MEET THE BUYERS

Pete has served San Bernardino County since 1991 in various positions.  He joined the Human Services Department as an Eligibility Worker Trainee with Transitional Assistance Department (TAD).  He quickly promoted within TAD as a District Manager and then an Interim Deputy Director.  In 2005 promoted to Business Applications Manager at HS-Information and Technology Support Division.  In 2017, Pete was promoted to Division Chief for the Human Services Program Integrity Division (PID).  Pete has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands, an Associate of Science Degree in Aeronautical Sciences, and he is an MLA graduate.  Pete comes with a solid reputation of commitment, integrity, passion for his work, and the ability to move into unknown territory and connect with staff in meeting goals and a shared vision.

Jackie.Ambrose@pur.sbcounty.gov

Jacqueline Ambrose has joined the San Bernardino County Purchasing Department after 8 years of public sector experience in Riverside County, which includes financial analysis and facilities management.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from Devry University.  In her free time, Jackie enjoys spending time with family and friends.

MCandelaria@pur.sbcounty.gov

For 23 years, Michael Candelaria has expanded his career, first in retail purchasing and then finding his passion in public service. He has worked with nearly every County department and is responsible for several countywide agreements including furniture and information technology equipment. He is a skillful trainer and a Certified Professional Public Buyer, and is assigned to the Sheriff’s Department where the budget comprises nearly three-fourths of the County’s discretionary spending. As an active member of California Association of Public Procurement Officers since 2001, Michael has served as an officer for Inland Empire Chapter for 4 years, as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair.

LGomez@pur.sbcounty.gov

Leo has been with the Purchasing Department for 18 years in various positions and holds the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer. As supervising buyer he oversees a staff of 13 and is part of the management team. His analytical abilities and broad knowledge of all County departments positions him as a “go to” person for staff throughout the County. He is a purchasing subject matter expert on Board of Supervisors agenda items, and he is instrumental in defining electronic workflows to implement County policy. Leo is a member of the California Association of Public Procurement Officials and routinely makes presentations to the vendor community. He and his wife Mary married in 1990 and have three sons.

Brian.Hashima@pur.sbcounty.gov

With over 20 years of purchasing and purchasing management experience in the private sector, Brian Hashima has extensive procurement knowledge in manufacturing, retail and financial services. He holds a bachelor’s degree and also attended Western State College of Law. With a work philosophy of treating his co-workers as his family, Brian is a welcomed addition to the Purchasing Department. Brian is married with two teenage daughters, and enjoys sports and reading in his spare time.