Pareto Award: City of St. Petersburg
Department Director Louis S. Moore, CPPO, CPPB, who accepted the award on behalf of the 19 employees in the department, was quick to share the credit with his staff.
“I’m very proud of this staff and what they’ve accomplished,” Moore told Go Pro. “This is an agency award, not an individual one; it reflects what the entire agency has done. They’ve really worked hard. They’re very professional, they get along extremely well together and they work very well as a team.”
Before applying for the award, the Purchasing and Materials Management Department spent two and a half years making sure that its systems and processes met the rigorous award criteria, Moore noted.
“And while we’re very happy to have this award, it’s really not the end for us,” Moore asserted. “Because now we’re going to have to continue to maintain that status we have as best in class.”
The Pareto Award of Excellence in Public Procurement is tantamount to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Deming Prize for Quality. This international award is named for political sociologist and economist Velfredo Pareto (1848-1923), the father of scientific procurement and the 80/20 rule.
The Pareto Award recognizes and honors those public procurement operations that are truly best in class. It is the highest form of peer recognition, making it the pinnacle award bestowed on an agency for outstanding achievements in public procurement.The Pareto accreditation is awarded for a period of five years, at which time re-accreditation is required.
The city of St. Petersburg is only the fifth public agency to receive the Pareto Award of Excellence in Public Procurement since the award’s inception in 2003.