Chapter Overview

    The chapter consists of a diverse group of professionals at all career levels, representing local industry and government agencies.  We are your coworkers, subcontractors, primes, and customers. As of the end of GFY17 we have just over 90 members. The chapter exists to locally promote and offer professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel. With the support of NCMA HQ we offer educational, leadership development, networking opportunities and valuable resources to our members. 

    In recent years, the Rio Grande Chapter has presented three half-day educational seminars and one full day comprehensive symposium. The proceeds of the symposium provide operating funds for the chapter and subsidize the three half-day seminars, which are offered at a nominal price. One chapter benefit is a free Live Webinar which we will offer again this year.  We are always open to your suggestions regarding topics, venues and speakers.  Send your suggestions here (

    Our chapter also boasts a long-standing volunteer led study group that helps our members prepare for NCMA certification exams. The chapter will be hosting a CPCM study group this year. If you are interested, please contact Marissa Otero at For an archive of resources and self-paced training opportunities visit our Education and Training.

    The Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) is designed to help develop the next generation of acquisition and NCMA leaders through an intensive year-long educational experience. The Rio Grande Chapter has sponsored several candidates for the CMLDP since its inception in 2006. Our board is standing by to assist with your application! For information and application deadlines, click here CMLDP.

    Our volunteer board is made up of dedicated individuals that work together to coordinate events, reach Chapter and National goals, and do the business of running the Chapter. NCMA offers many opportunities to recognize our volunteers and we have received numerous awards for these efforts, including the WALTER R. GRAALMAN AWARD which recognizes chapters on an annual basis who provide value to NCMA members and to the association, the ARTHUR G. MULLER ANNUAL VOLUNTEER AWARD which recognizes NCMA members who have served, without compensation, the association through their participation, contribution, and leadership, the ALBERT BERGER OUTSTANDING CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD which gives special recognition at the National level to those volunteers who demonstrate superior chapter leadership achievements in support of their chapter’s goals and activities, the FELLOW AWARD, a designation reserved for individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of contracting and to NCMA and is the third highest award given by the association, the BLANCHE WITTE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARD which provides formal recognition to an individual working in the field of procurement and contract management who has uniquely performed one or more exemplary achievements and the ALVIS D. KEEN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER AWARD, the highest honor in NCMA, awarded for exceptional and noteworthy contributions to the achievement of the purposes of the association.