April 24, 2019 Dinner Meeting

April 24, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Captain Ray's Buffet and Sushi
5957 E. Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502

"Everything I Know About Procurement I Learned in Wood Shop"

Make plans to attend this unique perspective on how everyone, whether in the private or public sector, evolves and learns to adapt in the ever changing environment to effectively get the job done!

Most of us came to the supply chain profession with diverse backgrounds and education often unrelated to the profession. That means that many of us have had the experience of seeing how the skills, abilities, understanding, and experiences we gained from other areas have translated into understanding which helped us as purchasing professionals. No learning or experience is ever wasted and much learning and understanding that we gain in one area of our lives can prove valuable in others areas in sometimes unforeseen ways.

Speaker: J. Kevin Beardsley, C.P.P.O, C.P.P.B, Director of Purchasing, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Kevin Beardsley has been with Virginia Beach City Public schools for over 30 years. He began with VBCPS as a Procurement Specialist, and has spent the last 23 years as Director of Purchasing.

Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s Degree in Technology at Kent State University where he had a Graduate Fellowship. He is currently on the Agency Advisory Committee with DemandStar – his second time serving. In 2003, he joined the Customer Advisory Committee of Periscope Holding; and in 2008 the Office Depot Customer Advisory Committee. He was also on the Board of Directors for UPPCC for 2011 to 2015, an At Large Board Member of VAGP from 2006-2007, a committee member of VAGP’s Legislative Committee and the Conference Planning Committee. Kevin was also on NIGP’s Technology Committee and their Advocacy Committee.

Kevin received his C.P.P.B certification in 1994, and his C.P.P.O certification in 2004. He was an instructor for an NIGP Webinar – “K-12 Purchasing Policy and Practice: Accommodating Multiple Sources of Funding” – 2004. He has presented at the 2002, 2010, 2011, and 2012 VAGP Conferences. He was a facilitator of the K12 Session at the 2006 NIGP Conference. Also in 2006, he was the presenter for the BuySpeed Users Group and his topic was “Defining and Measuring the Value of Procurement.”

Aside from his many speaking engagements, Kevin has published the following articles in “Government Procurement: The Journal of the Purchasing Profession” –

  • “Ethics and morals: Inside and out”             August 2010
  • “You Had to Ask” September 2008
  • “The Purchasing Agent as a Change Agent” August 2007
  • “Who Do You Work For”                         June 2007
  • “E-Commerce Reaches Beyond the Net”             February 2007
  • “Dedication Redefines Expectations”             December 2006

For his overall contributions to the procurement profession, Kevin was presented with VAGP’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and in the same year, he was awarded NIGP’s Purchasing Manager of the Year. Under Kevin’s leadership, VBCPS’ Purchasing Department has received NIGP’s Outstanding Agency Accreditation Award for 2007-2010 and 2011-2014, as well as NIGP’s Sterling Award Winner for Fully Certified Staff from 2006-2009 and 2015.

Dining Options:  A lineup of Japanese grill fare, sushi & salad are served buffet style. All meals Include choice of soft drink, tea, or water.


$20.00 Member Ticket

$20.00 Guest Ticket