FOR RELEASE: January 4, 2011
(Tempe, Ariz.) January 4, 2011 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces the first individual to earn the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™). Alex F. Alvarez, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., A.P.P., supplier diversity manager at CoreLogic headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., was among the more than 200 individuals who participated in pilot testing the program in November 2010.
"I'm proud to add the CPSD™ to my credentials," Alvarez says. "Not only does this broaden my current knowledge base, it helps legitimize my expertise in this field while expanding my capabilities," Alvarez says. Alvarez says the CPSD™ experience gave him more awareness of best practices. "I gained more insight into how other organizations strategically gained buy-in and influenced their workforce and executives to embrace supplier diversity."
Alvarez currently leads supplier diversity efforts for CoreLogic — educating more than 10,000 employees in diverse supplier initiatives. Prior to his current role, Alvarez was president and CEO of the South Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (SRMSDC), a regional affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). He also spent three years as executive director at the Alabama Minority Business Opportunities Center (MBOC), a federally-funded agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Alvarez began his career at General Motors, starting in GM Worldwide Purchasing and progressing to the role of global creativity team leader, where he oversaw close to US$1 billion in spend globally.
Recognition of the first CPSD™ is particularly meaningful to ISM Board Chair Shelley Stewart, Jr., CPSM. Stewart is senior vice president, operational excellence and CPO at Tyco International. "Throughout my entire ISM Board leadership experience, we've seen an increasing demand for a certification that defines the body of knowledge necessary for effective supplier diversity," Stewart says. "It's my privilege to congratulate Alex F. Alvarez, as ISM's first CPSD™ recipient, and to offer my encouragement to individuals who set their sights on earning this designation in the coming years."
The CPSD™ is a professional designation for supplier diversity professionals and supply management professionals who hold diversity responsibilities. The full CPSD™ program will launch in early 2011. For more information, visit ISM online at www.ism.ws. Select Professional Credentials, then Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™.
As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).
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