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Commitment to Excellence 2024 MAPP Conference

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 1:00 PM until Friday, April 12, 2024, 12:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Camden on the Lake
2359 Bittersweet Rd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Kara M. Daniel, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
Program Chair
417-523-0225 (p)
Annual Conference
Registration is closed
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations after 4/1/24 will not be refunded.
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Full Conference
Daily Rate Friday
Daily Rate Thursday
Daily Rate Wednesday
Board Member Registration

Join us for the 2024 MAPP Conference

Commitment to Excellence:  Elevating Excellence Together!

Camden on the Lake April 10-12th 2024


  • MAPP Members:
    • $175.00 (full conference and offered meals)
    • Daily Rate $70
  • Public Procurement Professionals who are not MAPP Members:
    • $200.00 (full conference and offered meals)
    • Daily Rate: $85
    • This rate is for public procurement professionals not for vendors.

Registrations may be paid for via debit/credit card on the MAPP website or by mailing a check to the following address.

City of Lebanon

Attn: Jessica Meiners

401 South Jefferson

Lebanon, MO 65536

Scholarships are available to eligible members see the MAPP website for full details.

Vendors: To register for our Speed Networking event Click Here


Hotel Information

The room rate is $124 plus applicable taxes.  Reservation code is MAPP0424. Book early the hotel is limited to 116 guest rooms. A request has been made for an early check-in and late check-out, please check with the property 1-2 days out. In the event the Camden on the Lake is sold out near by properties are Alhonna Resort, The Lodge of the Four Seasons, The Regalia,  and The Rockwood Resort Motel.

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The event charity will be the Honor Flight of the Ozarks.  We will be collecting monetary donations throughout the event for this organization.  To learn more about the Honor Flight of the Ozarks Click Here.

Agenda (the agenda is subject to change): 


DAY ONE, Wednesday, April 10, 2024

10:00 | Registration

11:30-12:30 | Gary Stoll Luncheon: Room Location Lakeside  First-timers, Young Professionals (40 and younger), and New to the Profession (three years or less) are welcome to attend.  You must RSVP in the registration process to attend the luncheon. 

1:00 | Plenary Welcome Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance by Camdenton High School JROTC, Welcome Karen Boeger, CPPB, Director Division of Purchasing State of Missouri, Office of Administration

1:15-2:45 | Opening Plenary Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom Picture-Perfect Procurement Presented by Rick Grimm, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS, CEO of NIGP: Experts say that the five key attributes of a professional photographer are: creativity and imagination; an eye for detail; patience and flexibility; good people skills; and passion.  By the way, these are also the attributes of a successful professional public purchasing official.  So, what lessons can we learn from professional photography that apply to the work we do in public procurement? It’s really about the combination of the right competencies and the right tools needed to produce brilliant results. Let’s explore how the best behaviors, lenses and tripods result in a Picture-Perfect Procurement.       (1.5 hours) 


3:00-5:00 | Speed Networking: Room Location: Gravois/Osage Lightning Networking Procurement Professionals + Vendors MAPP Members - there will be giveaways and door prizes at this event!

5:30 | Procure-It Trivia Challenge: Room Location Harbor Ballroom (Trivia Night, Cash Bar, & Dinner) 

DAY TWO, Thursday, April 11, 2024

7:00 | Registration

7:00 – 8:00 | Breakfast: Room Location Lakeside

8:15 | Welcome Room Location Harbor Ballroom 

8:30-10:00 | Plenary Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom Developing a High-Performance Statement of Work Presented by: Dr. Jake Smithwick Center for Procurement Excellence (CPE) (1.5 hours) Developing a clear Statement of Work (SOW) can be challenging.  Some SOWs are vague and lack critical details; others have requirements that are over prescriptive or limit the ability for suppliers to bring innovative ideas.  The core elements of a High-Preforming SOW will also be shared along with tangible examples from a variety of projects (e.g. IT/Software, Design/Construction, Facilities & Operations, Business and Professional Services, and more.)


