39 episodes

There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated, and features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the the most pressing topics in the public sector.

Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcas‪t‬ Procurated

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There are nearly 20 million employees in state and local governments and educational institutions across the United States. They are all touched by the procurement decisions that are made every day. Decisions That Matter is brought to you by Procurated, and features in-depth discussions with procurement leaders and subject matter experts on the the most pressing topics in the public sector.

    Ep. 38 - Creating a Thriving HUB Program w/ North Carolina's Tammie Hall

    Ep. 38 - Creating a Thriving HUB Program w/ North Carolina's Tammie Hall

    On this episode of Decisions That Matter, a Procurated podcast, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi meet with North Carolina's Tammie Hall to discuss how she has created on of the most successful programs for historically underutilized businesses (HUB) in the country. Her work within North Carolina's Department of Administration includes and in-depth disparity study to lay the groundwork for diversity and inclusion policies, a no-strings-attached grant program to help HUBs during the coronavirus pandemic, and so much more.  As mentioned in the episode, you can access the disparity study and the NC HUB resources in the links below. 


    Follow Tammie Hall on LinkedIn 
    Visit the North Carolina HUB Website 
    View the North Carolina Disparity Study Report 

    If you enjoy this episode, please like and subscribe to the podcast. You can also visit www.procurated.com for all of your supplier evaluation needs, or follow Procurated on LinkedIn for regular content updates.

    • 39 min
    Ep. 37 - The Biggest Trends in Procurement in 2021 So Far w/ Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB

    Ep. 37 - The Biggest Trends in Procurement in 2021 So Far w/ Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB

    Former Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the State of Alaska, Jason Soza, joined the podcast today to discuss the current trends and issues facing public procurement leaders across the country. As Vice President, West at Government Sourcing Solutions (GSS) Soza shares his knowledge from 20 years of experience in public procurement, starting as a frontline buyer for Alaska and ascending to CPO in 2013. Active in national procurement organizations, Soza was elected by his peers in 2018 as President of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).

    In his role with the State of Alaska, Soza was responsible for the oversight of all goods and services purchases, inventory, and property disposal by all executive branch agencies across a very geographically diverse and challenging state. He also undertook several initiatives to transform Alaska's procurement function, starting with the formation of a cross-agency procurement officer group to increase communication and idea sharing, breaking down silos, and fostering new inter-agency relationships. These initiatives significantly increased spend under management, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional savings over his tenure.

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the leading ratings and review site for the public sector. 

    • 30 min
    Ep. 31 - The Data, Technology, and Relationships that Drive JOC w/ Dan Cook

    Ep. 31 - The Data, Technology, and Relationships that Drive JOC w/ Dan Cook

    This episode of Decisions That Matter is presented by Gordian, and features a discussion between Procurated's David Yarkin and Dan Cook, the Vice President and General Manager of State and Local Government and K-12 Education (SLED). 

    Dan Cook, Vice President of Operations for the eastern U.S., has over 20 years of experience with Job Order Contracting (JOC). With a deep understanding of what makes a successful JOC program, he guides his team to provide and train on successful implementations. He’s overseen projects from Los Angeles to New York City and many places in between. Today, Dan oversees SLED Sales and Procurement Operations teams. Dan holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and sits on the board of Eyrus, a cloud-based workforce productivity data collection solution.

    From construction planning and building to facility operations, Gordian empowers their customers to overcome business challenges by delivering critical data, innovative technology and extraordinary services.

    If you are a Procurated government member you can also log in to see what other governments and agencies are saying about Gordian. 

    • 18 min
    Ep. 36 - Reopening Public Schools, Managing Inventory, and Implementing eBidding with Dave Pelletier and Kara Daniel

    Ep. 36 - Reopening Public Schools, Managing Inventory, and Implementing eBidding with Dave Pelletier and Kara Daniel

    Together, Dave Pelletier and Kara Daniel, share their stories from the last year, including details on topics like implementing an e-bidding system, handling the initial pandemic response for their district and surrounding areas, and reopening public classrooms from K-12.

    Dave Pelletier, CPPB is responsible for surplus property and overseeing the operations and activities of the Distribution Center and Purchasing for the School District of Springfield K-12, the largest district in the State of Missouri. 

    Kara M. Daniel, NIGP-CPP, CPPB has been in public procurement since 2004 and is the Purchasing Manager for the School District of Springfield R-12. Kara serves the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) as the chapter President (2019-2021) and The Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP) as an Area 6 Chapter Ambassador. In 2017 Kara received MAPP’s Buyer of the Year (large entity) award. In 2019 Kara received MAPP’s most prestigious award the Linda D. Windsor Distinguished Service Award.

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, where we connect buyers and suppliers.

    • 24 min
    Ep. 35 - Gordian's Bill Pollak Discusses Adaptation to Virtual Solutions and the Future of AI in Contracting

    Ep. 35 - Gordian's Bill Pollak Discusses Adaptation to Virtual Solutions and the Future of AI in Contracting

    This episode of Decisions That Matter is presented by Gordian, and features a discussion between Procurated's David Yarkin and Gordian's Bill Pollak. Bill serves as President of Gordian (a Fortive company), the leading provider of innovative construction data, software and services to organizations pursuing efficient and effective facilities planning, estimating and construction procurement. 

    This fascinating discussion highlights the importance and effectiveness of properly using data to create efficiency in the public sector. Bill Pollak shares his views on the future of contracting, including the need to a adapt to a virtual solution and the emergence of AI technology that is changing the way business is done.

    If you are a Procurated government member you can also log in to see what other governments and agencies are saying about Gordian.

    • 25 min
    Ep. 34 - Using Data and Analytics to Make Better Decisions w/ Andrew MacDowell

    Ep. 34 - Using Data and Analytics to Make Better Decisions w/ Andrew MacDowell

    On this episode of Decisions That Matter, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi are joined by their Procurated colleague, Andrew MacDowell. 

    Andrew joined the Procurated team in early 2020 as the Senior Director of Data Science & Analytics, where he has already had a tremendous impact our sales & marketing strategy, product roadmap, financial planning, and company vision through applied analytics.

    Prior to joining Procurated, Andrew worked in the Corporate Affairs Analytics & Insights team at Booz Allen Hamilton, was the Director of Business Intelligence at Xometry, and cut his teeth at the Bethesda-based consulting firm, Marketbridge.

    On this episode he discusses the vital role that data and analytics play in the decision making process, whether it's choosing the right supplier for a complex job, or deciding how to engage and react to a major problem.

    • 21 min

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