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South Florida Professionals Come Together at FAU to Discuss Procurement

BOCA RATON, FL (April 2, 2012) - Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business and the South Florida Procurement Professionals (SFPP) recently co-sponsored the 2012 Procurement Best Practices and Networking Summit at FAU’s Office Depot Center for Executive Education, Boca Raton campus.

Senior procurement leaders and their teams from South Florida’s most prominent companies including Office Depot, DHL, Southern Wine & Spirits, JM Family, AutoNation, Brightstar, Citrix, Royal Caribbean and others came together to share best practices. SFPP has recently partnered with the Operations Group in the Department of Information Technology & Operations Management (ITOM) at FAU’s College of Business.  The scope of their partnership covers procurement and supply chain education for FAU students, indirect procurement corporate training for SFPP members, and workforce development in procurement and related fields in South Florida. 

The highlight of the event was the keynote address by Chris Sawchuk, global procurement advisory practice leader from The Hackett Group, a global strategic business advisory, operations consulting and finance strategy firm that is a leader in business best practices.  The presentation on “Procurement Benchmarking & 2102 Key Indicators” was followed by breakout sessions in which attendees discussed and shared best practices within procurement categories such as Facilities/Warehousing, IT/Telecom, Category Management Best Practices, Professional Services/HR, Marketing and Travel.

Alan Rice, senior director of non-trade procurement at Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., made the opening comments at the event.  Tamara Dinev, Ph.D., chair of ITOM, welcomed the attendees to FAU and presented the role and achievements of ITOM.  Ravi Behara, Ph.D., associate professor in operations, presented current and future activities that define the SFPP-ITOM relationship, and highlighted the executive, graduate and undergraduate programs in operations management that ITOM offers.  Karen Dye, Ph.D., ITOM faculty with expertise in supply chain, also attended.

For more information, contact Tamara Dinev at 561-297- 3181 or tdinev@fau.edu.

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About SFPP :
The South Florida Procurement Professionals (SFPP) is a networking group for procurement leaders located in southern Florida who want to engage with peers in the local South Florida area for the purpose of information sharing and professional educational opportunities .

About ITOM:
The Information Technology & Operations Management Department at the FAU College of Business is a team of dedicated and distinguished faculty who prepare MBA and undergraduate students for careers in IT and Operations functions within for-profit, start-up, not-for-profit, and government organizations.


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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