Gregory K. Spearman Bio

Gregory K. Spearman is a native of Glenwood, GA and received his B. S. Degree from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia, a Master’s Degree from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and his M.P.H. Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. He worked for the Houston- Galveston Area Council of Governments as a Health Care Consultant and then as a Purchasing Planner for the Agency’s Cooperative Purchasing Program where he served as Program Administrator for the Cooperative Purchasing Program for four years. He served as Director of Purchasing for the City of Savannah, Georgia from 1986 to 1991.

Gregory K. Spearman

In the latter part of 1991, he became the Director of Purchasing for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Purchasing Department, a consolidated City-County Purchasing operation. In 2000, he went to work in the private sector for Onvia, a company that produces Web Based Purchasing Software for public agencies. He helped to develop purchasing solutions for agencies needing to improve their purchasing process via automation.

Mr. Spearman is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and has been active in the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) for a number of years as a seminar presenter, instructor, member of the Talent Council and mentor. He is currently Director of Purchasing for the City of Tampa where he manages a staff of 29 and is responsible for the to day operation for the acquisition of $420M of various goods and services, disposal of surplus property and Inventory Management for the City.

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He is an active member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of NIGP and served as Chair of the Planning and Development Committee on the Community Action Board of County for thirteen (13) years, a Community Action Agency whose mission is to help low income citizens to become self sufficient.

He also is a member of the City’s Emergency Management Steering Committee. He is an active member of the Carmel Friendship Church where he serves in the Prayer Ministry, Pandemic Response Task Force, Men’s Ministry and Growth Track Facilitator. He is married and has three adult children and one granddaughter.

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