DEARBORN – City Purchasing Manager Travis Grubb recently was accepted into the second annual Leader’s Edge program, run by NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. The competitive program accepts only 40 people into its cohort annually.
NIGP is an international association that supports the public procurement profession through educational programs, technical services and advocacy initiatives. Public procurement refers to the purchase of goods, services and works by governments.
“We are proud to have so many exemplary employees working for us here in Dearborn,” Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said. “I commend Travis for his hard work and congratulate him on this achievement.”
The Leader’s Edge program provides classes and workshops to public procurement professionals to promote critical leadership skills. The program focuses on increasing individuals’ skills in conflict management, coaching and mentoring, leader communications and more.
Grubb said the application compromised writing samples, a resumé, personal accomplishments and his management philosophy.
Grubb described his management philosophy as pragmatic and results-oriented.
“My main priority is to present information in a digestible way that can be used to drive action,” he said.
Grubb, who has been a city employee for four years, has a bachelor’s degree in Public Law and Government with a minor in Business Management from Eastern Michigan University and a management certificate in Public Procurement from the California State University-San Bernardino.
Grubb stated that he was looking forward to learning from top-tier leaders to apply to his work at the city.
“You’re supposed to be surrounded by the best of the best when you’re in the program,” he said.
The program runs through December.