U.S. Communities

Customer Appreciation

 
 

On behalf of its National Sponsors, U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance proudly honors organizations that are leaders in saving dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing. The use of government purchasing cooperatives is recognized as a procurement best practice by NIGP -- The Institute for Public Procurement.

U.S. Communities acknowledges the following agencies and education institutions for their great work in saving taxpayer dollars as well as the nonprofit organizations for fulfilling their fiduciary obligations with donations or other sources of funding.

2017 Awards

School District of Lee County

School District of Lee County

May 10
Fort Myers, FL

Jennifer Nolan, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the School District of Lee County. Pictured from left to right: Joni Al-Shabibi, Lorie Nein, Doug Gupton, Lori Spiczka, Tracey Adams, Susan Malay, Jennifer Nolan, Jim Carrasco, Susan Bard, Rich Cowie and Dr. Ami Desamours. 

State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana

April 13
Baton Rouge, LA

Dave Manz, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the State of Louisiana. Pictured from left to right: Gina Purpera, Karen Loftin, Dave Manz, Paula Trege, Jonathan Walker and Felicia Sonnier.

City of Atlanta

City of Atlanta 

March 28
Atlanta, GA

William Burnett, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the City of Atlanta. Pictured from left to right: William Burnett; Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta; and Louie Watson, Managing Director of The United States Conference of Mayors. 

2016 Awards

Tippecanoe School Corporation 

November 23
Lafayette, IN

Doug Looney, Senior Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Pictured from left to right: Amanda Brackett, Chief Financial Officer; Karmen Redinbo, Accounts Payable Processor; Lana Crum, Deputy Treasurer; and Doug Looney. 

School Board of Miami Dade County

October 19
Miami, FL

Jennifer Nolan, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the School Board of Miami Dade County. Pictured from left to right: Adenia Clark, Director; Jennifer Nolan; Melody Thelwell, Chief Procurement Officer; and Carla Williams, Procurement Fiscal Specialist.

Dakota County

September 28
Dakota County, MN

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Dakota County. Pictured from left to right: Lenny Schmitz, Contract Specialist; Debra Lesmeister, Purchasing Manager; Chris Oltmanns; Jean Erickson, Deputy County Manager/OMB Division Director; Jamie Sabelko, Assistant Buyer; and Scott Burkhart, Buyer.

Albany County

September 1
Albany, NY

Zac Adams, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Albany County. Pictured is Karen Storm, Purchasing Agency for Albany County, NY.

University of Cincinnati

August 29
Cincinnati, OH

Doug Looney, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the University of Cincinnati Purchasing Department. Pictured from left to right: Sam Patton, Thomas Guerin, Doug Looney, Chad Anton and Cindy Franklin. 

Houston Community College

August 16
Houston, TX

Dave Manz, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Houston Community College. Pictured is the Houston Community College Purchasing Department.

City of Raleigh 

August 3
Raleigh, NC

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the City of Raleigh. Pictured is Mary Waller, Purchasing Manager and the Purchasing Team.

Waukee Community Schools

July 11
Waukee, IA 

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Waukee Community Schools. Pictured Front Row (left to right) School Board Members: Susan Bunz, Dave Cunningham, Mary Scheve and Wendy Liskey; Back Row: Patrick Nehls, School Board Member; Chris Oltmanns; Lora Appenzeller-Miller, Chief Financial Officer; and Ethan Huisman, School Board Member. 

Olathe Public Schools USD 233 

June 29
Olathe, KS

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Olathe Public Schools USD 233. Pictured from left to right: Mike Wachtman, Program Manager for U.S. Communities; Chris Oltmanns; Rebecca Giannola, Purchasing Buyer; John Hutchison, Chief Financial and Operations Officer; and Merle Hastert, Director of Business Services. 

Ohio State University 

June 21
Columbus, OH

Doug Looney, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Ohio State University Purchasing team. Pictured from left to right: Richard Wagner, John Fallidas, Cristal Penn, Christine Cihon, Tracy Rawlings and Doug Looney. 

University of West Georgia

June 15
Carrollton, GA

Tyler McCall, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the University of West Georgia. Pictured from left to right: Jeanna Lambert; Rick Sears, University Controller; Connie Smith; Lisa Elliot; Shelly Parker; Mark Reeves, Auxiliary Services; Randall Dodson, Dine West; and Tyler McCall.

County of Sacramento

June 13
Sacramento, CA

Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the County of Sacramento. Pictured from left to right: Jonathan Martinez, Contract Services Officer l; Jason Angel; Craig Rader, Purchasing Agent; Dianna Baird, Contract Services Officer ll; Barry Brun, Senior Contract Services Officer; and John Laino, Senior Contract Services Officer.

Henry County

June 9
McDonough, GA

Tyler McCall, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the Henry County Purchasing team. Pictured from left to right: Tyler McCall, Janine Robertson, Rita Cockrell, Susan Harris, Denise Stegar, Rod Gray and Brent Williams, Association County Commissioners of GA.

Palm Beach County

June 7
West Palm Beach, FL

David Kidd, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Palm Beach County. Pictured Front Row (left to right): Kathy Scarlett, Director of Purchasing; Mayor Mary Berger; Donna Pagel, Purchasing Manager; Back Row: Todd Bonlarron, Assistant County Administrator; Scott Shalley, Director of Florida Association of Counties; David Kidd; Samara Cooper, Assistant Director of Purchasing; Angela Sims; and Bryan Desloge, President of National Association of Counties, Leon County Commissioner.

DeKalb County

May 31
Decatur, GA

Tyler McCall, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to DeKalb County. Pictured from left to right: Phyllis Head; Cathryn Horner; Brent Williams, Association of County Commissioners of GA; Talisa R. Clark, Interim Chief Procurement Officer; Warrick Sams; Tyler McCall; and Delois Robinson. Click here to Read More!

