The Institute for Supply Management™ Honors Richard L. Jackson, C.P.M., A.P.P., with the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award

FOR RELEASE: May 20, 2003

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(Tempe, AZ) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) presented its most distinguished award, the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award, to Richard L. Jackson, C.P.M., A.P.P., at the ISM 88th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Nashville, TN on May 20, 2003.

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 the advancement of the supply management field. Those chosen for the award have also assisted and guided members of the supply management profession in their endeavors.

Jackson was selected and honored for his 42 years of experience in supply management, as well as for being an active member of and contributor to the Institute for Supply Management™ since 1960.

Jackson's purchasing career began early in life while serving in the U.S. military during the Korean War. Following his basic training, Jackson was assigned as a supply sergeant for a tank battalion, and later to an Army cavalry group.

After his military experience, Jackson began his private-sector purchasing career in January 1957 as an engineering buyer for The NVF Company in Wilmington, Delaware. From that position, he became a purchasing agent responsible for raw materials and then a manager of plant purchasing. Following 12 years of purchasing at NVF, Jackson became manager of purchasing at an American Hoechst Corporation plant. There he was involved in forming and implementing purchasing procedures, programs, forms, and policies. In 1974, he left American Hoechst to join ICI Americas, Inc., as an overseas purchasing agent. During Jackson's tenure at ICI Americas, the company split. ICI Americas retained its chemical business, and the pharmaceutical business became Zeneca. Later, Zeneca merged with Astra becoming AstraZeneca, where Jackson retired in 1993 but continued to work as a consultant through 1999.

Throughout his career, Jackson has understood the importance of being involved in a professional supply management organization by becoming a member of ISM, then NAPM, early in his career. Jackson explains, "The director of purchasing who hired me when I first entered the profession believed in education and training. He was involved in NAPM and became the president of the Delaware affiliate. He encouraged me to attend seminars and particularly a four-year series of courses teaching basic purchasing techniques. He strongly suggested that I become a member of NAPM with the provision that I attend the meetings and become involved. So I joined and became involved in the committees."

Jackson has been a member of ISM since 1960, and is currently a Lifetime Member of NAPM—Delaware, Inc. In addition to his committee service, he has served in the following roles within the NAPM—Delaware affiliate: member of the board of directors, secretary, treasurer, vice president, president, and director of national affairs. For District V, Jackson served as secretary, secretary-treasurer, assistant vice president, vice president, and on the NAPM Board of Directors. In 1989, he was elected as the national president of NAPM and has since continued his service to the association and the Delaware affiliate. He has participated as a teacher and speaker and has written numerous articles for various purchasing and supply publications, including NAPM Insights.

Jackson has had a successful 42-year career in purchasing, but never dreamed that he'd become a J. Shipman Gold Medalist. "There are a lot of awards given to people from time to time, and they're given by other groups, but when you're recognized within the field where you've spent most of your life and career, it's especially meaningful," states Jackson. "We seldom ever achieve anything on our own. There are a number of people that have impacted my career, and I thank them all," says Jackson.

Throughout his career, Jackson has represented ISM and the supply management profession with the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and ethical standards.

The members of the J. Shipman Award Committee, chair, Henry F. Garcia, C.P.M., A.P.P.; Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M.; Alan R. Raedels, Ph.D., C.P.M.; Elaine N. Whittington, C.P.M., A.P.P.; and everyone associated with ISM and the supply management field congratulate Richard L. Jackson, C.P.M., A.P.P., on this prestigious award.

The Institute for Supply Management™ is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, companies, and government. For further information, see the ISM Web site at

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