TheRide's Procurement Department Wins Multiple AwardsMichelle Whitlow and Miriam Flagler Honored ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is proud to announce that its Procurement Department won multiple awards from the Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association (MPPOA). Michelle Whitlow, Manager of Procurement at TheRide, was recently awarded the highest honor from MPPOA, the Marvin F. Klang Award. The Award was named after the longtime purchasing director for the City of Detroit and is given each year based on the highest regard to the ideals that MPPOA stands for: Respect for the public trust and a strong commitment to ethics and encouragement of the public purchasing profession. “We are so proud of Michelle for this incredible accomplishment. She is a trusted and respected leader and mentor in our organization,” Dina Reed, Deputy CEO of Finance and Operations at TheRide said. Miriam Flagler, Procurement Specialist at TheRide, was presented with the Buyer of the Year award, which recognizes individuals for their work in public purchasing, involvement with their community and contributions to MPPOA and the purchasing profession. "Miriam exemplifies all of the qualities that the Buyer of the Year should have. She is a respected member of our team, pays close attention to detail, approaches all projects with the knowledge and professionalism," Michelle Whitlow, Manager of Procurement at TheRide said. "She is a consummate professional, extremely talented and highly resourceful." The awards were presented at the annual MPPOA conference in September. The latest information on TheRide’s routes, schedules and detours is available at 734-996-0400 and on TheRide.org.