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Decisions That Matter: A Public Procurement Podcast

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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 procure… read more

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

May 27th, 2022

40:26

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

  • Jayme Baker, Manager, …

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

May 10th, 2022

27:07

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, Procurated Founder & CEO, David Yarkin, interviews Deltek's Paul Irby to get his thoughts and …

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

April 28th, 2022

40:11

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 …

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

March 14th, 2022

18:38

This episode of Decisions That Matter features an in-depth interview with IT Software & IT Service procurement expert, James Crenshaw.  James has …

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

February 10th, 2022

20:44

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 …

Ep. 57 - Job Order Contracting (JOC) as an Alternative Project Delivery Method

January 31st, 2022

49:17

This episode of Procurated's Decisions That Matter podcast is brought to you by Gordian. Gordian is revolutionizing the construction industry with …

Ep. 56 - How DC DOEE is Using ARPA Funds to Improve Energy Performance of Local Buildings

January 21st, 2022

58:07

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, we are joined by several leaders from the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), including: 

Ep. 55 - Rapid Learning and Supplier Discovery with Angelic Davis MPA, CPPO, NIGP-CPP

December 7th, 2021

33:07

This week, Angelic Davis joins the show from Mt. San Antonio College in California where she is the Director of Purchasing, Printing and Mail …

Ep. 54 - Workplace Optimization with Shuli Steele

September 23rd, 2021

33:29

On this episode, we sit down with Shuli Steele to discuss workplace optimization in the public sector, and its implications on employee engagement, …

Ep. 53 - Building Broadband Infrastructure and Access across Wisconsin w/ Alyssa Kenney

September 1st, 2021

27:14

On this episode, we are joined by Alyssa Kenney, the Director of Digital Access for the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin. Her  mission to bring high-speed broadband internet to the people that need it most, …

Ep. 52 - Using Data to Build an Effective Fleet Management Operation w/ Mike Derr

August 11th, 2021

37:37

This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features a great conversation with Mike Derr about the ins and outs of transforming a …

Ep. 51 - Transitioning to a Green Fleet w/ Mark Stevens and Alison Kerstetter (City of Sacramento)

August 2nd, 2021

38:11

This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features an incredibly insightful discussion about transitioning to a green fleet with

Ep. 50 - Creating a Centralized Procurement Division with TDOT's Chris Yarbrough

July 28th, 2021

38:47

This episode features an interview with Chris Yarbrough from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Chris shares several actionable pieces of advice from his years in procurement about how to effectively …

Ep. 48 - The Importance of Knowledge Capture and Effective Communication in the Public Sector with Olivia Duke, CFO of GA DCS.

June 23rd, 2021

23:40

This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features a great interview with Olivia Duke, the Chief Financial Officer for Georgia …

Ep. 47 - Reimagining Higher Education Procurement, Part II, with Bloomsburg University's Jeff Mandel

June 17th, 2021

18:06

Jeff Mandel is the Director of Procurement and Operations at the University of Bloomsburg, one of the fourteen higher education institutions that are …

Ep 46 - Adding Value to Supplier Relationships with Jason Steinmann

June 9th, 2021

32:04

This episode of Decisions that Matter, a Procurated podcast, features a wonderful interview with Jason Stienmann about adding value to supplier …

Ep. 45 - Reimagining Higher Education Procurement w/ Sharon Minnich & Jenny Doherty

June 3rd, 2021

54:15

Starting in 2019, Jenny Doherty and Sharon Minnich have been on an incredible transformation journey. In this episode, they sat down with Procurated's David Yarkin to share how they reimagined Pennsylvania’s higher ed …

Ep. 44 - Recruiting the Next Generation of Public Procurement Leaders with Darin Matthews

May 19th, 2021

29:57

Thank you for listening to Decisions that Matter, a public Procurement Podcast brought to you by Procurated

On this episode it is our pleasure to …

Ep. 43 - Achieving Transformation in Government the Right Way with Lourdes Coss

May 6th, 2021

42:21

On this episode, Procurated's founder and CEO, David Yarkin, sits down with Lourdes Coss, the former Chief Procurement Officer of the City of Houston and Cook County, IL. Both David and Lourdes have dedicated their …

Ep. 42 - Nebraska's Supplier Concierge Program w/ Doug Carlson, Chief Procurement Officer

April 16th, 2021

25:00

Procurated Founder & CEO David Yarkin interviews Doug Carlson, Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Nebraska.   

