County of Riverside - Purchasing and Fleet Services
Doing Business with the County
4 Session Vendor Workshops Series
FINAL SESSION - NEW TIME & VENUE Monday September 15, 2014 08:00 am - 12:00 pm

County of Riverside Parks & Recreation
Crestmore Manor 4600 Crestmore Road
Riverside, CA 92509

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Attendee Registration Register to attend and meet with the buyers.
Exhibitor Registration
 Exhibit your business at the event.

Matchmaking Buyers Registration Are you a Buyer? Register here.

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Session 4 of 4

Meet the County of Riverside Buyers

The buyers will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.
Introductions and networking from 8:00 a.m. to 8:40a.m. 

The Matchmaking Event will start at 8:20 a.m.   The companies will have 15 minutes with each buyer.  There will be a 5 minute break between companies. 

Time Slots: 
8:20 to 8:35 
8:40 to 8:55 
9:00 to 9:15 
9:20 to 9:35 
9:40 to 9:55 
10:00 to 10:15 
10:20 to 10:35 
10:40 to 10:55 
11:00 to 11:15 
11:20 to 11:35
11:40 to 11:55


1. Department of Public Social Services 
2. Department of Mental Health 
3. Community Action Partnership, Riverside County 
4. Riverside County Fire Department 
5. Riverside County Sheriff Department 
6. Riverside County Office on Aging 
7. EDA/Purchasing & Supply Services 
8. Riverside County Regional Medical Center 
9. Riverside County Information Technology 
10. Riverside County Flood Control & Water Conservation District 
11. Transportation and Land Management Agency 
12. Riverside County Waste Management District 
13. Riverside County Parks & Open Space District 
14. Department of Animal Services 
15. Department of Environmental Health 
16. Probation Department
17. Riverside County Public Health 
18. Purchasing and Fleet Services
19. The Office of the District Attorney 
20. Riverside Community College District

21. OmniTrans 
22. Rancho California Water District
23. Clark Construction
24. Orange County Fire Authority
25. University of California, Riverside
26. County of San Bernardino

27. Riverside County Department of Assessor-County Clerk – Recorder

Exhibitor Registration
Match Making Buyer Registration - For the Buyers only, not attendee registration
What We Have Covered
Session 1 of 4

What the County Buys, Who Buys for the County, How the Procurement Process Works, Vendor Registration,  Online Procurement; Bidding Thresholds, Public Records Requests, Procurement Preference Programs, Purchasing Laws
Session 2 of 4
Responding to a Bid/Proposal, Vendor Selection Process, Prevailing Wage, Construction and non-Construction Bids, Vendor Ethics and Code of Conduct Policy

Session 3 of 4
Insurance Requirements, Performance Bonds, Bid Bonds, Worker’s Compensation and Vendor/Contractor Program

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
Session 4 of 4
Meet the County of Riverside Buyers

Meet the Buyers

 Rod JaffeJeffrey L. Hunter,
Sr. Risk Management Analyst
County of Riverside Human Resources Department - Risk Management Division

Jeffrey L. Hunter is a Senior Risk Analyst for the County of Riverside, Risk Management Division and has been with the County since January 2000.  Jeffrey's responsibilities include Commercial General, Special Events, Aviation Aircraft/Hull, Airport and Property Liability programs.  With all of Jeffrey's program responsibilities Contractual Risk Transfer plays an integral part in the day to day process of risk management; specifically Hold Harmless and Indemnification language as well as clear expectations of insurance requirements and the importance of having a clear scope of services explanation.

Jeffreys previous experience includes Workers Compensation and Operations Management including experience as a Paralegal with an emphasis in Civil Litigation.

Rod JaffeTracey Lawrence Collins,
VP of Sales and Underwriting
South Coast Surety and Insurance Services, Inc.

Tracey Lawrence Collins is a Surety Professional with more than 20 years of experience meeting the bond needs of businesses that do or desire to participate in government contracting.  Currently, she serves as Vice-President of Sales and Underwriting for South Coast Surety and Insurance Services, a national known surety-only agency based in San Clemente, CA.  Tracey has been activiely involved in all aspects of the surety business.  Tracey has held underwriting positions with appreciable underwriting authority with two of the three largest surety companies in America.  She has worked on both the east an west coasts, handled contract and commercial surety accounts, closed standard and nonstandard surety deals, and has held management position both on the agency and carrier sides of the business.  She loves what she does, because it helps businesses grow and changes the lives of business owners.  She just recently formed Lawrence Consulting Solutions, a state-certified small business that provides DBE Support Services.

