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Drury gains director position


Choice Partners announced that Jeffrey Drury is the new director of the purchasing cooperative of Harris County Department of Education. Drury is a native Houstonian who comes with 20 plus years of sales, marketing and management experience in facility-related areas, including responding to government RFPs, then selling to government entities using awarded contracts. He recently sold nearly $1 million through a Choice Partners contract. He also has served as supervising senior auditor for a corporate internal audit team of a Fortune 50 company, giving him experience in financial and statistical analysis.

Drury has a background in Total Quality Management, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University. He holds the lighting certified designation from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions and formerly held the certified energy manager and certified lighting efficiency professional designations from the Association of Energy Engineers.

“Jeff’s leadership and experience will be a great fit on our Choice Partners team,” said Les Hooper, HCDE executive director. “We look forward to seeing where his business acumen can lead us.”

“Having previously worked with HCDE and Choice Partners, I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am about the opportunity to be joining the team,” said Drury.  “Choice Partners is an excellent co-op and was brought to a great place by my predecessor.  I look forward to working with the team to help lead us to new heights.”

Mr. Drury replaces Derek Gillard who has moved to Pasadena ISD to serve as director of purchasing.

About Choice Partners: Choice Partners national cooperative offers quality, legal procurement and contract solutions to meet the purchasing needs of governmental entities. Contracts are competitively bid so governmental entities can act immediately to access the contract they need, saving time and money on the bidding process and purchase. Choice Partners includes contracts for facilities, food, services, technology and supplies, including a unique supply catalog. For more information, call 877-696-2122 or visit www.choicepartners.org.