In the interview, Doug explains why and how Nebraska implemented a supplier concierge program …

Ep. 41 - Building Dynamic Tools, Platforms & Communities for Public Purchasers w/ Becca Moran

April 14th, 2021

24:36

Becca Moran joined Procurated in 2019 as one of the company's first key hires, and since then she has grown the platform and core technology that …

Ep. 40 - Public Procurement Trends: Rise in eProcurement and Cybersecurity in First Months of 2021

March 17th, 2021

9:15

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, a Procurated podcast, host Alex Stonehouse dives into the results of the Winter 2021 Procurement Trends …

Ep.39 - Improving Farm-to-School Accessibility for K-12 w/ FoodCorps' Jillian Dy

March 12th, 2021

33:38

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi sat down with Jillian Dy to discuss her work at FoodCorps as the …

Ep. 38 - Creating a Thriving HUB Program w/ North Carolina's Tammie Hall

March 2nd, 2021

39:22

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, a Procurated podcast, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi meet with North Carolina's Tammie Hall …

Ep. 37 - The Biggest Trends in Procurement in 2021 So Far w/ Jason Soza, CPPO, CSSBB

February 23rd, 2021

30:41

Former Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the State of Alaska, Jason Soza, joined the podcast today to discuss the current trends and issues facing public procurement leaders across the country. As Vice President, West …

Ep. 31 - The Data, Technology, and Relationships that Drive JOC w/ Dan Cook

February 23rd, 2021

18:59

This episode of Decisions That Matter is presented by Gordian, and features a discussion between Procurated's David Yarkin and Dan Cook, the Vice …

Ep. 36 - Reopening Public Schools, Managing Inventory, and Implementing eBidding with Dave Pelletier and Kara Daniel

February 16th, 2021

24:15

Together, Dave Pelletier and Kara Daniel, share their stories from the last year, including details on topics like implementing an e-bidding system, handling the initial pandemic response for their district and …

Ep. 35 - Gordian's Bill Pollak Discusses Adaptation to Virtual Solutions and the Future of AI in Contracting

February 1st, 2021

25:23

This episode of Decisions That Matter is presented by Gordian, and features a discussion between Procurated's David Yarkin and Gordian's Bill Pollak. …

Ep. 34 - Using Data and Analytics to Make Better Decisions w/ Andrew MacDowell

January 26th, 2021

21:59

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi are joined by their Procurated colleague, Andrew MacDowell. 

Ep. 33 - 4 Questions to Ask Yourself before Reviewing a Supplier

January 13th, 2021

8:20

"What supplier should I write a review about on Procurated?"

We get this question a lot from new users and understand that selecting one supplier …

Ep. 32 - How Women Can Advance in Government and Conquer Imposter Syndrome w/ Brooke Smith

January 5th, 2021

32:32

On this week's episode of Decisions That Matter we are joined by Brooke Smith for a discussion about women in government, advancing their careers through education and mentorship, and advice on conquering imposter …

Ep. 30 - Community and Innovation in Procurement w/ Genna Gold

December 9th, 2020

14:12

Genna Gold, the Director of Partner Engagement & Business Development at Procurated, joined the team after long stints at Yelp and TripAdvisor. …

Ep. 29 - Consistent Communication with Suppliers is Key

November 17th, 2020

18:23

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, a Procurated podcast, host Alex Stonehouse is joined by our panel of former Chief Procurement Officers to discuss the possible avenues for repairing strained supplier …

Ep. 28 - Q&A: Curiosity, Creativity and Strategic Thinking in Procurement

November 10th, 2020

35:41

This episode follows a Q&A format with questions from our listeners for our team of former state and local CPOs. The group discusses the …

Ep. 27 - Finding a Mentor & Building a Career in Procurement with Jenn Myers

October 27th, 2020

35:24

Jenn Myers, NIGP-CPP, CPPB  has been with the City of Tucson for 8 years, currently in the role of Procurement Manager. She was selected as the 2020 …

Ep. 26 - Public Procurement Trends: The Technology and Policies Shaping the End of 2020

October 21st, 2020

22:04

On this episode of Decisions That Matter, a Procurated podcast, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi dove into the results of the Fall …

Ep. 25 - The Benefits of Using External Resources

October 13th, 2020

11:36

Mike Smith leads a discussion with the rest of the Buying Bunch about the benefits of using external resources. The Buying Bunch is a team of former …

Ep. 24 - Judy Smith: Navigating Procurement in Higher Education

September 24th, 2020

20:09

On this episode Judy Smith discusses procurement in higher education. Judy has an impressive background in both healthcare and higher education, and she served as the Director of Procurement at the University of …

Ep. 23 - Creating Procurement Hurdles, Not Roadblocks with Stacy Gregg (Univ. of S. Carolina)

September 21st, 2020

35:24

On this episode of Decisions That Matter,  brought to you by Procurated, co-hosts Alex Stonehouse and Bernadette Launi are joined by procurement …

Ep. 22 - Touchless Tech & Facial Recognition on Campus (Higher Ed)

September 15th, 2020

10:24

Students and teachers are back to school at colleges and universities across the country, many following a hybrid model of in-person learning paired …

Ep. 21 - Preparedness in Procurement with Tim Hay

September 10th, 2020

27:52

On this episode of Decisions that Matter we are joined by Tim Hay to discuss Preparedness in Procurement. Tim brings over 20 years of procurement experience to the table, including long stints with The State of Oregon …

