Chief Procurement Officers to Share Key Market Intelligence on Business Opportunities for Minority and Diverse Suppliers

WASHINGTON, DC – April 26, 2019 – Procurement officers from high-growth industries such as manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, and education will discuss at the CPO Forum trends, outlook and business opportunities that minority and diverse suppliers should pay attention to on June 5, 2019 at the Hilton Americas-Houston in Texas.

Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide, will open the Forum as Conference Chair, joined by John Evans, Chief Procurement Officer, Ingersoll Rand; Tom Lutz, Chief Procurement Officer and Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank; Robert L. Khan, Vice President, Procurement and Contract Management, AARP; Chuck White, VP Procurement, Nationwide; Hugo Evans, VP, A.T. Kearney Inc.; and more.

Supplier innovation, global disruptors and the impact of digitization – artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, etc. – on supply chains, procurement trends and outlook, and how creativity and innovation can become a competitive edge for suppliers will be discussed.

This session is part of CelebrASIAN 2019 Business + Procurement Conference – the country’s largest and most established flagship business-to-business conference convened by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) on June 5 – 7 in Houston, Texas.

Conference Chair is Angie Klett, Senior Vice President IT CFO and Chief Procurement Officer at Nationwide. Conference Co-Chairs are Ampcus, Bank of America, Pyramid Consulting, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo.

Conference theme “Be Unique, Ignite Leadership, Deliver Exceptional ResultS = BUILDERS of the American Dream,” aims to help Pan Asian American entrepreneurs to create a brighter and more prosperous future through procurement and business growth.

Business growth-related and innovation programs include the CPO Forum, CTO & CIO Forum, Prescheduled 1-on-1 Business Matchmaking Meetings, Guanxi* Business Fair, Industry Builders (i-Builders) Marketplace, “What’s Your Pitch: Innovation Meets the Market” Competition, Doing Business with Corporations in Energy and Cybersecurity Sectors, Doing Business with Government, C-Suite Executives Academy: War on Talents, Lessons Learned: Reflections of Corporate Executives, How to Grow Your Business Program, and more. (*Guanxi is a business term meaning “connections” or “relationship”).

High-level networking events with Fortune 1000 CPOs, CTOs, CIOs, Directors, Managers, Small and Medium Enterprise CEOs, Presidents and VPs, seasoned entrepreneurs, community leaders, industry disruptors, venture capitalists, etc., will be held for the duration of the Conference.

In addition, more than 500 pre-scheduled 1:1 business matchmaking meetings will be held between top-caliber suppliers and serious buyers from Fortune 1000 corporations, government agencies and large nonprofits.

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