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Happy Anniversary to the 

Utah Chapter of NIGP! 


This year we are celebrating 15 years of service in the procurement community.  


Thank you to our members and leaders for making this such a successful year!

Check out below our latest awards both the chapter and our members received at National NIGP Forum this year: 

NEW Chapter Performance Standards Seal Recipients...
For Dedication to the Profession


NIGP developed a ‘standard’ in which chapters can strive to follow and advance the opportunities offered to their members.


Utah Chapter of NIGP successfully meets the GOLD SEAL standard, and can proudly display the seal on their website and social media outlets.


Great job, Utah Chapter of NIGP!

GOLD seal

Outstanding Chapter Membership

NEW Outstanding Chapter Awards


This new award offered in four categories for the pursuit of excellence in practices and innovations;

Chapter OperationsChapter MembershipChapter Advocacy and Outreach, & Chapter Professional Development.


The purpose of the Outstanding Chapter Awards is to recognize outstanding Chapter practices with the intent of sharing knowledge about them.

This recognition is competitive and one application in each category will be recognized at Forum.


Congratulations to


in receiving the 2020

Outstanding Chapter Membership Award!

NIGP National awards for procurement professionals were announced and one of our own was listed!

Advancing the profession relies on the leadership of individuals and the commitment of organizations

Each year NIGP recognizes individual and agency members who have achieved hallmark status in the eyes of their peers

Congratulations to Jason Steinmann

2020 Buyer of the year winner!

John Richards
John Richards

Congratulations to:


John Richards NIGP-CPP, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT


Brandon Thomas NIGP CPP, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT


They were one of the first 56 professional leaders to earn the distinguished NIGP-CPP certificate.

Please click here for the CPP 2020 Press Release

Brandon Thomas

President’s Message

I have always loved watches and clocks. There is something about them that drew me to them (maybe they are my siren… but I digress).  I have loved finding unique watches (one of my favorites is an old, well-loved art deco watch that, after a good cleaning and repair runs awesomely).  Before the pandemic I found a cool mantle clock. It was on ebay for $20 or something, but it didn’t work. I took it in to be fixed and after a painful repair bill, it has been sitting on my bookshelf ticking happily away. 

During the day, I rarely hear the clock, but when I stop and pay attention, I hear it: tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. In the words of Andrew Marvell, “But at my back I always hear/ Time’s winged chariot hurrying near”. When my to-do list is overwhelming, or I watch my inbox grow exponentially it seems the clock is chastising me “so much to do, so much to do”. I fear this has been most of us during this new now. There is always something to do, always something more we feel we should be doing.

I have learned to stop, take a few breaths, and the ticking is no longer spurring me on, adding to an underlying anxiety of clearing out emails or crossing off to do list items, but instead, I have learned to hear it as my personal little cheerleader. Its metronome-like consistency reminds me that by focusing on my work on taking it one item at a time, I generally get through most of what I need to do. It spurs me forward! 

I have realized that I am in a lot of ways like that clock. To work well, I need to be taken care of (a good cleaning every so often – I mean I just bathed at Christmas!), a little tension is good (you have to wind the clock for it to work), but I can’t be too tightly wound: just like the clock that needs to let the springs unwind and let it function as it was designed, I too need those diversions to help me relax so I can work when I need to. 

I hope that as we continue to work through these new norms and try to do more in the short, precious hours allotted to us, that we realize that we aren’t alone, we have a wonderful community here and in public procurement in general. I appreciate what you do for our chapter and for the awesome citizens of our state. Keep plugging along!

Zachary Christensen, J.D., CPPB
President – NIGP Utah Chapter


Welcome to the Utah Chapter of NIGP!

Utah Chapter meetings are held five times per year; Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov
Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (MST) / *8:30 am Snacks / Networking

Meeting Location: Please see the Upcoming Events for location & address.

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