NAPM Recognizes Elaine Whittington, C.P.M., A.P.P., CPCM, With Highest Honor: Shipman Gold Medal Award

FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2000

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(New Orleans, Louisiana) — The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) presented its 70th annual J. Shipman Gold Medal Award to purchasing educator Elaine N. Whittington, C.P.M., A.P.P., CPCM, in recognition for her contributions to the purchasing profession.

On May 2, Whittington received the award, the purchasing profession's highest honor, in front of hundreds of her peers at NAPM's 85th Annual International Purchasing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Whittington is only the second woman to receive the award since it was first presented in 1931


Whittington, owner of Sunland, California-based G & E Enterprises, currently teaches purchasing workshops on a variety of topics including purchasing basics, negotiation skills, cost/price analysis, contract management, tools for the new millenium, and Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) review courses.

Whittington spent 25 years of her career working for Lockheed, based in Burbank and then in Calabasas, California, and also worked for a telephone company, a manufacturing plant and other Los Angeles-area companies. While working full-time, Whittington also taught purchasing courses for the University of California - Los Angeles' (UCLA) extension program. She became a full-time purchasing educator with G & E Enterprises in 1991.

Whittington served as NAPM's 1988-89 National President and has been active at the affiliate, district, and national level. She has been a member of NAPM-Los Angeles, Inc. since 1966 and is a dual member with NAPM - San Fernando Valley. Whittington now serves as an advisor for NAPM - Los Angeles and is a director on the board for NAPM-San Fernando Valley, Inc.

Whittington has presented numerous workshops at NAPM's Annual International Purchasing Conferences and has written articles for NAPM 's monthly publications and a chapter for The Purchasing Handbook, a guide developed by NAPM. She earned her C.P.M. designation in 1976.

"I'm very honored to receive this award," Whittington says of the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. "I've had a great career. There's nothing like getting the Shipman."

The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was established in 1931 and commemorates the many contributions of Johnson Shipman, a purchasing agent for the Neptune Meter Company in New York. Shipman was a pioneer in the purchasing profession whose intellect and vision were instrumental in shaping NAPM.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association that provides national and international leadership in purchasing and supply management research and education. The association exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession. NAPM provides members and nonmembers alike with opportunities to expand their professional knowledge and skills. NAPM is comprised of 182 affiliates with more than 45,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.