It’s that time of the year that we are recognized for all of our contributions to the citizens of the State of Utah. Each day is different; we have the privilege and responsibility of ensuring that not only do we comply with regulations, but we go above and beyond to provide best value, we provide advice and counseling, we monitor contracts, we solve problems, in essence, we serve our citizens.
As we go through this month, I am grateful for all of those who have helped create our profession and who continually work to help each of us excel. I look back at the history of our profession, and it is awesome! In ancient Egypt there was material management, in Rome there were contracts for roads, building, the army, later in the Holy Roman Empire taxes were recorded and managed against expenditures, during the Revolutionary war our country needed to get supplies for the armies and building projects (which were competitively bid!). Our profession has a great history and has left a mark on the world.
I lived in Rome during an internship, I loved the opportunity. One of my favorite things was to look at all of the historical artifacts (the Colosseum, the forum, the pantheon, oh my heart gets excited just remembering!). On all of these you will find 4 innocuous letters: SPQR.
I was inspired by this; how awesome would it be to have something we work on last millennia and stand for our amazing state? While we don’t go around stamping PPCU (Public Procurement for the Citizens of Utah), what we do matters! We impact the lives of millions every day. That is incredible!
To help commemorate our impact and to remind you of how awesome you are, I have acquired ancient roman coins that will be given to everyone who attends our next in-person meeting. We hope that you will stay safe and healthy and I look forward to seeing you all soon. I appreciate what you do, so thank you!
Zachary Christensen, J.D., CPPB
President – NIGP Utah Chapter