Procurement Champion Kirk Buffington on Leadership and Career Opportunities in Purchasing

The Big Bid Theory Oct 16, 2023

Procurement trailblazer Kirk Buffington joins us to reflect on key lessons and takeaways from NIGP Forum 2023 and championing professional development. With over 30 years of experience, Kirk shares his journey to leadership within NIGP, FAPPO and elsewhere. Kirk weighs in on TBBT’s announcement of the ‘David and Beverly Nash Leadership Award’ to be presented in recognition of fellow leaders, who have gone above and beyond in the advancement of the procurement profession.

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We discuss considerations for those contemplating pursuing a leadership position in purchasing, along with the resulting rewards of service. Contemplating a career in the purchasing field? Kirk shares his perspective and thoughts. Don't miss this wisdom-filled conversation with a dedicated advocate for procurement excellence!

Rick closes down the episode with a Crazy Bids you can win that decorates an already outstanding episode.

All of that and more. A lot more!

Our Guest: Kirk Buffington, FNIGP, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, C.P.M., MBA, MLS

Kirk Buffington is a dedicated leader in the procurement profession with over 30 years of experience. He is the former Director of Finance and Procurement for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Kirk has been an active member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) since 1993. He has held numerous leadership positions within NIGP at both the chapter and national levels. Kirk served as President of the NIGP Southeast Florida Chapter, as well as President of NIGP Inc. from 2008-2009.

At the 2023 NIGP Forum, Kirk was named an Albert H. Hall NIGP Fellow in recognition of his significant contributions to the advancement of public procurement. He was also honored with NIGP's Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and commitment to the institute.

Kirk earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. He recently graduated with a Master's degree in Legal Studies from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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