Ep. 20 - How to Maximize Impact after Virtual Events (NIGP Recap)

August 31st, 2020

16:04

On this special "Buying Bunch" episode, the team of procurement experts from Government Sourcing Solutions shares their experience last week at the …

Ep. 19 - Tackling Procurement Issues without Adequate Staffing

August 18th, 2020

9:39

Many times procurement shops find themselves short-staffed or under-trained, whether it's due to the recent wave of retirements, budget shortfalls …

Ep. 18 - Introducing LEAN Concepts to State Government with Curt Topper

August 6th, 2020

12:14

Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania …

Ep. 17 - Diversity & Inclusion in State Contracts w/ PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper

August 3rd, 2020

13:34

Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania …

Ep. 16 - PA Sec. of General Services, Curt Topper, on the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Response - Part 1 of 3

July 30th, 2020

17:56

Curt Topper is the current Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services, and he has served in the position since 2015. Curt Topper has ample experience in public service and procurement, having served as the Pennsylvania …

Ep. 15 - Using Procurement Contracts to Improve Social Distancing

July 24th, 2020

11:35

This episode of Decisions That Matter features input from "The Buying Bunch," a group of public procurement leaders with over 150 years of combined …

Ep. 14 - Embracing Change to Drive Innovation in Procurement

July 8th, 2020

8:37

The new post-COVID-19 environment requires change in order to adapt and drive innovation, especially in the face of upcoming budget shortfalls. The …

Ep. 13 - Building Company Culture with Jess Einstein

July 1st, 2020

18:13

Jess Einstein is the Senior Director of Operations and Strategy for Procurated.  Focused on high-priority initiatives, she conceives, designs, and executes projects to drive the business forward. With the transition to …

Ep. 12 - eProcurement: The time for implementation is now

June 22nd, 2020

10:58

On this episode, The Buying Bunch, with over 150 years of combined procurement experience, discusses the immense importance of eProcurement in the modern environment with the rapid shift away from paper records and a …

Ep. 11 - Merging Technology & Procurement with Becca Moran

June 11th, 2020

17:34

Becca Moran joined Procurated in 2019, where she is responsible for maintaining a deep understanding of procurement professionals and the challenges they face. That understanding is used to craft Procurated’s vision, …

Ep. 10 - Planning Like You've Never Planned Before

June 6th, 2020

9:30

The Buying Bunch, a group of former CPOs with over 150 years of combined purchasing experience in state & local governments and universities, joins us again on Decisions That Matter to discuss the importance of …

Ep. 9 - Cooperative Purchasing during the Coronavirus Era with The Buying Bunch

May 27th, 2020

8:49

The Buying Bunch, a group of former CPOs with over 150 years of combined purchasing experience in state & local governments and universities, joins us again on Decisions That Matter to discuss the impact of COVID-19 …

Ep. 8 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 2, Higher Education)

May 19th, 2020

14:15

Is teleworking here to stay for higher education institutions across the U.S.? And what can procurement offices do now to best prepare for the future? 

On part one of this episode The Buying Bunch discussed the move to …

Ep. 7 - The Buying Bunch: Is teleworking here to stay? (Part 1)

May 18th, 2020

13:34

Is teleworking here to stay for state and local governments across the U.S.? 

On part one of this episode we are joined again by The Buying Bunch to discuss the move to a work-from-home environment for state and local …

Episode 6 - The Buying Bunch: COVID-19

April 30th, 2020

11:12

On this episode of Decisions that Matter we have a group discussion with "The Buying Bunch," a team of public procurement leaders with over 150 years of combined experience in state and local government and higher …

Episode 5 - Diane Palmer-Boeck, CPO of Plano, TX

March 24th, 2020

21:23

*Note: This episode was recorded at the beginning of March 2020. At the time of recording fewer than 100 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the United States. 

In this episode of Decisions That Matter, we sit down …

Episode 4 - Audio Article: Embrace the "Why?" by Jason Soza

December 18th, 2019

8:48

Jason Soza, Vice President, West at Government Sourcing Solutions reads from his article, "Embrace the 'Why?'", where he discusses the importance of …

Episode 3 - The Public Procurement Report w/ Nicole Smith

December 3rd, 2019

35:22

On Episode 3 of Decisions That Matter we sat down with Nicole Smith, The Senior Director of Research at Government Sourcing Solutions, to talk about …

Episode 2 - Single vs Multiple Award Procurement

November 6th, 2019

26:38

Mike Smith, former CPO of Illinois and current Vice President at Government Sourcing Solutions, provides an in-depth look at the key differences …

Episode 1 - Cheral Manke

October 15th, 2019

39:47

Our guest on this episode of Decisions that Matter is Cheral Manke, CPPO, CPPB. With over 15 years of public procurement with the State of Washington …

Episode 0 - Introduction to Decisions that Matter

September 23rd, 2019

1:59

This episode is short and sweet. The first full-length episode of the podcast will be launching in October, but this episode gives you a taste of the …

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