President's Message 2019

Karen Smitherman
Manager of Construction & Energy Contracts at Knox County

I want to thank you for the honor of electing me to serve as ETPA’s President for 2019.  We have a strong slate of Officers, Committee Chairs and Members who are already hard at work planning another successful year for the Association and its members.

Business Matching 2019
Business Matching Co-Chairs, Bonnie Woodward and Ellen Wentworth, are working to plan the 14th Annual Business Matching Event.  More details will be forthcoming as we work through the planning stage.  This is a great opportunity for small, minority, woman and veteran owned business owners to make initial contact or continue to discuss business opportunities with representatives from multiple agencies in one location.  Please plan to represent your entity at the Business Matching event, contact DBE business owners to make them aware of the event, and help get sponsors/tradeshow booths sold.

Possible Merger
At the last two Fall Conferences, we have discussed the possibility of merging the Tennessee Association of Public Purchasing (TAPP), Middle Tennessee Public Purchasing Association (MTPPA), and ETPA into one statewide chapter.  The bylaws committee has completed the preparation of the draft for the proposed single entity; this will be sent to each chapter’s President soon and then distributed to the membership for review.  Each entity will be holding their vote before April 30, 2019.  I ask that you review the document, ask questions prior to the vote, and vote by the deadline.  More details will be released on the voting process soon.  NOTE:  Your ETPA membership must be paid in full and you must be a member in good standing in order to vote.  If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact me or Lynn Farnham, Treasurer.

Please don’t hesitate to inquire about serving on a committee or to help with an event!  If you have interest in a specific event, please reach out to offer your service.  Don’t assume that you are “too new” to the field of procurement; we appreciate and want fresh ideas and outlooks.  If you don’t have the time to dedicate to serving as a Chairperson, offer what time you have.  It’s a great way to help, meet new people, and learn more about ETPA and what we do.