Innovating for Impact at the NAEP 2018 Annual Meeting

Nearly 500 attendees and well over 100 vendors and sponsors gathered in Orlando in April to celebrate the 97th Annual Meeting of the Association under the banner of “Innovating for Impact: A World of Opportunities.”

Bookmarked by two engaging and exciting general sessions, the educational sessions throughout the event were relevant, timely, and offered many ideas that could be implemented right away on your campus. Many of the sessions are now available for download on the
NAEP website.

We started the conference with a peek behind the curtains from a presentation by Rick Wertsching, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing Parks & Resorts for the Walt Disney World Company. There were a lot of great ”did-you-know” facts presented, including the number of turkey legs purchased annually by the parks. (A lot!) Our second full day brought with it a panel discussion, with three Chief Business Officers, moderated by John Walda, President & CEO of NACUBO. Our closing keynote presentation had energy, inspiration, and a lot of paint. Artist David Garibaldi inspired us with four unique paintings, two of which will be seen at our 2019 meeting in Kansas City!

In between our keynote sessions we had more than 50 breakout educational sessions over the course of three days, an exhibit hall packed with more than 100 suppliers, and a wonderful E&I Mixer on Tuesday evening. Our final day brought our Awards Luncheon, where we had the opportunity to recognize the volunteer leaders of our Association. Kevin Holmes, newly elected NAEP senior VP, is shown presenting awards to our 2018 winners.



Bert C, Ahrens Achievement Award
Phil Abruzzi, retired, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, University of Michigan, Tufts University







Bob Ashby Mentor of the Year Award
Brad Brown, Southern Utah University






Neil D. Markee Communicator of the Year Award
Mike Chmielewski, Law School
Admission Council





Professional Perspective Award
10 Steps to Successful Advocacy
in Supplier Diversity
Veronica Cook-Euell, Kent State University














Distinguished Service Award (3)
Donna Doty, University of Florida
Cory Harms, Iowa State University
Deanne Lahaie-Noll, Oregon State University


















Young Professional in Procurement Award (3)
Greg Macway, University of California – San Francisco
Kayci Puckett, University of Illinois System
Lucas Schau, Iowa State University




















Volunteer of the Year Award (3)
Allison Canada, Wor-Wic Community College
Alan Leonard, Colgate University
Greg Macway, University of California – San Francisco





















NAEP Award of Excellence in Procurement (3)
Texas Tech University
University of California – San Francisco
University of California System and California State University System









NAEP is proud of our national award winners and all of our volunteers. This Association is built upon our volunteer leadership and would not be what it is today without the dedication and support of many people. Now is a great time to volunteer and engage your professional Association. Visit our website to learn more about how you can advance your career and your profession with NAEP.

Photo credits: Daniel Drepaul, Valencia College


Performance painter David Garibaldi, closing keynote, presented an inspirational experience.