HPMF Celebrates Sixth Mega Anniversary at Mayfair Lagoon Bhubaneshwar

Core committee members HPMF

India’s leading Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) marked the sixth anniversary from 17th to 20th November 2016. The event was held at the flush green luxurious property of Hotel Mayfair Lagoon and Convention Center, a ‘posh jungle’ located in the midst of Bhubaneswar city. The entire delegation of over 250 hospitality purchasing managers from across India, along with dignitaries, vendors and consultants, gathered with lots of learning and leisure, awards and undying memories.

The event was inaugurated by Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha, the occasion was also graced by His Highness Giriraj Singh Lotwara, President of Shree Rajput Sabha, Jaipur; Dilip Ray, CMD of Mayfair Hotels; Debasis Pattnaik, Director, Crown Hotels; Lion Pankaj Mehta; and Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, Mayfair Hotels among others.

participant delegates at HPMF convention

Delegates from Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Goa, Guwahati, Jaipur, Indore, Nagpur, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar and Puri, were overwhelmed with the programme put together by Nitin Nagrale, General Secretary & Founder of HPMF and the core committee including Chairman Mohan Deshpande, GM Materials Hotel Aureole; Teckbahadur Sarke, Manager Hotel Sahara Star – Mumbai & Aamby Valley City, Harvey Rodrigues Director Procurement – Hotel Meluha The Fern and Hotel Rodas, Mahendra Shinde, Materials Manager – The Resort Mumbai; Ganpat Dalvi – Director Procurement Four Seasons Mumbai, Jaideep Gupta, Operations, Procurement and Pre-opening professional; and Gary Coutinho, Supply Chain Manager Devyani Airport Services.

Nitin Nagrale, Founder General secretary delivering his speech at HPMF event
Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, Mayfair Hotels, highlighting the importance of purchasing managers said “From every tile in the floor to the entire structure, purchase is involved. They play an important role in material, marketing and money management.”
Nitin Nagrale, General Secretary & Founder of HPMF said “The need for HPMF is in bringing together the purchase heads of hotels on one platform to network, explore new aspects of purchasing and gather knowledge of the advantages of technology in purchase. I am elated to host HPMF in Bhubaneswar. I am grateful and thankful to Mayfair Hotels and the supporting vendors for successfully organizing the convention”. .
Mohan Deshpande – Chairman HPMF said, “Purchasing Managers are an integral part of the industry and they need to understand & showcase their own value”

Highlights of the event

Knowledge-based Sessions

Experts from the hospitality industry touched upon the most important topics. They discussed ‘Importance of Value Engineering and Life Cycle Analysis in Procurement’; ‘Work Life Balance, Vendor Relationship & Strategic Sourcing’; ‘Creative Strategies & Future of Procurement’ besides other presentations and highly inspiring motivational talks by Lion Pankaj Mehta and Pradip Almadi.

Second HPMF Procurement Excellence Awards

This year’s Living Legend Award was conferred on Sundaram RM, Vasantabhavan Hotels India Pvt Ltd and Basil Christopher Massey, Duet India Hotels. The Life Time Achievement Award was given to Narinder Kapoor, The EIH Ltd. Other awards included Most Innovative Procurement Person of the Year: Parag Pawar – purchase manager, Royal Orchid Central, Pune, Most Innovative Procurement Person of the Year: Hara Prasad Balliarsingh, Senior Manager – Mayfair Lagoon and Convention, Bhubaneswar, Best Cross Functional Procurement Leader of the Year: Mahendra Shinde – Materials Manager, Hotel The Resort – Mumbai, Best Procurement Person of the Year – Male: Boominathan Panchanathan – Commercial Manager, Fortune Select Grand – Chennai, Best Procurement Person of the Year – Female: Shikha Sharma, Retreat Hotel and Convention Centre Mumbai, Best Use of Innovative Technology for Procurement: Ram Vriksh Dwivedi – Assistant Materials Manager, The Lalit Mumbai, Special Jury Award: Vijayanand Thantri, Head Procurement – Intellistay Hotels Mumbai, Superman of the Year Award: Abdul Kareem, Purchase Manager – The Leela Chennai, Best Use of Green Initiative as a Team: C. Rajendiran and team – Novotel Ibis Sipkot Chennai, Change Maker Award: Teckbahadur Sarke – Sahara Star Hotel Mumbai and Change Maker Award: Gary Coutinho – Devyani International Mumbai.

B2B Meetings

The entire buyer delegation was divided into groups of 6 members and an excellent B2B meeting schedule was organized so that all the partners could meet the buyers on one on one basis. It was a super hit session on both days as all partners not just met every attending delegate but created bond between them.


Exhibiting their talents, purchasing managers took stage on fire with hit Bollywood old songs on the saxophone; puppet show, comedy besides multiple bands rocking on the latest numbers.

Nitin Nagrale while concluding the event said “We thank all the delegates for taking time out to be present in such large numbers, our vendors who have supported us whole heartedly and experts who have made the sessions a big success. I also take this opportunity to thank LG for once again partnering with us and making this wonderful event possible”.

Report: Sitaram Mewati