State of New Jersey


A Message from the President

Greetings all … I am truly honored to serve as the 2016 President of the Governmental Purchasing Association of New Jersey (GPANJ).  I, along with my fellow executive board members look forward to continuing to promote the primary objectives of GPANJ, which are to provide and encourage professionalism and to improve the competence of individuals who are responsible for procurement using public funds.

As government procurement professionals, we are constantly confronted with the many changes to the local public contract laws, the administrative code, our individual organization’s policies and the like. However, as we all know, the Procurement profession is an exciting area in which to work, stay informed and make a difference. To ensure thatGPANJ remains at the forefront of our profession, we will continue to meet and bring inspired people together in forums such as our regularly scheduled business meetings, our Annual Spring Symposium and the Annual NJSLOM Conference.   We are presently planning workshops for Procurement Professionals.

Furthermore, it is not only the responsibility of procurement professionals to exercise, encourage and promote the best spending practices…It is also the responsibility of our fellow government professionals.  Therefore, I am proud to announce that our 2016 theme is “Building Bridges.” As we work through the theme of building bridges, we have the desire to collaborate with all stakeholders to Exercise, Educate & Promote the functionality of the best spending practices with compliance and transparency.  Some of the stakeholders, just to name a few, are our agency’s Corporation Counsel, Engineers and Directors within our government agencies as well as other professional organizations.  As Henry Ford once said “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

We, the GPANJ, are transforming the way we operate to continuously improve our ability to educate, and promote professionalism. Our stakeholders and partners have continued to meet the challenges in our field and to excel despite setbacks. We should all be very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed.

On behalf of the GPANJ Executive Board, we look forward to serving our roles and Building Bridges with you all. We, as procurement leaders and professionals in government, have the vision, the knowledge, the wherewithal and the experience to keep New Jersey Governmental entities transparent, in compliance with the laws, and up to date with the best practices. We are truly great assets to our respective organizations. In the coming year, we ask that everyone stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of the governmental purchasing profession. We also look forward to your participation in our upcoming GPANJ Annual Symposium scheduled April 6 – 8, 2016.  To register, please go on to our website, to find the registration form located on our website.  My profound respect and thanks goes out to all of you.


Lisa L. Jackson
G.P.A.N.J. President