10:15-11:45 Entity Breakouts  Cities, Counties, State, MODOT, Public Education, Public Utilities, and Special Interests (1.25 hours)  At these sessions attendees will break out by entity type to talk about challenges, share success, and ask questions of their peers.  These breakouts are safe spaces for us to share ideas with each other.
Cities Moderators: Jessica Meiners & Michelle Sorensen Room Location Gravois 
Counties Moderators: Melinda Bobbitt & Amy Gerkin Room Location Niangua
State Moderators: Amy Raymo, Teri Schulte, and Leslie Kemna Room Location Harbor Ballroom
MODOT Moderators: Stephanie Lewis & Stephanie Agee Room Location Osage
Public Education, Public Utilities, and Special Interest Moderators: Kara M. Daniel & Bob Walla Room Location Grand Glaize

12:00 | Awards Luncheon: Room Location Lakeside Each year MAPP gives out chapter awards to our members for Buyer of the year (Large and Small Entity), Manager of the Year (Large and Small Entity), Agency of the Year, and the Linda D. Windsor Distinguished Service Award

1:00-2:30 | Breakout Sessions: Choose one of the following to attend. (1.5 hour each) 
Room Location Gravois DBE Initiatives Presented by: Kris Bockting Missouri APEX formerly Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC)

Room Location Harbor Ballroom Procurement Topic Don't Reinvent the Wheel: State Procurement Tools, Processes, and Other Available State Resources to Use Presented by: Karen Boeger, CPPB, Director Division of Purchasing State of Missouri, Office of Administration


2:45-3:45 | Plenary Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom Generative AI the New Tool in the Toolkit Presented by: Dustin Lanier, CPPO (1 hour)  

Generative AI like ChatGPT captured the world's imagination when it was released broadly in November 2022.  How can this new tool be wielded?  Dustin Lanier will define this new capability, discuss how public procurement can use this today, and new services Civic Initiatives is using and will be sharing in a new innovation lab space called

3:45 | Chapter Board Meeting: Room Location Harbor Ballroom (Vendors are not allowed to attend Chapter Board Meetings)  - Each year MAPP holds a Chapter Board Meeting open to all MAPP members.  This meeting gives attendees a behind the scenes view on Board actions, upcoming events, and allows time for Q&A. 

4:30 | Wrap Up

Dinner on your own

DAY THREE, Friday, April 12, 2024

7:00 – 8:00 | Breakfast Room Location Lakeside

8:15 | Welcome Room Location Harbor Ballroom 

8:30-10:00 | Plenary Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom  Legal & Risk Management in Government Procurement Panel Discussion facilitated by Kim Hopkins-Will, MBA, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, Featuring City Attorneys from the City of Nixa Nick Woodman and the City of Independence/Lauber Municipal Law, Nathan M. Nickolaus, & Risk Management Expert Sandra J. Meyers, CPA, CPCU, ARM-E, CISM Clinical Assistant Professor at Missouri State University (1.5 hours)


10:15-11:45 | Plenary Session: Room Location Harbor Ballroom The Number One Strategy to Build Trust & Create Success in Procurement Presented By: Alex Demczak attendees will receive a copy of Alex's book! (1.5 hours) 

11:45 | Closing Room Location Harbor Ballroom 

9.75 Contact Hours



Cancellations after April 1, 2024 will not be refunded


Speaker Line Up (this list will continue to grow as we get closer to the conference)


