This year's NIGP Forum and Products Exposition takes place in San Antonio, from Aug. 12-17. Nearly 1,000 public procurement professionals from federal, provincial, state and local government agencies from the U.S. and Canada will come together to network with colleagues and learn from industry leaders and professional speakers. The theme of this year's conference, NIGP's 65th, is "Live the Legend."

Most Forum events will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter, including concurrent workshop sessions, Peer2Peer sessions, plenary sessions and major meal functions. The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter and San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk are NIGP's co-host hotels.

About 130 exhibitors will display products and services at the Products Exposition at the Forum on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. NIGP's Green Pavilion showcases the latest sustainable products and green certification information that support government green initiatives.

Forum 2010 Highlights

At the Opening General Session on Friday Aug. 13, Shep Hyken will deliver his "You Are the Magic!" presentation. Shep is a speaker and author who works with companies and organizations that want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. In 1983 Shep founded Shepard Presentations and since then has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from Fortune 100-size companies to organizations with fewer than 50 employees. Shep delivers high-energy performances that combine useful information with exciting entertainment.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, Clint Swindall, president and CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., offers a spellbinding program, "Living for the Weekday." Clint also facilitates the 2010 Forum's two-day Executive Leadership Series.

Clint began his career at SBC Communications Inc. (now AT&T) upon his graduation from Texas State University. Although successful in the corporate environment, Clint chose to use the skills he developed, as well as the experiences gained as the vice president of sales and marketing for TSC Communications, Inc., to change lives and help organizations enhance their personal and professional leadership skills. With his understanding of the corporate environment, Clint recognizes that leadership of others begins with leadership of ourselves. Clint's company, Verbalocity, Inc., is a personal development company that has a focus on leadership enhancement.

At the Plenary Session on Monday, Aug. 16, David Iglesias, a former United States Attorney, will offer a program titled, "One of the Few Good Men on Ethics and Integrity."

Iglesias is a former United States Attorney who served on active duty as a U.S. Navy JAG officer as well as a state assistant attorney general. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him Attorney for the District of New Mexico. In 2006, he was one of the seven U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration and later authored "In Justice: The Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration," which was an account of the wrongful firings.

The 2010 NIGP Forum comes to a close on Tuesday, Aug. 17, with an educational and inspirational address, "Finding Your Purpose," by Bertice Berry. Berry has created a niche as a gifted speaker with a comic edge and is the author of the inspirational memoir, "I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head." Berry holds a doctorate in sociology from Kent State University.

A host of pre-Forum courses, educational workshops, Peer2Peer Sessions and executive leadership programs are on the 2010 Forum agenda. Attendees holding full registration can accumulate three UPPCC recertification points or 28 educational contact hours at the 2010 Forum.

Noteworthy Workshops

"Creating Legendary Savings in Your Organization"
Monday, Aug. 16

In today's economy, procurement professionals have a tremendous opportunity to create savings within their agencies. With "shot up" budgets, now more than ever, procurement is poised to become a hero that can rescue an organization during the current downturn. By identifying the value-added services procurement provides for an agency, attendees can establish a plan for implementation based on the list of money-saving ideas discussed in this session.

Presenter: Marcheta Gillespie, deputy director of procurement, Tucson, Ariz.

"Measuring Cost Savings: Management's Perspective"
Tuesday, Aug. 17

What can we learn from the results of a survey conducted among finance directors, city managers and other senior executives concerning the role of procurement performance measurement? The survey focused on techniques for measuring cost savings in bids. Attendees will learn the correlation between responses in the executive survey compared to results in a similar survey of procurement managers on the same topic. Do they agree? Do they disagree? The interactive session will have participants work together to attain a consensus standard for cost savings measurement.

Presenter: Michael Bevis, deputy director, Federal Acquisition Institute, Washington, D.C.

At a Glance

NIGP 65th Annual Forum & Products Exposition
Aug. 12-17
San Antonio, Texas

Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Forum Registration Opens

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Address
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Products Exposition

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Products Exposition and Lunch

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Presidential Banquet

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Closing General Session

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