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Aug 2018
Aug 2018


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2018 NIGP Forum & Product Exposition - National Institute Of Governmental Purchasing






Event Overview:

Engage in professional development and discover new products and services at NIGP 2018

The NIGP Annual Forum and Products Exposition is the largest North American educational conference exclusively for individuals in Public Procurement! Our attendees enjoy talking with suppliers about the latest products and services available to the government.   As an exhibitor, you will get in front of procurement agents from all facets of the government including, state agencies, cities, counties, k-12, higher education, hospitals and more. If your company sells to the government, this is the show for you.

Suppliers will showcase the products and services government agencies require to meet critical needs such as:

•   Office Furniture/Equipment     
•   Finance Solutions
•   Procurement Solutions      
•   Training Programs/Services
•   Construction Equipment      
•   Automotive/ Fleet Services
•   Recreation Facilities/Materials      
•   Disaster Relief/Recovery
•   Building Materials      
•   Security Solutions
•   Bidding Software      
•   Communications
•   Computer Hardware/Software      
•   Maintenance
•   Public Works Solutions     
•   Architectural & Engineering Services
•   Emergency Support     
•   Facility Maintenance
•   Food Service      
•   Healthcare
•   Laboratory Equipment     
•   Logistics & Warehousing

Exhibitor Information:

For showcasing your products and services, the NIGP Products Exposition is the premier event for government suppliers.

NIGP’s 2018 Forum and Products Exposition is the largest educational conference attended by government purchasing officials representing diverse agencies from the U.S. and Canada.

This annual event draws over 1,000 procurement professionals each year. 92% are principle buying decision makers in their agencies.

Why do they come to this annual event?

The Forum is an excellent opportunity for them to engage in professional development and to discover new products and services in the Products Exposition.

The NIGP Products Exposition provides government suppliers with the unique opportunity to generate business, increase visibility and make a lasting impression on the public procurement community.

Exhibitor Categories In High demand

• Architectural & Engineering Services

• Automotive/Fleet Services

• Bidding Software

• Building Materials

• Construction Equipment

• Communications

• Computer Hardware & Software

• Disaster Relief & Recovery

• Emergency Support

• Facilities Maintenance

• Finance Solutions

• Food Service

• Healthcare

• Laboratory Equipment

• Logistics & Warehousing

• Maintenance

• Office Furniture/Equipment

• Procurement Solutions

• Public Works Solutions

• Safety Security Solutions

• Recreation Facilities/Materials

• Training programs/services

About NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

Developing, supporting and promoting the public procurement profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical services and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and constituents since 1944.

With over 2,600 member agencies representing over 16,000 professionals across the United States, Canada and countries outside of North America, the Institute is international in its reach.

Our goal is simple (though maybe not so easily attained):  recognition and esteem for the government procurement profession and its dedicated practitioners.

Attendees - Event Information and Registration

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit


Aug 19   

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Center Open

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast at Your Leisure (full conference and ticket holders only)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Speaker
Contact Hours: 1.00

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Agency-based Networking Sessions
Contact Hours: 2.00

12:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Lunch on own

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

6:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Social Event

Aug 20   

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Center Open

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Plenary Session
Contact Hours: 1.00

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch on own

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Expo Open
Contact Hours: 3.5

Aug 21   

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration Center Open

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Breakfast and Expo Open
Contact Hours: 3.0

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Awards Lunch

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions
Contact Hours: 1.25

Aug 22   

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Registration Center Open

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Extreme Networking
Contact Hours: 1.5

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Plenary Session
Contact Hours: 1.0

11:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch on own

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Deep Dive Sessions
Contact Hours: 2.0

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Closing General Session
Contact Hours: 1.0

Keynote Speakers

Jimmy Wayne

Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover.

That's the real-life story of country music star, Jimmy Wayne. Jimmy is a former foster kid turned award-winning country recording artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care.

In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system. In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio. In 2014 he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir which quickly crossed the 100,000 print sales milestone. In 2016 he received the prestigious Points of Light award from President George W. Bush (41), and in 2017 he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from William Woods University.

Don’t miss the amazing opening keynote Walk to Beautiful, the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy's horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, "She changed every cell in my body."

Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much” and “Do You Believe Me Now,” which earned BMI’s prestigious Million-Air Award marking one million radio spins in America. In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Special Agent Kyle Scheatzle

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Plenary Session - Procurement Officials: The MVP’s in the Fight Against Procurement Fraud and Corruption

In this session, discover how truly unique and valuable the position of a procurement official is in the fight against public corruption. Follow an FBI agent through six public corruption investigations involving procurement cycle fraud and corruption, and see how these investigations uncovered the many ways the procurement cycle can be corrupted. Learn, as the FBI did, directly from the individuals who committed the crimes (suppliers, manufacturers’ representatives, public officials, etc.) as they reveal their methods for their corruption and conspiracy schemes. Leave with an updated and expanded list of the "Red Flags" of procurement cycle fraud and corruption derived from these investigations to take back with you and examine your own work and agency’s procedures going forward. Become the MVP in the fight against procurement fraud and corruption!

Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

In her motivating and engaging presentation, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey’s closing keynote session will challenge, inform, and inspire your team to move to higher levels of performance. She offers bottom-line expertise with clear, realistic takeaway items that produce both short-term and life changing results.


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