Rick Grimm became NIGP’s fifth Chief Executive Officer in January 1998. Rick holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He served county governments and public school districts for 23 years, including over 12 years in the management of the public procurement function. Achieving CPPB certification in 1987 and CPPO certification in 1992, Rick received the NIGP Professional Purchasing Manager of the Year in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the NIGP Board of Directors – serving in this capacity until his appointment as the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer. Rick also served as President of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) in 2004-2005. Rick also serves on the Supervisory Board for the U.S. Communities national purchasing cooperative program. Under Rick’s leadership, the Institute has developed, supported and promoted the public procurement profession in several arenas. To develop the professional through a continuous learning environment, NIGP re-wrote its major curriculum authored by academicians and practitioners under the LEAP Program. The Institute has also added distance learning opportunities to NIGP’s growing list of educational offerings – including Webinars on contemporary topics and intensive online courses. To support the membership, NIGP has instituted an agency accreditation program, a partnership with Florida Atlantic University, the establishment of the Public Procurement Research Center, a Journal of Public Procurement, a number of new online resource tools, a comprehensive marketing plan, several enhancements to the NIGP Web site. To promote the profession, NIGP has focused on its vision, mission and strategic planning process, it has adopted revisions to governance that streamlines the work of the Board of Directors and national committees, and it has adopted public policy resolutions advocating the value of public procurement, and has reached out to the supplier community through the NIGP Business Council. Under his leadership, the Institute also launched an umbrella partnership with seven other public procurement associations under the National Council for Public Procurement and Contracting. In support of the Board’s strategic plan, and to demonstrate the Institute’s leadership and commitment as the leading authority in public procurement, the Institute is leading a collaborative effort to develop public procurement practices that are based on six key values and related guiding principles. And in support of the Board’s vision to be a vibrant international association, Rick has been instrumental in developing a Partnership for Public Good with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply – the world’s largest procurement association serving 60,000 members in 151 countries. Since Rick’s appointment in 1998, 20 new NIGP Chapter Affiliates have been chartered including the Institute’s first student chapter on the campus of the California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona. A staff of 18 has grown to 31 professionals located in Herndon, Virginia and the budget needed to sustain member programs now exceeds $5 million.

Alex Demczak

Alex Demczak is a former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. Alex graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. Alex is an inspiring communicator, facilitator and trainer who challenges businesses, schools, sports teams, and non-profits to maximize their potential and make a difference. Alex is the author of Thrive U. The inspirational book is a collection of stories from 100 collegiate and professional athletes from across the country. The book has been used by many youth groups, schools, and businesses as a resource to help others maximize their platform and Thrive rather than simply survive.

Alex’s Leadership and Speaking

Alex Demczak is a top keynote speaker and trainer for the Jon Gordon Companies. He frequently delivers keynotes and conducts training programs based on The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team with the goal of helping leaders transform their teams and change the world. Alex is an innovative entrepreneur that has a knack for starting new ventures such as Thrive U, Coach’s Corner, MU Courtesy Carts, Thrive, Speakers, Ignite small groups, and collaborates with multiple startups.

Alex is passionate about helping high-performance leaders take the next step in their leadership journey. Alex has worked with some most successful companies across various industries. Some of Alex’s past clients include The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Veterans United Home loans, OneCoast Retailers, O’shea Builders, and many others. Alex’s mission is to help people increase their performance, enhance their leadership, and maximize their life.

Bill Davison, CPPO

He has a Masters in Acquisition and Contract Administration from Florida Tech, and B.S. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Currently Bill is a Procurement Consultant for Nashville Airport.  He has worked on numerous IT projects. During the pandemic Bill was a Senior Strategic Sourcing Officer for Santa Clara County California. He worked with medical team sourcing medical equipment and PPE. Previously Bill was the Director of Purchasing for Stearns County MN responsible for supervising the purchase of all goods and services, operation of the mail and copy center and the receiving function. Developed bid documents and provided contract administration for the construction of County Administration Center, Law Enforcement Facility, Courts Facility and Parks Facility at an approximate cost of $25,000,000.  He has Experience in Design Build and Traditional bidding. He has developed numerous RFP’s for several enterprise software systems, website projects and professional services including; County financial system, Zoning and planning consultants, architects and automation of Law Enforcement operations and 800 MHz radio


Bill is a master instructor for the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) and has developed curriculum and taught the following NIGP courses; Contract Management; Contracting for Services in the Public Sector, Fundamentals of Leadership,  Requests for Proposals; Introduction to Public Procurement; Intermediate Public Procurement; Advanced Public Procurement; Procurement Management and Welcome to Public Procurement.   Bill was selected by NIGP as the 2000 National Manager of the Year and is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).


