U.S. Communities

Excellence in Cooperative Purchasing

Distinguished Leaders in our Communities

 
 

We celebrate excellence. Helping organizations deliver savings and value is what we do every day. We recognize individuals, teams or departments for their commitment and participation in the U.S. Communities program through our award of Excellence in Cooperative Purchasing. These organizations exemplify a model of excellence utilizing industry best practices with the use of cooperative contracts and delivering savings and value to their organization. 

U.S. Communities and our national sponsors proudly honor these organizations that are leaders in saving taxpayer dollars through the use of cooperative purchasing. 

2017 Awards

School District of Palm Beach County 

November 9
West Palm Beach, FL

Jennifer Nolan, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the School District of Palm Beach County. Pictured from left to right: Katrina Todd, Renee Murray, Dennis Messerli, Jackie Walsh, Jan Butts, Karen Adducci, Anne Berry, Genell McMann, Justin Jaska, Michelle Thissell, Morris Simpson, Lynn Nath, Darci Garbacz, Dick Hardman, Wendy, Kristen Doyle and Pat Seeger. Not pictured: Andi Starkins, Cindy Rand and Debra Hammerschlag.

Portland Community College 

November 2
Portland, OR

Michelle Phelps, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the Portland Community College Purchasing Department.

City of Huntsville 

October 26
Huntsville, AL

Shane Springer, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the City of Huntsville. Pictured from left to right: Jim Lawson, Shane Springer and Melanie McClure. 

Huntsville City Schools 

October 24
Huntsville, AL

Shane Springer, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Huntsville City Schools. Pictured from left to right: Donna Haraway, Janice Rogers, Pam Phillips and Shane Springer.

Milwaukee Public Schools 

October 10
Milwaukee, WI

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Milwaukee Public Schools. Pictured from left to right: Shirlean Clayton, Aaron Konkol, Kari Race, Emily Van Deraa, and Nick Rechlitz, behind Kari is Renee Stanley, Leila Sadoughian and Matt Kuhn.

City of Independence 

October 4
Independence, MO

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the City of Independence. Pictured from left to right: Richelieu Sese, Russell Pankey, Chris Oltmanns, Michelle Vo, Mickey Churchill, Councilwoman DeLuccie, and Crystal Greer.

Dallas Housing Authority

September 27
Dallas, TX

Michelle Vo, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the Dallas Housing Authority. Pictured from left to right: Syed Raza, Purchasing Director; Michelle Vo; Maria Contreras, Purchasing Agent; and Marvin Suttice, Contract Specialist. 

University of North Dakota

September 26
Grand Forks, ND

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the University of North Dakota. Pictured from left to right: Janelle McGarry, Anna Leddige, Dawn Lommen, Dave Krause, Eileen Johnson, Jana Thompson, Cathy Anderson, Jan Bakken, and Carl Iseminger.

Covina-Valley Unified School District

September 22
Covina, CA

Rob Fiorilli, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Covina-Valley Unified School District. Pictured from left to right: Jeannette Lao-Maniti, Robin Harbert, Ann Abadie, Carol McFarland and Rob Fiorilli.

University of South Alabama

August 23
Mobile, AL

David Kidd, National Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the University of South Alabama. Pictured from left to right: David Kidd; Adam McKelroy, Purchasing Accountant II; and Robert Brown, Purchasing Director.

Kyrene School District

August 17
Tempe, AZ

Rob Fiorilli, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Kyrene School District. Pictured from left to right: David Kidd, National Program Manager; Barbie Well, Senior Buyer; Jani Fasulo, Assistant Director-Business Services; and Rob Fiorilli. 

Regional Transportation District

August 10
Denver, CO

Michelle Phelps, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the Regional Transportation District. Pictured from left to right: Leo Fautsch, Senior Buyer; Jackie Goodall, Buyer; Ed Gonzales, Purchasing Agent; Matt Richey, Purchasing Agent; Linda Wells, Purchasing Agent; Brian Iacono, Senior Manager, Materials Management; Ron Bibeau, Purchasing Agent; John Dawson, Purchasing Agent; and John Baca, Manager, Materials Handling and Purchasing.

Richmond Public Schools

August 8
Richmond, VA

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Richmond Public Schools. Pictured from left to right: Chuck Ward, Director; Shaunta Henderson, Buyer; and Matt East. 

Lake Washington School District

August 3
Redmond, WA

Michelle Phelps, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the Lake Washington School District. Pictured from left to right: Marlee Sunderland, Senior Buyer; Maria Pia D'Amato, Administrative Secretary; Robert Trepanier, Purchasing Manager; and Michelle Phelps.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

August 2
Boston, MA

Zac Adams, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division. Pictured from left to right: Steve Lyons, Deputy Strategic Sourcing Lead; Zac Adams; and Maureen Barends, Director of Strategic Sourcing Services.

Washington County Public Schools

July 26
Hagerstown, MD

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Washington County Public Schools. Pictured is Scott Bachtell, Supervisor of Purchasing for Washington County Public Schools, MD.

Contra Costa County

July 25
Contra Costa County, CA

Jason Angel, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Contra Costa County. Pictured is David Gould, Purchasing Manager for Contra Costa County, CA.

District of Columbia

July 25
Washington, DC

Matt East, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Priscilla Mack, Office of Procurement Director and the Purchasing Team for Contracts and Procurement in Washington, DC. 

University of Central Florida

July 19
Orlando, FL

Jennifer Nolan, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the University of Central Florida. Pictured is the University of Central Florida Procurement Services team. 

County of Ventura

June 15
Ventura, CA

Rob Fiorilli, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to the County of Ventura. Pictured from left for right, sitting: Jody Howard, Bettina Vicencio, and Glenna Streed. Pictured from left to right, standing: Boyd Donavon, Maria Moreno, Cynthia Rose Lopez, Rosa Ceniceros, Jeralee Seymour, Rob Fiorilli, Rick Tolentino, and Curtis Heath.

Dane County

May 23
Madison, WI

Chris Oltmanns, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an award to Dane County. Pictured is Carolyn Clow, CPPB, Purchasing Agent for Dane County, WI.

School District of Lee County

School District of Lee County

May 10
Fort Myers, FL

Jennifer Nolan, Program Manager for U.S. Communities, presents an 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 an 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 an 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. 

 

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Past Recipients

2016 Awards

Tippecanoe School Corporation, IN
School Board of Miami Dade County, FL
Dakota County, MN
Albany County, NY
University of Cincinnati, OH
Houston Community College, TX
City of Raleigh, NC
Waukee Community Schools, IA
Olathe Public Schools USD 233, KS
Ohio State University, OH
University of West Georgia, GA
County of Sacramento, CA
Henry County, GA
Palm Beach County, FL
DeKalb County, GA
County of Marin, CA
City of Concord, CA
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD
Loudoun County Public Schools, VA
City of Phoenix, AZ
Baltimore City Public Schools, MD

2015 Awards

School District of Philadelphia, PA
Buffalo Board of Education, NY
San Jose Unified School District, CA

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 

 
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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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