Recently the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) recognized Senior Procurement Officer of Maintenance Support, Mina M. Kaeding, CPPO, CPPB, PH.D., FCCM at the NIGP Forum as the 2016 Professional Buyer of the Year at the District and National level.
The Professional Buyer of the Year Award honors professionals who have displayed leadership and made significant contributions to purchasing, professional development, their entity, their chapter and the Institute.
For twelve years Kaeding has worked for Hillsborough County Public Schools bringing buyers and sellers together to produce satisfied customer outcomes. She and her team oversee maintenance related contracts of more than $78 million annually, in addition to providing support, guidance, and adherence to State laws and District policies.
Kaeding shares, “Many people may not understand the complexity of working for a school district, let alone a district that is the 8th largest in the nation. As the buyer for utilities, custodial, safety and all aspects of maintenance operations, I touch everything from propane, to toilet paper, to centrifugal chillers to playground equipment. The greatest part of my day is helping a site realize by allowing Procurement to work with them, together we can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on the purchases.”
Specifically, Kaedings’ team continuously supports the District by ensuring her internal clients have the products and/or services they need to keep school sites functioning from a maintenance and building standpoint so that school sites could focus on preparing students for life.
Kaeding said, “I pride myself in knowing I have departments recognized for exemplary audits.” Equally important is her relationships with the maintenance department personnel. Kaeding shares, “While I enjoy helping the Districts 270 plus schools, my true passion lies with my various Maintenance Divisions, or as I call them my ‘hammer and nail’ guys. The ones who work day in and day out to make sure each facility is functioning and looking its best.”
“She has truly fortified the office of Procurement and in so doing has improved the day-to-day operations of each Maintenance department. Dr. Mina Kaeding is an intricate part of any success that we may obtain,” according to Richard C. Ward, the former Department Manager of Facilities Maintenance Support.
“It’s an honor just to be nominated and make the cut, but to make it through the process to win the National award is phenomenal. It’s something I believe every Procurement professional strives for to be recognized by their peers as a dedicated and knowledgeable individual”, shared Kaeding.
NIGP is an international not-for-profit educational and technical organization of public procurement agencies.
The Institute is composed of 77 affiliate chapters and one student chapter, and more than 2,600 agency members representing federal, state, provincial and local government levels throughout the United States and Canada. These agencies represent over 16,000 individuals serving the public procurement community
The NIGP Forum is the largest North American conference exclusively for public procurement. The Forum is NIGP's showcase educational event, providing an ideal environment for networking with colleagues and suppliers, attending educational workshops led by subject matter experts in the field, and being motivated and inspired by professional speakers during general sessions.
The Buyer of the Year Award is one of the Institute’s most respected awards and, as such, the nominee shall identify success in the following areas; Promoter, Supporter, Passion, Standards, Activity, as well as the following three (3) eligibility criteria: