5:00 PM Pre-Dinner Networking Social
Meet and engage with supply chain professionals, and establish lasting external connections in a social setting. Cash bar available.
6:00 PM Networking Dinner
ISM-Houston hosts a private room at Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria to meet and engage with supply chain professionals, and establish lasting external connections in a social setting. Cash bar available.
Dine with us as we communicate news and opportunities within our organization and our industry.
7:00 PM Keynote - Supply Chain in the Secondary Education Sector
Please join us to learn about what supply chain/procurement is like at the largest school district in Texas, and how HISD's Procurement Services Team twice won top honors from The National Purchasing Institute.
Rick Gay, HISD
Richard L. “Rick” Gay has extensive experience in increasingly responsible administrative management and staff positions with the US Military, State and Local Government, Academia, Corporate Business and Public Education. He is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) through the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and a Registered School Business Official (RSBO) through the Association of School Business Officials for Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also a Registered Texas School Business Administrator (RTSBA) through the Texas Association of School Business Officials.
He came to the Houston Independent School District in August of 2015 from Baltimore County Public Schools. From July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007 he served as the President of the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a published author internationally, nationally and regionally as well as having also presented as a public speaker at regional and national conferences, and webinars.
Upon graduation from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1978 he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Field Artillery. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army and United States Army Reserve culminating with his assignment as a Lieutenant Colonel and Senior Instructor with the U. S. Army Command & General Staff College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the U.S. Army Parachutists Wings. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Troy University as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston. As a young man growing up in Houston, Texas he also earned his Eagle Scout badge with the Boy Scouts of America.
HISD is the 7th largest school district in the nation with 283 campuses and 29,000 employees serving 215,000 students. He takes pride in ensuring that HISD’s bid specifications and contract documents are designed to optimize the quality of goods and services while at the same time minimizing the financial risk to the district. HISD strives to offer a fair and equitable bidding environment that encourages minority and small business participation in all contracts within a $2 Billion budget. During FY 2017 he increased HISD’s local spend to 88% in Texas with 36% in HISD and 40% in Houston/Harris County. In the fall of 2016 HISD Procurement Services was a recipient of the “Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award” from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). In 2016 and 2017 HISD was awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute, and in November 2017 HISD received the Texas Association of School Business Officials Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations with Recognized Status. Also in 2017 our Supplier Diversity Team in HISD Business Assistance, was named Community Partner of the Year by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for their work with the city's Mentor Protégée Program. Over the last 20 plus years his business practices and initiatives have saved the taxpayers over $70 million.
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