Each year, MPPOA sponsors an annual, multi-day conference for its members, offering varied educational opportunities provided by a variety of experienced and knowledgeable instructors. We also include plenty of time for social events and networking opportunities. During our awards banquet, we present the prestigious Marvin Klang Award for outstanding contributions to the purchasing field throughout an individual's career. This award is the highest honor the chapter can bestow. The organization's Purchasing Manager and Buyer of the Year awards are presented at the conference as well.
A Reverse Trade Fair is an event where you turn a traditional Vendor Exposition upside down. In our case, MPPOA has its member agencies man the tables and meet with Vendors from around the state and region who have purchased tickets to attend the fair. The Reverse Trade Fair, held since 2008, has replaced the Vendor Exposition traditionally held during our conference. The RTF has grown each year and is MPPOA's largest fundraiser.
Proceeds from the Reverse Trade Fair subsidize our annual conference, regional meetings, and fund our Educational Scholarships. Look for it in the spring of each year as it travels around the state.
MPPOA hosts monthly online discussions covering topics of interest to the membership.
MPPOA holds regional meetings approximately three times each year. Held in different locations around the state, a typical meeting consists of a two to three hour training session followed by a luncheon.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
General Membership Meetings are held for the purpose of electing the Association's Board of Directors and providing general information to the membership. MPPOA holds at least one general membership meeting annually, with the elections taking place at the first meeting of the calendar year.
For more information on the annual conference, the Reverse Trade Fair and other MPPOA events, visit the Upcoming Events area of our web site.