2018 Conference

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  • Reimagining the Future of Purchasing
    Presenter: Alexandru Roman
    In this keynote presentation, Dr. Roman discussed what the procurement community needed to do in order to reconstruct procurement as a fundamental and strategic organization function.
  • Legislative Update on Community College Facilities and Procurement
    Presenter: Rebekah Cearley
    Rebekah Cearley provided a review of the 2018 legislative cycle as it pertains to the California community college system. Topics included Proposition 51 and capital outlay funding, the DIR Prevailing Wage Monitoring Program, and bills related to community college contracting and procurement.
  • Legal Updates and Implementation
    Presenter: Hugh W. Lee
    This presentation highlighted new legislation and its implications on California community college districts and reviewed recent changes in the law.
  • CSU CCC UC Intersegmental Procurement Panel
    Presenters: Michael Redmond, Jeremy Meadows, Adrian Ferreira, Jorge J.C. Sales, Jennifer Keiper
    This session explored the success of the California Higher Education Shared Services Initiative (CHESS) for community colleges two years after the passage of AB 653. Leaders from all three of California's public higher education systems discussed how to continue building on collective achievements and fostering intersegmental efforts.
  • Contract Management Systems
    Presenters: Sue Harrison, Priya Jerome, Kim Erickson
    In this session, a panel of community college district representatives discussed their experiences in procuring and using different contract management systems, and how using these tools benefited their purchasing departments.
  • The California Community College Purchasing Handbook
    Presenters: Gina Bailey, Sue Harrison, Mina Hernandez
    This session provided background on how and why the California Community College Purchasing Handbook was created and provided an update on committee activities over the last year, and updates, additions, and edits to the handbook.
  • Emergency Preparedness Planning
    Presenters: Majd Askar, Michael Simmons
    This presentation provided attendees with insight into the benefits of collaboration between the purchasing function and key service departments.
  • The Life of a Construction Defect Claim
    Presenters: Alan Moloney, Ron Lujan, Jon Hammerbeck
    This session provided best practices in preparing for and managing a construction defect claim. Topics included creative ways to track the claim and damage, the benefits of owner controlled insurance programs (OCIP) versus standard coverages, timelines, and expectations.
  • CollegeBuys Update
    Presenter: Jorge Burwick, Kayla White
    This session provided an update on CollegeBuys institutional and technology offerings, as well as strategies to continue fostering collaboration and innovation within the California community college purchasing community and all three public higher education systems.
  • Beyond Face Value
    Presenter: Stephanie O'Brien
    This session explored ideas and presented success stories making the case for understanding the intrinsic nuances between contract options real and relevant.
  • Contracting Conundrums
    Presenter: Maria Bernardino, Mina Hernandez, Martin Hom
    This session explored contracting conundrums as they relate to district procurements and discussed topics including the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA), force accounts, public records requests, and technology-related procurements.
  • Millennials in Today's Workforce
    Presenter: Kathy Espinoza
    This session looked at the strengths that each generation brings to the workplace, discussed generational clash points, and offered best practices to unite your workforce and work effectively with Millennial-aged employees.

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  • Parker Lighting
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Shaw
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  • Bentley
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