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Becky Alexander, CPCP, Audit Supervisor, Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), State of Georgia
Becky Alexander is with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services and is the audit supervisor for enterprisewide continuous monitoring for statewide P-Card and purchasing activity. Previously, she worked as an external auditor for the Georgia Department of Transportation. She received a BBA in accounting from Clayton Statue University and a Master of Accountancy from Georgia Southern University. She has over 10 years of state and local government procurement, P-Card and auditing experience.

Card Program Types: P-Card, ePayables | Number of Cards: 6,000+ | Annual Transactions: 330,000+ | U.S.


Alison Anders, Senior Manager, Corporate Card & Expense Program, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Alison Anders, senior manager, Corporate Card and Expense, is the program manager for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.’s P-Card and Travel Card programs. Alison has over 11 years of experience within procurement, six of which have been spent in a program manager role for T&E and P-Card programs. Throughout her career, Alison has been exposed to, and participated in, many areas of program management from RFP creation to program optimization. She particularly enjoys focusing on policy creation and compliance, while creating a streamlined and user-friendly experience for cardholders. Most recently she was responsible for implementing an artificial intelligence expense auditing solution to bring an increased value-added focus on the expense audit process within her organization.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Travel Card | Number of Cards: 11,500+ | Annual Transactions: 640,000+ | U.S. 

Scott Benson, Program Manager (Procurement Card), UC San Diego Health
Scott Benson draws on a diverse background to offer different and new perspectives to problems at hand. Scott worked overseas for six years, spanning four continents. Learning from and adapting to different cultures, languages, and perspectives offered many growth opportunities. With an eye to paying it forward, Scott began a career in higher education. Graduate school led to teaching, which led to instructional design, which led to procurement…true story. In five years with the University of California, Scott has led and participated in many initiatives driving operational excellence.

Card Program Types: P-Card | Number of Cards: 300 | Annual Transactions: 8,000| U.S. Only

Cameron Bloye, P-Card Administrator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Cameron Bloye is the P-Card administrator for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has been a part of the P-Card team for four years and in the role of administrator for one. During Cameron’s time on the P-Card team, he has seen a change in card provider, two increases to the single purchase limit, and the development and implementation of the new software. Before making his foray to a career in P-Card, Cameron worked in the banking industry for six years. During that time he worked his way up through various roles: teller, customer service representative, banker, a business banker and finally a manager on duty.

Card Program Types: P-Card | Number of Cards: 400 | Annual Transactions: 40,000 | U.S.


Kathleen Broddus Lane, Travel/Expense, Associate Project Manager, Global Business Services, Xylem Inc.
Kathleen Broddus Lane is the manager of Travel and Expense (T&E) with a focus on project management and global rollouts. Kathleen is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the T&E solution, while also serving as a member of the corporate travel board who sets T&E policy, collaborates with the travel management company and monitors monthly KPI metrics to innovate and streamline travel operations. Kathleen is familiar with a full suite of Concur products—Expense, OBT, Request Module and the Mobile App. She facilitates webinar sessions to train employees across the globe on policies, travel tools and resources. Customer service and help desk support also fall under her responsibilities. Kathleen has more than six years of experience in T&E and has her master’s and bachelor’s degree in business management.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Travel Card, VCA | Number of Cards: 8,500 | Annual Transactions: 387,000 | U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, India, Italy


Karen Brookbanks, CPCP, C.P.M., CPPB, University of Arizona
Karen Brookbanks is the manager of the Purchasing Card programs at the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP). Karen has been a member of NAPCP since 2007 and has served on the NAPCP Higher Education Advisory Team (HEAT) since 2015. In addition, she is also a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and an NIGP Copper Chapter Local Member. Karen's background includes over 20+ years of experience in the procurement field, in both the private and public sector. Prior to her position at The University of Arizona, Karen was the purchasing manager at The Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB). Her enthusiasm is evident in the passion she displays for her card program at the University of Arizona, and her desire to work toward advancement of the Commercial Card industry.


Laury Chesbrough, CPCP, Cambia Health Solutions
Laury is Corporate Credit Card lead at Cambia Health Solutions. She was hired to launch the Corporate Credit Card program nine years ago. This consisted of updating the travel and expense policy, creating cardholder/agreement forms, standard operating procedures, designing Corporate Card webpage, automating application and forms, setting up audit best practices, creating metrics, and developing training. The mandated program has grown to 2,500 cardholders. With 15 years’ experience in Corporate Credit Cards, her passion is figuring out how to streamline, automate processes and training while growing the program. Laury holds a BA in business from Linfield in Oregon, is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional, and been a member and involved with NAPCP since 2008.


