Kim Gould, purchasing agent for Ellis County has been awarded a scholarship to attend the National Procurement Institute in St. Charles, Mo., in October.

“Attending NPI’s 45th annual conference will provide me and the department valuable insight to achieving procurement excellence, leading us to success in our endeavors in county purchasing. This scholarship will help me gain fresh perspectives as well as new ideas.  I look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity for continued education, professional growth, and networking with colleagues” she said, reflecting on the opportunity that was afforded by receiving the scholarship.

Gould has served as the purchasing agent for Ellis County since November 2012, previously serving as the buyer/project manager for Smith County for eight years.  

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas College and currently holds a CPPB designation, and is currently working towards her CPPO designation.

When she is not procuring bids from local vendors, Gould teaches fellow purchasing agents at Texas Public Purchasing Association Conferences, speaking on topics such as “Common Specifications in an Uncommon World,” and “Purchasing 101: Back to the Basics,” and is slated to speak in November at another TXPPA Conference on “Purchasing 202: the Next Level.”