Company joins industry leaders at the premier higher education solutions conference
MELVILLE, N.Y., – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced its participation in the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) Meeting, held recently in San Antonio, TX. Each year, the industry-leading event brings together over 400 procurement professionals from schools large and small, public and private, across the country. Representing Canon Solutions America at this year's event was the Company's Enterprise Managed Services Division, which focuses on delivering advanced and innovative output solutions for the higher education market, among others.
The NAEP Annual Meeting is one of the premier higher education procurement solutions conferences in the country that has grown exponentially over the last five years. Designed to map the future of procurement in higher education, the event provides guests the opportunity to network with esteemed procurement professionals from around the nation who present best practices and success stories from their respective academic institutions. Now in its 95th year, the 2016 installment hosted over 50 educational sessions and once again gave attendees an exclusive and perceptive look into the future of higher education procurement solutions.
Attending this year's event on behalf of Canon Solutions America was the Company's ever-growing Enterprise Managed Services Division. The Division was represented by its Higher Education Advisory Team, which was formed specifically to deliver tailor-made print and output solutions that allow clients to focus on and achieve their core mission, based on extensive research on higher education best-in-class programs. Members of the team participated in event activities and engaged with many of its customers who held sessions on higher education procurement trends.
"This year the NAEP Meeting proved once more why it is the premier higher education procurement solutions event in the country," said Rick Ranft, senior director, Enterprise Managed Services Division, Canon Solutions America. "The insight and the forecasting that takes place are second to none. There is not an event like it, and to see so many of our valued customers holding dynamic and thought-provoking sessions speaks to our relationships with organizations that produce key leaders within the higher education space."
Among the many engaging presenters at this year's NAEP Meeting were procurement leaders from around the country that included Stephen Mack, associate vice president, Procurement Services, Drexel University and Nichol Luoma, associate vice president, University Business Services, Arizona State University, both of whom work closely with the Enterprise Managed Services Division. The two engaging speakers held some of the event's most dynamic sessions, which included the following topics: Using Spend Analytics to Drive Organizational Change and Return on Investment; Material Management – Partnering with Facilities to Make MRO Strategic; Revenue Generation: How Procurement Can Be Involved in Sponsorships; and What Does it Take to be a Chief Procurement Officer? Throughout the event additional sessions were led by executive speakers from universities on topics that included Building a Best-In-Class Diversity Program; eProcurement in a Smaller School Environment - How Did They Get There? and much more. The presentations were all very well attended and provided guests with an authentic look into the current and future states of higher education procurement solutions.
"We value the thought leadership of Canon Solutions America's customer's procurement executives and congratulate them on their leadership role amongst their peers and on their speaking engagements throughout this event," added Ranft. "This event is proof of the Enterprise Managed Services Division's commitment to working with universities around the country to help shape the managed print services higher education space."