64 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. 63 - Utilizing New Technology and Community with Norma Hall & Darin Matthews

    Ep. 63 - Utilizing New Technology and Community with Norma Hall & Darin Matthews

    Darin Matthews is a procurement and supply chain leader with over 3 decades of experience. He has published several books on supply chain management including Effective Supply Management Performance and Public Procurement: A Guide to the Body of Knowledge through Exercises and Case Studies. He is a past President of NIGP and currently serves at the Chief Procurement Officer at CalPoly.

    On top of her over 4 decades of experience as a Procurement leader with the State of South Carolina, Norma Hall is past president of NIGP, as well as a past president of her local chapter. She has served for 12 years on the board of the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council, she has been recognized with the James H. Barnes Award, Albert H. Hall Award, and the Mazzone Award.

    To learn more about Procurated's Community Leadership Forum click here.

    • 31 min
    Ep. 62 - Live Education Purchasing Panel with Michigan Dept. of Edu. and Purdue University

    Ep. 62 - Live Education Purchasing Panel with Michigan Dept. of Edu. and Purdue University

    Procurated's Genna Gold is joined on this live webinar recording by several highly respected education purchasers, including:


    Jayme Baker, Manager, Category Management, Purdue University
    Carol Munroe, Business Analyst, Michigan Department of Education
    Kevin Walters, Supervisor, Office of School Support Services, Michigan Department of Education

    The webinar covers a variety of important topics specific to the education market including the unique buying cycles of higher education and K-12, trending goods and services, and more.

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 61 Trends in Cooperative Purchasing with Deltek's Paul Irby

    Ep. 61 Trends in Cooperative Purchasing with Deltek's Paul Irby

    On this episode of Decisions That Matter, Procurated Founder & CEO, David Yarkin, interviews Deltek's Paul Irby to get his thoughts and understand the data behind the biggest trends impacting cooperative purchasing. 

    Paul Irby is a Principal Research Analyst on Deltek’s SLED Market Analysis team. Learn more about how GovWin IQ enables companies to identify early stage opportunities, plan strategically, build relationships and navigate the competitive landscape.

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 60 - The Evolution and Importance of Strategic Sourcing with Dr. Stephen Gordon

    Ep. 60 - The Evolution and Importance of Strategic Sourcing with Dr. Stephen Gordon

    Throughout his career, Dr. Gordon has worked to increase the contribution of public procurement and contract management to the strategic management of public enterprises at every level of government. He served as CPO to multiple local governments, led NIGP as the National President, received the Institute's two highest individual awards, and has made a huge impact in education and research. 


    Dr. Gordon is focused on helping state and local governments and institutions achieve their enterprise goals by providing guidance, counsel, and training that enables their procurement and contract management functions and team members to contribute strategically. In addition to strategic public procurement and contract management, his specific areas of expertise include performance-based contracting, internal and external collaboration, and leadership, ethics, and accountability.

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 59 - 4 Key Elements of Complex IT Software Procurements with DC's James Crenshaw

    Ep. 59 - 4 Key Elements of Complex IT Software Procurements with DC's James Crenshaw

    This episode of Decisions That Matter features an in-depth interview with IT Software & IT Service procurement expert, James Crenshaw.  James has been with the District of Columbia, Office of Contracts since 2019, where he joined after 4+ years with the City of Atlanta in Georgia. He also serves as the Vice-President of NIGP's Washington, DC Chapter. 

    On this episode, you will hear James discuss the 4 Key Elements of Complex Software Procurements:


    Partnering with program office as early as possible
    Building a strategic scope
    Period of performance
    Demos and customer interviews

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, the first supplier evaluation and vendor management platform created exclusively for public sector purchasers. If you have a supplier that you love, or one that you want to warn other purchases about, you can write a review in 90 seconds at www.Procurated.com/review.

    • 18 min
    Ep. 58 - CAPPO 2022: Top Trends and Key Takeaways from California

    Ep. 58 - CAPPO 2022: Top Trends and Key Takeaways from California

    We are pleased to bring you the key trends and takeaways from the CAPPO Conference, along with some great stories from our team’s time in California last week. The Procurated team covers a range of topics from the importance of building a strong community and lasting relationships with suppliers, to trends in hiring and technology adoption. 

    This episode includes stories and advice from the following Procurated team members:


    David Yarkin, CEO & Founder, Former Pennsylvania CPO
    Michael Derr, Community Engagement Manager, Former CAPPO President
    Ellen Sigl, Senior Director of Community Engagement
    Lucas Austin, Director of Sales

    This podcast is brought to you by Procurated, a free, peer-to-peer supplier review website for public procurement practitioners.

    • 20 min

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