Stumbling And Stonewalling Its Way Through CodeGate, Why Would Anyone Want To Belong To The NIGP by Jon Hansen

Posted on May 10, 2015


Dear Mr. Hansen,

I provided our 990s as required by Section 6014(b) of the Internal Revenue Code and IRS instruction.  The additional information you have requested goes beyond the public disclosure requirement.  I will not expend additional NIGP resources to provide you with this information.



First, NIGP CEO Rick Grimm implodes by way of his questionable comments on two previous posts in this blog.

Then, the NIGP Officers who I contacted to ask about their role in approving Grimm’s compensation, provide a collective deer in headlights “no comment”.

Finally, and in response to my request for clarification of the CEOs expenses, including a vague reference in the most recent 990 return to companion travelers, I receive the above e-mail from the association’s Executive Director Finance & Administration Tina Borger.  Borger’s response is particularly interesting, given that in some circles it has been suggested that she was a straight shooter, and a likely candidate to fill the leadership vacuum if and when Grimm either steps down or is ousted.

Beyond any questions relating to the NIGP’s actions and ethics, one of the most obvious is why would anyone want to be a member of this association? Especially Generation Next procurement professionals.

In a recent discussion with a colleague, they alluded to the fact that this up and coming generation of procurement professionals are likely beyond the fez and secret handshake mentality that they often associate with organizations such as the NIGP. My colleague is not alone in expressing these sentiments, as I have been hearing similar observations with increasing frequency since the #CodeGate story broke.

Let’s face it, this new generation is more savvy and in tune to a larger business world that appears to be beyond the familiar and comfortable confines of a profession that has, for far too long, been living in its own isolated reality. Is it any wonder why procurement doesn’t yet have a seat at the executive table?

Just take a few moments to reflect on the responses I received from four of the NIGPs Officers regarding CEO Grimm’s pay. Do these words from what are considered to be senior procurement professionals and purported industry leaders, inspire confidence?  Would a new procurement professional view them as being forthright and worthy of respect?

Another important point to consider, is that this absence of respect and confidence might not be limited to only the younger generation.

The other day, another one of my colleagues stated that they found it interesting that not one person from their membership – outside of Grimm himself – has stepped forward to defend the NIGP, or even challenge any of my findings.

Their silence, as they put it, speaks volumes.


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