Event Profile

Supply Chain Workshop

September 11 — 12, 2018
The Centennial Hotel
303 W. North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99201 
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Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please call NWPPA at 360-254-0109, and our staff will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Those who work in or support the utility’s supply chain functions, such as purchasing, inventory, materials management, warehousing, and operations personnel.

Workshop Overview:

Speakers and case studies will cover various supply chain topics of interest. Please see the workshop agenda for program details.

Workshop Agenda:

    Tuesday, September 11

    7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and full breakfast buffet

    8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening activity

    8:45-9:45 a.m. Crafting, Casting, and Carrying a Compelling Vision

      Paul D. Casey, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach, Growing Forward Services


    9:45-10:15 a.m. Speed Dating with Purpose

    10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

    10:30-11:15 a.m. Joint Purchasing Agreements 101

      Melinda Pallotta, CPPO, Regional Manager, and Shelley Andrews, Northwest Regional Manager, both with National IPA


    11:15-noon Joint Purchasing Agreement Case Studies

      Jennifer Watkins, Puchasing Analyst, Central Lincoln PUD; Denise Ray, Purchasing Materials Supervisor, Modesto Irrigation District; and Sue Powers, Senior Financial Analyst, Northern Wasco PUD


    Noon-1 p.m. Lunch

    1-2:15 p.m. Roundtable discussions

    2:15-3:45 p.m. Tour of Avista's newly remodeled Post Falls Dam at River Front Park

      Note: This tour will be mostly outside. Please dress appropriately and wear closed toe shoes.


    3:45-4 p.m. Walking Break - Return to RL at the Park Spokane

    4-4:45 p.m. Vendor panel

      Joe Jelke, Spokane Senior Account Representative, WESCO; Matthew Holzer, Sales Representative, Anixter; and Brent Hill, Spokane Sales Representative, General Pacific


    5-7 p.m. Networking reception

    Wednesday, September 12

    7:30-8:30 a.m. Full breakfast buffet

    8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening activity

    8:45-9:45 a.m. Disaster Preparation and Processes

      Gary Urbas, Public Assistance Program Manager, Washington Military Department, Emergency Management Division


    9:45-10:15 a.m. Risk Management: Emergency Procurements and Vendor Relationships

      Steve Lunden, Director of University Purchasing, Gonzaga University


    10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

    10:30-11:30 a.m. Warehouse 101

      Steve Lunden, Director of University Purchasing, Gonzaga University


    11:30 a.m.-noon Roundtable discussions

    Noon-1 p.m. Lunch buffet

    1-2 p.m. Warehouse Safety and Housecleaning Awareness

      Hud Allworth, Materials Management and Warehouse Manager, Snohomish County PUD


    2-2:30 p.m. Utility trivia

      Jennifer Watkins, Puchasing Analyst, Central Lincoln PUD


    2:30-2:45 p.m. Break

    2:45-4 p.m. Roundtable discussions

    4-4:30 p.m. Closing remarks and door-prize drawings

Workshop Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day, and the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon breaks, will be provided.

Workshop Location & Hotel Information:

The Centennial (formerly Hotel RL at the Park – Spokane)
303 W. North River Drive
Spokane, WA  99201
(636) 736-4071 

Room rate: $102 for a standard one-bed room

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than August 13, 2018, to secure this rate. Use group code NWPP0912 when booking your reservation, or book online using this booking link to receive the discounted rate.

Note: The Hotel RL is undergoing a transition to The Centennial. If you have any difficulty making your hotel reservation as they undergo this transition, please contact Janet Denman directly for assistance at 360-816-1443, or janet@nwppa.org.

Workshop Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 8/11/2018): $540
Utility Member Standard: $615

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 8/11/2018): $810
Associate Member Standard: $885

Non-member Early Bird (ends 8/11/2018): $1,620
Non-member Standard: $1,695

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This workshop qualifies for 12 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the workshop.

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