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Rick Berry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Institute of Governmental Purchasing

Rick Berry, Old Dominion University's Executive Director for Construction and Procurement Services, has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP).

Berry, who has worked in the procurement field for 35 years, was presented the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award at the 2010 NIGP National Forum. The Albert H. Hall Memorial Award is the highest individual honor bestowed by NIGP.

"Three characteristics frame his persona: persistency, vision and tenacity. These three characteristics are the cornerstone of a career that merits the Albert Hall Award," the NIGP CEO, Rick Grimm, said in giving Berry the award.

NIGP is the largest organization dedicated to public procurement in North America with over 15,000 individual members and over 2,600 state and local government agencies. Berry served as president lead the transformation of the organization to include an elected board and committees, championing the professional development and certification offered by NIGP. Berry also employed his vision and tenacity to push forward a new NIGP curriculum based on academic theory and practical application.

ODU also received the Pareto Award, signifying a commitment to leadership in the public procurement field. The criteria for achieving this award are so rigorous that only six public agencies have been able to achieve this designation since its inception. The Pareto Award is the highest agency honor bestowed by NIGP and ODU is the first higher education institution to receive it.

The Pareto Award for public procurement is comparable to the Malcolm Baldridge Award which honors quality and performance excellence within the private sector. It is the highest form of peer recognition, making it the pinnacle award bestowed on an agency for outstanding achievements in public procurement.

The Albert Hall and Pareto Awards were two of an incredible five honors given to ODU at the NIGP annual awards luncheon in San Antonio on Aug. 15. In addition to receiving these two honors, the University was also awarded an Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award (OA4) by NIGP; an Achievement of Excellence Award by the National Purchasing Institute (NPI); and was recognized by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) for achievement of the Fully Certified Agency Award.

The five achievements collectively constitute the highest recognition available for public procurement organizations.

In a letter to Berry, Grimm said that ODU's accomplishments "serve as a beacon of light" in NIGP's search for processes and procedures that ensure fairness and transparency in procurement. Grimm wrote that ODU's Department of Materiel Management "stands tall" in serving as a prime example of professionalism and public-sector procurement, adding, "Your organization's effectiveness is a credit to the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors and Virginia taxpayers, as well as to the profession as a whole."

This article was posted on: September 1, 2010

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