Member Spotlight from March 1, 2018
Karri Burgess has served as maintenance buyer for Boulder Valley School District in Colorado since 2015. Her journey to maintenance procurement was unconventional. “I moved to Colorado in 1998 to attend Culinary School,” Burgess explains. “After graduating, I attended Regis University where I completed my bachelor’s degree in business administration. After working as a sous chef for a number of years I transitioned to a food and beverage buyer position, which jumpstarted my career in procurement.”
Burgess went on to become a buyer for a casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, where she developed a skill set for procuring items centered around facilities maintenance, repair, and operations. In her current position, the majority of her procurement responsibilities are directly related to supporting transportation, facilities, maintenance, and operations teams.
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) stretches over 500 square miles, from the peaks of the Continental Divide to the suburbs of Denver. It serves approximately 30,000 students in 56 schools and employs close to 4,000 people.
Burgess has worked diligently to transform the district maintenance procurement operations and help the maintenance staff find solutions for procurement needs under time constraints. “Some examples of solutions we have implemented are a streamlined, easy system for safety supplies, creating a just-in-time ordering system for maintenance supplies, and collaborating with warehouse staff to remove surplus maintenance warehouse items,” Burgess says.
She is perhaps most proud of working with departments throughout the district on solicitations to find solutions for complex needs.
She credits ASBO International with expanding her procurement knowledge and giving her tools and resources to enhance her performance. ASBO has also provided “an invaluable network of peers.” “Without ASBO International, I never would have been able to get real-time answers to specific questions and support from colleagues facing the same issues.”
“I highly recommend attending an Annual ASBO Meeting & Expo. I was fortunate enough to be awarded one of the Emerging School Business Leaders Scholarships in 2017 and I can guarantee I will continue to benefit from having this experience and networking with fellow school business officials for years to come,” she says.
“Many—if not all—of the breakout sessions have influenced my decision-making. I also enjoy staying current and learning from others’ experiences via the School Business Affairs publication and School Business Daily. Being connected to a global network of school business leaders is empowering!”