profession. In 1997, she moved to Colorado Springs to get away from the small town atmosphere.

    For the past three years, Vivian has been employed with the Harrison School District 2 in Colorado Springs. Prior to the Harrison School District, she worked for the Falcon School District in Colorado Springs for fourteen years. Overall, Vivian has been involved in the Purchasing profession off and on for thirty years.

    Telluride Mt. Wilson

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    2013 Winter Conference

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    THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN

    GOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING ASSOCIATION

    Dedicated to Excellence in Public Purchasing

    Rocky Mountain

    Regional

    Chapter of

    THE LAST WORDTHE LAST WORDTHE LAST WORD

    Visit us on the web at www.rmgpa.org

    Winner of NIGP’s Large Chapter of the Year in 2006 and 2009!

    The RMGPA Board of Directors would like to wish you and yours a peaceful, joyful, and

    rewarding

    NEW YEAR!

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    2013 RMGPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    STANDING COMMITTEES

    POSITION OFFICER E-Mail PHONE President Kathryn Rowe, CPPB [email protected] (970) 498-5956

    Vice President Kristen Spicola, CPPB [email protected] (719) 584-0201

    Secretary Linda Kammerer, CPPB [email protected] (720) 423-3330

    Treasurer Vivian Harvell [email protected] (719) 579-2034

    Past President Jill Yellico, CPPO, CPPB [email protected] (719) 234-1272

    COMMITTEE CHAIR E-Mail PHONE

    Awards Danielle Hinz CPPO, C.P.M.

    [email protected] (303) 651-8494

    Business Advisory Community

    Pete Toth [email protected] (720) 898-7091

    Chapter Enhancement

    Mary Kirschmer, CPPB

    [email protected] (303) 326-1988 x28234

    Communications Tim Wellmann, CPPB

    [email protected]vvsd.org (303) 702-7734

    Education & Pro-D Karen Herman [email protected] (970) 375-4994

    Elections Linda Meserve, CPPB

     [email protected] (970) 491-6611

    Historian Vera Kennedy [email protected] (303) 239-5875

    Legislative Cindy Lombardi, CPPB

    [email protected] (303) 866-5603

    Marketing Farrah Bustamante, CPPB

    [email protected] (970) 491-1992

    Membership Molly McLoughlin, CPPB

    [email protected] (720) 561-5132

    Newsletter Marcia Sieben, CPPO, CPPB

    [email protected] (303) 271-8591

    Programs Skeet McCracken, CPPB

    [email protected] (970) 490-3428

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    2013 COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR NAME E-Mail PHONE

    Awards Mary Jablonski, CPPB [email protected] (970) 613-5149

    Business Advisory Community

    Terri Kindsfather, CPPO, CPPB

    [email protected] (303) 987-7673

    Chapter Enhancement

    Traci Burtnett, CPPO, CPPB

    [email protected] (970) 613-5151

    Communications Jim Walker, CPPO, CPPB, CCAS

    [email protected] (303) 628-6485

    Education & Pro-D

    Sherri Gibson, CPPB [email protected] (303) 866-5877

    Historian Carol Wills [email protected] (719) 234-1274

    Legislative Karen Picariello, CPPB

    [email protected] (303) 205-2345

    Marketing Shannon Sprague [email protected] (303) 342-2184

    Membership VACANT

    Newsletter Kelly Wooden, CPPB [email protected] (720) 972-4208

    Programs Cheryl Dye [email protected] (303) 987-7885

    Looks like someone was a very naughty boy and

    has been sent to TIME OUT.