NIGP Summit

New This Year!


State and Local Agencies have a unique opportunity to make the most of Alliance NW through a combination of high quality training & access to vendor outreach opportunities at Alliance NW.

About the NIGP Summit & Alliance NW:

Join your state and local purchasing colleagues from around Washington State for a day of high quality training and best practice sharing followed by outreach to the small and diverse business community!

NIGP has joined forces with Alliance NW, the premier government contracting outreach and training event in the northwest. Below you will see the full agenda that kicks off March 8th at 8:30am with high quality training designed to take contract management techniques to the next level. All training participants will receive a certificate of completion that can be applied towards your professional development goals.

Following the training on the 8th is a casual reception with your colleagues and vendors – a chance to network and further exchange best practices.

March 9th kicks off the Alliance NW Training & Outreach event that will attract 900 attendees for a day of vendor training and outreach. Your fee for the NIGP Summit includes a booth for your agency at the Alliance NW as well as a match making table at the event! The Alliance NW is a great opportunity to educate the small and diverse vendor community about doing business with your agency.

Registration Options:

Small Business Champion Sponsorship ($900)
Ideal for state and local agencies seeking to make the most of the outreach and training opportunities afforded to participants of Alliance NW. After all, the most effective small business champions seek out good training to do their jobs well and also spend time educating vendors on how to do business with their agency. Your sponsorship includes:

  • 10’x10’ booth in State/Local Government Row with specialized placement and recognition
  • 2 all access passes to NIGP Summit & Alliance NW
  • Match-Making table for one-on-one sessions with vendors
  • Opportunity for one representative to join the State/Local government agency panel for vendors to learn how to do business with your agency.
  • Logo recognition on website, event program, printed promotional materials, e-blasts, and during event announcements.
  • Logo listing and agency description in Government Contracting Magazine

NIGP Member ($200) or Non-Member ($250)
Ideal for the government purchaser who wants to attend high quality training, learn best practices, and connect with quality small and diverse vendors.

  • Training provided by NIGP local trainers (see agenda below)
  • Admission into Alliance NW Evening Reception on March 8, 4pm – 6pm
  • All-Access Admission into Alliance NW Training & Outreach Event March 9, 7:30am – 4:00pm
  • Recognize the benefits of Supply Chain Management best practices
    • Includes one booth per agency (additional booths $300)
    • Breakfast & Lunch with keynote speakers
    • Match-Making table to meet one-on-one with vendors

NIGP Summit Training Agenda
March 8, 2017 in Puyallup, WA
8:30am – Registration, Coffee and Networking
9am – Training Sessions Begin
12pm – Break for lunch
1:00pm – Workshops continue
4:00pm – Workshops conclude & Evening Reception begins
6:00pm – Evening Reception Concludes

Session A: Pioneer Room
Supplier Relationship Management
Solid business-to-business relationships with your suppliers can help your organization achieve many of its public service goals. This session will discuss techniques for building a strong supplier relationship program that will contribute to diversity, sustainability, transparency, efficiency, emergency preparedness, and many other government priorities.

Instructor: Dave Davis, CPPO
Assistant Director, Accounting and Financial Services
WSDOT Procurement and Materials Management Office

About Dave:
Dave Davis is the Purchasing and Materials Manager for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Dave’s background is in supply management, international logistics and transportation developed during 30 years of public service.

A strong believer in life-long learning and professional development, Dave is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, NAPM-Western Washington, and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Currently serving on the NIGP Board of Directors representing region 12, he is a charter member and Immediate Past President of the Washington State Chapter of NIGP. Dave is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and is participating in WSDOT’s Senior Leader Succession and Development Program.

Session B: Founders Room
The Essentials of Supply Chain Management
This course provides purchasing and supply professionals with the essential supply chain management knowledge and the tools necessary for optimizing customer support.

Instructor: Steve Demel, CPPO
Director of Purchasing,
Tacoma School District

Expected Outcomes for Attendees:

  • Learn Supply Chain Management basics
  • Identify your role in the supply chain
  • Learn how to create your own business cases for supporting key supply and purchasing decisions, including justification for or against having a supply warehouse
  • Understand the roles of Purchasing in a successful supply fulfillment program
  • Recognize the benefits of Supply Chain Management best practices
    • This is an interactive class with actual case studies and real life exercises

About Steve:
Director of Purchasing,  Steve Demel is the Director of Purchasing for the Tacoma School District. Prior to his 8 years with the district he spent 6 years as a purchasing manager with the Washington Office of State Procurement. For twelve years he held a variety of contracting positions in the U.S. Air Force. Steve was also an Air Force helicopter search and rescue pilot. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has a Master’s degree in Procurement Management and Finance from Webster University. Steve was selected as the State of Washington Chapter of NIGP Purchasing Manager of the Year for 2011 in January 2012. His passion is finding ways to make government work better.

Session C: Heritage Room
Description: Developing a Request for Proposals Document
Come one come all! You’re going to have fun and learn how to put together a request for proposal document. If you’re a novice, you’ll learn the basic process and key elements for building a solid RFP document. If you’re a semi-seasoned or seasoned professional, you’ll help mentor others in the class and pick up a trick or two for your proverbial toolbox. Let’s pay-it-forward, learn and have fun together.

Kevin Yin, CPPB Procurement Manager City of Vancouver, Washington

Questions? Contact Sarah Yeckly with NIGP at George Sharp at or (360) 464-6043.