The National Association of Purchasing Management Presents Raymond A. Clayton, C.P.M., A.P.P., with the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2001

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  NAPM Media Relations
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(Tempe, AZ) The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) presented its most distinguished award, the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award, to Raymond A. Clayton, C.P.M, A.P.P. at the NAPM 86th Annual International Purchasing Conference and Educational Exhibit in Orlando, Florida on May 1, 2001.

The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931, and is presented to those individuals whose modest, unselfish, sincere, and persistent efforts have aided in the advancement of the supply and material management field. The J. Shipman Award honors those who assist and guide members of the supply and material management profession in their endeavors.

Clayton has been active in the profession since 1956, and over the past 45 years has made innumerable contributions to the profession and to NAPM. His influence has been seen and felt by thousands of supply management professionals in Fortune 100 companies and others across the United States, as well as establishing a leading role in academia.

Clayton has supported and promoted minority and women owned business by developing and presenting "How to do Business With Big Business," a program directed at the Minority Purchasing Council, the Women's Business Owner's Association and a multiple of small businesses.

Clayton has also been very active within NAPM since 1978. He earned the C.P.M. designation in 1978 and lifetime certification in 1985. At the local level, he has served as a committee member on the Minority Business Development Committee, the Program Committee and currently serves on the Affiliate Membership Committee. Clayton served as chair of the affiliate's Report On Business Committee, the By-Law Revision Committee, and the Operations and Program Committees.

In addition, Clayton has served four terms as the director of National Affairs from 1985 through 1997, served as a member of the affiliate's Board of Trustees for 17 years, and currently is the director of Educational Liaison.

At the district level, he volunteers as chair of the District's Executive Committee and By-Law Revision Committee. He has held many district offices including assistant director, two terms, director, and member of the National Board of Directors for NAPM.

On the national level, Clayton served as a member of the J. Shipman Award Committee, the Organization and Planning Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Executive Committee, among others. He instructs C.P.M. Review courses, has presented at the NAPM International Conference on four separate occasions. Clayton has prepared a ten-session college level course entitled "Purchasing-Pipeline to Corporate Profit" for NAPM which was previewed at the 2000 International Conference and is designed to be used as an online program.

Along with all of his professional achievements, Clayton is an active member in his community. He helps with the development of Junior Achievement and the high school student career development programs, is the president of his town's Athletic Association, and is a member of the governor's Minority Business Development Conference.

The members of the J. Shipman Award Committee, Christian Frank, C.P.M., A.P.P., Karen Hawes, C.P.M., and Bethany Heinrich, C.P.M., and everyone associated with NAPM and the supply management field, congratulate Ray Clayton, C.P.M., A.P.P. on this prestigious award.