Every year at this time we stop and give thanks for all of the people and organizations that have made a difference to Buyers Meeting Point and our community.
This year, I have an extra reason to give thanks as we mark a major milestone at Buyers Meeting Point. Cindy Allen-Murphy, who co-founded BMP with Harco Bouwman in 2008, made the decision earlier this year that her BMP journey had reached its natural end. She and I have worked together for many years (and at multiple companies) and we have both come away richer for each of those experiences.
In fact, Cindy has been something of a procurement fairy godmother to me… she is the reason I got up the nerve to approach Emptoris’ consulting lead about a position there. She also brought me on at BMP to replace Harco in 2009. Twice she saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself. I am incredibly grateful for her mentoring, guidance, and leadership and I wish her and her wonderful family nothing but the best.
Speaking of family…
I am grateful for every professional who ‘Liked’ my posts, gave my work an RT, or commented in response to something I’ve shared. Those moments of positive reinforcement make all of the hard work worthwhile.
We have a wonderful group of sponsors that give every bit as much as they get from us in return. Without them and their continued support, BMP would be little more than a neat idea. Many thanks to Ariba, AT Kearney, Cottrill Research, Coupa, Denali, Determine (formerly Selectica), Directworks, eBid Systems, FocusedBuyer.com, SMART by GEP, Ivalua, Market Dojo, Next Level Purchasing Association, Nipendo, Proactis, Procurement Academy, Puridiom, riskmethods, Rosslyn Analytics, Source One, ThomasNet, Verian, and Webinara.
If Jeanette Jones at Cottrill Research helped me shorten my bucket list in 2014 by inviting me to co-author a book with her, working with Jon Hansen to co-author a book this year made my life flash before my eyes – you know, in a fun way. Due out next month, Procurement at a Crossroads is an edgy, honest, and entertaining look at our wonderfully crazy profession. In a few weeks I’ll also be wrapping up 4+ years of weekly segments on his Blog Talk Radio channel and transitioning to my own. Jon has always pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I am lucky to count him as a mentor and as a friend.
A few more thanks – to Deb and Sadie Shelby for their good humor and encouragement, to Laura Brown at Kogan Page for always hooking me up with the best new procurement and supply chain titles and access to the authors, and to Kristian Haanes at Webinara for teaching me the potential of (and how much I don’t know) about SEO.
Thank you – and Happy Thanksgiving!