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Brown earns CPPO certification
Jo Marie Brown
Jo Marie Brown


Jo Marie Brown, CPPB, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s procurement manager, recently earned Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC).

Brown is the daughter of Susan and Mike Vinson, and granddaughter of Willie B. and Joanne Vinson, of Camden.

UPPCC is the only globally recognized certification program specifically designed for governmental purchasing professionals.

Brown is currently a director-at-large and historian for the S.C. Association of Governmental Purchasing Officials. She holds the 2012 President’s Outstanding Service Award and 2013 BD Bland Distinguished Service Award, and was recently nominated for National Procurement Manager of the Year through the NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.