2017 Conference

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Network. Collaborate. Learn.

Hosted by CollegeBuys, the Annual Purchasing Conference provides the opportunity for California Community College procurement professionals from across the state to network with systemwide partners, collaborate with their colleagues, and attend sessions by purchasing experts and a cast of inspirational speakers.

The 2017 Purchasing Conference will be held on April 12-14, 2017 at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego, CA.


Presentations

  • Procurement's Bright Future
    Presenter: Darin Matthews
    This session focused on the growth and development opportunities that exist in the procurement profession, as well as the key skill areas that employers are looking for, including project management, supplier relationship management, and negotiation. 
  • Legislative Update for Community College Facilities
    Presenter: Rebekah Cearley
    Rebekah Cearley provided a general overview of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle as it pertains to the California Community College system. Topics included capital outlay funding, DIR Prevailing Wage Monitoring Program proposal, Prop. 51 and energy/efficiency bills.
  • Legal Updates and Implementation
    Presenter: Martin A. Hom
    Martin A. Hom provided a general overview of new legislation and its implications for the California Community Colleges.  Topics included Public Records Act and private e-mail accounts and devices; CEQA; new claims procedures under AB 626; and single user restrooms.
  • Case Study: Simplifying Travel and Expensing With Concur
    Presenters: Majd Askar and Mina Hernandez
    This session provided case studies of two districts, Riverside CCD and Antelope CCD, as they implement new expense and travel protocols with Concur, a CollegeBuys partner providing a consolidated solution for managing expense, travel, and invoicing. Concur representatives were on hand for implementation questions.
  • Collaborative Purchasing: Success Stories
    Presenters: Maria Bernardino, Kim Simonds, Teri Turner
    In this session, a panel of community college district representatives discussed their experiences utilizing Foundation for California Community Colleges’ contracts to procure a variety of solutions, from JanSan to office supplies.
  • Organizational Tips from the Trenches of Purchasing and Contract Services
    Presenters: Mina Hernandez
    Mina Hernandez facilitated this session on organizational strategies for purchasing and contract services (PACS).  This interactive presentation presented tried-and-tested tools for staying organizing, remaining prepared in the event of litigation, and getting District buy-in.
  • CCC Handbook Release Panel
    Presenters: Mina Hernandez, Ben Cayabyab, Kim Simonds
    The CCC Purchasing Manual Committee proudly released the first edition of the California Community College Purchasing Manual. This session provided an introduction and background to the handbook creation process, an overview of contents, and an invitation to join the committee to edit for next year.
  • CPPB/CPPO Certification
    Presenter: Mark B. Logan and Ramona Mellgoza
    Ramona Mellgoza and Mark Logan led this session on purchasing professional certifications, including the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).  This comprehensive session included testing and application deadlines, eligibility, and preparation tips from certified procurement professionals.
  • Improving Interdepartmental Communication
    Presenter: Stephanie O'Brien
    This session explained how the disparate silos within a college can be the root of debilitating challenges that deter your execution goals (and sanity). Participants learned how they can institute a simple approach and philosophy that will result in meaningful outcomes for everyone involved.
  • CHESS Town Hall
    Presenter: JC Sales, Mike Redmond, Arunkumar Casuba, Jeremy Meadows
    This session explored the successes of the California Higher Education Shared Services Initiative (CHESS) for our community colleges, a year after the passage of AB 653. Procurement leaders from all three of California’s public higher education systems led a discussion on how we may build on our initial successes.

2017 Sponsors

Office Depot logo
Proctorio logo
KYA logo
Blackboard logo
SHI logo
KI logo
Antron logo
Commvault logo
HP logo
Pepsi logo
Concur logo


PlanetBids logo
Alcatel logo
PVS logo
Konica logo

Ricoh logo
SitOnIt logo
Waxie logo
Wesco logo

Contact Us

Aileen Joy
Program Coordinator, CollegeBuys
T: 916.491.4468
E: ajoy@foundationccc.org

Location

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa offers a tropical elegance inspired by Polynesia. Located just steps from Mission Bay and across the street from the Pacific, the Catamaran features private balconies or patios within each guest room, as well as views of the water or tropical gardens.

3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 113 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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