Forging the Best Connections
For me, the biggest benefit of ProcureCon has always been the intimate networking opportunities and quality of connections I have made at the event. The way ProcureCon is set up, you actually get to know people. There are probably more people that I met at this event that I stay in touch throughout the year than any other even that I’ve been involved with over the course of my career. I also helps that I have been involved as a speaker, which not only helps keep my skills sharp, but also gives me another great way to meet people.
This is true for my team, as well, since I encourage them to get involved with the event. My team is participating in different ways, and I think it’s a great source of development for them, but it also allows them to meet a lot of people who are at the career level they're aspiring to. That way, they get to see how that looks in different companies, how much we’re alike and how much we’re different. I think that’s great development.
The quality of interactions extends to the solutions providers, too. We do find that the suppliers and solutions providers here seem to have more of a message, more of a direction. For the most part, they're reaching out on a much more individual basis, which I think reflects their level of knowledge and experience.
Even as ProcureCon has grown, you're still talking to people one on one, you're still having those conversations during the break time, you're still using all of the day to pull people together and allow them to exchange ideas. That’s been key for me.