Corporate United will be kicking off its annual SYNERGY conference next week in Chicago. If you’re not familiar with SYNERGY, it is a widely respected event that features some great speakers and the chance to interact with some top-notch procurement leaders.

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On Wednesday May 5, I will be presenting “Five Purchasing Best Practices” – a condensed version of the Next Level Purchasing online class “14 Purchasing Best Practices.” Specifically, I will be covering:

  • Utilizing A Buying Plan
  • Building Cross-Functional Commodity Teams
  • Utilizing Five Types of Proposal Analysis Strategies
  • Managing Supplier Performance
  • Conducting A Risk Assessment

But, enough about me! There are some other workshops that are perhaps even more exciting. For example, Gartner’s Debbie Wilson will be presenting “Procurement Technology Deployment: The Four-Phase Journey To Best-in-Class.” Also, I am hoping to catch the presentation entitled “Developing Category Management Results through Improved Market Intelligence” by Robert Handfield, PhD and comparing Dr. Handfield’s approach with that of emerging expert (and fellow Pittsburgher) David Hargraves.

SYNERGY is a conference that is approved for Continuing Education Hours that may be used towards SPSM and SPSM2 recertification. A list of other procurement conferences whose CEH’s are preapproved can be found here.

I hope to see you next week at SYNERGY!

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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