County of Marin

May 5
San Rafael, CA

Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the County of Marin. Pictured from left to right: Vickie Lewis, Buyer II; Jason Angel; and Lea Carre, Buyer II.

City of Concord

May 4
Concord, CA 

Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the City of Concord. Pictured from left to right: Rita Dennis, Central Storekeeper; Jason Angel; Karen Reid, Director of Finance; and Debbie Wellnitz, Purchasing Manager.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

April 27
Anne Arundel County, MD

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Pictured is Mary Jo Childs, Supervisor of Purchasing and the Purchasing Team. 

Loudoun County Public Schools

April 25
Ashburn, VA

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to Loudoun County Public Schools. Pictured is Andrea Philyaw, Procurement Director and the Purchasing Team. 

City of Phoenix

April 19
Phoenix, AZ

Rob Fiorilli, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the City of Phoenix Purchasing Department. Pictured from left to right: Ai Linn Smith, Denise Olson (CFO), Adriana Phillips, Donna Brown, Jim Campion, Dora Chavez, Kathy Small, Rudy Melendez, Roseann Yrigoyen, Dave Brockman, Kim Harper, Michelle Honea, Edith Barrera and Rose Camacho.

Marana Unified School District

March 30
Marana, AZ

Rob Fiorilli, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the Marana Unified School District Purchasing Department. Pictured from left to right: Rob Fiorilli, Dan Contorno, Sue Rose, Eva Grove, Yvonne Volpe and Susan Garcia. 

Baltimore City Public Schools

January 20
Baltimore, MD

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents a customer appreciation award to the Baltimore City Public Schools Purchasing Department. Also pictured Donald Kennedy Sr., CFO (front left) and Jeff Parker, Director (front middle). 

 

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Past Recipients

2015 Awards

 School District of Philadelphia, PA
 Buffalo Board of Education, NY
 San Jose Unified School District, CA
 City of Des Moines, IA
 City of Saint Paul, MN 
 City of San Diego, CA
Cook County, IL
State of Mississippi, MS
City of San Jose, CA
Akron Metro Housing Authority, OH
City of El Paso, TX
City of Columbia, SC
Greene County, MO
County of San Bernardino, CA
County of Orange, CA
Fort Bend County, TX
Toledo Public Schools, OH
City of Tampa, FL
The Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission, MD
City of Richmond, CA
City of Stockton, CA
Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA
Fulton County Government, GA 

2014 Awards

School District of Manatee County, FL 
University of Arizona, AZ
Arlington County, VA

School District of Manatee County, FL 
University of Arizona, AZ
Arlington County, VA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA

Richland School District One, SC
University of Alabama, AL
State of Maryland, MD
Housing Authority of the City of Madera, CA
O.C.E.A.N., Inc., NJ
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
Port of Oakland, CA
San Diego Housing Commission, CA
San Diego Regional Airport Authority, CA
East Side Union High School, CA
City of Orlando, FL
The School District of Osceola County, FL

 
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2013 Awards

Tarrant County College, TX
Orange County, FL
Charlotte County, FL

Tarrant County College, TX
Orange County, FL
Charlotte County, FL
Hillsborough County, FL
County of Riverside, CA
City of Chicago, IL
Marin County, CA
City of Raleigh, NC
City of Phoenix, AZ
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C.
Cook County Housing Authority, IL
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority, VA
Union County Public Schools, NC

 
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2012 Awards

City of Tucson, AZ
City of Irvine, CA
County of San Bernardino, CA

City of Tucson, AZ
City of Irvine, CA
County of San Bernardino, CA
Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
Pomona Unified School District, CA
Port of San Diego, CA
Riverside Community College District, CA
Sonoma County, CA
Adams County School District 50, CO
Boulder Valley School District, CO
City of Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs School District #11, CO
City of Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University, FL
Pasco County Schools, FL
Pinellas County Schools, FL
School District of Leon County, FL
Volusia County School Board, FL
Des Moines Public Schools, IA
Louisville Metro Government, KY
MIT, MA
City of Rockville, MD
Housing Authority of Baltimore City, MD
Howard County Public Schools, MD
Anoka County, MN
City of Minneapolis, MN
St Louis Public Schools, MO
Newark Housing Authority, NJ
Ocean Inc., NJ
Princeton University, NJ
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, OH
City of Portland, OR
Allegheny County, PA
Drexel University, PA
Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN
City of Allen, TX
City of Austin, TX
City of Corpus Christi, TX
City of Dallas, TX
Harris County, TX
Northeast Independent School District, TX
Richardson Independent School District, TX
Round Rock Independent School District, TX
San Antonio Independent School District, TX
University of Texas San Antonio, TX
Pierce County, WA

 
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2011 Awards

Scottsdale Unified School District, AZ

City of Richmond, CA
Adams 12 Five Star Schools, CO

Scottsdale Unified School District, AZ

City of Richmond, CA
Adams 12 Five Star Schools, CO
Douglas County School District, CO
City of Miami, FL
City of Naples, FL
Collier County School Board, FL
Lee County Board of County Commissioners, FL
Clayton County, GA
DeKalb County Schools, GA
Wichita Public Schools, KS
Anne Arundel County Government, MD
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD
Howard County Government, MD
Guilford County Schools, NC
Bernalillo County, NM
Clark County, NV
Portland Public Schools, OR
Austin Independent School District, TX
Bexar County, TX
City of Fort Worth, TX
Dallas Independent School District, TX
Plano Independent School District, TX
Round Rock Independent School District, TX
Seattle Public Schools, WA

 
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