Larry Coffey, CPCP, Linde North America, Inc.
Larry is a professional with extensive experience in Commercial Card programs for several large enterprise industrial and medical companies. With over 15 years of card background, including global Commercial Card RFP development, implementation and execution, Larry has been instrumental in the usage of ePayables solutions as a significant savings tool. Working with multiple vendors and both push and pull ePayables applications, Larry has a broad array of industry expertise. Larry is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) and has been an NAPCP Certification Council member for 10 years. Larry holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and was a career military officer.


Jennifer Cooper, Expense Supervisor, Arthrex, Inc.
Jennifer Cooper is the Arthrex expense supervisor; with over 13 years of experience. She oversees a Global Card program with 1,300+ active cards. Jennifer works with finance managers across the globe implementing Arthrex’s expense management software and leads a team of P-Card administrators.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Travel, Meeting Card, SET Card, BTA | Number of Cards: 1,300+ | Annual Transactions: 100,000+ | U.S., Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, UK


Stephanie Dowell, CPCP, Senior Manager Procurement Systems, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Stephanie Dowell has been with Cox Enterprises since January 2008 and currently serves as senior manager of procurement systems. Stephanie’s background and expertise span over 15 years of purchasing, procurement and customer service, in conjunction with over a decade in finance. Her years of experience have contributed to the success of maintaining and managing a diverse Procurement Card program, Fuel Card program and Travel Card program at Cox Enterprises. Stephanie has been a member of NAPCP since 2011. She achieved her Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) certification in July 2014. She is a member of the NAPCP Corporate Advisory Team. She has been an active member of the Atlanta NAMIC Atlanta Chapter since 2008. Stephanie holds a BBA degree in finance from Mercer University.

Card Program Types: P-Card | Number of Cards: 2,700+ | Annual Transactions: 311,000+ | U.S. and Canada


Michael Geldert, Expense Management Supervisor, CHS Inc.
Michael Geldert is the supervisor for the expense management team at CHS Inc., located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, just minutes south of St Paul. Michael has worked in accounting for over 25 years. He has processed invoices in accounts payable, collected payments in accounts receivable, and has audited thousands of travel & expense reports. Most of his time at CHS Inc. is spent training users, updating policies, procedures and collecting metrics/KPIs. While he works closely with internal audit, another priority is compliance. He also publishes a monthly newsletter with tips and tricks for all the Concur expense users and Corporate Card holders.

Card Program Types: One Cards | Number of Cards: 3,000| Annual Transactions: 20,000 | U.S.


Molly Gross, Corporate Purchasing Card Administrator, Procurement Services, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Molly’s previous procurement experience includes VCU procurement and the Virginia Department of Social Services. She has been in her current role since August of 2014. VCU’s program consists of agency Travel Cards, individual liability Travel Cards and Purchasing Cards with a yearly spend of $26 million. Molly received her Virginia Contracting Associate (VCA) designation in 2013 and her Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential in 2016. Molly implemented a monthly classroom training for her cardholders in 2016.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Agency Travel Card, Individual Liability Travel Cards | Number of Cards: 1,283 | Annual Transactions: 85,000 | U.S.


Jennifer Gruich, Supervisor Corporate Cards and Expenses, Southwest Airlines Company
Southwest Airlines since 2013. Prior to that, she was the program analyst for over a year and served in various roles including supervisor in Cargo Accounting Operations for 15 years. Since moving to the supervisor role; Jennifer has overseen a move to a new card provider, implementation of a new audit tool, as well as a new expense tool. She has presented on industry and company culture topics at numerous conferences throughout her career. Jennifer and her team continue to focus on ways to utilize technology and process improvement to drive efficiency and lower costs.

