This week we caught up with Jason Soza, Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Alaska.
Jason has served as Alaska’s Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) since 2013. As CPO, he and his staff work to ensure understanding of and compliance with the laws and regulations that govern procurement for the State of Alaska, while also always looking for ways to do things better. Jason has nearly 20 years of experience in purchasing at all levels, from the front lines of an agency to his position now as CPO. Jason is a member and board member of NASPO and is NASPO’s President-elect for 2019.
NASPO STAFF: Jason, you have been heavily involved with NASPO since you joined us in 2013. Why do you value your membership with NASPO?
JASON SOZA: There are just so many reasons. Between the educational opportunities and resources, the networking, and the support, NASPO allows me and my team to do our jobs better and more efficiently. I’m not overstating it when I say we wouldn’t be where we are without NASPO.
NASPO STAFF: If I were a fly on the wall in Jason’s office, what would I hear and see every day? Walk me through a day in the life as the CPO for the state of Alaska.
Read more “A Day in the Life: Jason Soza”
Recently, on a NASPO webinar aimed at helping state procurement officials determine what continuous improvement tools and methods might be able to do for them, presenters Jason Soza (CPO, Alaska) and Richard Pennington (NASPO Life Members and NASPO ValuePoint General Counsel) tried to solve a huge problem; the chickens keep getting run over by cars because they’re trying to cross the road…
Jason: “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
Richard: “To get to the other side.”
Jason: “Why did the chicken need to get to the other side?”
Richard: “To stretch its legs.”
Read more “Continuous Improvement Webinar – Find the Gap!”