Bill is adjunct professor for Norwich University  , he teaches Contract Administration for graduate and undergraduates. Previously he was an adjunct professor for Florida Atlantic University where developed curriculum and taught Contract Administration for graduate and undergraduates.


Bill has authored several procurement texts; He is the co-author of the 2004 LEAP Contract Administration text, and was the text editor for the 1999 Intermediate Public Procurement text, lead author and project manager for the 2000 Contract Management text.   Bill has had several research papers on contract administration accepted for publication and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of procurement and contract administration.

Dustin Lanier, CPPO


Dustin Lanier, a Certified Public Procurement Officer, founded Civic Initiatives in 2010.  Civic Initiatives has supported public procurement offices in over 35 states, with projects in acquisition operations, strategic transformation, and automation success.

In the decade prior to Civic Initiatives, Dustin held a variety of leadership roles related to strategic planning and contracting in Texas state government, including the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the State CIO and the Executive Director of the State Council on Competitive Government, a specialized public procurement function.  

As a thought leader in the public sector procurement industry, Dustin has conducted educational sessions on numerous topics from strategic procurement to planning for the next generation of the procurement workforce. Mr. Lanier has delivered several keynote addresses for major regional governmental procurement association events around the country.

Dustin graduated from Duke University with degrees in Public Policy Studies and Latin American Studies and is a husband and father of three sons residing in Austin, TX.

Nathan M. Nickolaus

Nathan Nickolaus Attorney at Lauber Municipal Law


Nathan M. Nickolaus joined Lauber Municipal Law in 2018 and practices in the areas of general municipal law, economic development, employment matters, environmental law, and general municipal issues. Prior to joining Lauber Municipal Law, Nathan worked for a municipal law firm in the St. Louis area, and also served as General Counsel to the Missouri Department of Economic Development where he advised the state on a broad range of economic development incentive programs and other community development programs. He has also served as the City Counselor, City Prosecutor, and City Administrator for Jefferson City, and as General Counsel for numerous municipalities throughout Missouri. Nathan manages our mid-Missouri office in Jefferson City where he resides with his wife and sons.


University of Missouri—Columbia, J.D., 1988
Indiana State University, M.P.A., 2016
Westminster College, B.A., 1985

Bar Admissions





America’s Most Honored Lawyers, Top 5%
Economic Opportunity subcommittee of the Ferguson Commission, 2015
Recipient of the Lou Czech Award, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, 2012

Relevant Legal Experience

  • Currently serving as City Attorney for the cities of Fayette, Russellville, Kimberling City, Otterville, Meta and Auxvasse and the Village of Arrow Rock, Kingdom City and Centertown
  • Appointed City Counselor for the City of Jefferson City (2003 -2012)
  • Appointed City Administrator for the City of Jefferson City (2011 - 2013)
  • Appointed by Governor as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Economic Development (2013 - 2017)
  • Appointed Village Attorney and Prosecutor for the Village of Wardsville (1988 - 2003)
  • Elected City Prosecutor, City of Jefferson (1991 - 1995)
  • Appointed City Attorney and Prosecutor for the City of Linn (1998-2003)
  • Appointed City Attorney for the City of Ashland (2000-2003)
  • Appointed City Attorney for the City of Holts Summit (1995 - 1998)
  • Appointed City Attorney for the City Attorney, City of Meta (1996 - 2003)
  • Appointed City Attorney for the City Attorney, City of Chamois (1998 - 2001)
  • Appointed City Prosecutor for the City of St. Thomas (1991 - 2000)
  • Appointed City Counselor for the City of Webster Groves (2017-2018)
  • Appointed Special Prosecutor, County of Cole (1992-1995, 1998, 2004)
  • Certified ICS through ICS 400, Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) for Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents
  • Legal Advisor for negotiations that resulted in the largest job creation project in the history of Missouri.
  • Won a first in the nation settlement of over $3 million from Cingular Wireless over cell phone taxation and increasing city tax receipts by over $12 Million during the next six years.
  • Author of The Sunshine Law, MoBar, 3rd Edition 2014 (81 pages). The widely used handbook for open meetings and records in Missouri.
  • Extensive knowledge of municipal utility operations and collections, including suits involving sewer backups and disputes with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Broad knowledge of state economic development incentives and community development tools such as CDBG and Missouri Works, as well as local economic development tools such as Redevelopment Plans, Community Improvement Districts, Transportation Development Districts, and Chapter 100 plans.
  • Extensive knowledge of government pension systems including having served as General Counsel to the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), Missouri Public School Retirement System (PSRS), and local fire pension system.
  • Decades of experience in code enforcement, nuisance abatement and dangerous or dilapidated buildings.
  • Experienced in ordinance and code drafting, including drafting three complete codes.

