Aaron Caccamo, Strategic Sourcing Specialist
As a strategic sourcing specialist for the Procurement Services department, Aaron Caccamo is always striving to find ways to cut costs and get the most out of a product’s lifestyle.
This sustainable mindset is what led to the surplus store that recently opened in Grand Rapids. The store provides the public an opportunity to purchase products that have neared the end of their shelf-life.
“The store serves to benefit the overall university and aligns with Grand Valley’s sustainability efforts to allow a way to reuse products that would ultimately end up in landfills,” said Caccamo. “Funds raised by the sale of products will also be placed in a general fund to be invested back in the university.”
The idea for the store was developed by Kim Patrick, director of Procurement Services. Patrick and Caccamo worked together over the past year to make the store a reality. The surplus store celebrated its grand opening February 8 with a total of $30,000 in sales. Looking ahead, Caccamo said he hopes to create a website for the store allowing for online sales, and plans to partner with E-waste providers to dispose of products that can’t be sold in a sustainable manner.
Caccamo is also responsible for managing the purchasing needs of various university departments. He advises faculty and staff members regarding the university’s travel budget and purchasing card program.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Aquinas College in 1999. He went on to earn a master’s degree in political science with an emphasis in American government from Central Michigan University in 2006. Before coming to Grand Valley, Caccamo worked in purchasing for Stiles Machinery in Grand Rapids.
“I enjoy my role at Grand Valley because I truly value the opportunity to find avenues to save the university money and help people understand the purchasing process so they can save money for their own departments,” he said.
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