The Arizona Rural Schools Association (ARSA) brings together Arizona rural school officials each year to pool their resources in facing challenges unique to non-urban and often smaller school districts. Their small size means each of them has to wear multiple hats and keep in touch with more areas of legal changes and responsibilities than a manager from a larger district who may be able to specialize more. By meeting together for annual training, they can network best solutions while hearing specialized training otherwise unavailable to many of them.
This year’s conference was held from September 20-22, 2012 and named appropriately, “Constructing Greatness.” Among the many informational speakers was keynote speaker Flip Flippen, author of the author of the New York Times and USA Today best seller, The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back, released in May of 2007.
Flip Flippen, Best selling author and keynote speaker at ARSA
In addition, they had speakers on a number of topics including Bill Munch of the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) speaking on ways to save money and stay compliant on procurement issues. Recently, the Valley Schools Management Group (VSMG) a group purchasing organization serving the public sector, hired Bill Munch to work on procurement issues. VSMG, run by Tom Boone, offers Bill Munch to other organizations to assist them in their purchasing needs and information.
Bill Munch graduated from Arizona State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Purchasing and Materials Management. He has received certification as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB). He was the first President of the Greater Phoenix Purchasing Consortium of Schools (GPPCS), a purchasing cooperative comprised of over fifty school districts in Arizona. He has also served as Vice President and is currently Membership Officer of GPPCS. He has dedicated his entire career to the topic of public procurement and has a flawless record.
Bill currently serves on the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO) Board of Directors as Treasurer and is a certified Arizona Community College Instructor that regularly teaches the AASBO 4-Day Purchasing Classes and “Purchasing for Users”. He is a member of the Capitol Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (AZNIGP), has served on various committees and regularly presents at their conferences. Bill has always been an active procurement advocate for Arizona public procurement entities.
Congratulations to ARSA on another year, working together, to save money and resources!