Former NAPM President Honored on a Global Level

FOR RELEASE: July 23, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
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(Tempe, Arizona) — William A. Bales, C.P.M., an active member of the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) now has two medals that recognize his contributions to the purchasing and supply management field.

Bales, a former NAPM President and J. Shipman Gold Medal Award, recipient was recognized by the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (IFPMM) for his outstanding contributions in the purchasing realm, this time on a global level. Bales, and one other recipient from the U.K. were awarded the Garner-Thèmoin Medal by the IFPMM Award Committee during the federation's executive committee meeting this May in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Much like NAPM's highest honor, the J. Shipman Gold Medal, the Garner-Thèmoin Medal signifies distinguished service for the cause and advancement of the purchasing profession. "I consider the award a very high honor, since it is not given out every year. It is awarded by the Federation only when they notice someone has truly made a difference in purchasing on a global level," says Bales.

Associations around the world dedicated to the purchasing and supply management profession make up the IFPMM, which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

Bales served as IFPMM's President in 1996 and 1997, then as the Former President in 1998. He served as NAPM's President from 1990 to 1991, and was the recipient of the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award in 1993.

Bales is retired, but is still active in the purchasing and supply management field through NAPM and the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Betty.

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 180 affiliates with more than 44,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Visit the NAPM Web site at