November 29, 2015

President’s Welcome

Greetings and Welcome to KAPPP – Kansas Association of Public Purchasing Professionals!  KAPPP is excited you have chosen to be a member of our group.  Whether you are a renewing member or new member, we are happy you have decided to join us for 2020.

Your KAPPP Board members are hard at work this year making improvements to the website, securing education opportunities for membership and looking forward.

Please take the opportunity to explore our website ( for upcoming events, information, and opportunities.  You will find information about KAPPP and other Public Purchasing Chapters in our area being updated routinely.  Items we strive to improve and build upon in 2020 include website platform updates with more streamlined online payment processing, identifying and sharing education opportunities, and industry best practices being shared with our membership across the state.  We look to continuously improve within ourselves as an association for achievement in service to our members of best procurement and finance practices.

The KAPPP Board continues to partner with regional colleagues (MACPP & MAPPP) to organize NIGP classes and speakers which relate more to procurement for members to attend.  The cost for the classes and speakers can be expensive, but the KAPPP Board feels it is important to be able to offer them to our members with opportunities of scholarship in attempts to offset any costs prohibitive to educational opportunity.  By providing classes to members, it allows them to obtain certification, recertification and/or a refresher course for a particular subject. KAPPP understands times are tight with funding and all of us are shorthanded in our government agencies, but we are hoping members will be able to attend more often in 2020.

Below you will find some important dates you will want to add to your calendar.




March 3rd @ 10:00 am via conference call

September 18th @ 10:00 am in Emporia

November 10th  @ 10:00 am via conference call

October 23rd @ 9:00 am via conference call


Spring – April 3rd Wichita, KS

Kansas City Regional Procurement Exposition (KCRPE) – October 28th-30th Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, MO

Annual – December 4th, Topeka, KS

Your KAPPP Board is here to help its members, please feel free to contact any one of us with questions or any suggestions you may have.

Thank you again for deciding to be a part of the KAPPP community and I hope to see you at our gatherings and be our partner in public service!

Josh Lauber, President

Executive Board

Josh Lauber President [email protected]

Joe Thomas Vice President [email protected]

Bonnie Edwards Treasurer [email protected]

Julie Wilburn Secretary [email protected]

Regional Reps

Tim Frevert South Area [email protected]

Janie Meeker East Area [email protected]

Melinda Walker Capital Area [email protected]

Carmel White West Area [email protected]