Tammy formerly served as Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego, the 9th largest city in the nation. Over her tenure, she purchased over $1 Billion (YES – B!) worth of commodities and services. During the 2007 Witch Creek Fires that destroyed over 2000 homes and the Mt. Soledad landslide in one of San Diego’s most exclusive neighborhoods, she served as the Emergency Logistics Chief. Tammy was in charge of centralizing the city’s purchasing and warehouse operations and implemented the City’s first environmentally preferred purchasing program and moved the surplus property operations to online auctions to increase revenue. Her consolidation efforts of the warehouses resulted in a $1.4M savings during the first year. Her team won the Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute each year she was in management.
During the Witch Creek Fires of 2007 and the Mt. Soledad Landslides, she served as the City’s Emergency Logistics Chief, coordinating supplies for the Resource Recovery Center and operational needs for the first emergency responders. Tammy was ultimately responsible from buying everything from pencils and helicopters, to bids on construction projects, and overseeing the warehouse operations. During her 20+ years in City government, she worked on management teams in Financial Management, City Clerks Office, Equal Opportunity Contracting Program, Water and Wastewater.
After leaving the City of San Diego, Tammy served as Vice-President of Local Government for Government Sourcing Solutions. Tammy presents at national and regional procurement conferences, and works with procurement officials across the nation on cooperative procurement opportunities, and identifying areas that may result in cost savings, efficiencies, and value added services and products. Now as the Principal for Tammy Rimes Consulting, her mission is to assist companies in learning how to work with government, and becoming adept at winning government contracts.
In case you think her only experience has been with government work, Tammy Rimes takes her passion of horses with her husband’s passion of wine, and combines them into a successful family business, Hacienda de las Rosas Winery, with a successful tasting room in Ramona which has been featured on the front page of USA Today, San Diego Union-Tribune and winner of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in Marketing. As the author of “Drink Fine Wine…Ride Fine Horses – Leading the Life of Your Dreams,” she provides a fun and informative guideline, with real stories, on how others can begin their own dream life. With a Master’s degree in Public Administration, she also has a corporate sales background, having worked for Sears, Tandy Corporation, Color Tile and Eastern Airlines. Tammy has the unique perspective of working in three different worlds – corporate, government and entrepreneurial!