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CollegeBuys 2014 Purchasing Conference

Hosted by CollegeBuys, the California Community Colleges Purchasing Conference is a chance for procurement professionals to connect with colleagues and benefit from California Community
College-focused professional development and networking conference for purchasing officers.

  2014 Purchasing Conference  

40 California Community College districts were represented at last year's Purchasing Conference, held April 2-4 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego.

Conference information, including program, agenda, and presentations are available to download.

Download the conference program >

Download the group photo >

Continued Education Hours (CEH) Forms

ISM CEH Form >


  2014 Presentations  

Presentations are available to download in PDF format.

  • Champions Panel
    Presenters: Paul Spear, LACCD; Gina Bailey, Foothill De-Anza CCD; Ben Cayabyab, Contra Costa CCD
    This panel discussion session invites purchasing professionals to discuss, through specific projects, their experiences with the Foundation contract and why it remains a viable procurement option for them.
  • CollegeBuys Update
  • Presenter: Jorge J.C. Sales
    Get the latest information about the Foundation’s CollegeBuys program, including information on upcoming RFPs, newly awarded contracts, and updates to the purchasing community forum.
  • Contract Compliance for Proposition 39 Funding
    Presenters: Fred Harris, Assistant Vice Chancellor, College Finance & Facilities Planning, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; Linh‐Chi Hua, Program Advisor, SDG&E; Ann‐Marie Gabel, Vice President, Administrative Services at Long Beach City College\
  • Proposition 39 provides districts and Community Colleges with a significant new funding source for reducing the ever-growing energy and maintenance costs through equipment replacement, modernization, energy efficiency retrofits, and renewable self-generation. This presentation will provide information on how the CCC/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership can help districts maximize this new funding while being in compliance with specific contracting requirements.

  • Emerging Trends in Document Technology
  • Presenter: Dave Tanner
    This session will focus on the Cost Per Copy (CPC) and Manage Print Services (MPS) topics, including current trends related to how vendors present, divide, and conquer the unknowing in regards to the current technology and device usage at the districts. Participants will learn how the Foundation RFP is a qualified alternative that offers solutions for professionals seeking to replace and upgrade their current fleets.
  • Key Strategies to Slash TCO
  • Presenter: Omid Ghamami
    Purchasing professionals often rely on price reduction as the main way to lower total cost. This session covers several effective cost reduction strategies beyond price reduction. Covering opportunities to move away from custom SOW and Spec components, piggyback on GSA contracts, and leverage supplier knowledge to drive down Total Cost of Ownership. 
  • Making Sound Decisions: Strategies to Achieve Success
    Presenter: Stephanie O'Brien
    We’ve all seen public institutions make less-than-effective decisions regarding procurements or other operational requirements. The impact of these decisions can be long lasting, costly and demoralizing. However, you have the opportunity to become a leader within your institution by learning an approach that helps entities (and the people within them) make better decisions. In this session, the group will participate in a mock “decision analysis” process known as a Pre-Mortem, a process that encourages participants to use “prospective hindsight” and results in a more effective understanding of what might go wrong with one path versus another.

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