Carrie Woodell President Joe Benjamin, CPPO, CPPB, FCCM

It is my honor to serve as your 2015-2016 FAPPO President. We have another great year of professional networking and educational opportunities planned for our membership. The many faithful chairs and their committees are already hard at work on the annual conference, to be held at the Rosen Centre Orlando in May of next year, where we will be “Proving our Professionalism”. We are also working on scheduling 2 educational opportunities, for those that need certification or recertification credits or you just want to expand your knowledge on current best practices. There will be a survey coming out soon to see what classes are in demand for our membership. The first event of this year is our Fall Workshop, October 16th in St. Augustine, FL. where our theme will be “Negotiating the Path”. You won’t want to miss our keynote speaker Dr. Ryan Darby, Associate Professor, Flagler College who will be sharing two general sessions, “Improving Negotiations through Emotional Intelligence” and “Using Strengths to Achieve Career Success”. After a lunch break we will have 4 of our fellow members leading some breakout sessions in keeping with our theme of Negotiations, and we will wrap up the day with Attorney, David M. Snyder who will be providing us with some insight on the current aspects of the sunshine law. Attending the Fall Workshop can potentially provide you with up to 7 hours of valuable certification or recertification hours. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as your president over this next year, and I hope to see you in St. Augustine!

What's New

2016 Award of Excellence in Public Procurement

It’s time to submit your FAPPO’s - AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND/OR BEST PRACTICE AWARD APPLICATION. FAPPO’s Award of Excellence in Public Procurement recognizes contributions to the public procurement profession. The award program places emphasis on continuous process improvement and outstanding procurement practices. Earning this award is a significant affirmation of the quality of an agency’s procurement operation and demonstration of commitment to the procurement profession. Entries for the Best Practice Award will be considered for one of for three categories. This award is separate from the Award of Excellence, and recognition shall be at the opening session of the annual conference in order to allow for best practices to be shared with the membership during a workshop to be scheduled during the conference.


As in all professions, Public Procurement Officials want our industry members recognized and viewed as professionals at what we do. FAPPO as well as other Public Procurement Organizations have made great strides in promoting this effort in recent years. Moving forward, what should Public Procurement Officials be doing to make this a known reality? How should we, as government agency officials conduct ourselves within the profession? What should Public Procurement organizations be doing to demonstrate that we are “Proving our Professionalism”? Essay entries must be submitted to Diane Wetherington, FAPPO Vice President via email or mail to City of Orlando, Diane Wetherington/Procurement, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801, by February 19, 2016. Please email any questions to Diane Wetherington.


You may nominate yourself or have someone nominate you! The deadline for submitting nominations is March 4, 2016. Email, or mail nomination form to: Diane Wetherington, CPPB, FCCM c/o City of Orlando, 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 E-Mail:


“Diversity – Why is it Important?” Essays will be judged by the current FAPPO Officers based on originality, message/ content focus, clarity and grammar. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the 49th Annual FAPPO Conference, May 22-25, 2016 in Orlando, FL. The winning author will receive $300 in Participation Credits and runner ups will receive $25.00 in Participation Credits. Participation Credits may be used to help defray the costs for registration and lodging at the official host hotel for the current year’s conference. Essay entries must be emailed to Diane Wetherington, FAPPO Vice President at by February 19, 2016. Please email any questions to Diane Wetherington.

Call for Presentations-2016 Annual Conference

FAPPO is accepting proposals for presentations for the 2016 Annual Conference to be delivered to the membership during its 49th Annual Conference May 22, 2016 through May 25, 2016. The deadline to submit proposals is November 20, 2015. Topics for presentation should motivate, educate and challenge our members who strive to “Proving Our Professionalism”. Every presenter is invited to share experience, expertise, knowledge and transferable capabilities with colleagues to offer solutions for future success. Final presentations are due March 28, 2016. Benefits of Presenting Member will receive $300.00 in FAPPO Bucks for presenting, or if co-presenting, $150.00 per person in FAPPO Bucks will be awarded. Non-Members will receive complimentary registration to the conference.

2015 Membership Guide

The 2015 membership Guide is now available.