The National Association of Purchasing Management Awards Its 30,000th C.P.M.

FOR RELEASE: August 14, 1998

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

(Tempe, Arizona) — The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) has reached another milestone. The Certification and Accreditation department issued its 30,000th Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certificate.

The C.P.M. Program is a nationally accepted standard of competence and knowledge for the purchasing and supply management profession. The program was originated by NAPM in 1974 to improve overall purchasing performance and to set a guideline for professional development. It also defines standards for managerial, administrative, strategic, and tactical elements of the procurement process.

NAPM member Margaret Wong is the 30,000th purchasing professional to earn the C.P.M. designation. She is a Senior Buyer for Silicon Graphics in Mountain View, California, and the credential offered by NAPM has been a goal she has strived to obtain for some time. "Personally, becoming certified has been a goal of mine for more than 2 years, just as something I wanted to accomplish. Professionally, I wanted to become a C.P.M. because I knew it would open doors toward career advancement in the future."

Margaret says she was surprised and shocked to know her certification hit the 30,000 mark. Cheryl Slaney, Purchasing Manager at Silicon Graphics, considers the accomplishment an asset to the organization. "The company definitely encourages and supports the C.P.M. Program. It shows the commitment Margaret feels toward her profession, and we think she is a better employee because of it, a much more valued employee because of the certification."

To celebrate the accomplishment, Margaret's local affiliate, NAPM—Silicon Valley, Inc. will present her with the C.P.M. certificate during a dinner meeting at the Sunnyvale Hilton on September 24, 1998. To learn more about the Silicon Valley chapter on the World Wide Web, visit their home page at

If you are interested in the C.P.M. Program, contact NAPM at 800/888-6276 or 602/752-6276, extension 3011.

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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