Card Program Types: One Card | Number of Cards: 3,500 | Annual Transactions: 475,000| U.S. and Caribbean

Erich Heneke, Director of Business Integrity/Continuity, Mayo Clinic
Erich Heneke is currently director of business integrity and continuity in Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Management (SCM). His financial emphasis is in enterprise and supplier risk management, audit/controls and financial planning and analysis. Erich has worked in Mayo SCM for 11 years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of bala ce sheet accounting and other controls related work, including Mayo’s voluntary SOX compliance and third-party risk management. During his time at Mayo, Erich and his team have completed several projects addressing proper controls with supply chain, including: development of an award-winning credit card risk scoring platform, completion of a segregation of duties project mapping employees’ accesses across multiple applications, detection of several types of overpayments to vendors—including detection, collection and prevention of future leakage and several other initiatives.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Travel Card, Fleet, ePayables | Number of Cards: 30,000 | Annual Transactions: Coming soon | U.S.


Kyle Hunkler, Software Developer, Arthrex, Inc.
Kyle Hunkler is a software developer at Arthrex with two years of experience. Creating the Card Administration Tool (CAT) was the kickoff to his career at Arthrex, and he continues to maintain it today.

Card Program Types: P-Card, Travel, Meeting Card, SET Card, BTA | Number of Cards: 1,300+ | Annual Transactions: 100,000+ | U.S., Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, UK


Scott Jones, VP, Treasury Management Product Manager, PNC
Before joining PNC, Scott worked in the financial services industry with responsibilities for faster payment systems including RTP and the Zelle Network®, a secure, bank-owned digital payments network. Scott also has experience in several operating executive roles including general manager and director of operations for Supply Dynamics, a leader in supply chain visibility applications, where he led product development teams for global Fortune 1000 clients in the aerospace, power generation and heavy equipment industries. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in operations management and entrepreneurship from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati.


Rebecca Krystopa, CPCP, Policy Operations Manager, Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), State of Georgia
Rebecca Krystopa joined DOAS in 2016 as part of the State Purchasing Division's P-Card Unit, and in the fall of 2017 became the division's policy operations manager. Prior to joining DOAS, Rebecca spent 22 years at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, most recently as the director of administrative services, overseeing the college's student accounting, bookstore, payroll, P-Card program and various finance office functions. Ms. Krystopa is a graduate of Reinhardt University with a B.A. in organizational management and leadership.

Card Program Types: P-Card, ePayables | Number of Cards: 6,000+ | Annual Transactions: 330,000+ | U.S.


Tiffany Lovelace, CPCP, CPBI, Regions Bank
With over a decade of real-life, in the trenches procurement and Commercial Card experience, Tiffany Lovelace views Commercial Card payment solutions as more than just a swipe—a true strategic payment vehicle, delivering tangible bottom-line results for corporate and public fund entities. Incorporating experience from serving as the senior manager of International Procurement for Kansas City Southern Railway, with an inherent level of passion for the Commercial Card industry, Lovelace joined Regions Bank in 2015 as vice president, Commercial Card consultant, where she is responsible for designing innovative payment platforms and uncovering new Commercial Card opportunities within the Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas markets. Lovelace supports the NAPCP organization through serving as a member and sits on the Purchasing Card Professional Certification Council. Lovelace holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is a Certified Professional in Business Intelligence and holds the Certified Purchasing Card Professional credential. Carrying out the meaning of the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Lovelace serves as a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club and Junior Achievement of Dallas, Texas.


Luangel Lowder, Buyer, District Purchasing Card and Teacher Supply Card Program, The School Board of Seminole County, Florida
Luangel Lowder, with Microsoft Certification, is an active member of the NIGP National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Central Florida Chapter and FAPPO Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials. Luangel has worked in many levels of the public school system for over 26 years. She started as an office assistant, and was subsequently promoted to bookkeeper, accounting and now purchasing. As a buyer for the school district of Seminole County, her main responsibility includes, but is not limited to, two programs which include over 4,500 Declining Balance Purchasing Cards and 600 district level Corporate Cards. She developed the Procurement Card and teacher supply card training programs for the School Board of Seminole County to include four different spending profiles for district use and worked closely with the banking institute, to set up and implement the state-allocated Teacher Supply Card funding and implementation of the updating the use of cards to stay within compliance of state and district policies and procedures. She monitors and maintains Purchasing Card declines, split transactions and identifies noncompliant concerns working directly with the bank and the card holder to seek appropriate resolutions. Declining Balance Cards for qualified teachers. Luangel works closely with the finance department reviewing and updating the use of cards to stay within compliance of state and district policies and procedures. She monitors and maintains Purchasing Card declines, split transactions and identifies noncompliant concerns working directly with the bank and the card holder to seek appropriate resolutions.

Card Program Types: P-Cards | Number of Cards: 5,000+ | U.S.



 


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