PAEC Horizon Newsletter
  Thursday, June 6, 2013   Issue 135  

PAEC/Florida Statewide Purchasing Conference

The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) will host the Florida Statewide Purchasing Conference on July 16, 2013, the day before the 46th Annual Leadership Conference. The pre-conference event is designed to inform and educate school leaders, purchasing directors, and finance directors on how to save significant dollars on products and services through the PAEC State Cooperative Purchasing Program. Through the affiliation with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), the purchasing program leverages the buying power of 26 member states to deliver rock bottom pricing on a large array of products and services.

The conference begins at 9:00 A.M. CST and ends at 3:00 P.M. CST and will be held at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Participants must go to this link to register and print an admission ticket.

Speakers for the Purchasing Conference include three national recognized experts on cooperative purchasing programs. They include:

Scott Crosby

In January of 2013, Scott Crosby was selected as new Executive Director of the Association of Educational, Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), a twenty-six state membership organization. As the organizations first Executive Director, he is focusing on leadership structure, organization, and operational direction to grow the association for the future.

He will be completing a 33 year career in public education in June, included serving as a life skills and employable skills classroom teacher, job placement specialist, Student Services Director, Director of Career and Technical Education, and Superintendent of Schools in a local school district and two Regional Intermediate School Districts. Mr. Crosby will be retiring after serving the last 8 years as Superintendent of the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District in Cadillac, Michigan.

Crosbyís educational credentials include a bachelorís degree in Education from Michigan State University, a masterís degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University, and additional advanced coursework from Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University.

Phil Partenheimer, Ed.D

Dr. Partenheimer is a career educator having worked as a school superintendent, high school assistant principal, guidance counselor and coach. He also worked as an adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University for 8 years at the Louisville Education Center.

In 2009, he was selected as the Executive Director of the Wilson Education Center. The Center serves 166 schools, 27 public school corporations, 11 private/parochial schools, 5,439 teachers and 80,393 students in 12 counties in southeastern Indiana.

Under the direction of Dr. Partenheimer, the Wilson Education Center is considered a model Education Service Agency and operates one of the nationís most effect procurement and cooperative purchasing programs. School corporations gain access to a wide variety of programs, ranging from volume purchasing to teacher training to student enrichment opportunities.

Pamela A. Clover

Originally hired as the Director of Business/Treasurer, Pamela Clover also assumed responsibility for the Wilson Education Centerís Co-Operative Purchasing Program. Immediately, she began searching for an e-procurement system capable of meeting not only the needs of the center but also the needs of member School Corporations.

Ultimately, she designed and had built an e-procurement system known today as IAESC Procurement (Indiana Approved Educational Shopping Cooperative). Currently this system is used by schools in Indiana as their primary method of purchasing through the Wilson Education Centerís contracts.

School utilization of Wilson Education Center contractís and IAESC Procurement has increased from 3% to 84.2%, sales have increased and the Co-Operative Purchasing Program has generated a positive revenue stream for Wilson Education Center. Today, the department employs four additional e-Marketing Specialist that meet with schools promoting current contracts and training staff use of IAESC Procurement. Clover is regarded as one of nationís leading experts in Cooperative Purchasing Management.

Billy T. Brooks

Billy Brooks is a native of Georgia and a 1987 Business Graduate of Georgia Southern University. He started his career with Tremco in 1992 in Athens Ga. He has remained in the roofing and waterproofing industry for the last 21 years. In 2001-2002 he served as the President for the Carolinas Chapter for RCI (Roof Consultant Institute). Over the years he held several positions with the company as Sales Representative, Healthcare Specialist, Corporate Accounts Manager and now specializes in Cooperative Purchasing contracts in the South Atlantic Region along with his duties of Area Manager for the State of Tennessee.

Over the last 21 years Billy has helped customers solve, develop and manage several aspects of the Building Envelope, including advisement on Asset Management Programs.

Participants are also invited to stay for the 46th Annual FloridaLearns Foundation, Inc./PAEC Leadership Conference which begins the following day at the same location. Registration for the Leadership Conference is $200.00 for the two-day event. Go to and sign up for the 46th Annual Leadership Conference today.