Rod Jaffe
Rod Jaffe,

Contract and Services Officer and Administrative Services Manager
County of Riverside - Department of Public Social Services (DPSS)

Rod Jaffe has worked for Riverside County for 15 years the last event as the DPSS Contract and Services Officer and Administrative Services Manager.  Rod has educational experience from several universities' most recently from CUR's Executive Management Program, San Diego State's Leaders in Action program and Riverside County's Leadership Initiative.  Before he joined the COunty, Rod was Vice President and General Manager of Quality Drug Corporation in Newport Beach, California.  ROd is also the current President of the National Contract Management Association - Inland Empire chapter. 

As a regular speaker, Rod has done presentations on Ethics in Government, Generations in the Workplace, Understanding Social Service Funding and How to Answer a Request for Proposal.  Rod currently oversees a wide range of units in the County including: Contracting, Purchasing, Warehouse Operations Vehicles, Asset Management, Records Management and Travel.  

Rita M. MedellinRita M. Medellin,
Project Manager II
County of Riverside - Economic Development
Agency/Project Management Office

Rita Medellin was raised in Compton, California and relocated from Los Angeles County to Riverside County in 1988.  She was employed as a Purchasing Agent with a firm in Montebello, CA and decided to pursue a professional field in Purchasing by receiving her certification from UCLA as a Purchasing and Materials Manager.

Rita is currently a Construction Project Manager with EDA/PMO for the County of Riverside.  Currently Rita specializes in small construction projects and has completed approximately 250+ projects to date, with her largest roject valued at $2.6 million.  Prior to working with EDA/PMO, Rita worked with Purchasing & Fleet Services for 17+ years as the Procurement Contract Specialist for several commodities including Public Works for construction projects under $125,000. 

Rita has presented several Public Works training classes for county departments throughout and continues to assist when called to duty.

Virginia WilsonVirginia Wilson,
MBA, C.P.M., CPPO  Compliance Contracts Officer  County of Riverside  Purchasing and Fleet Services

Virginia Wilson is currently a Compliance Contracts Officer for the County of Riverside, CA–Purchasing & Fleet Services Department.  She has over twenty years of experience in contracting and Procurement in both the private and public sectors. 

Virginia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the State of New York and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from National University. Virginia has earned certifications as a Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.).

Virginia has been very active in the California Association of Public Procurement Officer (CAPPO), serving on the Board as Director South (2011–2013).  Additionally, Ms. Wilson has also been active in the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA–IE), elected to serve as Chapter President for five (5) years (2007–2011).  She is presently serving on the NCMA-IE Chapter’s Advisory Committee.

Ms. Wilson has presented numerous professional development papers and workshops to procurement professionals, county staff, contractors and community organizations on topics such as, Dealing with Vendor Protests, Responding to a RFP, Best Practices for Bid Solicitations, Doing Business with the County of Riverside, Green Procurement for Riverside County, and Surviving a Purchasing Audit.

Dirk BuesingDirk Buesing, MBA
Business Process Analyst II, Purchasing & Fleet Services
County of Riverside

Dirk Buesing, Business Process Analyst II of Purchasing & Fleet Services was born and raised in Germany.

Dirk moved to California in 2000 and has been a resident of San Bernardino, CA since then. His educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with a major in Taxation and Accounting. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands with a major in Information Systems Management.

Dirk worked as an IRS Auditor for the German Internal Revenue Service in Germany until 2000. Dirk has been with the County of Riverside, Purchasing & Fleet Services since 2002 where he started working as a Buyer and is now a Business Process Analyst working with the County’s ERP system PeopleSoft, e-procurement and special projects. Dirk is also the program coordinator for the County’s procurement card program.

Dirk’s LinkedIn profile: Click Here

Graduates of the program will receive

The SWVBRC and Riverside County Diploma for Learning to do Business with Riverside County.

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