Networking at the Highest Level

FOR RELEASE: March 17, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — Moving business forward. That's the focus of the National Association of Purchasing Management's (NAPM) Executive Forum.

The Forum is designed exclusively for chief purchasing officers, charging them with the mission of moving business forward through innovative analysis and discussion of current business trends, today's best practices, and opportunities the future may hold for the profession.

Networking with a select group of peers, exchanging information and processes, discussing strategic issues, and identifying new approaches to purchasing and supply management issues is what chief purchasing officers can expect from the forum.

Two forums will be held in the West and Midwest regions of the United States this spring. On April 12 -13, 1999 NAPM and AirTouch™ Cellular will sponsor a pilot program at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California. Some of the speakers include Phillip L. Carter, D.B.A., Director, Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, Dolores Marciel, Vice President, Corporate Procurement, Adaptec, Milpitas, California, and Erv Lewis, C.P.M., Director of Purchasing, Wellman, Inc.

The Midwest region forum will be held May 6-7, 1999 at the Swissotel in Chicago, Illinois. Some of the topics to be covered include key results from current research projects, understanding total cost issues, and the Internet and EDI: A perfect match or the odd couple? Some of the speakers presenting the topics include, R. David Nelson, C.P.M., Vice President Worldwide Supply Management, Deere & Company, Stephen L. Golliher, C.P.M., Manager International Sourcing, Thomas Consumer Electronics, and Michiel R. Leenders, D.B.A., Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

For more information, or to register for the forum, contact NAPM customer service at 800/888-6276, extension 401.

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 non-members 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.