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May 2020 President's Message -
President Derr 2020-2021



As we move into the month of May, it’s hard to believe that I’m now already three-months into my year as your President. The time has surely slipped by with all the distractions of dealing with the COVID-19 incident that we’re all dealing with. I feel like I’ve been in a time-warp these past several months, not sure where the time has gone.


Most of you like me have probably been so preoccupied working in your organizations Emergency Operations Centers, focusing on supporting your organizations response to the incident. Responding to Mission Resource Requests, supporting your First Responders with their needs for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE’s). All while struggling to find available resources, resources that are legitimate, resources that can fulfill your requests immediately and not months from now.


These are surely some very challenging and uncharted waters and times we are facing as a society. The new struggles, challenges and yes even opportunities that we are facing are real, the new struggles we face each day are real, the new challenges we face each day are even more real, and yes, I did mention opportunities. I believe that as this situation continues, we as Procurement Professionals can put our skills, knowledge and expertise to the test. We can support our organizations at an exemplary level, putting our training and skills to work in supporting our organizations response to this unseen enemy. I know, that together as dedicated Procurement Professionals, working as a TEAM in support of one another, doing what we do best, procuring the services and goods that our customers need in order to perform their duties in response to this unseen enemy, I know that our customers and residents of our great communities are in the best possible hands, you the Procurement Professional, the individual with the “Can Do Attitude”, the ever relentless individual willing to give it your all until there’s nothing left to give. That’s why each one of you are a “Superhero” in my book, and you all deserve a standing ovation, and as I write this, I took a moment and gave you each a standing ovation.


I haven’t been prouder, than I am today to be able to stand in front of (you) my peers and to be able to say, that I’m proud beyond any words of having the honor and privilege of being a part of such a great and awesome organization such as CAPPO. The support that I’ve received since taking the oath of office, the letters of encouragement that I’ve received have been a blessing, as well as the many phone calls from many past Board Members and Past-Presidents have been so heartwarming.


Thank You All for entrusting me with such honor and privilege, I look forward to the next coming months as we work together in moving CAPPO forward, by “Planting for Success – Harvesting the Knowledge”, Enriching the Procurement Professional.


Best regards,

Michael R. Derr, NSCS

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