1. The people in the ProcureCon community are happy and exuberant to see each other. Theyare eager to share what they’ve done and listen to what others have done and take back all the nuggets they learn.
Although I had sent several members of my staff to ProcureCon events in the past, I only attended my first ProcureCon conference in the fall of 2014. Needless to say, I was extremely impressed. I wear many hats at First American, from IT Asset Management to IT and Corporate Sourcing and Procurement, so being around people who do what I do is somewhat rare. ProcureCon gave me a unique opportunity to network and trade ideas with some exceptional people doing very similar work. I was able to spend time with old friends, new colleagues, and even some candidates I was evaluating for jobs at the time.
I was struck not only with the seniority of the ProcureCon audience, but also with the similarity of our experiences. We are all trying to show the value within the company of our departments. It’s validating that my problems are not unique; they’re normal. So in a way ProcureCon normalizes your experience. It was very helpful for me to hear how other executives are coping with these challenges and working to mature their divisions.