Professional Affiliations


The Missouri Bar

Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association (President, 2007)

Missouri Bar Local Government Committee (Chairman, 2005-2007)

International Municipal Attorneys Association

Missouri Municipal League

Dr. Jake Smithwick


Dr. Jake Smithwick is the Director of Education with the Center for Procurement Excellence and is a professor at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Jake and his team have assisted hundreds of owners improve performance outcomes across thousands of projects ($15+ Billion of procured services in healthcare, insurance, construction, IT, auxiliary services, design, and more). His industry experience also includes six years in the US Air Force Reserve (civil engineering squadron). RFPs as Part of Procurement Excellence Developing a High-Performing Statement of Work  

Kris Bockting has been with the Missouri APEX Accelerator team since Jan 2020.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.  He serves businesses in 32 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri, coaching them through the government contracting process.  Prior to this APEX career, he was a logistics officer with the US Air Force and Air National Guard.  Kris retired from the Missouri Air National Guard in Oct 2023. He resides in Columbia, MO with his wife and two daughters.


Karen Boeger, CPPB

Director, Division of Purchasing

Office of Administration

State of Missouri




Karen Boeger has been with the State of Missouri, Division of Purchasing in the Office of Administration since March 1984 when she started her purchasing career as an entry-level buyer in the division.  As the Director, Karen oversees the state’s commodities, information technology, and services procurements for Executive Branch agencies and Elected Officials and also oversees the division’s operations and programs for contract management, cooperative procurement, strategic initiatives, procurement authority delegation, and training. 


Prior to becoming Division Director on May 1, 2014, Karen served as Assistant Director for twelve years.  She also previously served as the manager of the division’s Information Technology section and served in various buying roles in the division’s Information Technology, Commodities, and Services Sections before that.


Karen received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri (now UCM).  She is certified as a Certified Professional Public Buyer and is a member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, and the Missouri Association of Public Purchasing.  Karen and her husband, Michael, reside in Jefferson City and have an adult daughter, Caroline, and one grand-dog named Jasper.

Sandy Meyers is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Missouri State University focusing primarily on the Risk Management and Insurance disciplines. Prior to joining the university, she served as the Director of Risk Management for a utility company for many years. Sandy began her career in public accounting and has held management roles in a variety of disciplines including finance, information technology, cyber and physical security, and project management.


Sandy received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Drury University. She is a licensed CPA, a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and has completed an Associates in Risk Management with a specialty in ERM (ARM-E), and an Associates in Insurance (AINS). She also holds both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations.


Sandy serves as the educational advisor for the national Risk Management and Insurance Society’s (RIMS) Higher Education Council, is the current faculty advisor for the Gamma Iota Sigma risk and insurance fraternity on campus, and an active member and liaison for the Ozarks Area RIMS Chapter.

Nick Woodman City Attorney City of Nixa
graduated the University of Missouri, School of Law in 2015. I was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Springfield, Missouri from November 2015 to April 2020. In April of 2020 I became the first full time City Attorney for the City of Nixa.


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