Outstanding Pharmacy Buyer of the Year Award Program

2022 Nominations are now CLOSED

Winners will be recognized at 2022 NPPA Conference
And in a post-Conference edition of NPPA’s member-publication

Sponsored By NPPA
For criteria & eligibility, see below or on Nomination Form

See Photos of 2019 Awardees Below

NPPA’s Outstanding Pharmacy Buyer of the Year Award Program

The National Pharmacy Purchasing Association (NPPA) is proud to honor exemplary work in the field of pharmacy purchasing through the Outstanding Buyer of the Year Award!  Each year the Top 3 Awardees are named at the Annual NPPA Conference and, in addition to the distinction, are given corresponding educational prize awards.

Qualifications & Eligibility

Current NPPA Membership:  Nominees must have a current NPPA membership active in their name, valid through the month of August in the corresponding award year.  In addition, all nominees must be pharmacy purchasing professionals currently employed in a pharmacy facility.  

Nomination types allowed:  both self-nominations, or those submitted for a nominee by a third party (their work supervisor, co-worker, or colleague related to pharmacy purchasing), will all be considered.  In these cases, we suggest that both the nominator as well as the nominee, submit all or part of the Nomination Form, so the responses are as complete as possible.  This gives the nominee the opportunity to comment further than the nominator may have been able to do, or allows them to add some additional remarks (and NPPA will give the nominee the chance to do so if they didn’t already or were unaware of their nomination by the third party).  Both eligible nominations will be presented to the judging panel and published in a future edition of NPPA’s official member publication, Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook.

Ineligible are as follows:  drug or supply vendor company representatives; Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) executives (such as HealthTrust, Intalere, Premier, Vizient, etc.); those working for pharmacy management companies (such as Comprehensive Pharmacy Services-CPS or HCA Healthcare); and 1st and 2nd place winners from previous years as an NPPA Outstanding Buyer.

Judging, Status Notifications & Awardee Prize Monies:  The 3 Awardees will be determined by a neutral panel of judges, and notified via email as soon as the judging is finalized by mid-July (as well as the other Nominees being notified of their status at the same time).  Prize monies will be provided by check from NPPA sent via U.S. mail shortly after the judging is completed. 

Award Ceremony & Acknowledgments:  A short award ceremony will be held, with framed Awardee Certificates presented to the Awardees in attendance at that year’s NPPA Conference in August; as well as there being a full acknowledgment of all the worthy Nominees up for the award.  Awardees will also be announced and published in a post-Conference edition of Pharmacy Purchasing Outlook, as well as on the NPPA website-with photos taken at the Conference of those in attendance.


The criteria used to evaluate the significance of the nominee’s accomplishments within the past year takes into account the level of positive impact the individual made within their pharmacy during the year such as-but not limited to, the following:

        • Providing a model for excellence
        • Helping others to do their jobs better
        • Improving the services provided by the department
        • Streamlining business process efficiency
        • Applying innovation or creativity to job duties
        • Developing new job skills
        • Keeping a consistently positive attitude despite workload demands
        • Accomplishing savings in cost and/or time

Award Distinctions

Qualified nominees have the chance to win one of the following 3 distinctions and educational prize awards, as directly sponsored by NPPA.

1st Place:

$1,000 awarded for education/travel

2nd Place:  

$500 awarded for education/travel

3rd Place:  

$250 awarded for education/travel

Results of 2019 Outstanding Buyer of the Year Awards

As Sponsored By NPPA


1st Place:  

Kyle Leisey, CPhT
Pharmacy Buyer
WellSpan Ephrata
Community Hospital
Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Received $1,000 Award for Education/Travel

2nd Place:

Cynthia Neall
Pharmacy Purchasing Manager
University of Maryland (UM) Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Glen Burnie, Maryland

Received $500 Award for Education/Travel

3rd Place:

Roxanne Sias, CPhT
Resource Specialist Buyer
University of Hospital & Clinics/Lafayette General Health System
Lafayette, Louisiana

Received $200 Award for Education/Travel

Nominees for 2019 Outstanding Buyer Award
Phala Flugaur, RPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, North Memorial Health Hospital, Robbinsville, MN

Shana Greenwald, CPhT, RPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Kelly Knutson, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, Bay Area Hospital, Coos Bay, OR

Barbara Krupinski, RPhT – Division Procurement & Inventory Analyst, HCA Healthcare, Jacksonville, FL

Susan Remsen, CPhT, RPhT – Pharmacy Buyer/Coordinator, Riverview Hospital, Noblesville, IN

Taylor Reuter, CPhT, BS – 340B Program Manager, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Irma Romo Flores, CPhT – Pharmacy Purchasing Agent, Moore County Hospital District, Dumas, TX

Pam Shea, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA

Gendron “Jenny” Webb, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, University of MN Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Jessica Wegner, CPhT – Pharmacy Buyer, St. Croix Regional Medical Center, St. Croix, WI

To View Past Awardees, Click Here