By Susan Avery
Five years ago, ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center presented the first EPIC Awards to procurement professionals at Intel and Amway and to supplier Wheels, Inc. The Excellence in Purchasing Indirect Categories Awards recognize professional excellence in indirect procurement.
Since then, procurement professionals at such organizations as Campbell Soup, Cox Communications, MeadWestvaco, Microsoft, Mondelez International, the National Basketball Association, and Russell Investments, among others also have received EPIC Awards.
Now, continuing the tradition of honoring the best in indirect procurement, ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center have opened the competition for the 2017 EPIC Awards. The two are accepting nominations for six EPIC Awards: Career, Individual, Team, Rising Star, Innovator and Supplier.
The process to submit nominations is relatively simple. Use this link to access the nomination forms. Complete the forms and submit. The deadline is December 31, 2016. A panel of procurement leaders representing ProcureCon and My Purchasing Center will evaluate the forms, choose finalists and ultimately select recipients of the awards. My Purchasing Center will present the awards at a ceremony held during ProcureCon Indirect East in Orlando March 6-8.
To select the 2017 EPIC recipients, the judging panel will use rigorous criteria that measure how a nominee:
•Aligns with corporate goals and helps advance strategic initiatives.
•Identifies challenges, develops a plan to meet them and works to exceed management expectations.
•Encourages suppliers to be innovative and meet stakeholder goals.
•Measures effectiveness and delivers values.
In addition to receiving the award at the ceremony during ProcureCon Indirect East, EPIC recipients will:
Recipients of the Career, Individual, Rising Star and Innovator Awards as well as one member of the Team and Supplier Awards companies will receive complimentary registration to ProcureCon Indirect East 2017 and one hotel night at the event venue (room rate plus taxes). The individual who nominates recipients of the Rising Star and Supplier Awards will receive a complimentary pass to ProcureCon Indirect East.
For more information and to submit a nomination for the 2017 EPIC Awards, please use this link: http://procureconeast.wbresearch.com/epic-awards. For questions about the process, please contact Susan Avery, Editor, at My Purchasing Center, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the ProcureCon Indirect East team at email@example.com or (888) 482-6012.
Also see these My Purchasing Center articles on the 2016 EPIC Award recipients:
Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com.
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