CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Stephanie Brown, a senior contract officer in Chesterfield County’s Purchasing Department, was recently awarded 2017 Buyer of the Year by the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.
The award, presented last week at a VAGP conference in Portsmouth, recognizes someone who excels in the following criteria: contributions to purchasing, contributions to professional development, contributions to their employer and contributions to VAGP or the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by peers in my profession,” Brown said. “I am fortunate to have individuals throughout my career that have mentored and encouraged me and for that I am very grateful.”
Keith Gagnon, director of purchasing for the county, said Stephanie received nominations from four of her peers. The VAGP Honors and Awards Committee unanimously selected Stephanie from the pool of statewide nominees. One of Stephanie’s nomination letters states: “She is an outstanding individual of great integrity whose work ethic is extraordinary.”
“Stephanie exemplifies all of the qualities honored by this award,” Gagnon said. “She makes great contributions to the VAGP and the development of procurement professionals in Virginia and beyond. Chesterfield is fortunate to have such talent in our Purchasing Department.”
In addition, Mike Bacile, who recently retired as director of purchasing for the county, was awarded the T. Gordon Sandridge Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual who possesses high ethical and moral standards in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions and/or service to public procurement.
Stephanie Brown receives the Buyer of the Year Award from VAGP President Etta Henry.