I started with Palm Beach County in 2004 as a Fiscal Specialist with Facilities Development and Operations (FDO), Facilities Management Division. I was given an amazing opportunity to work at the region level where I performed procurement/storeroom functions. This position enabled me to learn the inner workings of FDO and provided me with facilities management type experience. Within two years, I accepted a promotion with the Purchasing Department where I then spent the next 8 years of my career as a Senior Buyer. The Purchasing Department was an exceptional department to work for as it provided me with extensive knowledge on government procurement. As a Senior Buyer, I was the liaison between the user departments and the vendors for purchasing goods and services. In 2014, I accepted a promotion within FDO as the Procurement & Stores Manager. I managed three types of work groups: Contract Evaluators, Procurement Specialists and Storekeepers. All of these positions are responsible for contract management and procuring goods and services at the region level. I recently accepted a new position within FDO as a Procurement and Business Development Manager. This newly created position is responsible for overseeing the procurement, stores and inventory programs for FDO. I am also involved with outreach to the vendor and contractor communities to promote doing business with Palm Beach County and providing information on how to become a registered vendor. I am hopeful with this new position, we are able to simplify the process and provide vendors and contractors with a single point of contact to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
The Palm Beach Partners is a coalition of City, County, State and non-profit agencies aligned to maximize economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the South Florida region.
The group includes: City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Solid Waste Authority, Office Equal Business Opportunity, Department of Airports and Palm Tran), School District of Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Center for Technology Enterprise and Development (TED Center), and PARAGON Florida, Inc.
Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.
Please join us in making the 2019 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.
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