A Public  Education Purchasing Seminar
September 25, 26, 27, 2024
Designed for Public  Education Purchasing Professionals with special emphasis on the latest developments that are essential in public purchasing.

Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort
7010 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone: 956-761-8700

Please call local hotel # for reservations: Group Code: ISM24  All instructional sessions will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, South Padre Island.

  • Persons planning to attend should make guest room reservations with the Hilton Garden Inn
  • The Hilton Garden Inn has set aside a block of rooms at $109.00 for seminar participants.
  • Please note this is the main host hotel.

Other Host Hotels:

Sand Rose Beach Front Resort
Phone 1-956-772-7000
Group Code: ISMRGV-Summer Session
Room Rate:$109.00 per room (includes excellent Breakfast Buffet) Please note: La Quinta is situated adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn.

For Seminar Classes and Speakers:
Class Schedule
List of Speakers


This seminar is intended to highlight the latest developments that are essential in the purchasing management of our government institutions; be abreast of the current popular purchasing methods, the new rules and regulations, and the methods of evaluation to handle the modern taxpayer’s attitudes, particularly in periods of economic skepticism.  It is critical that purchasing officials in education institutions be abreast of the current popular purchasing methods, the new rules and regulations, and the methods of evaluations to handle the modern taxpayer’s attitudes, particularly in mass media articles.

This seminar is designed for purchasing agents, purchasing clerks, buyers, warehouse supervisors, directors of purchasing, business managers, accountants, food service directors, assistant superintendents for business, risk managers, elected officials, and anyone interested in learning more about the purchasing profession.  The program is applicable to all areas of the public sector, including school districts, junior colleges, colleges, governmental funded non-profit corporations, and other agencies with public purchasing needs.

This seminar is divided into three sections. General sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 25 and Friday, September 27 Participants will select to attend the class of his/her choice on Thursday, September 26.

CERTIFICATION | Continuing Education Credit Hours

  1. Participants who successfully complete this program will receive sixteen (16) hours of continuing education.  They may be applied toward the ISM C.P.S.M and/or A.P.P program requirements.  ISM’s consent to provide a program number for this educational event is not an endorsement of this program or its content by ISM.
  2. Texas State Board of Accountancy (CPA’s): Participants will earn 16 continuous professional education (CPE) hours, certified.
  3. Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)– Certified TASBO member may qualify for continuous education credit for hours attended.
  4. This seminar Continuing Education hours may also be applied to CPPB Certification Program and NIGP Certification Program.

Registration – September 25 – 11:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
September 25 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Program Schedule
September 26 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Program Schedule
September 27 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Program Schedule
                          1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Group Sessions (Optional)


Click Here: Download PDF Registration Packet


TUITION AND FEES (A 16-hour course)
$450.00 Per Person
$425.00 Per Person for ISM, TASBO, NIGP,  & TxPPA Members
$425.00 Per Person for CPA’s


Airline service is available to the Rio Grande Valley/South Padre Island International Airport in Brownsville (United Airlines and American Airlines) and the RGV International Airport in Harlingen, Texas (Southwest Airlines and other various airlines).

Ground Transportation from the two airports to and from South Padre Island is available to all seminar participants.

a. Valley Metro provides transportation from the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport to South Padre Island for the fare of $1.00 (one dollar) per one-way trip.  Please call 1-800-574-8322 for more information.
b. Valley Transit Company can provide transportation from the Harlingen International Airport. Please call them for rates at their toll free number 1-866-934-6882.  Lower rates are available for a group of two people or more.
Also available is the South Padre Shuttle that provides service between Harlingen and South Padre Island. Please call for rates at 1-877-774-0050.

For those who wait while their partners are in session,  Holiday Inn Resort may assist you with local sight/shopping tours.


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  • Future Dates

  • Timeline 2025

    • September 24, 25, 26, 2025



Adrian Garcia Ph.  (956) 266-2606
E-Mail: office@ismrgv.org

Danielle Bates Ph. (956) 241-1619
E-Mail: danielle@ismrgv.org 

Melonie Perry Ph. 1-512-483-7127
E-mail: melonie.perry@tasb.org