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When Theresa (Terri) Peznola transitioned to her new job as Purchasing Agent in the Town of Andover, she brought her experience and extensive knowledge of COMMBUYS with her. Having successfully implemented COMMBUYS in the Town of Saugus, she was eager to duplicate the time and cost-saving benefits in Andover.

“It actually came up during my job interview,” Terri said, “Andover already was considering COMMBUYS, so they were pleased to learn I had so much experience using the platform.”

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Terri Peznola (right) Purchasing Agent, Assoc. MCPPO for the Town of Andover pictured with Local Government Enablement Account Manager Jennifer Forsey.

Terri hit the ground running in Andover. “The first person I called was [Local Government Enablement Account Manager] Jenn Forsey.” Together, they scheduled a series of training sessions for staff from various departments in the town. A total of 16 staff members attended COMMBUYS training within Terri’s first month on the job. Terri’s explanation for the enthusiastic response: “The time you save by using COMMBUYS, eliminating the need to go out to bid for everyday purchases, transforms your work day. Our people really value that.” In addition, the town’s leadership has been openly supportive of COMMBUYS, contributing to the widespread adoption by staff.

When asked why she first started using COMMBUYS, Terri quickly responded, “Why wouldn’t you?” She went on to say, “As municipal procurement professionals, we have an obligation to our constituents to purchase high-quality items from responsible vendors at the best value. COMMBUYS and Statewide Contracts enable you to fulfill that obligation, and do so in less time.”

Terri accepted the Andover position in April, facilitated the town’s first COMMBUYS purchase in June, and, as of August, Andover ranks fourth in COMMBUYS purchasing activity for municipalities in fiscal year 2019!

If you would like to learn more about implementing COMMBUYS in your city or town, please contact the Local Government Enablement Team at COMMBUYSEnablement@mass.gov.

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