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The panel inspired lively commentary from participants about challenges relating to procurement at the crossroads of a major shift. Studies show that 47 percent of today's procurement professionals will soon be considered redundant, according to recent research1.  To watch the discussion, click on Panel Discussion link. 

Guest panelists left to right: Kate Vitasek, Faculty and Lead Researcher, University of Tennessee; Chris Sawchuk, Principal and Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader Hackett Group; Tim Cummins, CEO, IACCM; and Rick Grimm, CEO at NIGP. Jon Hansen, procurement expert, author and blog talk radio host, moderated the panel.

Panelists discussed how practitioners could maintain their relevancy in the coming years of certain change. Tim, who considered it to be a privilege to participate on the panel, shared IACCM's thoughts on transforming procurement to achieve better contracting outcomes.

Most impressive to Tim throughout the entire event was participants' often stated ambition to find ways to improve their professional effectiveness.  “We were delighted to see the many government procurement practitioners anxious to move to higher levels of procurement and deeper involvement with the business community.”

​Attendees included over 600 professionals in procurement and related functions.  More than 400 members from the vendor community also attended. 

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1.  Procurement Insights, November 21.2014, Leveraging The Power of Procurement Panel Discussion Virginia Forum 2014, by Jon Hansen

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