Episode 15 • 01/12/2023

Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP, on a Talent Council That Recruits Volunteers Leaders All Year Long

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How do you create a volunteer structure that allows members to volunteer in the way that matches their time, expertise and interests? How  do you make sure that your boards and committees have the expertise they need to tackle their initiatives?

In this episode of Associations Thrive, host Joanna Pineda interviews Rick Grimm, CEO of NIGP. Rick introduce NIGP, shares his journey to becoming CEO, and then shares how NIGP is thriving through:

  • A rebrand that expanded the association’s reach and membership. 
  • A Talent Council that recruits continuously. 
  • Volunteer interviews that ask the member “How do you want to be involved in NIGP?”
  • Thought leaders on the Board who do not come from the membership, who bring expertise in specific areas, and who have all the rights and voting power as members from the profession. 


About Rick Grimm

Rick holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. He served county governments and public school districts for 23 years, including over 12 years in the management of the public procurement function. Achieving CPPB certification in 1987 and CPPO certification in 1992, Rick received the NIGP Professional Purchasing Manager of the Year in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the NIGP Board of Directors – serving in this capacity until his appointment as the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer. Rick also served as President of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) in 2004-2005. Rick also serves on the Supervisory Board for the U.S. Communities national purchasing cooperative program.

About National Institute of Governmental Purchasing

NIGP has been developing, supporting, and promoting the public procurement profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical services, and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and other important stakeholders since 1944. NIGP is committed to elevating the profession and accelerating our members’ performance through pioneering ways that include thought-leading content that uses cutting edge technologies, agile leadership development and customized career training that empowers procurement professionals to make a positive difference at work, in their communities and in the world.

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Associations Thrive podcast is hosted by Joanna Pineda, CEO & Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group International. Joanna’s personal mission and the mission of Matrix Group is to help associations and nonprofits increase membership, generate revenue and thrive in the digital space. 

We believe that every association has a unique mission and unique story that demonstrates how they’re serving their members, impacting their industry, and ultimately changing the world. Every guest is an association Chief Executive, Executive Director or President. We’re here to help amplify their stories so all associations can learn and thrive, together.

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