Chance Career Move Leads to National Award Kansas Purchasing Administrator is NAPM's Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year

FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2000

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

(New Orleans, Louisiana) — You never know which doors will open when you decide to make a career change. Gioi Miller, C.P.M., Purchasing Administrator for Johnson County, Kansas, knows this firsthand. Miller, the first recipient of the National Association of Purchasing Management's "Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year Award," says she fell into the supply management industry by chance-after deciding to move out of retail.

"I was looking for a change from retail, something with more responsibility and accountability" Miller said.

So Miller made a career move that she has never regretted.

"I took a full time job working as a receptionist at a ham radio equipment company…at that time the purchasing manager needed help, so he had me do some basic administrative tasks, such as entering purchase orders, expediting orders and buying. I must have done a great job, because after four months I was offered a full-time buyer position. That was over nine years ago." Miller went on to become a member of NAPM Kansas City Inc., holding various leadership positions.

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. These prestigious honors will be 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.