NAPM Student Member Wins Prestigious, Nationwide Essay Contest

FOR RELEASE: August 10, 1998

Contact: Zenobia Daruwalla
NAPM, Media Relations
Tempe, Arizona
602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — It only happens once every hundred years. A student member of the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) has won an essay contest offered by the Thomas Publishing Company. To celebrate the company's 100-year anniversary, Thomas Publishing hosted an essay contest for Students Savvy in Purchasing, Procurement, and Supply Chain Management.

John Leddy, a junior at the University of North Texas, won the contest with his essay titled, "Blue Collar to Blue Blood: How Purchasing Vaulted Chrysler Motors to Daimler Chrysler." With a background in transportation sales, John's interest in Chrysler's purchasing practices helped him write the winning essay. John's entry was a revised version of a paper written for a class in the marketing program at his university. His professor, Dr. Chuck Bimmerle, encouraged him to enter the contest. "When I found out I won, I was elated. My first reaction was to call Dr. Bimmerle and share the good news with him, since he was the driving force behind my participating in the contest."

The Thomas Publishing Company is a member of NAPM, and publishes the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. A panel composed of a purchasing professional, a representative of Thomas Publishing Co., an English specialist, and a member of NAPM judged the essays.

Students had to write on various topics within the purchasing profession such as Supply Chain Management, Global Procurement, the Future of Purchasing, Electronic Technology, and Purchasing Relationships. More than 72 schools had the opportunity to participate in the contest.

As the winner, John will be flown to New York City to receive his $3,000 cash award, and meet with the officials of the Thomas Publishing Company. The University of North Texas Department of Management will also receive a $1,500 award.

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. NAPM provides its more than 44,000 members in its 180 affiliated associations with opportunities to expand their professional skills and knowledge.

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