President's Message 2016

It is my privilege to serve as ETPA President again in 2016. 2015 was a great year for ETPA and we plan to keep the momentum going in 2016. Last year we introduced several new initiatives for our membership and we want to establish them in 2016 and introduce new, exciting ideas for our members. Among the initiatives that we want to implement and expand in 2016 are:


  • Awards (Manager and Buyer of the Year as well as Volunteer of the Year)
  • Developing future leaders to take over ETPA leadership
  • Having the most successful and largest Business Matching Event in 2016
  • Having Governor Haslam proclaim March as “Purchasing Month” and increasing member agency events to mark this month.
  • Increased membership involvement through volunteerism, teaching classes/seminars/tasks forces, committee membership, et cetera.
  • Preliminary preparation for hosting NIGP’s national Forum in 2018.
  • Preparation to make a submission for NIGP’s Chapter of the Year in 2017.
  • Recognition of Agency Innovations through awards.
  • Regular meetings in our northeast, central and southeastern parts of the state
  • Roundtables of special topics between regularly scheduled meetings
  • Scholarship program (working with ETPA and earning points for seminar/conference fees)
  • Summer Class (in addition to our class with the Fall Conference)
  • Webpage usage increase so that members have quick access to information.


Our 2016 ETPA leadership team is in place and ready to work with you: 




Vice President

Pamela Cotham

Anderson County


Crystal Key



Lynn Farnham

Roane County


Hazel Gibson

Anderson County


Jolene Combs

Johnson City


Brent Morelock


Professional Development/Program

Karen Smitherman & Valerie Harless

Knox County & Johnson City

Reverse Trade Show

Penny Owens & Lynn Farnham

Knoxville & Roane County


Penny Owens & Crystal Key

Knoxville & Bristol


You too can be a part of leadership-whether a standing committee, an officer or handling a short term task. Not only will you “give back” to the profession, you will earn points toward meeting/seminar/conference fees!

I look forward to serving ETPA and our profession with you in 2016.  

Terry McKee, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., CPCP
President, East Tennessee Purchasing Association 2016