Committed to Teaching Others - NAPM Names Robi Bendorf National Person of the Year for Education/Learning

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2000

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

(New Orleans, Louisiana) — Robi Bendorf, C.P.M. is fanatical about the promotion of good practice when it comes to purchasing and reaching standards of excellence in his profession. Because of his steadfast commitment to educating other purchasing and supply professionals, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) has named Bendorf "Education/Learning Person of the Year" for 2000. This award formally recognizes him as a member who has made significant contributions in advancing education and training opportunities through continuous improvement of NAPM products and services.

In just the past two years, Bendorf has held six affiliate and district committee and office positions for NAPM; published 17 articles, five of which appeared in Purchasing Today®, been a featured speaker at more than 20 NAPM affiliate events and three national NAPM conventions. In addition, he has developed an NAPM affiliate purchasing website (Pittsburgh), and tirelessly worked to educate others through distance-learning, interfacing with educational institutions, and sharing his extensive knowledge whenever and however possible. Also committed to continuing his own education, Bendorf recently completed a Master's Degree in counseling from Penn State. Bendorf, a lifetime C.P.M., holds a Bachelor's Degree in math and physics from the University of Texas.

Bendorf has over 30 years of industrial purchasing and sales experience involving both domestic and international manufacturing and service businesses and is currently the principal of Bendorf & Associates, a consulting firm he established in 1994. Prior to becoming a full-time consultant, Bendorf served as manager of Customer and Supplier Development for the Westinghouse Trading Company.

NAPM's newly created "Person of the Year" Award program recognizes outstanding achievement, beyond the regular scope of work, by its members in five categories: Education/Learning, Leadership, Innovation/Creativity, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteer. Beginning with the inaugural awards in 2000, these prestigious honors were presented at the NAPM International Purchasing Conference on May 1, 2000 in New Orleans, LA.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association providing national and international leadership, research and education in purchasing and supply management. 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.