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Chicago-based SmithBucklin said that it is collaborating with industry volunteer leaders to establish The National Coalition for Public Procurement, an independent community advocating excellence in cooperative contract purchasing practices.
Volunteers from three of the largest U.S. procurement programs for public agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations announced in July that they were establishing NCPP to drive best practices in public cooperative procurement, focusing on transparency, competition, integrity, auditability and process.
“NCPP was founded on the belief that uniting customers and potential customers with national and regional purchasing organizations will ensure the most ethical and best business practices,” said Marc Selvitelli, who will serve as NCPP’s Executive Director. NCPP’s founding organizations include the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Company, the National Joint Powers Alliance and The Cooperative Purchasing Network.
In addition to regular interactions with public procurement practitioners and contract purchasing organizations, NCPP provides an independent forum for members to collectively address cooperative contract procurement concerns. Members also will have the opportunity to participate in advocacy issues with a united voice, and they will have access to a variety of resources to advance best practices in public procurement.
“A major factor in selecting SmithBucklin was its expertise in starting and managing a new organization,” said Todd Abner, NCPP Chairman. “Additionally, SmithBucklin has substantial experience in managing associations that are active in procurement and supply chain.”
“It is a privilege to help launch NCPP,” said Matt Sanderson, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive, Business + Trade Industry Practice. “We look forward to helping establish NCPP as a powerful voice in advocating excellence in public procurement.”
In his role as executive director, Selvitelli will work with the NCPP board to develop a strong strategic vision for the organization. He also will lead all aspects of the coalition’s operations, particularly its advocacy program.
Selvitelli has more than 20 years of experience in association management, including tenure with organizations ranging from small, start-up trade associations to membership organizations with more than 100,000 members. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was awarded the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2002 by the American Society of Association Executives.