Best-Selling Author and Business Strategist, Tom Peters, Speaks to Thousands at NAPM's 85th Annual International Purchasing Conference & Educational Exhibit

FOR RELEASE: April 30, 2000

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  NAPM Media Relations
  480/752-6276 ext. 3015

(New Orleans, Louisiana) — For nearly a decade now, Tom Peters has ranked among the top in terms of "awareness and credibility of business leaders." This best-selling author and business strategist describes himself as gadfly, curmudgeon, champion of bold failure, price of disorder, maestro of zest, professional loud-mouth, corporate cheerleader, and lover of markets. Business leaders around the world call him remarkable, the guru of management.

Today, Tom Peters addressed thousands of purchasing and supply management professionals at NAPM's annual international conference. "You have won," he told attendees, offering as evidence the fact that the most dynamic companies and organizations are those participating in and catering to business-to-business electronic commerce. "If you don't grasp that revolutionary impact, then you're blowing your potential. It is nothing less than the total reinvention of the company." And in his own unique style, Peters told the eager audience the answer to managing success - "Take control of the runaway train. Or be flattened by it. You know: road kill on the infotech highway."

In recognition of the phenomenal success of his book In Search of Excellence, in 1982, Peters was recently named as one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century."

Tom is a graduate of Cornell (B.C.E., M.C.E.) and Stanford (M.B.A., Ph.D.). He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam (a Navy Seabee) and Washington from 1966 to 1970, was a senior White House drug abuse advisor in 1973-74 and worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1974 to 1981, becoming a partner in 1977. Among other things, Tom is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, The World Productivity Association, the International Customer Service Association and the Society for Quality and Participation.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association providing national and international leadership in purchasing and supply management research and education. NAPM's mission is to educate, develop, and advance the knowledge and skills of purchasing and supply management professionals nationwide. With 182 affiliates and 45, 000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, NAPM is the largest purchasing and supply professional association in the world.